The first thing you will want to decide is how you will fit juicing into your life. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you decide to do a juice cleanse, I recommend easing your body into it. You should start off by cleaning up your diet first. Cut out all foods that come in packages and eat mostly raw for the first 3-5 days before your cleanse. That will prepare your body for the cleanse without sending it into a state of shock.
Next, you will want to incorporate one or two juices per day keeping in mind that they should consist of 75% vegetables and 25% fruit. Once you feel your body has adjusted, you can begin your juice cleanse.
I don’t recommend anything longer than 1 week. However, when you start eating solid foods again, be sure to end the cleanse the same way you started it by only consuming raw fruits and vegetables, so you do not shock your system.
Make sure you listen to your body. If you are feeling like you cannot continue the cleanse, listen to your body and adjust your diet accordingly. Also, if you have any preexisting conditions or have any health concerns, be sure to let your physician know about your cleanse. Those with diabetes should take special precautions as juicing removes fibers from fruit extracting mostly the sugary juices which could have negative side effects for diabetics.
There are many reasons to juice, but everyone has different reasons. If you are looking for a quick weight loss fix, I don’t recommend this.
I used juicing for my thyroid. I had hypothyroidism and my physician told me I had to take a pill for the rest of my life. I was 24 when he told me this. That could mean 50+ years of daily medication and I couldn’t stand the thought of what that would do to my body.
I filled my prescription but told him I wouldn’t be taking it. He told me it was a big mistake. Four months of juicing later and my hypothyroidism reversed itself.
Juicing can also be used to simply cleanse your cells, incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, and/or just a way to feel better overall. Whatever your reason(s), good luck on your exciting journey!
While I do recommend only using organic produce, I can also appreciate that sometimes it just doesn’t work with your budget. I have found the teaming up with a friend to grow the more expensive organic things like cucumbers and kale greatly reduces cost. Or, if you don’t have someone to team up with, grow what you like the juice, of course keeping in mind what grows in your zone and at what time.
Some of the easier things to grow are romaine lettuce, kale, and cucumbers. Broccoli can also get pricy, but can be difficult to grow. If you choose to purchase all of your produce, you can soak them in water and vinegar or scrub them with baking soda to get the wax off. That doesn’t make them organic, but you can save the skin instead of peeling it.
You can also do half organic and half regular produce. Juicing nonorganic is better than not juicing at all. I will be posting about the produce that is considered the “cleanest” and the “dirtiest” in terms of nonorganic. Look out for that post!
Believe it or not, you do not need to own a juicer in order to juice. You can easily throw your produce into a blender and drink it as is or squeeze it through some cheese cloth or a milk bag in order to extract the juice from the fibers. Either way, you are doing your body justice!
There is a significant difference between juicing and blending. Some people stand behind juicing which removes the fibers and some people stand behind blending which keeps the fibers.
Juicing will give your body a break from having to break anything down. The live enzymes will go to the damaged cells and start repairing them. The downside is that you tend to be hungry shortly after drinking your juice, which means more juices will be needed throughout the day.
Blending will keep the fibers in your drink, which will keep you fuller longer. Your body will still need to break down and digest the fruits and veggies even though they are in liquid form. But, this is still extremely beneficial and high recommended for any cleanse.
Whether you choose juicing, blending, or a combination, you will be well on your way to a healthier you!
While this is a very healthy change to make to your daily diet, please speak with your physician to ensure you have no preexisting conditions that juicing may interfere with or if there are certain foods you should stay away from.