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I bought a juicer! Happy New Year’s Day to Me!

Autism Adderall and Juicing
A long time ago (years), I used to exercise, and juice—a lot. I can recall feeling very good in general, and good about myself and my health. I’ve gotten so far away from those days in recent years, and after reading a few health blogs I’ve decided to give juicing another go.
Today, I bought myself a juicer so I could one again make some of my favourite juices from Juice Buff (Happy New Year’s Day to Me) and I am sitting here typing and drinking my first juice from my “gift” to myself—apple, orange, grapefruit, lemon, carrot juice. It is tart, kind of sweet and sour, but not bad for my first time dropping fruits and veggies indiscriminately into a juicer in—oh, about ten years. I’ve wanted a juicer for such a long time and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get one. But I am so happy with the one I have now. With this being said, if I wasn’t advised to look into a site like Identifyr, I would probably still be in the store searching for a juicer or would have picked any one without thinking anything of it. What I’m saying is that with something as simple as a juicer, you should do some research into finding the best one for you. Some do more than others and you’ll need to identify if you want something simple or one that comes with additional features. Don’t rush into making a decision. Take your time.
I have had an issue recently, which I wrote about here: The Adderal Experiment, about how I am increasingly cranky on Adderall. I was unable to ascertain if it was the Adderall itself making me irritable and giving me headaches, or if it is that that I simply do not eat while taking the medication. A combination of laziness and stubbornness lead me to forego my Adderall intake for the past few weeks because I was running out and dreaded picking up the phone to make a doctor’s appointment for a refill.
I have not really been less irritable, but I have definitely been less productive and focused. Another downside—I’ve put on fifteen pounds in the past month and a half, not good. Fifteen pounds represents about 12 % of my total body weight so it is a huge amount of weight for me to gain so quickly. I can feel it in my legs, knees, and my incredibly painful back.
Unfortunately, I have a pretty bad case of degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis throughout my spine—not fun, and it begins to hurt if I carry around any extra weight (which is most of the time). Out of sheer vainness, I decided I would start taking my Adderall again, lose the pounds, and be able to focus better. The problem is I will likely not eat well, or at all most days except for maybe my morning coffee (ya, I know real healthy!).
My solutions: juice!! I will definitely drink when I take my meds because they make me insanely thirsty. My new experiment is to drink vegetable (green) juices, and fruit juices to ensure that I get the nourishment my body needs. Let’s see then if I am super cranky and flying around the house on my broom stick…I hope not, but only time will tell.
Today is Day 1 of my juicing madness. I didn’t take my Adderall, but I will begin to take it again tomorrow (I have a small supply leftover in the back of the cabinet) and make an appointment for a check-up and refill. Alright, I’ll have hubby make the appointment. I hate picking up that telephone and talking to anyone including the receptionist who makes appointments. So stay tuned, and we will see what happens…if I don’t give you all an update someone, please, remind me!
Have a Happy and HEALTHY New Year!
~Aspie Writer
Oh by the way, my kids bought me Wii Fit for Christmas (think they were trying to tell Mom something), so I’ve been playing with my new “toy” too—and everything hurts!

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.