Here’s a guest blog about the amazing benefits of Juicing. Frank does a wonderful job of not only telling how great juicing is for the body but he also provides you with some yummy recipes.
Hi everyone! My name is Frank, the creator of iblogJuicing.com.
I created this infographic to show you what my blog is all about.
I also wanted to share with you the 3 steps I think you need to know before you begin your Juicing program.
Before we begin discussing “How to Start Juicing” let’s quickly look at the benefits of Juicing:
I created this infographic on the benefits of Juicing to demonstrate the amazing benefits that Raw Foods, especially Juicing, can have in your life.
Pretty Amazing huh?
Ready to Start Feeling those benefits for yourself?
Let’s get started…
How to Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps
How to Choose the Best Juicer
Choosing a Juicer is similar to choosing any other kitchen appliance.
Factors such as:
As well as the criteria we’ll discuss in a minute will help you choose the best Juicer for you.
There are two main categories of Juicers:
Centrifugal Juicers and Masticating Juicers
Centrifugal Juicer Advantages:
Centrifugal Juicer Disadvantages:
Longer clean-up time
Doesn’t Juice green leafy vegetables as effectively as a Masticating Juicer
Masticating Juicer Advantages:
Less oxidation equals more nutrient preservation
Excellent for Juicing Green Leafy Vegetables
Masticating Juicer Disadvantages:
Higher price point
Overall, a quality Centrifugal or Masticating Juicer will provide you with the opportunity to make healthy Juice.
If you are “Juicing for Weight Loss” or intending to Juice primarily “Green Leafy Vegetables”, then a Masticating Juicer may prove to be the best choice.
Use the following criteria when purchasing a Juicer:
Space – Does your kitchen or counter space have adequate room for this Juicer?
Noise – Will a noisy Juicer be a major Issue? Masticating Juicers are quieter on average.
Power – Are you Juicing for many people? Will your Juicer be able to handle the amount of Juicing you’ll be doing?
Ease of use – Too many features, speeds, or difficult assembly may make Juicing a burden. Make sure to purchase a Juicer that assembles and disassembles easily.
Speed of blade rotation – The higher the speed, the more oxidation the fruit and vegetables are subjected to. This will reduce the nutrient value of the Juice. A Masticating Juicer grinds the fruits and vegetables at a slower speed, therefore preserving more of the nutrients.
Budget – Only you can answer this question. If possible, I would only look at Juicers primarily in the $150 to $300 range. You can spend more but I wouldn’t suggest spending less.
Quality – Make sure to choose from one of the more reputable Juicers on the market.
Style – Not as important as the other features but you may want to consider this tip if it’s important to you. Example: Stainless Steel Juicers.
Reviews – Use reviews as guidance. Amazon reviewers do a great job of providing feedback on their Juicer purchases. I feel that this is by far one of the best ways to determine which Juicer to buy. Use these reviews as a guide.
Juice Diet Plan
Now that you purchased your new Juicer, you’ll need to come up with a program or Juice Diet Plan.
You know you need to buy fruits and veggies but which ones?
How much Juice should I drink?
When should I drink my Juice?
These are great questions and this is why I chose to discuss Juice Diet Plans before Juicing recipes.
After we determine which Juice Diet Plan is right for you we can determine which fruits and veggies to purchase as well as the amounts.
Ask yourself these questions:
What are your goals?
Are you looking to:
Lose Body Fat?
Increase Energy Levels?
Strengthen your Immune System?
Reduce the amount of Medication you are on?
Reverse the signs of Aging?
Yes…Juicing can be the answer to those questions and help you achieve your health goals.
The two most common methods of Juicing are:
Juice Fasting and Juicing Daily
A Juice Fast is when you choose to only drink Juice and water for a specific amount of time.
Usually 1-7 days.
Some people choose to Juice Fast for longer periods of time as well.
Basically, it’s a liquid only diet.
Juice Fasting is not easy and requires preparation or it can be extremely unsafe.
Juicing often gets a bad rap because people assume that Fasting is the only way to Juice.
Juice Fasts are only one form of Juicing and in my opinion, is the least desirable method.
Personally, I’ve decided not to write or dedicate too much time on Juice Fasting on my blog because I feel that there are alternative methods that are more effective in the long term.
I also feel that it attracts readers looking for a “quick fix” and that’s not what iblogJuicing.com is all about.
Paula and I share the same opinion and that’s why we teamed up to bring you a more realistic or viable approach to eating Raw Foods.
With that being said, let’s move onto the Juicing method I prefer to use…
The preferable method to Juicing and the one I incorporate into my life is:
The results you can achieve by incorporating Raw Foods into your diet can be profound as was demonstrated by the iblogjuicing.com infographic.
All you need to do is drink about 15-30 ounces of fresh Juice daily (on average) to start benefiting from Juicing.
Many experts agree that drinking Juice on an empty stomach helps the body absorb the nutrient dense Juice more quickly.
Here are some tips for incorporating Juice into your diet:
Drink your Juice prior to breakfast or as a replacement
Drink Juice in between meals to bridge the gaps
Drink Juice throughout the day
Replace one of your meals with Juice and some healthy Raw Food snacks
What I love about Juicing is that it’s flexible and can be incorporated into many diets and lifestyles.
The important question to ask yourself about Juicing Recipes is this.
Will this Juice Recipe help me reach my goals?
Many of us chose to start Juicing because we wanted to either lose weight, feel more energized, improve our overall health, etc., etc.
We need to choose Juicing recipes or foods that will help us achieve these goals.
For example, if your main goal is to lose weight, then choose Juicing recipes that primarily include “green leafy vegetables”.
In my opinion, all you really need is a “go- to” list of about 10-20 fruits and veggies and you’ll be able to create dozens of Juicing recipes quickly and easily.
Be sure to keep at least a small handful of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand at all times.
Best Veggies to Juice:
This is a partial list but it includes many of the best Juicing greens
If you intend to use Juicing as a healthy way to lose weight, then I would highly recommend purchasing a Masticating Juicer to Juice your “green leafy vegetables”.
Popular Fruits and Veggies to Juice
There are many more fruits and veggies to choose from, however, the list above includes some of the best foods to Juice. You can create hundreds of Juicer recipes with this list alone.
Why not start with these simple Juicing Recipes:
Recipe # 1
4-6 cups of a Green Leafy Vegetable (Choose one: Romaine, Spinach, Kale)
3-4 Celery Stalks
Garlic and/or Ginger Optional (small piece)
Recipe # 2
3-4 Kale Leaves
1 Large Cucumber
4-6 Celery Stalks
Recipe # 3
3-4 Celery Stalks
2 cups of Cabbage
Recipe # 4
3-4 Celery Stalks
4-5 Cherry Tomatoes
1-2 Lemons or Lime
Garlic and/or Ginger Optional (small piece)
A good rule of thumb when choosing Juicing Recipes is to stick with the following:
Green Leafy Vegetables
1 Apple (to help with bitterness)
Avoid most fruits due to their high sugar content if weight loss is your goal.
So what do you think?
Not so difficult right?
I hope you found this “Intro to Juicing” helpful
Download your Free Juicing ebook @ http://www.iblogJuicing.com
It includes 30+ Juicing Recipes & many tips to getting you healthy.
Best of Luck on your Juicing journey!
Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps
How to Start Juicing
Frank is the creator of iblogJuicing.com. He’s a part time blogger, former U.S. Marine and 9-5’er who enjoys blogging, traveling, hanging out with friends and family and of course Juicing. Share your Journey with Frank at iblogJuicing.com or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.