Wednesday, October 19, 2011

To Juice or Not To Juice


Like most Australians these days I one day dream of being self sufficient in many ways - We grow fruit and vegetables in our home garden, I bake from scratch and I do my best to feed my family good wholesome meals and healthy food.  Little did I know that the expensive "Pure Orange Juice" that I buy for my family is not what it is made out to be......  Did you see Today Tonight's article on so called Australian Juice ???  If not you can see it HERE.



I feel very ripped off - Even the 2 litre bottle of Orange Juice that is made by a local company here in Tasmania is from "Imported and Local Products"  If you believe the local growers they say that the only local component is the bottle and the water.  Well they have lost me !!  I am disgusted that yet another food product that we feed our children is not all it is cracked up to be. !!



So off I went and bought myself an electric citrus juicer. - I cannot seem to get all of the juice out with my manual version so for an investment of $29 I now have a machine which gets all of the juice out.


And it is delicious !!  For just a little bit of effort every second day we now have "fresh" juice and I know exactly what's in it and where it came from. 


In January of this year I promised myself that I would eat healthy, lose weight and excercise - You know one of those new year's resolutions that went haywire after the second week.  Instead I have comfort ate my way through the year.  I have had a very emotional year with sickness, my son's amputation and illness and much much more ... so much so that my motivation levels hit rock bottom and my wardrobe become increasingly boring as I grew out of clothes.  Last week I decided to give it another go.  So far so good - But I am not promising anything just trying extra hard.


I am a huge fan of Annette Sym's books - Symply Too Good To Be True.  The recipes are delicious and you really don't think that you are dieting - Just making a few better choices and baking from scratch all of the time - This of course takes time and effort but I am determined to try harder this time.  This is a Semi Sun Dried Tomato and Olive Loaf.  Very tasty and very nice.


Her latest Book - No 6 is full of diet tips along with a 28 menu plan which is fantastic - It is real food for real women cooking for a family. 



Her books are at most newsagents - Next time you are there pick one up and have a browse - You will see how lovely her recipes are and how simple they are to cook.


 On the sewing front I have been working on a few different projects and recently finished this little baby quilt - This one is for new niece.  I also have to make a similar one by Saturday night for a charity quiz night I am going to - I offered to donate one to auction off. 


The Go Baby makes the applique super easy.


Luckily tomorrow is a public holiday in Southern Tasmania so I will be able to work on the second one.


I have a bit of reading to do too and then I will be back to show you something special that a friend of mine has written - Believe me you are going to love it.

Until then,

Love and Hugs - Fee XX

12 comments:

shez said...

i missed the TV show about the juices i will go and watch it in a min,Fee can you tell me where you got your juicer from please,and how cute is that baby quilt.

Stitchin' time said...

We grow lots of fruit here and it always tastes better. I must make some more meals from my Annette Sym books but I don't have any support from the other family members as they are 'meat and 3 veg' people and I can't always downsize the recipes so the diet becomes a chore management and expense wise.
That's a really nice baby quilt.
Cheers,
Robyn

retdairyqueen said...

I have had an electric juicer for some time We have a very productive orange tree so it is put to good use
Good luck with the healthy lifestyle
Hugs

Kathy said...

Oh how right you are Fee! I struggle to buy local food, try as I might. I also ate for comfort all trough this last year and my wardrobe and Doctor are both growling at me! I have the A. Sims books, but have forgotten to use them of late - perhaps I should dust them off.
Love the appliqué border on the baby rug :)

Allie said...

Oh yes - most juice [anywhere in the world it seems] is NOT what it says it is! Best to make your own, good for you.
I'm in the same boat Fee, I need to lose but my motivation isn't there. I think I really need to move more...I recently put my exercise bike in my sewing room [small as it is] and so far I've been on it every day.

That little quilt is just darling, I hope you're well on your way with your second. Here's to sunnier and healthier days!

Barb said...

Don't feel lonely in the eating your way to comfort and out of your clothes.....I have my hand raised....

Enjoyed your post....

Michelle said...

I think that goes for a lot of the food we eat not just orange juice... I think a lot of what they do with our food is half the reason so many people are ill...
Cute little quilt!

Melinda said...

I sympathise about the juice. It's getting harder and harder to buy good food. I blame the 2 big supermarkets. They rip us off and rip the producers off, then sell us inferior produce. I'm sorry you've had a bad time lately and I hope it gets better for you. I'm a comfort eater too. (If we drank, smoked or popped pills to help with stress, it wouldn't show so much I guess).

Margaret said...

You'r right probab;y the bottle and the water, or just the water.The recipe books look interesting I will have a look for one tomorrow, Thanks.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I know what you are saying about the juice..I always had the good stuff from the carton, but I have been juicing one orange every morning now for a few months....A fundraiser was held here in town..and it was a Bigget Looser...they had a woman come and weigh do all the tests and advise the contestants...and she basically said we all need to go back to the basics, just like when we were all kids, fruit/veg/meat/full cream milk...no diet foods at all, none....just basic good natural food....plus exercise....every person who participated in this fund raiser lost weight....good on you Fee...

Dawn said...

Agreed Fee, I feel ripped off too... I have been juicing half heartedly and my hubby drinks it by the gallon...so now fresh is best for us...and with Aussie oranges too...Love your loaf, oh I could just eat some... yummo... added the book to me look at list...
sweet quilt with gorgeous critters... Love it.
Hugs Dawn x x x

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