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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.



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    If you do buy another juicer, Thinandfitemily, I can heartily recommend the OMega Vert. It is quiet, easy to clean, and works really well. I rarely even have to use the pushing handle.
    3649 days ago
    I watched that documentary!!!!- and was so fired up that I wanted to juice fast or feast as it is sometimes called for 21 days-however the $15 -25$ would have been added to our family of 6 food budget so I stopped after 2 days.
    I am planning on doing it again over a weekend-I actually lost 6 pounds over the weekend but I did gain 3 of those back
    I love my vitamix and use that everyday.
    The other thing about my juicer is that it is old-about 25 years and it is a Champion.
    I would at some tpoint like to buy something better.
    Good Luck to you if you do-there is quite a bit of support and you could always just add in juice too! emoticon
    3649 days ago
    Previous posts are correct about the cost vs the savings. Yes, it will cost to buy a VitaMix and a juicer, but what you save by being healthy can't really be calculated. Since I got my VitaMix, my juicer collects dust. I really like the smoothies a lot better than the juice. My first smoothies were mostly fruit with some greens. They tasted like fruit. As I continued I added more and more veggie until now they are about half and half. Plenty of greens, but still has a pretty good fruit taste. You do get use to the "green" taste if you keep it up. Try just one day and see how it goes. Then do 2 days. Also, don't just go by the scales. Do this for your HEALTH !!! Let weight loss just be the bonus! Diets do not work, changing your lifestyle DOES!

    Glad to have you on the Eat To Live team. You may want to stroll through some of the threads, there is a ton of information and lots of personal success stories in there.

    Keep us posted on how it all goes!

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    3649 days ago
    I have never done a juicing fast, but I can see how it would be energizing and could reset the body toward health. If I were morbidly obese, I think I would do it.

    I have a juicer and a Vitamix. I use the Vitamix for breakfast smoothies (in Dr. Fuhrman's Eat for Health book and also on-line) every other day, and have both lost weight and gained nutrition by doing so. The smoothies are very filling and delicious. My favorite is a chocolate cherry smoothie: a large handful of organic baby spinach leaves, one Medjool date, 1/2 c. soy milk, 1/2 c. frozen dark sweet cherries, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 1/2 c. frozen mashed banana, 1.5 TBSP dark cocoa, 1/2 TBSP ground flaxseed. It is like a chocolate shake, without any added sugar.

    My favorite juice is: 8 large organic carrots, 1 fresh beet, and 1-2 apples. It is so incredibly beautiful and delicious, I cannot describe it in words.

    Regarding the expense: It was an investment to buy a Vitamix and an Omega juicer, but it was worth it. I have been able to reverse my diabetes and also to control my blood pressure so that I no longer need blood pressure medication. The savings in medications plus the long-term savings in doctor's visits and hospital bills will far exceed these investments.

    If you eat the Fuhrman way, you will save on grocery bills because you will not be buying as many processed foods and meat. Beans--canned or dried--are much cheaper than processed foods, and fresh produce is not as expensive as people believe.

    Basically, if you want good health, you have to pay forward, and your investments will pay you back many times over.
    3649 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2011 8:15:05 AM
    I have never juiced, but have added fruit and vegetables to my diet. Last fall I was lucky to eat 5 servings per week. Now usually have 5 per day. I think the change has been positive. If I were to juice I would fit it into my regular diet which is much improved already.
    3670 days ago
    I juice for breakfast. Mostly green leafy veggies. The longest that I've done the juice fas was for 3 days. I love juicing. I think I'm addicted to doing it. I feel so much better & I get my 5+ freggies in that way. If you add up how much you spend in junk food, insurance & medication when you are sick, it comes out cheaper when you juiced. I got so excited when I saw your titile of your blog, because I'm an advocate for juicing. I make simple recipes. Once you try iy & realize thebenefits, you will never stop. Just like some good running shoes that you invest in so you won't get injured when running, it is also good to invest in a juicer & start juicing. Do it, your body will love you for it & it will show.
    3670 days ago
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