Time To Juice?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I found a documentary on Netflix this week. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". It's about this Australian that goes on a 60 day fast drinking only water and fresh vegetable and fruit juice, from a juicing machine. A bit extreme I think. But he did loose a lot of weight and his disease went into complete remission. I was curious and started looking up some more on juicing. There is a lot of support out there for it. Although most are suggesting 5-15 days at a time, and most of them are not suggesting any more than 5 days of juice only.
The primary reason for the all fruit and veggie juice diet is that they say it gives the body's digestive system a break, while still providing needed micro-nutrients. Its a fast that helps detox and they say "resets" the body. Many suggested doing this for 5-10 days every 3-4 months as a regular fasting regiment.
So I didn't want to spend money right now on a juicer, but I do have a smoothy maker. I wanted to try it and see. I blended some fruit first; strawberries, apple, and banana. Then I had to try some veggies; tomato, carrot and cucumber. (I didn't have any leafy veggies that most regular juice recipes call for.) It wasn't juice exactly. Due to the machine it doesn't strain out the chunks. More like a thin shake. I drank it, but I'm not sure I could do the juicing thing. The added veggies changed the taste quite a bit. And most juice recipes call for mostly or all veggies. I think I would have a really hard time with it. Not to mention the cost. Which most say is about $15 - $25 a day. Plus the machine which runs from $30 - $200.
So what do you think? Is juicing, as a meal supplement or fasting, something that should be part of a healthy eating plan? I certainly found a lot of pros on the topic and I really can't say I found any cons. Well, except for the flavor that is. :)
Here are some links to the documentary and to a doctor that was in the documentary, a Dr. Fuhrman (How neat is that?). He has some interesting ideas on nutrition and his own food pyramid.
Food for thought