People ask me questions about juicing when they hear this is something my guy and I do on a regular basis. We started this about four months ago after watching a compelling documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. In it, an overweight Australian in poor health went on a 60 day juice fast in an effort to regain his health and fitness and along the way, learned a great deal about micronutrition.
We were convicted to become intentional about the foods we were consuming, and decided that juicing would be the easiest way to get our recommended 9-13 fruits and veggies per day. People ask me for details about what and how we juice, so I thought I would share it here. At the beginning of the week I bag up separate bags of cleaned, cut fruits and vegetables so we can juice quickly in the morning.
Each bag consists of the following: kale, spinach, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, beets, orange, ginger. Then we add different items like: pineapple, pear, apple, broccoli, tomatoes, lemons, limes, greens…whatever we have on hand.
We throw the combination into a Cuisinart juicer (around $120 at Bed, Bath and Beyond) and have a different taste each day. I have liked every single one. When I read the nutrition facts on these ingredients, I see that I am taking in vitamins A,C,K,B6,E, potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, protein, lycopene, thiamin and niacin daily. I’m no nutritionist, but I am certain that I am taking in more nutrients than ever. This does not replace a meal most days, but it does make a difference in the choices I make. Sometimes at night if I have a craving for sugar, I will drink a juice and am completely satisfied. And sometimes I simply give in to the craving!
I don’t really feel healthier as a result, but I am noticing that everyone around me has been sick recently, and my guy and I have stayed healthy so far. I am eager to have my annual physical in a couple of months to see if there are any obvious changes from within. Either way, this feels like what we should be doing, so we are going to continue. Here’s to your health!