Get Juiced!

 Juice cleanses are a great way to kick off a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. They can boost your energy, cleanse your colon and detoxify your body. Nadia wrote a great post on her juice cleanse experience and found many great benefits from drinking gloriously fresh made juice. Should the juicing really end there though? Five days of juice fasting and then all those fresh fruits and vegetables go out the window? I say no! I say keep juicing and make it a part of your daily routine. Your mother was right when she told you to "eat your fruits and vegetables" and daily juicing is a great way to do just that. Keep reading to find out what inspired me to get on the juicing bandwagon and how in the end, it really is a manageable option for getting your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

What really got me started on my new daily juicing routine was watching a documentary called "Hungry for Change". The film is great because it really addresses some of the main food issues in society today and gives the viewer great insight into how their body is reacting to the food they are eating.  They also examine the thought process or psychology behind why we keep reaching for that bag of potato chips, which is pretty interesting. It also addresses the toxins that are now in our food supply as well as in many cosmetics and how they are tied to our diminishing health and inability to lose weight. 

What also really stood out to me about the film is that after explaining what is wrong with the food we eat, it then concludes with options and ideas on how to start leading a healthier and happier life.  I found that this left me feeling very inspired and hopeful (hence me buying a juicer 5 minutes after the film ended).  I highly recommend watching this documentary as I believe it will educate and inspire you to take charge of your own health, and nourish your body from the inside out.

The reality is, we all know we should be eating 8-9 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables. The trouble is that very few of us actually do. Juicing is a great way to achieve this on a daily basis. It allows you to take in a very large amount of fruits and vegetables without having to actually digest all of the fiber. This makes the absorption of all the wonderful fresh nutrients a cinch for your body and concentrates the vegetables to a degree that you can consume your 8-9 servings fairly easily. 

Juicing doesn't take a lot of time either. I juice 4 cups of juice in the morning which takes me about 20-25 minutes from start to finish including clean up. I then drink 2 cups in the morning and 2 cups in the afternoon.  It really isn't that much of a time sacrifice when you think about how much time people spend cooking meals (or eating out) that aren't usually very nutritious anyway. 

My juicer and cat, Finn.
By increasing your daily intake of vegetables, you can increase the total nutritional value of your diet.  If your body receives enough nutrition (vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, etc.) on a day to day basis, it will limit the amount of hunger and cravings you experience because your body will be satisfied! The theory is that people who eat twinkies and donuts (or other junk food) all day will continue to experience food cravings despite having enough calories.  This is because the nutritional value is mediocre at best resulting in your body craving more food to acquire the nutrition it needs. 

When every cell of your body receives high quality nutrition it allows things to function properly on a long term basis and prevents many chronic degenerative diseases.  Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are preventable in many instances and are the diseases that are really impacting our society today.  I believe that a little fresh, unprocessed juice could turn it all around...

Stay tuned for more on my new juicing obsession. I plan to review different juicers, keep you up to date on my juicing habits and discoveries, provide you with juice recipes, as well as post some video blog demonstrations. 

Also, please watch Hungry for Change!  You will be happy you did. 



Anonymous said...

That documentary seems more like an infomercial for juicing, for the latter half at least. Dr. Mercola is very controversial and it's definitely important to be sceptical of his views (which he is profiting very well from). Anyway they have some good points but from my opinion juicing should complement a diet that is already sufficient in dietary fiber. Equally important component of fruits and veg.

Jamie Smellie said...

Thank you anonymous, for the insight! It's always important to get various opinions and view points on issues so that we can come to our own conclusions. Your input is appreciated!
I completely agree that a healthy diet includes sufficient dietary fiber, by no means am I advocating a liquid diet. Eat your fiber people!

Catherine said...

Would the heat of the powerful motor damage the nutrients? Also...if you don't mind me asking what brand/type did you buy?

Jamie Smellie said...

Hi Catherine,
Some centrifugal juicers have been known to warm up the juice a bit. I would imagine this is not good for the nutritional value. I have the Omega Vert 330 juicer which is a masticating juicer and works at a slow speed of about 80 revolutions per minute. This type of juicer squeezes the produce at a slow speed therefor resulting in less heat created as well as less oxygen entering the juice. This means less oxidation and your juice lasting longer in the fridge. I'll be getting into more detail on these issues, so stay tuned! Hopefully that helps for now.

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