Karen Schule

Karen’s Reviews of the Best Juicers


Juice is one of those things that, while refreshing during the summertime, is perfect all year round, especially considering the amount of produce that is at your disposal even during the colder months. When selecting a juicer, it’s important to keep in mind what types of fruits and vegetables you want to juice. Fruits and vegetables of varying hardness and such will work better with different machines. The following is a list of juicers of varying price values that will work with varying fruits and vegetables. All in all, these are some of the best juicers currently on the market.


  • Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor




Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor is one of the best juicers in its price range. It features an extra-wide 3-inch feeder chute which it claims can create an 8-oz. cup of of juice in 5 seconds. Furthermore, it also claims to extract more juice than other juicers (up to 30% more juice and 40% more vitamins). This juicer is able to juice harder fruits and vegetables due to its dual speed feature. This juicer is fast, easy to use, and easy to clean, meaning you can get as much juice as you want or need faster and with less hassle.


  • Black + Decker JE2200B Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor


Black + Decker JE2200B Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor is a great value buy. For the price point you get a juicer in which you can manage the amount of pulp in your juice and is also easy enough to use (with a simple on/off button), and easy enough to clean (with dishwasher safe parts and accessories). The one downside with this juicer is that it does leave some extra juice inside the pulp; however, you always have the option of running the pulp a second time, or straining the pulp for the extra juice. Either way, this juicer is a great buy for the price point.


  • Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain Juice Extractor



Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain Juice Extractor is a slightly more inexpensive version of Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus Juice Extractor. Don’t be fooled by the price; this juicer is a heavy duty one and is incredibly powerful. It features a 700-watt motor that gives you maximum extraction for your juicing needs. Furthermore, it has dishwasher-safe parts and also comes with a cleaning brush, so you can get into every nook and cranny, making the cleanup process even easier. Though this juicer is not perfect when working with leafy greens, it is ideal for harder fruits and vegetables. Lastly, its compact size makes it easy to store.


  • Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor


Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor is another great lower-price buy. It features an 800-watt motor that is meant to give you even more extraction from those tougher fruits and vegetables. It also features an extra-large pulp bin that allows for continuous juicing as opposed to needing to continuously empty the pulp bin. It also features removable plastic parts that are dishwasher safe. For smaller juicing needs, Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor is a great buy.


  • Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer




Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is a juicer with a powerful motor. It features lower speeds which are meant to help reduce foaming, clogging, as well as any heat build-up in the machine. Since pulp build-up is a common issue with juicers, this one features an auto pulp-ejection function so you can continuously juice without any interruptions. As opposed to the Breville Compact Juice Fountain Juice Extractor, this machine is ideal for juicing those leafy greens.


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Karen Schule

Nutrition Tips During Chemo


If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, then your body’s nutrition deprivation is currently twofold – from the chemotherapy and also from the cancer itself. However, now more than ever, it is essential for you to maintain a well-balanced and nutritional diet. The following are a list of tips to help you gain optimal nutrition while undergoing chemotherapy.

  • Keep your food flavorful. While fighting cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, certain foods will begin to have an unpleasant taste. Learn which foods start to become unpleasant and use healthy ways to keep other foods flavorful and enjoyable. It’s important to do so because you don’t want to decrease your appetite. Your body needs all the nutrition it can get. If you find that drinking plain water is difficult, add some flavoring to it. If certain types of food provoke unpleasant tastes, try to find foods with similar nutritional content and see if they taste more pleasant.                                      spices_feat_1
  • Add more carbohydrates to your diet. Carbohydrates tend to be digested well and are easy to eat; therefore, they’re a good addition to any chemo diet. Foods high in carbohydrates include oatmeal, toast with any nut butter, hummus, etc.
  • Stay hydrated. This will help you avoid constipation, which is common among chemotherapy patients. Staying hydrated will also help you avoid diarrhea and vomiting. Stay hydrated with water or green tea and avoid sugary drink and caffeinated drinks. Peppermint and ginger tea can be especially helpful if you are experiencing a lot of nausea.             image10    
  • Know what foods to avoid. Avoid greasy foods as well as foods high in sugar content. Also, once again, avoid sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks (including coffee). Also avoid foods with any strong odors as they may be upsetting to the stomach.
  • Eat smaller meals. Smaller meals will be easier to digest. This will further help with any nausea you may be feeling during your treatment. Remember that if you are eating smaller meals, you will need to eat more frequently as to not lose weight and maintain nutritional intake.
  • Eat cool foods. Cool foods are less likely to be reactive with your stomach, also helping with any symptoms of nausea.     gree
  • Keep a food, symptom, and weight journal. Keeping a food, symptom, and weight journal will help you remember what foods provoked good reactions and which ones didn’t. By also monitoring your weight, you will remember which foods successfully helped you gained weight and which ones didn’t. Keeping a food and symptom journal will also help you pinpoint any direct or indirect causes of any constipation or diarrhea you may be experiencing.
  • Get some exercise. Nothing rigorous is necessary, but getting in some light exercise can greatly improve your digestion. Some light walking for half an hour a day should be plenty.

Consult a dietitian. This is ultimately the most important tip. If you’re ever unsure about how you are reacting to certain foods, consult a professional dietician. They will be able to help you the most especially when it comes to issues you may be having with specific types of food.


Karen Schule and Nancy Kyburg are best friends and nutritionists. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor who specializes in creating nutrition plans for people suffering from diseases. Both Karen and Nancy have spent their careers focusing specifically on women’s health and nutrition, and they invite all women to book a free initial consultation with them.


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