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Guzzle
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My wealthy lawyer kid brother has kindly gifted me a juicer which is his latest health kick. He has read that therapy can be rough and wants me to get enough nutrition. He also tells me these devices are huge in the US of A. Any knowledge from my good virtual friends? Any good vegetable recipes as fruits tend to be high sugar? I also have a food blender but it is a nuisance to clean and a hand blender. I am fascinated by the juicer! Help!

KTeacher
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I lived on fruit smoothies for awhile.  I think that the Superthread has some ideas.   What you like before treatment is different than during and/or after.  Try it now and see what you like.  Can't hurt. 

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Skiffin16
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G-Man..,

As mentioned, there are quite a few links to juicing on the SuperThread.., and many here that have extensive experience with juicing;

NUTRITION / HEALTHY EATING / LIQUID NUTRITION TIPS:

Listed under the area listed above...

John

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HAWVET
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We just believed in juicing and have been doing it for the past 15 plus years. Our juicer just gave up this past Friday so we will go shopping for another one in Honolulu this Tuesday.  We used it not necessarily for nutrition, but for boosting the immune system.  I believe it works for both especially for those with swallowing problems.

KTeacher
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Thank you for being our unofficial (or official) tech guy.

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jim and i
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Carrot Juice.  Has a lot of sugar but highly recommended for cancer. Also, google the juice lady.

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Juice is fine as long as you have no problems consuming liquid and nutrition orally. If you are at all struggling keeping up on calories then make sure what ever you consume has caloric density. Fancy term to mean lots of calories in the smallest amount. Drinking an 8 ounce glass of vegetable juice may sound good but it has few calories; great if you are trying to diet. The same ounces of a protein powder liquid will pack a LOT more calories into your body.

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Hey Guzzle, I  had a PEG tube and have been on a liqid diet for 13 1/2 years, and was introduced, by friends several years ago, to the wonders of the Vitamix blender.  It will liquify anything that you put into it, including the kitchen sink, in 3 minutes.  The Vitamix is a bit pricy too, but the company provides a discount on factory reconditioned models, for folks who have a doc's note regarding the medical necessity for having one.  So, if you happen to need additional calories in liquid form, more than what a juicer can provide, you might want to consider looking into investing in one.  I'm able to swallow now, so I am able to taste the family meals that my best half, Diane, blends for me, which turn out to be very tasty when seasoned properly.  The VM is fairly quick and easy to clean.  Best wishes in finding the best nutrition addition solution.

PATRICK   

Guzzle
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Many thanks Patrick. I have a processor but will go with your recommendation when it expires. In notice you still excercise. This is something I will really miss when U start rt/ct in a few weeks. I have had messages from people on this site who have really got back to full fitness and eating is part of this. Greetings from Liverpool.

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In regard to exercise, the word to remember, which pertains to all things treatment and recovery related, is Patience.  Once you are on the other side of the treatment, and into recovery you will love the feeling of getting back into your exercise.  Remember, muscles have memory, so once you are able to resume exercise activities, you will no doubt, be happily back in shape in not so much time as you might think.  Just hang in there, and take it slow and steady, the gym will be there when you are ready.  

PATRICK

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Got a reconditioned model, fully guaranteed at a nicely discounted price... still pricy but could never go back to any other blender. The thing is an absolute beast and even makes soups! It was a life saver when I could barely eat and we use ours every day for protein/fruit smoothies and dozens of other things. 

Positive thoughts and prayers

"T"

Guzzle
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Found the beast on Amazon for equivalent of about 500 US dollars. When my Phillips models gos belly up am going to treat myself. Thanks. And let me know if any of your music is on line.

KTeacher
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You're worth it.

Guzzle
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I like to think so! But then so is everyone else I have conversed with on this site. I do like cooking and gadgets though. This thing looks like the De Lorean from Back to the Future!

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Did it before cancer, during treatment and now.  Just had a delicious "purple cow"  Carrot, beets, ginger and lemon!  

I admit, I lost my taste for carrot juice and anything acidic about a week after starting radiation.  I then switched to almond milk, chocolate protein, frozen wild blueberries and a banana.  That I could tolerate better.

I have a "Jack Lalane" juicer from Costco.  I guess it would be the "Wrangler" line of blender, but it works great and only cost $80.  I had a Champion Juicer for 10+ years but it did not like greens.

Cheers,

PJ

Guzzle
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PJ thanks. Got any recipes for nice tasting green juices. All the best. G

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Hey Guzzle,

Blend up a big vanilla milkshake and put a few drops of green food dye! Best green drink you can make!

