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post #101 of 145
Oh my gosh, I could seriously ditto your whole post calynde! (well, I didn't work in a hfs though!) But I got into juicing everyday when my oldest was a baby, and we got so incredibly healthier than we have ever been. I did it faithfully everyday for a year, and have done it off and on since then. But I'm also starting again. I love Norman Walker, and am also a carrot juice fan, but my juice is usually 40% carrots 10% apple and 50% greens or celery or other veggies. I know carrot juice went 'out of style' so to speak, in the past few years, but like I said, I had such tremendous success that I can't deny. So, I'm getting back into the habit of waking up and juicing. At least my kids already love it.
post #102 of 145
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Well, so far so good....however I can't juice greens-yet. I just ordered my Omega 8003. Merry Christmas to me! I am doing carrot, celery, cucumber red pepper juice. It feels great. I just can't wait to start juicing wheatgrass. That's the only kind of juice I ever drank on a consistent basis and it was clearly very good for me. The Omega does leafy greens and grasses. I'm so excited! I am picking up wheat berries tomorrow to start the sprouting process.

I am asking my parents to get me a hydroponic garden for the holidays. Anyone else ever use one? I'd love to hear experiences!

Is everyone signed in for the summit? I'm getting excited.
post #103 of 145
firefaery, talk to me about wheatgrass and celiac! We're gs, and I thought the grass was off limits? (eta "Please!" )
post #104 of 145
Thread Starter 
Hee hee! No problem...there is no gluten in the grass....there is no protein in the grass. You only get gluten when it matures into grain. Wheatgrass has been shown across the board to be a non-issue for celiacs. In fact, Jordan Rubins superfood which contains barleygrass and wheatgrass is certified gluten free. Hope that helps!
post #105 of 145
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
Is everyone signed in for the summit? I'm getting excited.
I'm signed up. It starts November 15th, right?

Is your new Omega similar to the solostarII? Solostar, Greenstar and champion are the only ones that are available over here. Greenstar seems expensive and complicated, and solostar seems like the sensible one to use for greens. I can't wait to juice like crazy!

I also love carrot juice, topaz...and it always made me feel great, too!!
post #106 of 145
Thread Starter 
It's similar...I picked the omega over the solostar because it's a dual process and has a better warranty. The solostar is a GREAT chioce though. Given the choice between Greenstar, Champion and Solostar I would do the Solostar without question.

Check this out: http://www.discountjuicers.com/compare2.html
post #107 of 145
Juicers
I have the Greenstar and it really isn't complicated. We have had ours for 7 years and it is still going strong. I tend to juice for five days at a time, and store the juice in 8 oz mason jars. To prevent the juice for oxidation, you need to preserve it with raw, unheated honey, and fill the jars to the top, so that their is as little air as is possible. I hate juicing so doing it every day would be a real pain for me.

Importance of raw green veggie juices
Juices are the only non-toxic vitamin, enzyme and mineral supplement. As calynde said, even whole-food vitamins are processed and far from optimal from a raw foodists pov.
post #108 of 145
Thread Starter 
Important note...the greenstar is one of the only juicers that you can juice in advance with. IT has a VERY slow RPM which prevents oxidation and preserves enzymes. Single augers can supposedly keep juices "fresh" for up to 24 hours...the better double auger masticating juicers (like the Greenstar) can keep them fresh for 72 hours per Greenstar. The Greenstar is AMAZING. I wish I could have gone with that. However I made my choice based on a couple of things: Ease of use-the Omega requires less effort to clean. Versatility- the Greenstar does greens better, but apparently isn't *as* good with softer fruits. Warranty- the Omega's is twice as long. And finally: price. I paid $200 including shipping for the Omega. The Greenstar starts around $400 and I wouldn't get the 1000, I'd definitely go for at least the 2000. Someday. :

Do you LOVE it, Uccomama?
post #109 of 145
We have The Juiceman 210 and we love it. It has two options for fruit..one for harder fruit and one for softer. It whips through fruit and veggies and greens like no ones business. And is a BREEZE to clean. We had one about a year ago that was ancient (thank you freecycle!) and it was impossible to clean. In fact we got rid of it because of the difficulty with cleaning.
post #110 of 145
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Hee hee! No problem...there is no gluten in the grass....there is no protein in the grass. You only get gluten when it matures into grain. Wheatgrass has been shown across the board to be a non-issue for celiacs. In fact, Jordan Rubins superfood which contains barleygrass and wheatgrass is certified gluten free. Hope that helps!
LOL! I had no idea. In fact I took my son off a "whole foods" supplement a few years ago because of the wheat/barley grass in it. I obviously didn't do my research! Thanks for enlightening me!
post #111 of 145
I love it. I had been off juicing for quite some time. Last month we were traveling for my sister's wedding and lived off juices and green smoothies. When we returned home my body kept telling me to juice, so here I have been, juicing every day. It feels so great! I did juice later in the evening once last week and was up until midnight, buzzing away. So, I won't be doing that again! Ha ha, I did get so much done though.

