I’m lazy. Juicing, to me, sounded like a major hassle: washing vegetables, chopping them up, feeding them piece by piece into the juicer, and cleaning the juicer. Doing it multiple times a day sounded awful.
I did buy a juicer when I began my recovery period, after traditional treatment (surgery and radiation) ended. It was a Champion juicer, and I fully endorse it. It’s an awesome juicer.
But I’m lazy. I didn’t like the juicing process.
I did some quick calculations in my head. Organic health food stores near me would juice fresh vegetables on-the-spot for approximately $5 to $6 per 12 ounces. On the diet prescribed by my doctor, I was supposed to drink 24 ounces of juice per day.
Buying the vegetables and then juicing them myself would cost less than simply buying juice in the store — but not that much less.
Based on the prices at the store, I calculated I’d save about $1 to $2 per juice by buying vegetables and juicing them. But I’d also spend at least 20 minutes, twice a day, on food preparation and juicer cleanup.
It was a no-brainer. I bought the juice.
Every day, for years, I bought two juices from organic health food stores scattered around NYC. Sometimes beet-carrot-ginger, sometimes beet-carrot-celery, sometimes green juice with a beet added, sometimes celery juice for a little bit of a change. It was all organic, freshly made and not that expensive. It was part of my routine, something I’d do while walking between meetings or home from the subway.
(Note: This was before the huge popularity of cold-pressed, bottled juice that’s shipped from a processing plant and stored in a refrigerator case. That type of juice often costs $8 or more. Now several of the organic stores where I bought juice have gone out of business — this makes me sad.)
I still buy fresh-made juice whenever possible (though with traveling, it’s harder to do it every day). If I can’t get fresh-made juice, I’ll buy bottled juice, but I prefer the taste of fresh-made juice. Occasionally, I break out the Champion juicer, but it’s a rare event.
At first, I felt guilty about buying all my juice instead of making it — like I was not a “real” juicing superstar, or not really committed to my health.
Then I realized IT DOESN’T MATTER.
What the heck is a juicing superstar anyway? I got well buying juice at the health food store, and that’s as legitimate as getting well by juicing at home.
I did what worked for me and my lifestyle, and that’s my philosophy: Do what works for you. It doesn’t matter how you do it — just DO it. Get it done and move on and kick ass.