Juicing Watermelon with Dr. Bizal

Greetings and welcome to eating healthy with Dr. Bizal, that’s me, and our goal in this series is to help make you as healthy as possible as simply and as easy as possible as well.

So today we’re going to start with one of the very basics, and that’s watermelon juice. So let me tell you a little bit about watermelon. Number one, how do you choose your watermelon when you’re in the store taking a look and you see that bunch of watermelons, grab one, pick it up, and thump it. If you hear a nice hollow sound, there’s a very good chance that you got a good melon and it’s full of juice and it’s ripe.

So what else do you need to know about melon, and why it’s so valuable is from a nutritional standpoint there’s four things. Number one, it’s very high in vitamin A, very high in vitamin C, very, very good for the body. Also the two minerals it’s very high in are potassium and magnesium. The significance of that is that both magnesium and potassium are what we call acid buffering minerals. They help keep your body alkaline and with all the chronic, degenerate disease that’s very, very important these days.

So having said that what’s the next step? How do we go about juicing the watermelon? So, what do we need? We have our watermelon. We have our ripe watermelon, a cutting board, a sharp kitchen knife big enough to do the job. We need a juicer that has a catch basin to it. We also need a collection device to collect the juice, and then after we collect it, we need something that we can drink it out of.

So having said that, let me give you one of the little secret tricks of the trades to make your life easy doing this. When you are doing the juicing process, if you take your catch basin and you line it with a piece of plastic. You’ll save yourself time, and you won’t have to clean that up.

 

The easiest way to get started with this is take your watermelon, and what I like to do is I like to cut it in half, and the sharper the knife is, the easier this task is going to be

Now when I say watermelon juice, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the red part of the watermelon. Here’s another nutritional fact. Research is showing that the red meat in watermelon has a higher concentration of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that they are talking about is good for dealing with free radicals and preventing and reversing things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and has more lycopene than a tomato does.

When I talk about juicing watermelon, I am not just talking about juicing the red meat, the part that we’re accustomed to eating all the time. I am also talking about I am going to juice the whole melon. I am going to juice the rind as well. Now why would I do that?

Most people are not aware that the highest concentration of nutrients and some of the critical nutrients are actually in the outside, or the husk, or the shell that protect whatever the fruit or the vegetable is that we’re eating, and whenever you see green like this, what you know is there’s chlorophyll, and the nice thing about chlorophyll is chlorophyll acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in the body.

So nature has done a very good job of giving us all kinds of healthy things to build our immune system and keep us healthy.

Now that we have this watermelon cut in half, if I was just going to make a drink for one, what I would do is take about an inch of it and fortunately my knife is sharp, and I’d get started, and what I would do is I would just slice.

 

 

Then cut into slices, so, it will fit into your juicer and juice away!

 


Now that we’ve got the watermelon cut open, I am going to give you a little secret trick of the trade so that your watermelon doesn’t drip all over your kitchen.

If you’ve ever chopped open a watermelon, even if you wrap it in cellophane and you stick it in the refrigeration, it has a tendency to drip, and it will drip on things that are in the refrigerator.

So one of the easiest way to do is just take like a soup bowl or a bowl that’s big enough just to let your watermelon set in and actually I have two here. This way the watermelon won’t drip all over everything, and then if you have some freezer wrapper of some kitchen wrap, now your melons are ready and safe to go into your refrigerator.

 

 

 

Dr. Stephen Bizal, D.C. (www.DrBizal.com) is the author of the critically acclaimed book and wellness program “The Optimal Life, Empowering Health, Healing & Longevity” (www.drbizal.com/BookStore.html). He is the host of “The Optimal Life” radio talk show, and the “Healthy Living with Dr. Bizal” and “Doc around the Block” video series available on YouTube. An innovator in the field of human potential and human performance, Dr. Bizal founded the first executive health & fitness coaching company in Southern California in 1981. In 2010 Dr. Bizal created the Wellness Coaching Institute (www.WellnessCoachingInstitute.com), offering the 1st university approved wellness certification programs, in the U.S., for health and human resource professionals.

 

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8 easy to grow healthy houseplants – Tiffany Washko

8 easy to grow healthy houseplants – Tiffany Washko

There is a great deal of information out there on becoming a beginning gardener or even a small scale farmer. Many green living enthusiasts want nothing more than to get back to the land…reconnecting with nature, becoming more self sufficient, and of course taking their food and health back into their own hands. One easy green aspect we might overlook though is indoor gardening. It’s a great place to start if gardening and farming intimidate you and it’s a great alternative if you don’t have room to grow crops outside. Another BIG bonus aspect of growing indoors is that you can choose healthy houseplants.

What are healthy houseplants exactly? They are plants easily grown indoors for the purpose of enhancing the health of your home and the health of your family. You can grow edible plants and herbs that will keep your family healthy during cold and flu season. You can grow plants that clean and purify the indoor air all year long. You can grow plants that have medicinal uses. You can even grow plants that remove toxins, like mold, from circulation. Here are some common healthy houseplants that are actually very easy to grow and very beneficial.

Peace Lily – These lovely plants with their gorgeous flowers are actually very easy to grow indoors if you have the space. They can thrive in low light. Not only do they provide something lovely to look at they have some amazing benefits such as absorption of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. They are also said to remove mold spores in the air so if you live in an old damp house or a place where humidity is a problem…get some peace lilies pronto.

Dracaena – I call these lemon lime plants because of their lovely colored stripes on the leaves. They are super easy to grow if you keep their soil slightly damp and they remove many toxins from the air.

