JUICING

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This word “juicing” was not ever something I was interested in learning more about. I remember someone asking me once if I had ever “juiced” and my response was simple, “I would rather chew my food than drink it.” I have always been one that thought juicing was something that I would dislike as I love to eat food, taking in the flavors and spices. However, my “juicing” perspective changed when my husband began a 10 day juice fast last year and I decided I would make one for myself at breakfast. Well that did it. I immediately became a juice fan. The taste was bearable and after I finished drinking it, I was actually full. I had a quick lesson for myself, which I ironically teach my kids everyday… “You cannot say you don’t like something until you try it.”

Now that juicing was not such a “bad word” to me anymore, I began juicing during the week more and more. So with the new year starting, my husband and I began a juice fast. When we started the fast I didn’t know much about the pluses and negatives to juicing, but by day 5 of juicing breakfast, lunch and dinner, I could tell my body was needing something. At around 3 or 4 pm everyday, my body would be tired and I would just want to lay down the rest of the day. However with two boys, ages 2 1/2 and 5, laying down for the rest of the day was not an option. These feelings and other reasons led me to begin researching, which is what I want to share with you today. Now let me state this, I am no expert regarding juicing and your body. Therefore, I definitely encourage you to research for yourself and also keep in mind that everyone’s body and health is different.

Here are a few things I discovered personally and through research:

  • Juicing is a great way to give your body lots of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, especially if you do not eat the amount of veggies and fruits you need each day.
  • When you juice, it should be mostly veggies; about 75% veggies and 25% fruit. This helps to reduce the amount of your sugar intake. Juicing only fruits actually contains more sugar than eating the fruit itself.
  • A juice fast was the first time I saw my husband stay healthy. Fasts he has completed in the past always ended in sickness. But both juice fast he has completed gave him energy and kept him healthy.
  • Juicing is a great way to give your digestive system a break as it does not have to breakdown food. However, juicing over an extended time can cause your metabolism to slow down.
  • Majority of the calories in juicing come from carbs, including high amounts of natural sugar from fruits and some vegetables.
  • Most experts say only juicing is not good for your body and suggests to simply incorporate healthy eating into your everyday.
  • Completing a one to three day juicing plan is something, in my opinion, would be your best option.
  • If you are having a juice, remember the juice is your meal.

Here are some articles I would suggest reading as well:

http://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/05/26/how-does-juicing-fit-into-a-paleo-diet-and-lifestyle/

http://balancedbites.com/2013/08/flax-chia-juice-cleanses-green-smoothies-juicing.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/juicing/faq-20058020

To sum it up, I recommend juicing, but would not recommend juicing for a long period of time. Your body needs real food. If you are looking to lose weight, I would encourage you to try a juice for a meal, but do not depend on a juice for health. Health comes from eating real foods and living an active life whether it is exercising, sports, running around the yard with your kids, etc.  Again, I would encourage you to do some research on your own and if you do try a juice fast, listen to your body. During my fast, my body was telling me it needed more. So on day 7, I began incorporating vegetarian meals in my diet to begin jumpstarting my metabolism. My husband on the other hand, completed 14 days before he knew his body was in need of more. (Note: This was a beginning of year fast for us and the length of this fast is not something we will do all the time.)

What is your experience with juicing? How did your body react? I would love to hear how juicing has affected you.

P.S. – Stay tuned for some of our families favorite juice recipes.

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Author: Jennifer Laird

My name is Jennifer Laird. I am married to an amazing man, Jason, and we have two sons, Liam and Nixon, and a dog named Felipe. I am not a skilled writer by any means, but would love to share some simple thoughts about my passions......from motherhood, God, food, being a wife, health, and more. I also cannot wait to share wisdom and insights I have gathered from the superwomen in my life. I hope you enjoy reading as I share with you this adventure I am in called life.

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