Juicing for health

A few months ago I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix (yes, I restarted my Netflix account after not having it for a while) and after watching it got really interested in juicing.  Being the type of person I am, I did some quick web searching to see what people were saying about it.  Most people seem to think it’ll do everything: make you faster, better, more awesome, prevent and cure cancer, reduce the onset of old age, and generally save the world.  I however, don’t feel this way.  I think it is a great way to get all the fruits and veggies I need for the day in a single easy to drink glass.

I started reading up on juicers and picked one that wasn’t too expensive so if I found out that I disliked juicing it wasn’t like I was out a load of money.  I ended up buying a Cuisinart CJE-1000 from the local Fry’s and after pulling it all apart and learning how it works, it was off to the grocery store.  At the grocery store, I grabbed all the typical fruits and vegetables people juice: kale, cucumbers, carrots, celery, apples, and blueberries.  As a side note, if I had realized how much I was going to be juicing, I’d probably purchase an Omega 8003 juicer; but for now, I’m good with the CJE-1000.

My initial juice was a lot of fruit and a few veggies.  It was significantly sweeter than I expected and it hid all the flavors of the veggies.  However, the more I juiced the more I removed the amount of fruit I was juicing and added more vegetables into the mixture.  Within a few days I was juicing all vegetables and a single apple.  Now my go to juice is: kale, cucumber, celery, carrot, and apple.  Based on what I’ve heard from other people who have begun juicing, this is how it seems to go: you start out with something significantly sweeter then slowly remove the sweet stuff from the mix.   It also gives a weird energized feeling after drinking the juice which I think is the fact that my body is getting all the vitamins and whatnot right away instead of digesting all the fiber, etc. that is normally associated with the fruits and vegetables.  In the end, juicing also doesn’t make me feel as bad when I eat lunch at work and don’t eat the healthiest meal that I could (I tend to do low carb to no carb for lunch).

Of course, I also need to mention that lunch is now the only meal that I really eat out anymore.  I’ve been cooking and making breakfast at home and taking it to work so I can eat breakfast when I’m actually hungry (I get into work really early) and drinking juice for dinner.

I’ve been juicing at least one meal a day for about two weeks and while I can’t say that it is curing cancer or whatever else, I do think it is filling a void in my eating habits since I’m now at least getting all of my vegetable and fruit servings in a single drink each day.  If you haven’t thought about trying it, I say give it a shot, you don’t have to go all in and drink fresh vegetable juice for all meals for 60 days like in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Just use it once a day as a meal replacement and start working on eating healthier on all your other meals.  I can say it’s helped me a lot, especially combined with working out, it does do a great job.

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