As part of my quest, #15byChristmas, I’ve started juicing. By definition juicing means to extract the juice from vegetables and fruit. I replace two meals a day and an edge-cutter-snack with vegetable juice as well as eating a healthy well balanced meal once a day. I originally started juicing to cleanse myself of all that pasta, pork belly, bread, cheese, wine, and God knows whatever else I’ve been eating, because it certainly wasn’t vegetables and fruit and I wasn’t feeling 100%. I needed to do something to get back to feeling “good” and to lose all that pork belly and wine that had become quite the undesirable nemesis in my life. You’ve heard this before, your body talks to you, and what mine was saying is that it needed vegetables, and quite frankly I had no desire to eat 2-3 salads a day, that doesn’t even sound appealing, so much chewing involved.
Juicing is a convenient way of getting my daily quota++ of vegetables and nutrients that I had been missing. There are proponents and naysayers on both sides of the juicing fence; I’m not going get into the debate of should you or should you not juice, and all of the nuances that go along with it; there is plenty of documentation online and that is where as an educated consumer you must do your research, [and talk to your doctor] starting here with a Q&A on the Mayo Clinic website. For nutritional information on fruits and vegetables visit the United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
Just like anything, at first, it’s not easy. You’re learning and trying to adapt to a whole new lifestyle. The most valuable thing I learned is that I cannot juice 100% of the time; I need to chew, I need to eat food. I’m too old to not eat; I am not 21 and cannot put my body through any more crazy fad diets simply because of the fear of doing irreversible harm to my body and digestive system.
Juicing has taught me to make the right choices. Again, we all know right from wrong, and when we’ve had enough versus overindulgence but we, I, didn’t always subscribe to that school of practice. I am more aware now of what I’m eating, when I eat and how I eat.
In just two weeks of juicing, I feel better, I look better, I have more energy, juicing has done this for me. Going hand in hand with the juicing I am also exercising/running/walking 7 days a week. Juicing was the kick in the pants I needed to get started on the road to being more healthy and of course #15byChristmas.
If you’re new to juicing I recommended a starter book, The Everything Juicing Book it addresses many questions and concerns I had about juicing as well as 150 recipes detailing the specifics of fruit and vegetable combinations. After 7-10 days you find your juicing way, you discover what you like and what you don’t like. My base is always tomatoes, with some sort of leafy vegetable and always a cruciferous vegetable (cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli) added to the mix. I also add wheat germ for vitamin E and folic acid. So what about flavor? At this point you have lettuce, cabbage, tomato juice; this is where I think people get turned off or turned on depending on their state of mind and palate; I add a healthy dose of Sriracha or 8 jalapenos to every juice, I love hot and spicy, it does the trick for me. I don’t like to combine sweet and savory flavors but some people add yams, apples or other fruits to sweeten up the juice to make it drinkable.
Juicing can be expensive and time consuming. Costco (wholesale stores) is your friend, buying in bulk will save you money and time. Juicing needs to be worked into your schedule, you have to take into consideration shopping, washing, cutting as well as the actual juicing and clean up. Juicing is not for the faint of time. It takes me an about an hour to prepare my juices. I juice in advance, if I didn’t I would never be able to do it. I simply don’t have the time every day to go through the process, while advance juicing is not recommended I do follow these steps.
A juicer extracts the liquid from vegetables and fruits, leaving the pulp behind whereas a blender purees vegetables and fruits retaining the fiber of the produce. There are two standard types of juicers for the home, a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer.
A centrifugal juicer spins at high speeds, during the spinning motion, the vegetables that you put down the chute are ground to a pulp. The spinning motion then forces the juice away from the pulp. Affordable.
A masticating juicer grinds the vegetables and squeezes out the juice. A masticating juicer works at low speeds without spinning action, thus juicing vegetables more efficiently. Pricey.
I purchased a (centrifugal) Cuisinart juicer, (pictured above) I paid $117, to date it works like a charm. If you’re just getting started in the world of juicing, and cannot go for the $400++ masticating juicer, there is nothing wrong with a centrifugal juicer, just do your homework to find out which one will stand up to the rigors of constant juicing.
I got off track, eating and drinking way too much and not exercising. I have a closet full of clothes I cannot get into; juicing is my catalyst for all things healthy at this point in my life. I like juicing, I love the way it makes me feel, it has given me the balance I sought as well as the kickstart to my goal of #15byChristmas. Follow me on Instagram for pictures of my juices.
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