I have a breville and love it. It's a juicefountain. Not the top modes, but this thing spins like a racing machine. Whopping 15000( no typo: fifteen thousand rpm) spinn really fast. What you have to be carful with: ALWAYS make sure you unplug it and it has completely stopped before you open it. Always after juicing clean it right away, so that stuff does not get ugly to clean. Buy yourself a second strainer as a backup. Mine is after now possibly a half year using still getting all the stuff but you see a difference in the performance.
Buy yourself also a peeler, there are just a few dollars and are worth it. I peel my carrots before juicing. Apples are getting quartered, and the core gets taken out, but the peel,stays on. And that's where the most nutrients are. I bought my breville at bestbuy .com online. It was about 100$. I love mine.
One thing though, when you set the juicer up, it comes with a cup where the fresh pressed juice runs into. That cup needs to sit totally correct in place, otherwise the juice will drip all over and not in the cup. And when you put peeled carrots in, put them with he larger diameter in first. That's what it said in the description.
I am totally serious about the juicing thing, because I see what it does for me and I see what deviating from it does as well, and how my body reacts to it...it's scary. Anyways, I think the only way to live longer is to go back to the old ways, where stuff is made from scratch and not from boxes. That's the only way. I am a firm believer of that.
Ok, if you need recipes, let me know. I am very happy that you are willing to give it a shot. And you know, don't change your diet from one day to another. That's too hard and hard. Unless you are like me, a Thor ( brick wall, brick wall, fall down, get back up and brick wall again and again..) lol...
So, what you want to do is:
1) get with your doctor or find a good doctor you are comfortable with, that's also a key thing, have him/ her run a blood panel for lipids ( hdl/ldl) triglycerides and A1C, which will show sugar levels in your body and if you are diabetic you know what that means. Ask your doctor, for the meds you are taking, what fruits or veggies you should avoid. For example Grapefruit is is i think because of blood pressure meds to avoid, and dark peavy green vegetables like spinach have a high constant vitamin K , which contributes to blood clotting. So you need to know for yourself, what you can and cannot do. That will give you a perimeter to operate in and be safe.
2) eliminate sodas. The regular and then the diet. That will reset your insulin resistance and help,your body to reset itself, if you have not developed type 1 or type 2 diabetes yet.
2) caffein, replace with like peppermint tea or camomile tea. On the beginning with black tea. Black tea contains tein it's a similar thing to coffein. If you steep black tea under two minutes it is supposed to wake you up, if you steep it over 2 minutes ( like 5 or so), It will make you sleepy. Also it replaces ( at least for me) the habit of having coffee in the car. Which I still do occasionally, but not gallon wise like I used to. For me coffee did not even work anymore.
3) avoid processed foods. That means , try to eliminate stuff that comes in boxes or bags. Most of the even potato chips are GMOs. That means genetically engineered organism because of the oils they are fried in. Any oils like canola, corn oil, cottonseed and vegetable oil Mostly contains GMO's unless they are labeled certified organic. And that is sometimes questionable to..... So, hence.
4) read labels. Learn what it means partially hydrogenated... They basically bomb the material with hydrogen on a cellular level and that alters the cells. So, again avoid that stuff and look for a healthier version.
5) sugars, avoid aspartame, it's toxic and is in many artificial sweeteners ( like diet sodas , chewing gum etc). Avoid high fructose corn syrup. It triggers your brain to want more of the stuff which contains it...because it overwrites the ability of our body to recognize when it has enough of something. And hi fructose corn syrup is in many many things. So again, read your labels.from ketchup to WIC foods, trenches wit GMO's, they are everywhere.
6) corn products. From my so beloved Cheetos extra hot ( god I miss you Cheetos) , say good buy. Corn is a GMO and you are better of without it.
7) most meats, limit yourself to chicken and fish. The chicken soak it in vinegar water1 cup vinegar : 3 cups water) in cubed or portions or the whole bird. Vinegar is your friend and takes out many hormones the chicken has released when it was electrecuted. Or better: go to your farmers marked and buy free range if you can.
8) find a store near where you live where you can grind your own almond and peanut butter. WINCO here has that. And there is no preservatives, you see what you get without added sugars and garbage. Plus it tastes so much better.
9) limit meat intake. Try to on the beginning maybe just have 3 days a weak where you eat meat. Make those occasions special. ( friends, family, helps).
10) avoid salts. I cook mostly salt free and add for taste after cooked. Salt raises blood pressure and makes your arteries and veins brittle. So avoid that if you can, and replace with a nice spice rack. I have so much spices, and right now I am discovering the wonderful beauty of cooking Indian food from scratch, the curries are such a wonderful thing...
11) try to avoid harsh chemicals in your household. Vinegar, bakin soda and borax soap are really nice more natural based detergents.
12) switch your dogs: my dogs are getting organic carrots as snacks, because I don't believe in giving them chemically processed foods. And one of my dogs is a vegetarian. He gets fish and sometimes a raw bone to clean his teeth, but that's like 2 bones per month.... So not too much.
So, hope that helps. Two thumbs up. Don't be scared. Be patient, you are not alone. I am here to help. Let me know when you are ready for recipes. And you can either feed your dogs the pulp, use it for other stuff or start your own compost...