Juicinggggggg!

juiceIf you have followed my blog prior to me switching over to my new site, you know of my pure love (or love-hate) relationship with juicing.  Though, I am not exactly sure why I love it so much, since the first time I attempted a 2 week-long juice cleanse, I was rewarded with a nut allergy. HA!

What I did LOVE about my very first cleanse was how it made me feel.  I felt healthier, I had more energy, but 14 days was far too long for my body.  I jumped in to this particular cleanse head first with very little to no research at all.  My knowledge on juicing was lacking greatly, but I decided to give it a go anyhow.

What I know now:

Contraindications:  Juice Cleanse/Detox/fasts are not recommended for anyone who is:

-Diabetic
-HypOglycemic
-If battling (aggressive) cancer
-Anyone Under the age of 18
-Anyone suffering from an eating disorder

**PLEASE consult a Dr. before attempting any cleanse if you have any medical predispositions or are unsure if it is the right thing for you.**

I of course, am both pre-diabetic as well as hypoglycemic.  Had I have known the contraindications prior to my first cleanse, I would have been a little easier on myself.  I was blacking out a lot during the last week.  (Really great, huh? I’m really selling this juicing stuff! haha!)  I did finally allow myself to snack on goji berries and pumpkin seeds.  Now that I have completed many mini juice fasts, I am much more aware of my body and what it requires.  This means if I need food, I am going to eat it. Thumbs up. 🙂

Goji Berries: My favorite super-food: This red dried fruit is grown in Asia.  It is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.  It is also known in eastern medicine as a “blood builder.”

Pumpkin Seeds: Referred to as the healthiest food, another favorite super-food of mine.  These little seeds are full of zinc, protein, magnesium, you name it, they’ve got it.  

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html#ixzz2ykYSfoZy

With the addition of both, the dizzy spells and fatigue subsided and I received the energy I needed to finish off the 14 days.

***PLEASE NOTE: Modifications can and should be made if you do experience anything similar.  Consider any of the following: Raw foods, smoothies, nuts or seeds, but Keep it light.  Vegetable broth is also OK to include.

Normal side effects may include:

Nausea, dizziness, flu like symptoms, headache, fatigue, achy joints and runny nose.. Do not be alarmed, this is your body detoxifying and ridding of the toxins etc.

skinny funnyPreparation and easing out:

To alleviate these it is recommended to prepare your body for the cleanse a week or so ahead of time.  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after.  Once the cleanse/fast/detox is over, make sure you ease back in to a normal diet.  (Ex. perhaps eating vegan or vegetarian the week leading up to the cleanse and a couple of days following the cleanse.  Jumping in to heavy food immediately following a juice fast may force you in to the fetal position, bed, or on to the toilet.) These are just a few things to think about.  I will go in to more on that in a later post.

Length of juice cleanse:

Fasts can last anywhere from 3- 60 days (90 is pretty extreme, but can definitely be done; please be sure to consult a physician before embarking on any cleanse, especially if you are considering the lengthier cleanse.

Other options:

-Once a week

-Just on the weekends for an extended period of time. Etc.

JUICING VS. BLENDING:

So I’m focusing on juicing in this post, NOT blending.  You have probably heard of the Vitamix or the Ninja, both are great, but neither are juicers.  By blending your fruits and veggies you are liquefying to a degree, but the fiber of the produce is left for the body to still breakdown and digest, while juicing extracts the fiber, leaving only nutrients for the body to absorb.  This takes little energy for your body to consume; in fact the body is able to absorb the nutrients in to the blood stream quickly.

Benefits of a juice cleanse or fast:

It’s an excellent way to lose weight and cleanse the body of toxins. You will lose approximately 1 pound a day, maybe even more.  More importantly, it has the ability to make you feel lighter, happier, healthier and more focused by allowing your digestive tract a break and thus heal from the inside out.

The greatest piece of a juice cleanse is that it is only temporary and it is a great way to jump-start a healthy lifestyle and weight loss.

I have completed a few 3-day juice fasts since my 2 week endeavor, and I plan to complete another one this coming week.  3 days is the perfect balance for me based on my medical history.  My body is able to tolerate 3-days really well.

on the insideI do highly recommend consulting a physician before committing to any sort of cleanse (not just juice fasts).  Researching the options of a juice cleanse and length of time is crucial in deciding what will work best for you and your body.  Listening to your body during a cleanse of any kind is exceptionally important.  General guidelines are always just guidelines, nothing more, you know your body more than anyone else, listen.

MY DIET:

I currently follow a vegetarian diet. Processed sugars are extremely limited, I rarely ever drink alcohol, and my diet is completely gluten free.  Yet, my body still requires a break every few months.

The best part is that my husband is usually always-on board and willing to join me on these little adventures.  I love having his support through all of my crazy endeavors.

 

So with this…

A juice recipe!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 apples ( I used macintosh)

1 orange

1/2 cucumber

4 small carrots

5 stalks of Kale

Stick with organic fruits and veggies and drink plenty of water to help with the detoxification process.  You can always play with the recipes,  get creative and have fun with it!  It’s your body and your taste buds, Make ’em happy!

-The faster you drink your juice the better.  Time is a tickin’! The densities of the nutrients dissipate quickly, so it is important to get it in to your system as soon as it’s juiced.

If you have any questions regarding juicing or interested in learning more about it, or regarding the difference between juicing and blending, please feel free to comment, or email me!  I’d love to hear about your experiences with juicing as well!  Share away!