About 6 months I watched a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. In it native Australian Joe Cross goes on a mission to improve his health by going on a juice fast for 60 days. He travels across America talking to people about juicing and inspiring many, myself included. It’s a good movie and a great story. His results are quite impressive and there are some very moving moments when he inspires and helps people who really need it. The movie does push an all plant-based diet more than my liking but overall I think everyone can agree that most of us don’t eat enough fruits and veggies. Which brings us to juicing which has become quite the fad especially juice fasting. Lets check it out.
- eat more fruits and vegetables, ( obvious huh lol )
- Increase intake of nutrients
- eat/drink things you wouldn’t normally
- much easier to drink juice than eat a ton of veggies
- juice digests faster than whole veggies.
- Cost of buying juicer
- takes time to cut up and prepare veggies
- Raw veggies like spinach have oxalic acid which can bind to minerals and interfere with absorption.
- buying lots of fruits and vegetables can be expensive.
For me the pros outweigh the cons. Especially since I know I wouldn’t be eating that many veggies if i had to cook them. Also hiding a few veggies in some fruit juice is the only way I can get DH to eat them I started juicing after i watched the movie but i had an unfortunate episode with juicing to many radishes and made some really gross juice. After that i couldn’t think about juice without tasting radishes. But it’s a new year and one of my goals is to eat more veggies ( hey juicing counts!) so i thought I’d try again.
I’ve been juicing for a few days now, not fasting just adding it into my day. I feel pretty good. Kinda tired but that is supposed to be one of the side effects of starting to juice because your body goes into detox mode. More about side effects here
I want to be clear that I’m not advocating juice fasting as a long term diet. That is not a well-balanced diet and is missing protein/fat that you also need to function properly. In the movie Joe was carefully monitored by doctors so make sure he was healthy. Juicing is a great way to jump start healthier eating or reboot as Joe calls it. Juicing is my way of getting some veggie nutrition that i wouldn’t be other wise. It’s still my goal to start eating/cooking more veggies especially with butter to help absorb all those nummy nutrients and minerals.
There are many expensive top of the line juicers out there. And They are probably great. I just bought a cheap 60 dollor one at target and it seems to be working fine. That’s really the only thing you need
If your interested in juicing there are some great recipes and info at http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/
Just remember that they are advocating a plant-based diet, so take everything with a grain of salt and do your own research.
I’ll try to do another post about how the juicing is going/how I’m feeling in the future and well see how it works out.
What are your thoughts and experiences with juicing? Are you for it or against it?