Juicing Part Two

We’ve already covered WHY you’d want to juice, WHAT equipment you’d need, now let’s talk about WHO, WHEN and HOW….

There are two types of people who will benefit from juicing. The first is someone who has a lot of health problems and would like to improve or even resolve their health problems (especially arthritis, bowel problems, skin problems, and so forth). The other person is someone who already has a good base of health to begin, and wants to stay healthy and prevent disease. I suppose you could also say that maintaining a healthy weight is a “side effect” of consuming a lot of veggies!

Fresh Juice is designed to be consumed immediately after making. When you expose it to light and air, it begins to

loose nutrients. Storage of juice is not the best idea, but if you make a large batch (to take to work that day, for example) you should store it in a metal container, in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume juice between the hours of 7am and 9am when your Stomach is most energetically active! Juicing is easier and better than eating whole vegetables. You can consume a greater amount, a greater variety, AND research has shown that the nutrients are more “bio-available” to the body in juiced form. With that being said, Juice every day, and the more colorful the vegetable the better!

As far as HOW to juice, it’s pretty simple. Don’t put items in the juicer that don’t have liquid – like bananas, avocado, or thick peels. Most vegetables can be put through the juice with their thin skin left on or their green tops (just make sure you wash it). Depending on your juicer’s mouth opening and strength, you may or may not need to chop your vegetables first.

I have posted a few recipes to get you started from our Juicing Workshop below – give these a try and make sure to let me know what you think!

“The Mojito” (Note: Aloe helps heal the inner lining of our digestive track)

2 green apples, 1 wedge of Aloe (remove outside skin and just use the clear jelly part of the plant), 1 handful of                   fresh mint, Splash of water and ice

Carrot Juice (Note: this recipe is great for the skin or an upset stomach)

3 parts apple, 3 parts carrot, 1 part ginger  

“Basically Green”

1 green apple,   ¼ cucumber (skin on), 1 celery stalk,   ¼ lemon (peel on)

Dilute with an equal amount of H2o.

Detox Recipe 2  (Note: use beets sparingly)

1 beet (raw with skin on),    ½ lemon (can leave skin on), 2 carrots, 1 green apple, 1” piece of ginger

Quick V8 Juice (Spinach: the healthiest leaves are colorful and dark!)

3 carrots, 1 tomato, Handful of spinach


How to Juice for Dollars a Day (Part One)

This is a question I get asked often. “Okay, I want to start juicing so I can improve my health and resolve my (fill-in-the-blank) problem… now what do I do?”

The very first step is to learn more about the health benefits of juicing, and why one would want to do this. If you’ve already done this, keep reading… if not, please click here to watch a brief video.

The next step is to choose your equipment. A juicer is not the same as a blender, so you will need to make a purchase. There are a variety of machines and price points out there – from $35 to over $500. The first juicer I ever owned cost about $35. I would never discourage someone from juicing if this is the level of financial commitment you can make at this time…because doing some healthy things are always better than none!  However, I will say that this is one of those situations where you get what you pay for. This juicer (by Cuisinart) was loud, made of cheap plastic, hard to clean, and was broken in about 6 months. If you are going to start juicing, I would recommend planning on spending about $100-200. At this price point, you will look at a Jack Lalanne, Omega, or Breville, which are available at major stores and online. I have had a positive experience with my Jack Lalanne Power Express, and in fact, I would suggest this over a Breville which I have used as well. Comparably, I found the Jack Lalanne to be sturdier and more powerful. Around the $500 price point, you will encounter the holy grail of juicers – the Vitamix. It is so powerful that it leaves no leftover pulp behind. It even comes with a cookbook and a 7 year warranty! I have yet to meet a person (including myself) that has not fallen in love with this piece of kitchen equipment. 

Now, we need to explore the recipes. Start with simple recipes that have minimal ingredients! Keep your focus on vegetable recipes (as opposed to fruit) because that is where the health benefits are!

Please read Part 2 of this article next week as we continue to explore the beginning stage of becoming a healthy juicer…. And don’t forget to leave a comment or question!

You’re going to drink WHAT?!

I’m going to drink my veggies. Beets, Aloe, and Lemons, oh my! And I’ll tell you why ….

The actual definition of health, according to reliable sources such as Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook serving as the basis for the entire medical community, not the TV show) and Webster’s Dictionary is: The ability to function at 100% physically, mentally, and socially. So, health IS our ability to function. Health is not about symptoms, its about how well our body works for us. It would also logically follow that health is therefore not available in prescription bottles, it comes from what’s happening within.

I am notorious for saying “FOOD IS FUEL” – like gasoline to our cars. It’s what makes our bodies run, down to the the cellular level. When we eat/drink, our body breaks down that food, uses the nutrients as building blocks for our cells, and processes the waste. What do those important cells even do ? Good thing you’ve asked…. They can either promote health by repairing tissues and working as an incredible machine, or …. they can destroy health by being damaged and disease ridden. So what we eat/drink is actually quite important.

The typical American diet is seriously lacking in nutrients and quality. One of my favorite ways to bring large amounts of macro nutrients from veggies into the body is Juicing!  Juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, improve the immune system, remove toxins from the body, improve digestion, and help you loose weight. Sounds good right?

But, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Well I am healthy already, I eat plenty of fruit.”  The truth is that we should not be consuming much fruit at all. FRUIT IS SUGAR, no matter how natural or healthy or organic. And what does sugar do in the body? It slows its function down, leading to a lower quality of health, and converts into FAT. Vegetables are the most important food we can consume, and have the most valuable nutrients to promote health.

Why is Juicing better than consuming vegetables by chewing? It allows your body to absorb more nutrients, as well as giving it a break from the work of breaking down and digesting food.

Juicing is not as difficult as it sounds. I find that my juicer is quiet, easy to use, and easy to clean. The majority of my recipes are actually quite tasty too!  I’ll share two of my favorites below….

“The First – Time Juicer”  is 3 parts apple, 3 parts carrot, 1 part ginger. Note: This is a great recipe for an upset stomach, or promoting clear skin. 

“The Detox Juice” is a great recipe for detoxing the body:  1/2 green apple, 1 lime (can leave skin on),  1/2 beet (raw with skin on),  2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1” piece of ginger.  Note: Ginger is great for digestion! Beets (use sparingly, they can be dangerous) help our liver to detox toxins and waste from the body, and carrots are great for the eyes and skin. 

Advice in these articles does not substitute working with your physician on your personal nutritional status. Please comment with questions or recipe suggestions!

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