Last year, my husband and I got into juicing after watching the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” It followed the fitness journey of Australian Joe Cross. He radically changed his diet–moving from fatty, processed foods to an all juicing regimen. The movie also detailed the many benefits to juicing. In my opinion, juicing is pretty awesome, since nutrients are quickly released into your body & it allows you to eat more fruits/veggies than one normally could in one sitting. The process of juicing allows for nutrients to become highly concentrated and easy to absorb into the bloodstream, versus eating a fruit salad or various veggies. The nutrients released from fruits & veggies allow your body to repair itself, restore needed vitamins & minerals, and depending on the type of juice you drink, keep your calorie intake low.
Some things to consider when juicing:
1) How often do you want to juice? Do you want to do a short juicing cleanse? Or are you looking to make a lifestyle change? Keep in mind that you need to prepare your body before starting a juicing regimen. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor.
2) Are you going to fully commit to a juice only diet or are you only replacing certain meals with a juice? I personally only replace a snack or dinner when I juice.
Step-by-step juicing guide:
- If you haven’t done so already, watch the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“. It is so good and a great intro to the juicing world, as well as to the benefits of juicing.
- Obtain a juicer. Either purchase one or borrow one from a friend. I own the Breville Juicer, which is sold by many retailers, including Macy’s & Amazon.
- Determine what your goal is with juicing. Healthy? Weight management? Some people use juicing as a complete diet change, that is, every meal is a juice. I personally believe that you don’t need to go to that extreme. Even replacing just one meal can significantly cut your calories and boost your nutrient intake.
- Before starting a juicing cleanse, you need to ease into it–drinking more water & liquids, cutting caffeine, and cutting out meats for a few days before juicing. Read this for advice on how to prepare your body for a juice cleanse: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/joe-cross-3-day-weekend-juice-cleanse?page=2
Consider how long you want to cleanse for. Is this a long term change or will you take it week by week? Or will you go hard for 3 days? Here are some websites with recipes & guides:a) http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/joe-cross-3-day-weekend-juice-cleanse (I really like the Gazpacho & Mean Green Juices)b) http://www.rawjuicecleanserecipes.com/juice-cleanse-recipes/ (I love this website because you can look up recipes by your favorite fruit/veggie. My fav veggies are kale & spinach. YUUUUUUM!)c) http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/category/blog/recipes/juice/ (For some more recipes by the guy who did “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”d) https://livingfortwoplus.com/2014/08/03/heres-to-drinking-your-fruit-cheers/ (This is my favorite sweet juice recipe. Make sure you drink this earlier in the day, since it has a lot of sugar)
While juicing, things to think about:
- If you are juicing in order to cut calories, then be cautious with the fruits and veggies that you use for your juices. My favorite juice has strawberries, pineapples, and blueberries in it. While yummy, it is entirely too sugary and high in calories to drink all day, everyday. I have to use this juice as an occasional snack. If you want to stay low in calories, stick with more veggies and flavor with a fruit.
- Do you have any sugar sensitivities or are diabetic? Then be SUPER careful with the juicing recipes that you select. Be sure to consult a doctor.
- When using a juicing machine (like the Breville), the pulp from the fruits/veggies are left behind, which includes fiber (fiber is actually good for you, but by removing it,you speed up how quickly nutrients are absorbed into your body). Don’t want to throw it out? Then consider packing it in a small tupperware and eating it later as a snack. Or bake the pulp into a pie or pastry.
- Beware of your desire to eat crap while juicing. Juicing can be a shock to the system, especially if you’re doing a 100% juicing diet. You will be tempted to binge on any solid food in sight. Stay strong.