DISCLAIMER: I am not a health professional nor the ideal healthy person for that matter. I try to work out regularly and eat healthy during the week because on the weekends or on holidays, I love to eat. This love can sometimes involve unhealthy food choices such as a medium rare bacon cheeseburger, deep fried pickles, and a mountain of fries. As a matter of fact, as I am writing this post, I am slowly eating away at a half donut. Yes, half because I feel too guilty to eat a whole one. Don’t worry, I sliced it neatly in half with a knife unlike some people who carelessly tear it off with their bare hands—as if it’s supposed to be appealing enough for the next person to eat that other half (Sorry office rant.)
That was quite the disclaimer, right? That’s because I’m about to share my experience and provide some tips about juicing.
Just like others, most of my life decisions are driven by documentaries. I refrain from drinking bottled waters because of ‘ Tapped.’ I refuse to visit Sea World because of ‘Blackfish.’ And you guessed it, I decided to juice because of ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.’ Unlike the narrator, I did not juice for 60 days straight, nor do I have the desire to do so.
I decided to juice because I felt like I wasn’t getting enough vegetables and fruits in my diet. Plus, there are many benefits associated with juicing such as lowered high blood pressure, reduced gastrointestinal problems and hypertension. Juicing is the easiest way to incorporate nutrient-dense ingredients in your diet.
I usually consume my concoction in the morning just to give my body ample time to process the sugars from the fruits. Throughout the day I try to eat balanced meals and snack on carrots or fruits for fiber. Before you decide to juice, consider the following:
1. Invest in a good juicer
I purchased the same juicer featured in the documentary, and I’m very pleased. I once owned a Jack Lalaine juicer, and it seemed wasteful and a bit of a hassle to clean. The Breville juicer is affordable, more efficient and has lesser parts, so cleanup is a breeze.
2. Purchase your ingredients in advance
If you shop at the grocery store, I find that purchasing vegetables and fruits are best on Fridays. Most grocery stores stock up on Fridays to prepare on the weekend, so you’re rest assured that you’re buying the freshest ingredients without the long lines at the register.
3. Preparation is key
To save time, peel your oranges, cut up your beets, and wash your leafy vegetables.
4. Allow enough time for cleanup
Always clean your juicer right after use. It’s more difficult and possibly damaging to scrape off dried up residue.
5. Research recipes or just experiment
My juicing ratio is always more veggies than fruits. There are numerous recipes you can find online catered to what you’re trying to achieve: cleanser, energy booster, revitalizer, and many more. Get creative!
The juice below was made from beets, carrots, cucumber, spinach, chard, orange, and an apple.
6. It can get costly
Fruits and veggies can get pricey especially if you’re aiming for an all organic mix. I usually buy my ingredients at either asian or hispanic markets. Some vendors at the Farmer’s Market sell these for cheap especially when it’s close to closing time (1-2pm). Practice your negotiating skills.
I hope these pointers were useful. A Nutribullet is also a great alternative to juicing, but if you’re like me who likes variety, give juicing a whirl…you might just like it.
What are some of your favorite juicing recipes?