Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Caffeine...and that Damn Juicer Returns

This past weekend was a very good weekend for me. Not because I wasn't tired, but because I didn't feel fatigued, drained, worn out, or any other form of tired I normally feel. I was sleepy from time to time, but it was nothing a nap didn't fix. I cannot tell you the last time I invigorated like this. The biggest part of it was that I didn't have a whole lot of caffeine. In fact, one day I had absolutely no caffeine; I woke up at 7:30 in the morning and went the entire day feeling "normal." 

I know that doctors cringe when I talk about experimenting with my health and body, but I learn so much about my body's tolerances and abilities. When I restarted the juicing, there was a burning sensation that moved throughout my body for the next 48 hours. I could feel the change occurring in my body, I could feel the growing energy and I could feel the change in my mood. The best way for me to convey what I was feeling is through the metaphor of a clear sky versus a cloudy sky. There are many "clouds" that position themselves over and around different parts of my body. Some of these "clouds" are layered over other "clouds." The "clouds" over my mind were dissipating. It had gotten to the point where I needed to drink a 12oz cup of coffee with 2 shots of espresso in order to break through some of the "clouds" that covered my body. 

Coffee is one of those commodities that many people drink. They do so to get themselves going; it is their "liquid sleep" or "instant energy." Add some cream and sugar and most of those people can drink coffee and no longer cringe. I actually like the flavor of black coffee and straight shots; but we all know what happens when we drink too much. Between the impending stomach cramps and the instantaneous need for the toilet, it is a precarious balancing act in finding the right amount of coffee to drink at any given instance. There was a point when I drank coffee four or more times a day with at least two shots of espresso in every cup. As I juiced more, I didn't realize that I had actually cut out A LOT of the coffee I was drinking. The past two weeks put this in perspective. I had found a new balance. I was drinking coffee more for the taste than for the need to energize myself.

I have found that when I am properly juicing, 6-8 ounces of coffee in the morning is more than enough to give me that flavor that I enjoy while also giving my mind an extra jolt of clarity in the morning. And I am not taking any espresso shots in the coffee. I am really trying to keep from being fanatical about certain topics, but the more I think on it, the more I realize just how much I have learned. As of the writing of this post, I have come to a conclusion as to why the juicing is so much more potent than the fresh vegetables -- the juice is raw. Heat corrupts and destroys nutrients in fruits and vegetables.

One more bit of information about my juicing, I have been talking to a lot of people about how they prepare their juices in comparison to how I prepare mine. A lot of people use blenders to create their juices. This leaves all of the pulp and fiber in the juice. My juicer removes quite a bit of this roughage. I am still a firm believer that most of us cannot handle all of that fiber for quite some time, I know that my body still has issues over a certain allotment. If you are going to juice, try to find a way to strain out all of that roughage.

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