As with most folks, I enjoy the full taste of chewing my fruit and veggies. Now I know Jack Lalane was known for his juicer. 5 fruits and veggies a day. I don't think he said do not eat any food. The juicer was a way to flush or clean out the body. He was a health fanatic.
I enjoy juicing my veggies from time to time and will even do an occasional 3 day juice. I use only a piece of apple and some fresh lemon or orange to bump up the flavour and like to toss in a bit of ginger and mint leaves too. I especially like having a juice day after days of overeating or whenever I feel my system is a bit sluggish. Juicing does wonders for keeping my skin clear and for reducing bloating from eating to heavily. I am largely vegetarian so I like getting my veggies any way I can! People seem to worry about a carb or insulin spike but not as likely with veggies unless you only are juicing carrots all day every day. Using celery, kale, spinach, beets, cucumbers and lemons are not likely to cause any problems. I use a juicer that pulverizes so I get plenty of fiber but have used others and feel the benefits are good either way. I prefer to use organic veggies and fruits when I juice.
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I use a blender for veggie smoothies. it's thicker than 'juice' because it grinds down the whole veggie. Its filling and the quickest way for me to get in at least 6 servings of veggies per drink and I have 3 a day. I dont ever want to be, without mine.
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No--a juice diet is VERY high in carbs and low in fiber. It's not a great idea nutritionally. Eating whole vegetable and fruits makes a lot more sense. Eating whole foods is also easier, faster and does not require a lot of expensive equipment.
It sounds like what you really need to work on is your will power and your ability to turn down junk/fast food. Juice will not help you with this.
PHOENIX_83: I personally do not have a juicer nor plan to get one. I have two reasons for my decision:
(1) The fiber and nutrition in the fruits and vegetables are, as far as I am concerned, very important. Obviously, the juice has a lot of the nutrition, but both soluble and insoluble fiber are very important to our health. I use to drink a glass of apple juice daily. Now, I often eat apples in place of drinking the juice.
(2) Certain studies, some very extensive, have suggested that drinking 100% fruit juice regularly can lead to things like diabetes because of the "sugar spike" of the juice getting absorbed so quickly.
I am not a professional dietician or nutritionist. There are health experts on SparkPeople who can give well-researched opinions. I personally, also, think that juice from a juicer would be healthy, if drunk in moderation.
To all the juicers: I am certain that you have come up with several good recipes and have the knowledge that juicing is healthy. I was only giving my personal opinion and am not saying that juicing is not healthy.
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I would rather eat my calories. I take my food to work with me and keep healthy stuff at my desk. That way I don't need to eat take out or hit up the vending machines.
Try taking an apple, a banana, a can of pineapple and/or other fruit to work you. Add in some carrots, celery and hummus and you have a full days worth of snacking. I take leftovers or chicken and salad as well as yogurt and a protein shake to round it out.
Fiber bars, Kind bars and protein bars are easy to keep in a drawer as well as jars of nuts.
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The first 3 days are the toughest (as with any diet) but it definitely gets easier if you stick with it. I have done juice only diet for 30 days and the difference was incredible. Lost weight but never felt weak or dizzy, you just have to make sure that you drink at least 64 oz of juice a day and as much water too. Juice cannot replace water. Also make sure your juices are minimum 80% vegetables and only 20% fruits. Within 10 days of juicing, the difference to my skin and hair was remarkable, my face had such a glow and the whole system feels very light.
You don't have to do a juice only diet, you can always incorporate juice into your day, like you want to, so as to be able to resist temptations and then have a healthy dinner.
After watching Joe Cross' video I decided to give juicing a try. I lost 5lbs the first week but it's probably just water. I'm working on week 3 and plan on juicing everyday because of the benefits of rebooting my eating habits. It's not easy though, the cravings keep on hitting me throughout the day. I feel a constant need to break down and order out. So far I was able to take out caffeine and processed foods.
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I have heard of all the many benefits out there on juicing. Then again we heard so many great things about Atkins' diet and many other restrictive diets when they first came out. I am a believer in "all things in moderation" and don't necessarilycompletley cut anything out of my diet. My biggest issue with the diet thing at this time is I sometimes forget to eat until I am starving. I have been better about having healthy options at work and setting reminders but sometimes that doesn't help. (Especially when co workers are making food runs!) I had the idea of getting a juicer and before going to work in the morning making a couple variations or servings so I can have my instant fix instead of taking my collegues up on that burger and fry deal they just brought back. When looking at the juicer market though it seems that if I want something that keeps all the good stuff in my drink I will be paying a nice little sum, I don't want to do this then never use it. I love fruits and veggies but will this be something that takes a long time to master? I would love to hear the thoughts of my Spark Family who I know understand :-)
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