02 March, 2012

Juicing for Better Health

Juicing...what is that you might ask? Well, it is the process of extracting the juices from vegetables or fruits. So, basically the idea is,  you end up consuming an extraordinary amount of fruits, vegetables and the micro nutrients there-in.

I've run across articles that criticize doing this as you are consuming a lot of sugars from the fruits you juice. The other argument is that there is no medical benefit to depriving your self of fats and protein.

Here's my thing, I approach most things with a lot of common sense and a dose of scientific research. I'm not going to  bore you with the results of my research but I will advice you to look into it, consult with your doctor and see if it makes sense for you in your life.

excerpt from webmd.com
"Juicing as an extreme weight loss measure is a fad diet. You can't stick to it for long -- and you shouldn't.
On a juice-only diet, you may not get enough fiber to make you full. And it's so limited that you may rebel.
“If you’re doing a juicing diet, you’ll be so tempted to eat something like a cake or donut because you’ve restricted yourself,” Barr says.
You may also not get enough protein. If you are trying to lose weight by only juicing, then you are putting yourself at risk to lose muscle mass. Research shows that adding protein is essential to preserve muscle mass during weight loss.
By the end of any extreme diet, your metabolism may have temporarily slowed down. Once you start eating a more normal diet, you’ll be prone to building fat cells, Villacorta says.
What about juicing as a way to detox or cleanse your body? “I haven’t seen any research or science paper to support that cleansing is happening from juicing,” Villacorta says.
Your liver and kidneys take care of that -- whether you're juicing or not."
And for me, it makes sense right now. It might not in the next 6 months or the next year or even tomorrow (I hope not that soon lol). But right now, I need a buffer system to get me from thinking about food all the time to just realizing that food while it may taste great is really just a fuel for the body. My happiness, whether I have a great time at an outing or not, should not be as a result of how much I ate or how many different dishes I got to sample.

My friend G has agreed to do this with me and for that I'm super stoked. Better believe that the hubby will not be doing it smh. He needs his food and I get it so I'm not going to "make" him do it with me.

Here is the plan:
  • at least 4 days of strictly juicing
  • I might start off by having a juice for breakfast for a couple of days
  • then progress to replacing two meals until I feel I'm able to do a whole day then proceed to at least 4 days of only juicing
Let's see how it goes what do you say? I love food and I'm still training for my half-marathon so let's see how this goes eh?

Some resources that I found helpful are:
Have you heard of juicing? Please share your thoughts on the practice.

2 comments:

  1. I wrote this on your FB post:

    "I used to make this green lemonade (2 heads romaine lettuce, 6-7 kale leaves, 2 Gala or Fuji apples, 1 whole lemon (skin and all), and a thumb of ginger). When I drank that it the morning? My energy levels were through the roof and I didn't have caffeine withdrawal. I've just been too lazy to break out my juicer again and do all the cleaning necessary to make a fresh cup every morning."

    The thing is, I did a 7 day detox (I think) and then just had this juice in the morning with my regular, sensible meals the rest of the day. Just having this cup of juice first thing in the morning made a difference. So, if 4 days of juicing isn't cutting it, I still think you get benefits from a cup of fresh juiced veggies and fruit each morning. Just wanted to suggest that as an option.

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    1. Ain't that a smart idea. I will listen to my body and try to decipher what it's trying to tell me. And maybe, just the juice for breakfast might be all I need afterall. Thanks Shelli and that recipie sounds great.

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