Eyek Ntekim 

Writer + Content Creator

Hello and welcome to my blog! AfrikanRising is a place where I (Eyek) discuss (complete) health, beauty, and social justice. As a twentysomething year old Nigerian, I'm sharing my stories, from my struggles with self acceptance, to my favorite skincare products.

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Juicing

Juicing

I'm laughing so hard as I write this because of how wrong my um "experiment" went. Essentially, what I wanted to do was spend three days drinking cold-pressed juices. My goals were to find out the benefits of juicing and what the hype is all about. The juices I purchased and drank were from a local organic store near my house. I have no particular reason as to why I chose these companies, the flavors just seemed like they would taste good. I also have no idea why I decided to do this because I am not an adventurous person. I do not try new things. I do not forge paths unknown, especially when it comes to food. Not sure what came over me and I'm still confused as I write this. All in all, I learned a few things during this....experience.

1.) Juicing is EXPENSIVE

2.) They are not meant to be meal replacements (for me)

3.) I don't like drinks that have chunks in them unless I'm the person who made it. (Judge me if you like)

Okay, so here is how it went:

Day 1

 

After the first few sips, I had to cancel day one of this experiment. It seemed so promising though, with 15 grams of protein, I knew that this juice would be relatively filling, and also the ingredients, most notably the mangoes and bananas, made me think that I was going to love this drink. That was not the case. I should have mentioned this earlier, but since it is a protein drink it is expected that there will be some sort of protein powder, in this case it was soy and whey powder.The drink was veeeeery thick and also with 25 (yes 25) grams of sugar, it was STILL tasteless. After each sip I was wondering "where did they put the sugar, like did it evaporate or..?". Needless to say, I was done for the day. 

Day 2

 

Day two went a lot better. I tried a cashew milk that had cinnamon and nutmeg in it. It was very good but was not filling at all. About 30 minutes after drinking this milk/juice I was hungry again. I would definitely try this one again, but I would probably have it as a snack and not a meal replacement. 

Day 3

 

Lawd!!! That was my reaction to drinking this particular one. At this point I was fed up. I asked my sister/photographer to try the juice just in case  I was being over dramatic and she took one sip and felt bad for me as well. Needless to say, day 3 was a disaster.

After day 3, I thought back to al those times I saw people drinking these kinds of juices and I couldn't help but wonder "are they really enjoying that or are they just punishing themselves" because the past three days felt like punishment. I am not here to say don't buy juices and I am not suggesting that juicing is punishment. What I am saying is this: you really need to think about why you would want to start juicing. Are you doing this in order to incorporate more veggies or fruits into your life or are you trying to reach "body goals"? Since this juicing trend began, close friends and family members either have tried juicing to "lose weight" or have advised me to juice so that  I could "slim down". Cold-pressed juices are marketed as being healthy, but with 25 grams of sugar, are they really? I encourage you all to think about this the next time a trend like juicing comes along. Think about your intentions before trying these things and also think about your tastebuds (I'm still disgusted).

I can't help but think about my video that I posted earlier this month in which things got  a little shady when I called my sister out for filling our fridge with juices she never drinks, now I understand why she would do such a thing. 

I'm auctioning off the last few juices in my fridge. Items will be sold to the highest bidder. You better try your luck. 

-Eyek 

 

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