Then I went away for the weekend to the wedding and the beets sat in my fridge. Then I kept waking up in the morning (my juicing time) with a slightly elevated blood sugar, which gives you that horrible "I'm not hungry at all in the morning!" feeling some folks talk about, so I didn't juice.
DIABETES INFORMATION INTERLUDE:
Just FYI, in case you understand/care about blood sugars and diabetes and stuff, my "slightly elevated blood sugar" in the morning that I referred to was, like, 86 to 99 while my ideal morning sugar is between 68 and 85. But those "higher" morning sugars are perfectly good sugars! Normal is between 70 and 120. But while you're asleep, your sugar should really drop because you're not eating, you're fasting. In the morning, most non-diabetics will have a sugar under 100. If you don't eat close to bed, then you wake up in the morning and go to Quest Diagnostics or some such place without eating breakfast, you could go get your fasting blood sugar tested if you wanted to. It's better for it to be lower. That means your body is using insulin efficiently. It's good if you wake up hungry! That is an indication of blood sugar health. For me, though, with type 1 diabetes, my body doesn't regulate insulin. I inject all my insulin and have to decide how much to use and try to think like a pancreas would. The aim is to be as good at it as a pancreas would be if it were functional, and I do pretty OK considering that when I wake, if my sugar is on the high end of what's correct for a fasting blood sugar, it makes me feel as though eating is intolerable. That's actually awesome. It means I'm keeping my sugars down--my body is accustomed to lower overall sugars.
INTERLUDE OVER. Back to food now.
Yesterday the beets still seemed fine so I put them into some juice that also contained:
--the last, like, 2 collard greens I had on hand;
--the greens from celeriac, which smell like celery, so they should be fine, right?;
--1 orange; and,
--an inch of ginger.
I was basing this mix off a drink in The Big Book of Juices, but the author of that book had two apples instead of one and no salad greens and it had a stalk of celery instead of those celeriac greens. I thought it would probably be fine. And it would have been, except, the beets! Wow, the beets. They change everything. They make a shocking amount of juice! And they taste strongly. It was hard to drink it all, but I took it like a vegan and chugged it down.
This doesn't mean I've given up on juicing beets! It just means I may leave this one to the experts. That is, I'll find myself a recipe for juices with beets, and not go off script. I mean, I cannot just ABANDON beets. You know why? Here's why.
Now with better sound quality, but without the original cartoon...
Since this song seems to have been made for people like us, let's take a moment to observe the lyrics to this classic Beets song.
Fast food feels fuzzy,
cuz it's made from stuff that's skuzzy!
I always thought I was such a nerd.
I refused to touch that strange bean curd.
I wouldn't eat it, WOW! But it ate you!
Ah eeh ooh, killer tofu! (Eee-ahh-ee)
Ooh eeh ooh, killer tofu!
I eat my sugar cereal,
but it makes my teeth bacterial! (Eee-ahh-ee-yo, Eee-ahh-ee)
If you feel kinda cruddy, (Eee-ahh-ee)
Just stick right by your buddy. (Eee-ahh-ee-yo)
I don't eat, t-t-t-t-too much fried food!
Thank you for this bit of childhood wisdom, Beets. I shall watch out for this killer tofu.