I make a green monster smoothie for breakfast almost everyday. I quit for awhile, but when my energy level went I decided I better get back on it. I am planning on getting more into juicing in the future.
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I just "juice" in my excellent but inexpensive blender as I like to include the whole fruit with the juice.
I did aspire to do actual juice and buy an extractor but kind of got away from that and went back to shoving fresh and froze (always organic) fruit in the blender and that works really well for me and is a timesaver.
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Making your own juice at first can be overwhelming, but once you get it down it's not difficult. I have the Breville Juice Fountain and just put in whatever fruits and veggies you like. It takes about 10 minutes to make all my juice for the day. Do some research for recipes online and check out the juicing app they have for your smart phone. You really can't go wrong!
I am heading to the bookstore this afternoon to gather some books about juicing. I have done some research on the internet, so I am aware of the pros and cons of juice fasts, but I do feel that it is something I need to try for myself. I definitely want to get started soon, but not so fast that I jump in without knowing what I'm doing.
There are some raw food and juice bars around my city that provide juices for fasts, so going the prepared route is mostly a matter of convenience. Since I haven't done this before, I know my prep time will take longer than it would for an experienced person. I do worry that it's not as good as juices I'd make myself though.
Anything prepared has been homogenized (heated), and may have unnecessary additives to keep it shelf stable, coloring making it prettier to sell, or any number of other things which are not going to be helpful (or healthful). Freshly made juice has far more benefits than anything you can buy which is not 'freshly made' and consumed within 20 minutes, when the enzymes begin to break down & oxidation begins to degrade the juice.
Maybe you will consider buying a used juicer on Craigslist or elsewhere to start more economically. Also, will you have an experienced Juicer giving you guidance? Otherwise, have you thought about learning more about how to conduct a safe juice fast before you dive in?
I just watched FSND and I'm very interested in adding juice/juicing to my life. A few weeks ago, one of my friends suggested doing a prepared juice fast, so I was wondering your thoughts on doing this as an initial step. I feel like, if I pay for this and do it with a friend, it might be a good way to check it out. Buying a juicer and getting started all on my own seems a bit overwhelming and I fear I might give up.
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