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Yes, it's about time! I got an omega 8005 juicer. Not the very best of the best, but perfectly suitable for what I need. I could have spent 2 to 5X more and gotten an even better machine, but for the price, this looked like the best buy for me. It's a masticating juicer so it doesn't heat up the juice like the centrifugal types. (I'm not sure I have all the right terminology, but hopefully you get my drift) The flavor is much improved over what came out of my old juicer, that was under $40. It's not noisy at all, at least not with carrots and pineapple, which is all I've tried so far. I will try almond butter and frozen bananas and all that fun stuff too. Should save us some money on carrot juice from the juice bar. It's surprisingly easy to clean, expecially in comparison to my old machine.
What really sealed the deal for me was, with my newfound post-shellfish-poisoning food ultra-sensitivities, I reacted to a couple sips of carrot/pineapple juice from the juice bar, which uses canned or concentrated pineapple juice - must have added citric acid or corn-derived vitamin C. (How's that for a run-on sentence!) Also I noticed some Dole canned pineapple had citric acid to it, which I had never seen before. I can't live off the mercy of food manufacturers anymore.
Any great ideas of what to do with my juicer? I'd like to start juicing some greens into the mix...spinach, collards, kale. For today we're all happy with fresh carrot/pineapple juice. I'm also using it to make baby food. It's easier than my little baby foodmill, and the baby likes the results a bit better. His favorite canned baby food is pears & winter squash, so I better pick up some of those and make up a batch. My invention I'd like to try is sauteed bananas, frozen, then put through the machine and mixed with cocoa and spices. That should be one nice ice cream! (Not a baby food just yet though
I'm wondering if my corn reaction isn't really an allergy at all, but more of a personal toxicity. The thing that makes me wonder, is the similarity to the reaction to shellfish toxin. Also, the fact that the reactions are compounded by each other. Perhaps it's just another illustration of the power of a lectin. I'll be seeing an allergist for the first time, finally, anyhow. We'll see what I learn from that, at least I should get an epipen for my pistachio allergy. They aren't a common food, like peanuts, but you never know! Rosemary is pretty common, and I suppose that could evolve beyond a rash.
BTW, I've lost about 10 pounds since my ultimatum. When was that, May 18th? About 3 weeks. I'm not trying to lose weight, since I'm nursing, but I'm trying to heal and get healthy again. (I have weight to lose, pregnancy really hits me that way, so no complaints 'bout it.) I still have symptoms crop up from the shellfish poisoning, if I get stressed, tired, or eat a little of something I shouldn't. I still worry a bit about the toxin and breastmilk, but I called every authority on the matter I could, and they said if it wasn't affecting him after two weeks, it probably wasn't going to. It's probably not the type that goes through the milk. As far as toxins from weightloss, I think since I was healthy and compliant during the gain (pregnancy), that there shouldn't be much trouble there either. Most of all, I need to feel good to raise my boys, and that's my primary motivator. Formula sometimes gets recalled for worse than my breastmilk could have in it.
Anyway, thanks for all the comments, I haven't had time to reply to everyone, but I hope to!