Something I noticed from a lot of people who are not familiar with juicing are first the excuses and second the negative misconceptions... it usually starts even before trying it. They would say "I don't have enough time", or "it doesn't taste good", or and this is my favourite one "is juicing even healthy for you?". I always find that this way of thinking to be very common amongst individuals who have never done a juice cleanse/detox before, lacks the ability to accomplish one or refuses to understand such a "plagued" concept. They would express the most negative outlook. They would say things with such conviction as if they have sufficient amount evidence to support their claims, things like "our body is a human juicer" or "eating whole foods are more nutritious for you" or and don't forget this one "it's just a concentrated amount of liquid pesticides anyway!". They would never mention the great benefits that outweighs the negative ones.
All of a sudden we conveniently become nutritional experts when something is unconventional or does not fit into what we consider to be the "norm". The thing is, all of these are impartial preconceived ideas and opinions! The message to people isn't to forget about chewing altogether or to not eat whole fruits or vegetables ever again. For example, I don't replace each meal with a juice 365 days a year...get over it. It's okay to respectfully disagree! I get it... the idea of juicing scares people, it's going against what most believe to be the correct way for "proper" nutrition and I get it. But once you understand that juicing isn't for everyone then your mind will rest... it just may not be for you and that's absolutely okay. Let others do as they please.
So when I asked what was some fears or challenges some people faced when it came to juicing, I narrowed it down to the 5 most asked juicing question from the comment section.
1. CHOOSING,PREPPING AND STORING JUICES
Step 1 Juicing starts by choosing the right produce to purchase. To yield the freshest, richest nutrient dense juices we must choose fresh full bunches of leafy greens vegetables making sure that they are not wilted or has any sunlight damage. I see that a lot in posts on social media and we must avoid that. Purchasing the right produce is vital for juicing, I recommend following the EWG'S Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list to learn about what produce has the highest amounts of pesticides in them. Juices are entered directly into our bloodstream and pesticides can lead to a significant amount of health related illnesses and can increase toxic levels in our body.
Step 2 Prepping and storing juices is crucial in the juicing process. Sometimes deciding on your recipes and ingredients ahead of time helps save time and money. A great tip is to pre-wash your produce ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for quick availability and easy access. For example, all of my apples, cucumbers and carrots are always washed before placing them the crisper. We must make sure that we are cleaning our produce properly. As I mentioned earlier, juices are entered directly into our bloodstream and at a rapid paste. We must make sure that we are removing dirt, germs and pesticides from our produce before juicing. We don't want to consume a concentrated amount of "nasties" in our bodies.
Here is my cleaning solution
Remove all fruit labels and stickers before this step.
- 1/4 APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
- 1 SINK FULL OF COLD WATER
- SOAK FOR A MINIMUM OF 10-15 MINUTES BEFORE RINSING
Use a fruit brush to scrub vegetables like carrots, beets etc.( I never peel them)
Step 3 Storing juices: juices should be stored in the refrigerator in air-tight glass containers immediately after juicing to reduce oxidation. Oxidation happens almost immediately after juicing and I would recommend that if you are using a centrifugal juicer, which is a fast juicer like a Breville, you should consume your juices immediately or within the same day to get the maximum nutritional benefits. Depending on your juicer, the juices can be stored for up to 72 hours while retaining if not all but most of the nutrients and fresh tasting quality. Read My Juicers to determine which kind of juicer you have and how long your juices can be stored for.
Here are some tips to reduce oxidation
- Fill your juice bottles all the way to the top so the air/oxygen is limited
- Use lemons or limes as a natural preservative in your juices
- Freeze your juices ( completely optional, I recommend fresh juices daily)
2. EXERCISE AND JUICING
I get this question very often, and I think the main reason I get this question is because we are conditioned to believe that we need an abundance of protein for muscle building. Or that you won't have enough energy to exercise. Some people mostly fear that juicing will cause them to decrease their muscle mass. Here is a question, if you were eating a "regular" diet and you don't ever exercise, over time would you still have muscles?... What makes juicing different? I began to understand that we lose muscle density only if we don't use those muscles at all, juicing or not. I hate talking about this topic because almost all of us have a preconceived notion of the "right" or "best" way. Even though juices are liquid, you are still consuming calories...it's just not in the form of solid food, sometimes when I juice fast for the most part I go up to 1800 calories sometimes more. When I am not on a juice fast, I drink anywhere from 32 to 48 ounces of juices daily to maintain health.