Guzzle
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Don, the title alludes to both a green herb and your undoubted wisdom! You are hilarious mate. I like the way you balance experience with irony. A very Brit trait. What can I do to test eating progress given that we do not have taco bell on our little island?

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donfoo
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Don't quote me as saying special green herbs in a blender drink is something recommended unless you want to gag yourself.Tongue Out  Baked herbs make fine dining though.

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I bought one from TV from some American talk show host Montel Williams. I like his blender a whole lot more than his TV show. It even makes hot soup by blending it for about 10 minutes. (Go easy on the onion)  I use to make what I called garbage smoothies. Anything left over in the fridge went in. I kept notes on what tasted good and others I never wanted to try again. I was always big on the fruity mixtures which more than likely made me the fruitcake I am today. I bought bags of frozen fruits unless I could get fresh when in season. A few times I put some Jack Daniels whiskey in  just to spice it up a bit. (I didn't put that in my notes) The best part was experimenting.

      Jeff

Guzzle
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Jeff, thanks mate. Will have a crack buddy. JD is pretty cool brother but it AINT whiskey its bourbon ad you know and its not up there with makers mark! If you are ever in the UK and we both have taste buds I will educate you about whisky my friend! But you cant knock JD with a mixer! Putting a mixer in a decent scotch is a sin. Having seen your e mail address will drop you a line.

 

 

 

We may have a bit in common historically. You'll never Walk Alone. G.

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Don’t worry about the sugar that is in the natural fruit it was created by God for your body and is by far different in chemical nature then the man made process sugar. Every night before bed I blend up a nice fruit fill glass with a little no sugar cereal in it and put down my PEG tube, it keeps me from getting hungry through the night.

 

Tim Hondo

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when i was diagnosed i purchased the nutra bullet and never looked back since. when i was in radiation i had to stop as it burnt my throat, but about a month or so after treatment i was able to begin juicing again. i work out so i add a scoop of whey isolate protein to my blend. it varies but the steady ingrediants i use are - Kale, bannana- only half, strawberries, carrots, celery, walnuts, flax seed, a teaspoon virgin olive oil. i mix it up with blueberries, rassberries, blackberries, melon , cantalope, apples and oranges. i go shopping every sunday religiosly and spend about 50 bucks for the week. i also invest in yogurt every week with live culture - differant fruit. the radiation diet is the best diet in the word - i lost around 40 pounds and almost had to have a peg put in but i got through without it. that being said as soon as i could tolerate food again my main objective was to put back some weight. so i added ice cream, ensure etc. for the extra calories. now i have to watch my weight again so i tyr to lay off the ice cream and protein shakes as i dont need them any longer. there are two schools of juicing - blending which is what i do and juicing which i think has more sugar and not as many advantages but do what you feel is right for you. once you get into it, it will be addicting and you will not be able to stop because it makes you feel that good - just like working out- its tough in the beginning but once you get use to it, you cant stop. good luck with your new journy - listen to the advise of your team and talk to everyone here and you will be fine. if you havent started treatment yet get out there and enjoy your favorite foods, favorite wine - dont be afraid to gain some weight as you will lose it fast enough. i am at 16 months after treatment and still dont have all my taste back, others get it back quickly - but you dont know so go enjoy all your favorites now

Guzzle
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Roar, thanks. Start in about 2 weeks. Hoping to get through without peg. 6 weeks rt and 3 days ct. Good to see you got back to excercise.

Guzzle
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Lots of people shared your advice about food. Ran 5 miles this morning and off for a curry this evening. I believe the spice taste is the last to return (if ever!). Love spicy food but looks like it may have to go!

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debbiejeanne
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guzzle, i never cared for spicy foods b4 cancer but now the spicier the better!  so i'm hoping your taste for spice will come back.  i've always heard that sweet is the last to come back.  keeping my fingers crossed for you.

dj

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PJ47
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I cup of kale or fresh spinach,

1 grannie smith apple (sometimes 2 apples)

2 celery stalks

1 cucumber

1 lemon (juice of) or lime

1 kiwi

 

Heres to your health!

PJ

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hwt
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I'm not a juicer but wanted to say, if your taste buds go south, try melons and cantalope. This whole process is trial and error. 

Guzzle
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Sounds awesome will try. Thanks all. Also

 

 for hope that my spice buds may return! A journey of discovery!

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