Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Omega Juicer RIP

I like to think of my weight loss journey as an adventure. When I committed myself to losing the pounds I packed on once I hit 40, I promised myself that I would not be afraid to explore anything.
One of the greatest adventures I've had is juicing. When I first heard about juicing I was skeptical, but now I'm fully committed to it.
I've done short term juice fasts at home--up to three days. It's also not uncommon for me to use juice as a meal replacement a few times a week. A tall delicious glass of pineapple, watermelon strawberry juice is a fantastic way to start the day, and carrot, celery ginger juice is a terrific light lunch.

The only fly in the ointment, was the juicer itself. The juice guru at my local health food store insisted that I get an Omega juicer. I followed his advice but found the Omega hard to use, and worse, a bitch to clean. It also would start to vibrate excessively whenever it was not assembled perfectly or if I was juicing heavier fruits and vegetables like carrots and watermelon. And, I had to peel harder rinds like pineapple.

A few weeks ago I just snapped one morning when the Omega started vibrating to the point I couldn't juice from the moment I turned it on. Nothing I did would get it to stop vibrating (although it didn't do so the next time I turned it on).

Frustrated that I couldn't get my morning juice, I went straight to my computer and ordered a Breville Juice Fountain from Williams-Sonoma.

What a difference!!!! The juice guru may have had his reasons for recommending the Omega, but from a convenience point of view, the Breville just kills it. It doesn't vibrate at all, and is a breeze to clean compared to the Omega. Best of all, it can juice a pineapple rind and all, and the extra large feeding tube lets me juice with a minimal of chopping.

And, the Stainless steel Breville looks so much better in my Wedgwood blue, red and white kitchen. The Omega just clashed something awful.


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