To Juice Or Not To Juice?

To Juice Or Not To Juice?


Maintaining proper vitamins and nutrients is essential to healthy living

Are you thinking about jumping on the juicing bandwagon? If you are not getting the recommended daily intake of veggies and fruit into your diet, then juicing is a fast and highly recommended way to make sure your body is getting the daily goodness it needs.iStock_000040917556XLarge

After all, increasing fruit and vegetable intake is often the most important step that I encourage clients to take to attain their ideal weight. But is it right for you? Let’s take a close look at the facts so you can make the choice that is right for you.

The reason you would want to juice is to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. So let’s start with what that intake should be in the first place. Ideally you are consuming three fruit and five vegetable servings every day. A serving size is the size of your fist. Already doing that? Great! No reason to juice. It is always preferable to eat the whole produce in its natural form. That way you are also benefiting from the fibre that juicers discard with the pulp. Not quite there with the servings? Let’s move on.

If you need to increase your daily produce consumption and find it difficult because of time, or you simply do not enjoy broccoli, juicing is a great strategy. You can drink all sorts of things that are challenging to eat. Kale is a treat when pulverized alongside some lovely sweet berries. As a leaf, kale is a commitment, even after it has been bathed and massaged into semi submission. Two fists full of spinach, an apple, blueberries, goji berries, honey, almonds, flax and coconut water is a quick sip on your way to work that will have you feeling like a superhero. That same mix would be a feat to eat in the morning.

iStock_000031349240XLarge_editedNow you need a juicer. Prices range from $50 to over $600. This is where critical thinking skills must come into play. The more expensive versions can save the pulp for you to put into soups and baking. Second, would you actually use all the extra gadgets in the more expensive version? Do you already use your mix master, ab roller, treadmill, electric cheese grater/cucumber slicer? If the answer is no, you may want to look for a simpler version. I am not big on cleaning multiple parts so I prefer to use a power blender with only two bits to clean and one of them doubles as the glass. A huge added benefit of using a blender is that it keeps the fibre. That said, I have clients who swear by their super pricey styles and claim that they even self-clean! Purchasing your type of machine is a personal choice based on affordability and practicality. Just know that there are options so it is not necessary to break the bank, no matter how exceedingly convincing the infomercial may be.

“When our bodies function optimally, they settle at our ideal weight.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe most convincing reason to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, whether it be by biting and chewing or by drinking, is that your health depends on it. Our bodies require the vitamins and minerals that a range of fruits and vegetables provide. Will it help you to lose weight? Absolutely it will. When our bodies receive proper nutrients they function optimally. When our bodies function optimally, they settle at our ideal weight. But that’s not all! You will also receive a free boost of energy and a free radical fighter! If you buy into this now, you will get a lifetime supply of strength, vigor and glowing skin!

Deciding to juice is a noble a worthy venture. The payoff is so great and quick that it will be an easy habit to keep. Enjoy the ride!

Top Juicing Tips For Healthier Living

Choose your juicer or blender wisely. Consider price and practicality. More expensive may not mean better.

Be sure to include fibre in your diet if your juicer extracts the pulp.

Buy a variety of fruits and vegetables to maximize your range of vitamins and minerals. This will speed up health benefits and weight loss.

Do not use fruits alone. The calories will add up too quickly.

If your juice is a meal replacement, be sure to keep it balanced by adding protein with nuts, yogurt, almond milk or peanut butter.

Cleansing your body by juicing only is not a good idea. It is better to add detoxifying juices to your diet. Your liver and kidneys will cleanse for you.

Losing weight by juicing only is not a good idea. It is better to add healthy juices to your diet to speed up metabolism. Fasting on juice can backfire.

Drink your juice or smoothie freshly made for optimal freshness and safety. Freezing pre-made smoothies is a good option if making fresh every day is not.

Alana Belik BA, PTS, NWS
Alana is a personal life coach, writer and speaker with a broad base of education and experience. She empowers people to improve their physical states, emotional attitudes, and mental beliefs, thereby positively affecting their health, careers and relationships.


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