So you have decided that one of your resolutions this year will be to eat healthier foods. You may have read that juicing is one of the great things you could incorporate into your current diet.
Many advocates of juicing believe that beneficial micronutrients become damaged when you heat foods. Cooking and processing food destroys these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition.
I know when I decided to start eating healthy all my Doctors were suggesting that I incorporate more vegetables and fruits per day. I don’t know about you but one of the hardest things for me was this…how was I…a person who was already eating what I thought was enough vegetables…incorporate even more? I had heard many people talk about juicing. I decided to research more about the benefits of juicing.
Juicing is an easy way to virtually guarantee that you will reach your daily target for vegetables.You can definitely juice fruits too but, if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, it is best to limit using fruits until you normalize these conditions.
The exception would be lemons and limes which have virtually none of the offending sugar, fructose, that causes most of the metabolic complications. Additionally lemons or limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark, deep green leafy vegetables.
Why should you juice?
There are three main reasons why you will want to consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your daily meal plan:
Eat food in addition to juicing.
I’m not a proponent of juicing by itself. I think it is an important aspect of your daily diet. It really should be used in addition to your regular meals not in place of it. Vegetable juice has very little protein and virtually no fat, so by itself, it is not really a complete food. So unless you are fasting I would suggest to use juicing as a meal replacement. Ideally, it can be consumed with your meal or as a between meal snack.
Juice what you enjoy eating
This is partly because you should only start by juicing vegetables that you enjoy. The juice should taste pleasant not make you feel nauseous.
It is very important to listen to your body when juicing. Learn to pay attention to your body. Your stomach should feel good all morning long. If it is churning or growling or generally you feel unpleasant, you probably juiced something you should not be eating.
Here are a few simple lessons to get you up and help you enjoy the benefits of juicing quickly:
Lessons on Juicing:
These three aren’t as nutrient dense as the dark green leafy vegetables but in the few days to weeks it takes you to adjust to the 3 vegetables listed above, you can start adding the more nutritionally valuable but less palatable vegetables into your juice.
Note: Cabbage juice is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U.
You need to be cautious with cilantro, as many cannot tolerate it well.So start off with a few sprigs and work your way up from there.
4.The greens listed below are bitter:so start with smaller leaves at a time and be sure and balance it out with lime or lemon.
How to make juice taste great
If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can add these elements:
Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully.
Juicing is a time-consuming process, so you’ll probably be thinking to yourself, “I wonder if I can juice first thing in the morning, and then drink it later?” This is not a good idea. Vegetable juice is very perishable so it’s best to drink all of your juice immediately. However, if you’re careful, you can store it for up to 24 hours with only moderate nutritional decline. This is really helpful if you are bringing your juice to work with you so you can consume it during the day. How to store your juice:
Most people juice in the morning, but if that does not work out well for your schedule, please feel free to choose whatever meal works best for your lifestyle.
Note on juicing
Question: I do not have a juicer, should I go ahead and buy one? I say do what works for you in your present moment. What did we do before juicers and blenders and all these gadgets? We ate them straight from the ground or trees.
You can still use a blender and sieve to obtain the juice. In fact you can also just go ahead and use your blender to make smoothies. I think there are such great benefits to smoothies, for one you retain the fiber which is so beneficial to your body. I’ll talk more about smoothies in a post regarding the benefit of adding smoothies to your diet.