Health Benefits of Self-Gifting

27 Mar

Photo by Kendal

Photo by Kendal

As I mentioned in my last post, March represents “birthday month” in my family. Mine is coming up on Friday, my brother’s is tomorrow and my father’s was on the first of the month. In my experience, self-gifting can either go two ways: you give yourself nothing at all or you go nuts and buy something extravagant. This year, I went the latter route and used my husband’s claim that it’s really his birthday gift to me as justification. Riiight.

So what is this insanely extravagant gift I’ve purchased for my 28th (gaaah!) birthday? A pair of designer shoes, perhaps? That supple, cognac-hued leather jacket I’ve been coveting?

Neither. I bought myself a top-of-the-line juicer. And as my friends at ClubThrifty can attest, it’s not the most frugal habit to be getting into.

My husband and I recently developed a twisted interest in food documentaries. I’m an impressionable person so these descriptive and often graphic glimpses into the horrors of our food system are highly impactful. We started looking more closely at poultry labeling after watching Food Inc., and I even tried going Vegan after a particularly devastating scene in Vegucated. And finally, the quips about juicing that I overheard during Food Matters inspired me to learn more about its health benefits.

In a timely twist of fate, my mom began using her juicer on a daily basis. She was hooked from day one, excitedly telling me about all the different fruits and veggies she was able to cram into one delicious beverage. Best of all, she admitted to feeling happier, more energetic and more satisfied. Such a commendation required further investigation, so one day I helped her juice a delicious, nutrient-rich drink. Her Waring Pro is an intense looking beast with a mind of its own, at one point vibrating uncontrollably and threatening to launch itself off the counter (even after I unplugged it). Despite this setback, what we produced was indeed delicious and I was eager to get my own.

Hoping to avoid another near-death experience, I opted for the highest-rated juicer according to Amazon reviewers. As it turns out, the juicer I purchased is similar to one featured in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, another food documentary I’ll be adding to my Netlflix queue. My juicer — coined “Juicey” by my husband — arrives today and I’m giddy with anticipation. Though it’s not the most frugal move, I do believe it will save me money in the long run. Personal health is absolutely intertwined with personal finance, especially in our pill-popping, Big Pharma culture.

Do you have any un-frugal habits that offer other benefits? What are they and how do you justify them?

6 Responses to “Health Benefits of Self-Gifting”

  1. The Norwegian Girl March 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I`ve thought about buying a juicer myself, but I don`t have a very big kitchen, and the appliances I`ve already got takes up a lot of space. But I really do like the idea of being able to juice all kinds of fruits. There aren`t many things that can beat that freshly pressed juice!

    • Kendal March 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      I’ve juiced twice this weekend and I’m hooked. I think you can find smaller juices to accommodate your space should you really get interested in purchasing one. I juiced carrots, celery, apples, kale and pineapples (with the peel on), plus I added fresh orange and lemon juice from a citrus juicer. Still ironing out the ingredients but I highly recommend it!

  2. Holly@ClubThrifty April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    ohhh….I hope you’re loving it! What’s your favorite recipe?

    • Kendal April 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      I AM loving it! I’ve juiced every day (sometimes twice) since I got it. So far, my favorite recipe is 4 carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 1 Granny Smith apple, handful of kale and 2 pineapple rings. I’d like to get more veggies in there like red cabbage and bok choy but I need to make another run to the store! Even my husband is getting into it. The juicer is super easy to clean and I really enjoy how everything is tasting. I could LIVE on juice!

  3. KK @ Student Debt Survivor April 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I’ve read so much about juicing lately and am really tempted to give it a try. BF is always saying that we don’t eat enough fruits and veggies (and it’s so right). I’m worried I wouldn’t like the taste of certain foods when they are blended together (do you taste the kale in your recipe above?)

    • Kendal April 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      I think juicing is the best way to get a TON of fruits and veggies into your diet without choking down raw broccoli and celery stalks everyday. Everyone’s taste buds are different and it certainly requires some experimentation, but ultimately carrots, green apples and lemon juice go a long way in masking the bitterness and distinctive flavors of some vegetables. My husband recently juiced an entire beet (stems and all) into one of our drinks and I HATED it. We cut it to half a beet on the next recipe and it was MUCH better. I hardly taste the kale in my recipes, but that’s likely due to all the carrots and citrus I add. Ultimately, I highly recommend giving it a try! Thanks for commenting. :)