Making your own juice in a Champion Juicer is simple and easy. My interest in juicing came from wanting to reduce inflammation in my leg that is the result of having chronic severe sciatic nerve pain for the past 6 almost 7 months. The affected nerves caused a tremendous amount of inflammation. So many readers of Nutmeg Notebook were writing to me with testimonials about how fresh celery juice in particular, was helping either themselves or a loved one with sciatic nerve pain. I was so impressed I simply had to try it myself.
I have been practicing a number of protocols to try and help with the pain and inflammation so I can not be certain that the celery juice is working magic. However, I can tell you that on the days I don’t drink the fresh celery juice my pain has been more elevated. Now that could be a coincidence or my imagination at play. There is no scientific evidence that celery juice will help – it is purely anecdotal advice based upon personal experiences, including my own. Even if this turns out to be a placebo affect – I am okay with that. If mind over matter makes my pain less – and the only cost to me is some fresh celery and the time it takes to juice it – count me in.Jump to Recipe
Let’s talk about juicing. What is it? Juicing is the process of separating the juice from the fiber and seeds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The remaining juice contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant chemicals) of the fruit or vegetables.
Let us not forget how important fiber is to our diet. I am not suggesting that people juice in place of eating their fruits and vegetables. I still eat my fresh vegetables and fruits every day. The celery juice is in addition to everything I already eat that is healthy.
There is no scientific evidence that the extracted juices are healthier than eating the fruits or vegetables themselves. However with juicing you are getting a large dose of the nutrients without having to eat pounds and pounds of produce!
Enjoy this short video on making Celery Juice and a Celery Cucumber Cooler.
I already owned the Champion Juicer model 2000 when I decided to start juicing celery. It is a masticating juicer meaning that it cuts and chews the produce during the juicing process. The Champion Juicer was my birthday gift last year. I wanted it to make the best frozen fruit sorbet! Which is does quite nicely. I really had no intention of using it for juicing.
I keep my daughter’s Breville Compact Juice Fountain at my house as she doesn’t have room to store it. Before I had the Champion Juicer I would use her Breville Juicer to make celery juice for Dr Fuhrman’s Anti – Cancer Soup. The Breville works really well for juicing. It is a centrifugal juicer using a high speed to spin the produce for fast extraction. You can’t use it to make fruit sorbets. But if you want an economical juicer I think it does a good job for the price.
I did a 2 1/2 day juice fast back in May to try and help with the nerve pain. I made a wide variety of juices using recipes from The Abundance Diet book by my friend Somer McCowan and some juices that I just threw together. They all tasted fabulous. I did reduce the inflammation, but I didn’t love being on a juice fast. I really enjoy eating food! A daily glass of celery juice works better for me.
A mug of fresh celery juice with one of my Quinoa Banana Oat Muffins.
- 20 ounces organic fresh celery stalks only, washed cut into 1 inch pieces
- Place handfuls of cut and washed celery in the feeding tube of the juicer, use the tamper to press it down to the cutting blade. Repeat until all of the celery is juiced. Enjoy!
Celery Cucumber Cooler
- organic celery, stalks, washed and cut in 1 inch pieces
- organic cucumber, washed and cut length wise
- organic apple, cut into wedges
- organic fresh mint
- Place handfuls of produce in the juicer feeding tube and use the tamper to press it down to the cutting blade. Use as much of each ingredient as you like to suit your personal preference.
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I have been juicing since 1965. It s great! I did not let others silly comments on. “Fiber” dissuade me. They just didn’t understand it. Be sure to make homemade veggie broth from the pulp. Just put in a pot and cover with 2inches of water. Bring to boil and simmer 30 minutes. It makes great celery or broccoli soup. I also use it instead of water in my green smoothies. Congrats on juicing.
Thank you Heidi!
I am also dealing with some sciatic issues and some joint pain, despite being WFPB for 10 years and SO free (I’m still including some salt in my diet). Question #1: Do you think salt is an issue that affects sciatic pain and inflammation? It seems that celery is high in sodium so I was just wondering about that. Question #2: Why juice when you can blend in a Vitamix?
I am sorry you also have some sciatic nerve issues and joint pain. Yes absolutely salt can make inflammation worse. I don’t know why the celery works to help reduce inflammation even though it is naturally higher sodium – good question for a doctor or scientist! I love juicing with Champion Juicer and it removes the pulp so I don’t have to run the juice through a straining bag. I like the end result from the juicer.
Wishing you well.
I have juiced for many years and used celery juice as a tonic just before bed. It helps me sleep soundly. As for the sciatic pain, you may want to look up EGOSCUE therapy. There are practitioners all over California.