Unless you are water fasting where you are consuming zero calories, I will always recommend daily exercising when juicing fasting but of course you must listen to your body. We need to keeping our bodies moving, we need to sweat and when we sweat we release even more toxins. My recommendation is that you do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise along with 30 minutes strength and resistant training alternating different muscle groups totally one hour five days a week. Unless you are going on a 100 days on liquids only, I wouldn't worry about muscle loss.
3. PROTEIN POWDERS AND JUICING
It's funny because, when I first embarked on my juicing journey years ago protein was not a concern of mine. I mean my doctor never said I had a protein deficiency or anything so I wasn't worried. Like I said in the Changing Your Perception Of Food blog there are no protein deficiencies in countries where there is a steady food supply. A juice cleanse or detox is not a life-sentence. Most people think that if we restrict "food" for a short period of time we are going to die. I mean, we spend a huge amount time abusing our bodies, whether it's processed foods, alcohol or whatever else. We spend more time than none eating and constantly thinking about food, so I don't get what's so wrong with resting our bodies.
If you are on a juice fast or cleanse with the purpose of resting your digestive system and rebooting, I don't recommend protein powders in your juices. All of my programs enforces that. Protein powder even the plant-based and vegan ones go through processing, there are lots of synthetic fillers and chemicals to get it to that powdery form so I don't recommend it at all. You have to decide what it is you want most. Now isn't a great the time to contaminate our bodies when our goal is cleansing and removing toxins. Our only focus should be the micro and phyto-nutrients our bodies are being flooded with. However, if increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables into your diet but resting your digestive system isn't your goal; then what has always worked for me was including super-foods like chia seeds, hemp hearts/seeds in my juices or switching to smoothies altogether. It will give you the full sensation with added benefits. They come loaded with: protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants.
4. ACIDITY AND JUICING
Always remember that fruit juices are more acidic than vegetable juices which is why it is important to have a great ratio of both when juicing. Citric and Malic acids are commonly found in most fruits and vegetables. Vegetables such as celery, kale, parsley all have a PH level in the range of 5.5 to 6.8 where as fruits such as lime, lemon has a PH level of 2 to 2.8 on the scale, keeping in mind that they are alkalizing when consumed in the body. Why is this important? There are dental concerns that if you consume too many juices that are acidic there would be potential damage to the enamel in your teeth. We want to avoid permanent dental erosion (loss of tooth enamel), which occurs at PH level 4.
Here are a few tips to help with acidity in your juices and dental erosion:
- Remember to use a straw when drinking your juices.
- Use a ratio of 80% vegetables and 20% fruit.
- Use fruits that are lower in acidity on the PH scale like mango,strawberries
- Rinse your mouth with water after drinking your juice.
- Wait for about an hour before brushing between juices.
5. HOW MUCH JUICE SHOULD I DRINK ON A DETOX?
I cannot stress this enough... less juice consumed does not equal to more weight loss, in actuality it's the other way around. If you are juicing for weight loss I would suggest for you to drink up. I usually tell my clients anywhere from 64 to 96 ounces or more of juices along with water. We are assisting our self-cleaning organs like the liver, kidneys and colon so we need to flush out our bodies. The hardest part about juicing is the water intake, most people think that drinking the juices alone is enough but it not exactly the case. For example when I'm fasting or detoxing, the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is drink 1 litre of water. Remember, you spend hours sleeping and our bodies are in dehydrated state. As my day progresses between every juice I would drink 500ML-1 L of water in that way I am keeping hydrated and maximizing the cleansing process.
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