My sister is living with us temporarily, as she is working here in CA this month on rotation. She has been trying the green smoothies and juices and enjoying them! It's so fun to share.

We planted lots of greens last week: two kales, red chard, baby lettuces, cilantro, parsley, and mint. This is our first attempt at growing our own, it was awesome to pluck some cilantro for dinner last night! We do have dandelion in our yard as well. It's so exciting having all this available!

Signed up for the second raw summit too, cannot wait. I loved the first one. Thanks for the link firefaery.
post #112 of 145
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I did juice later in the evening once last week and was up until midnight, buzzing away. So, I won't be doing that again! Ha ha, I did get so much done though.
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One of the health food stores I worked in had a juice bar and I would always sip on the bits of leftover wheatgrass throughout the day, until at one point I was up to 3-4 oz. a day. And despite only ever drinking it during the day, I was ALWAYS up at night. I think I only slept around 5 hours a night back then...and it was very convenient because I was a college student....so I had a few good extra hours of study time each day!
post #113 of 145
I'm thinking about springing for a Solo Star II. I want the least pulpy, highest nutrition juice I can get. Hoped to stay under $200, but am put off by the pulp factor on Champion and Omega juicers. Firefaery, any thoughts?

Just had my first Larabar. Mmmmmmmm!
post #114 of 145
Thread Starter 
The omega comes with a fine screen that you place over the collection pitcher so the pulp doesn't actually make it into the final product should you choose to have more clarity. The Solostar looks great, but for the price difference and the warranty difference-not to mention the Omega is easier to clean-I still think the Omega takes it for single auger dual process juicers. However-I've never heard of anyone regretting the Solostar!

BTW...I found the Omega 8003 for $200 including shipping on more than one site. You can stay lower if you choose!
post #115 of 145
Firefaery, where did you find it for $200 (or less) including shipping?!

Thanks, by the way, for sharing all your expertise. This juicer search is confusing!
post #116 of 145
Thread Starter 
Here's where I got it: http://www.2-life.com/
you email them and they email you back a code. It was exactly $200 and that included shipping.

Here too: http://www.canningpantry.com/omega-8003-juicer.html
if you add it to your cart it's $199.95. THey offer free shipping.

Good luck!
post #117 of 145
Thread Starter 
When I said "lower" I meant under the cost of the solostar...I have never seen the Omega new for under $200 (or 199.95!) Hopefully those two sites will keep you at the number that you were aiming for.
post #118 of 145
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Oh- is anyone else doing the next raw summit?
I'm confused, I signed up for this and got my confirmation emails but it says that it is starting in November. Here is a quote from my email:

The "Raw Summit 2" begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 15th 2007

Is this incorrect? Thanks!
post #119 of 145
The warranty and pulp screen sold me! I ordered an Omega this afternoon, too. Firefaery, we'll have to compare notes as we get started with these machines . . .

I'm new to raw--new to increasing it and learning about it anyway. I've always enjoyed salads, but have never eaten them to the extent that I have in the past couple of weeks. I have a question for you who've been at it longer:

•how can I maintain my weight? I'm naturally pretty thin, and don't wish to lose. Just in the last couple weeks, as I've turned up the raw and begun dabbling in food combining, I'm feeling a little scrawny and boobless.
post #120 of 145
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•how can I maintain my weight? I'm naturally pretty thin, and don't wish to lose. Just in the last couple weeks, as I've turned up the raw and begun dabbling in food combining, I'm feeling a little scrawny and boobless.
I'm the same...I really can't afford to lose anything! When I first went high raw I seem to remember losing a bit...I don't know...maybe 4 or 5 pounds max. But then it stopped and now I am at the weight I've always been and that I consider normal for myself. Many raw teachers say that it's quite normal to initially lose a bit due to shedding toxins, etc.

Having said that...make sure you're consuming enough calories. I went on nutridiary.com (or fitday.com) and entered in my usual meals once just to see and I definitely needed to up my calories (not necessarily fat!) a bit. For some reason on raw I feel less hungry, so I sometimes need to make an effort to be sure I take in enough calories! What helped for me was to exercise a lot more. I'm building muscle, which keeps *weight* up and it has increased my appetite, too. Since I've always been thin, it's been hard for me to remain motivated to exercise, but since going raw it's become crystal clear for me that I cannot be healthy without working out regularly.

hope this helps...good luck!
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