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Why I Stopped Drinking Celery Juice

fitness food Oct 15, 2019

Originally Published on 2/25/19

Celery juice – so hot right now. (You have to say it like Mugatu talking about Hansel in Zoolander or it’s not funny. Related – it might actually just not be funny.) I tried drinking celery juice every morning on an empty stomach for 32 days. You can read about the purported benefits here. I loved the routine I built around it in the mornings, and I didn’t mind the flavor. I was excited to see what it did for me after seeing how much it helped other people.

Buuuut after not seeing any huge changes, I stopped. I don’t have any of the autoimmune issues that celery juice claims to heal, so I knew going in there may not be a dramatic change, but I do have a condition where I bloat more than the average human, so I figured, why not? Let’s give it a shot.

About 14 days into it, I noticed that my appetite was suppressed for longer in the mornings. I noticed I no longer craved salty snacks in the evenings. I felt less bloated, and my face was clear. I’m thinking, WOW this is a miracle elixir, no? Then as I continued, the cravings started to eek back in and I had a couple breakouts. Then a couple more. Then I realized that my clear skin was probably due more to where I was in my cycle combined with consistent face washing than it was due to my morning celery juice. My weight didn’t change much at all, and though that wasn’t my goal, it’s worth noting.

As time continued, the benefits I thought I was reaping sort of disappeared. It just stopped making sense for me to continue to juice every morning, because I wasn’t seeing any major changes.

That said…

I will continue to drink celery juice, just not as a daily habit. I’ll continue to drink green juice, and my son now requests clementine juice on the reg. You better believe we juiced ALL THE THINGS when I first got the juicer. All of ’em. The experience was worth a shot to see how it would affect me, and I determined it wasn’t a dramatic enough improvement to continue to drink celery juice every morning. And that’s fine. We’re all just out here doing our best – if something doesn’t work for you, change it!

I like my juicer – it’s this one from Target. It’s a solid budget juicer – I’m still happy with it and I would buy it again if I was in the market for another inexpensive juicer. It’s not as fancy, quiet or sleek as more expensive models, but it got the job done for me for around $50. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. Bonus.

General Juicing Tips

  1. Wash your juicer components immediately after juicing, otherwise it will be THE WORST part of your day later. The pulp is easy to rinse off when it’s fresh. Nobody wasn’t to try to scrape off caked-on celery pulp.
  2. You can also put a grocery bag in the part of the juicer that catches the pulp – this makes clean-up easy in that you don’t have to clean that part. You still have to clean the rest of the components though, so it’s only sort of a time saver.
  3. Did you know that apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide? Now, eating one apple seed is not likely to cause any issues, but still. You can read more about it here. My thoughts? Best to just avoid eating or juicing apple seeds! I’ll be damned if Death By Apple Seed Consumption is the headline to my obituary.
  4. You can re-juice the pulp. It tastes weird, IMO, but you do you.

Celery Juicing Tips

  1. It takes a full stalk of celery to get the recommended 12-16 ounces of juice. Plan your shopping trips accordingly. Pick the big ‘uns.
  2. I personally found that when I included the leaves, it made the juice super bitter. I started cutting them off and it was way better.
  3. If it’s too gross in the beginning, they say you can add a bit of green apple to sweeten it, then slowly wean off of it. I didn’t do this, I thought it tasted fine.
  4. One of the times I bought organic celery, there were aphids in it. Cue the barf-in-my-mouth-o-meter. It’s cool though, you can just chop up your celery and put it in a bowl and fill it with water to drown them. Let it sit in the water for 10-15 minutes, then rinse as usual and juice away.
  5. Celery is one of the “dirty dozen”, so it’s best to buy organic if you can! At the very least, be sure to wash it well.
  6. Did you know you can regrow celery from the base of the stalk? YUP. Just put the base in a bowl with about 1″ of water and it will start to grow from the middle. After about a week, put it in soil. I see endless celery in your future.

Overall

It wasn’t for me, and that’s okay! I’m glad I tried it out, and I learned how to make green juice along the way – something I will keep doing. Not mad about it!

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