Earlier in the year, my husband and I had a health food documentary marathon. I think we watched 5 documentaries in one weekend.
One of the films that made the cut was Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It is the story of an overweight guy named Joe from Australia, who is suffering from an autoimmune disease that manifests itself on his skin. He comes to the US and juices his way across the country, while losing weight, reversing his condition, and inspiring others to do the same.
My husband and I weren’t super overweight or suffering from major health problems, but we did want to see if we noticed any differences after implementing juicing into our daily routine. We were already eating lots of nourishing food, but thought we may benefit from a shot of concentrated vitamins and nutrition that the juicing provides.
What were the results?
My husband lost 15 pounds, in combination with light exercise and a good eating routine.
We both can report to increased energy.
A feeling of cleansing and lightness.
Possibly less inflammation: I have had some pain in my hands off and on and my husband has had knee and back pain. Juicing, with a healthy diet, has helped relieve both of these conditions.
The kids love to help juice. It’s been a good way to get some extra veg into their diet as well.
Juicing has been an experiment for us, finding out what works and what doesn’t.
Here are some rookie mistakes we made in the beginning.
Too much fruit: I was getting light headed and dizzy on days that we juiced, and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why. After playing around with different juice combinations, I discovered that I do better with minimal fruit. Large amounts of fruit or sweeter vegetables like carrots or beets, I think caused a large spike in my blood sugar. It was not a fun time for sure.
Too much juice: We were so excited about juicing that we would juice every single day and consume large amounts in one sitting. I think we went overboard in the beginning. Again, I was feeling light-headed, so we backed off to a few times a week and smaller glasses.
Other Things to Consider when Juicing Smart
Rotate the greens: Greens contain goitrogens that can be damaging to the thryoid and irritating to the gut. Greens are excellent for detoxifying, but it’s important to rotate the leafy greens with others like cucumber and celery to minimize these adverse effects.
Drink the juice in addition to a solid nutritional plan: Juicing alone won’t solve all your problems and I don’t believe is healthy long term. I’m not even a huge fan of juice fasts. They could have their place for rebooting or cleansing, I suppose, but a healthy eating plan along with juicing, will be your best bet for healthy weight loss and nourishing the body.
Eat some fat: Juicing is great for getting more nutrients into your diet, but it is now being recognized that the nutrients are absorbed better along with some fat. A scoop of virgin coconut oil with your juice would suffice. I also don’t like to replace meals with juice, but instead drink some alongside breakfast or lunch like eggs that naturally have healthy fats.
It’s a budget BUSTER: A word of warning! Juicing WILL up your grocery bill. It takes a lot of produce for a small amount of juice. Keep this in mind. For this reason along with some of the reasons above, we now only juice 2-3 times a week.
Produce We Like to Juice
- other fruit that you have on hand in abundance
In the market for a juicer?
We have an ancient model of the Juiceman similar to this:
This Black and Decker is pretty inexpensive and gets the job done:
If you want a higher end juicer, this one is supposed to be a good one:
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