Golden Pothos – These plants represent happy childhood memories for me because my mom grew them. They stretched across our kitchen and living room walls and made our house look like a jungle. I loved it and they are super easy to grow. They don’t require too much watering either, most of the time I can get away with sticking them outside once every week or two, when it rains so they can get a thorough soaking. These too remove many toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more

English Ivy – These lovely vines do very well in low light and you just need to make sure their soil stays moist. Removes benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Spider Plants – Another plant my mom used to grow in abundance. These do really well in indirect light and thrive if you hang them by windows where their delicate tendrils hang down over their pots. They are great for removing formaldehyde which can be found in the home in building materials, household products, and from fuel-burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene space heaters.

Aloe Vera – Aloe is super duper easy to grow and requires very little water so if you commonly “forget” to water, this plant is forgiving. You can also use it for a variety of medicinal purposes.

Sage – This is an easy-to-grow indoors herb that can be great for meals as well as for coughs, colds, and congestion.

Thyme – Another powerful herb. This one is popular for treating coughs, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. It does beautiful in a window sill and can be used frequently in flavoring soups, stocks and stews.
Even if you think you don’t have a green thumb, these plants are pretty easy to grow if you just know a little about each one. They all have wonderful benefits and will enhance the health of your home and of your family so taking the time to learn about them and grow them is well worth your time. Some can be grown from seed and others can be grown from cuttings. You can also buy from local nurseries or online.  Others propagate often so you can get “babies” very easily. Craigslist is actually a great place to find plants such as this…like aloe and spider plants. Pretty soon you will be swimming in healthy houseplants…which can only be a good thing!

Tiffany Washko is a green, paleo, crossfit mother of three.  At her website Nature Moms, she addresses concerns about health, wellness, and sustainability.  For more from Tiffany, visit www.naturemoms.com.

 

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Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding

Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding


Today, I am going to teach you how to make a delicious, chocolate pudding that will not only appease your chocolate cravings but is extremely healthy.

How fabulous is that?

Okay, we’re going to get straight into it. It’s really simple. Firstly, grab one avocado or two to three small ones. Remove the stone and scoop out of the skin. Just place it straight into the food processor. Next, we’re going to grab one cup of coconut water. You could use normal water. I just prefer to use coconut water for flavor. So you’re going to chuck that in there as well.

Next we’ve got a quarter cup of raw honey. Choose raw honey. Don’t use the heated stuff. It loses all its nutrients.

All right, while we’re scooping that in there, you could also use agave if you wanted to or Stevia if you can’t use honey. I know with vegan you don’t really want to be using honey, or for lactose intolerance I think you can’t take honey either. So you might choose agave with Stevia or something instead.

Next, I’ve got three tablespoons of raw, organic cacao powder as well as two tablespoons of chia seeds. So in that, you’ve got protein, magnesium, Omega-3s, fiber, a little powerhouse of nutrients.

Lastly, we’ve got half a teaspoon of cinnamon and just a pinch of Himalayan salt if you didn’t want to use the cinnamon, you could use vanilla or you could use a bit of espresso to give it a coffee flavor or fresh mint leaves to give it that beautiful minty flavor.

Start your Food Processor or Blender.

You just want to make sure you can’t see any of the avocado in the mix.

Then all you need to do is pop it in the fridge for about an hour to make it set. It might look a little bit runny now but the chia seeds will absorb some of that, so it will give it more of that pudding consistency.

Lisa Wiedrich is a Holistic Health & Wellness Mentor, Author, Chef, Meditation Instructor and Mother based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Through her business SoulFood Journey, she creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to create health in mind, body and soul as a path to happiness. You can find out more about Lisa and her mentoring programs at www.soulfoodjourney.com.

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Raw Enzyme Salad with Turnip

Raw Enzyme Salad with Turnip

Raw foods contain enzymes that aid in their digestion and bring life to the body. The fiber helps to scrub our systems and feel good inside and out.

Here’s one of my favorite raw salads, which actually acts more like a slaw. It’s simple, easy to make and taste delicious! Best of all, it’s loaded with enzymes.

 

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 small red cabbage
  • 1 medium white turnip
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • bunch of parsley

 

Dressing Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 c. raw organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 TB raw honey

 

Optional enzyme enhancer ingredients:

 

  • Organic sprouts
  • Avocado
  • Soaked seeds

 

Directions:
Wash all veggies. Shredded or finely chop your red cabbage and place in large bowl.

Shred your turnip, carrots and zucchinis and add to large bowl.

Mince your parsley (1/3 cup) and onion (1/4 cup) and add to large bowl.

In separate container mix your dressing ingredients except your olive oil. Once blended, slowly add your olive oil to create a wonderfully, blended dressing. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

Add your dressing to your slaw and let sit for thirty minutes.

Serves six.

 

ENJOY!

 

A reformed junk food junkie, Genevieve of MamaNatural.com helps families’ live happier, healthier lives through real food, healthy living, and conscious parenting. Get tips and recipes at www.mamanatural.com.

 

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Produce Juicing Guide – Joe Cross

Here is an informative video from Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Fame

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I am going to be talking to you about taking the next step, so you bought your juicer, but what on earth do you put through it.

Today, I am going to be demystifying the juicer, give you a guide to the different produce you should be putting through it and how best to prep them, starting with our leafy greens such as kale or Tuscan cabbage as us Aussie’s like to call it; spinach, collard greens.

 


It’s important to remember to wash them thoroughly to remove any remaining grit or dirt that can be found on the leaves. When the leaves go through the juicer they are best followed by harder fruits or vegetables like apples that ensure that all the greens get fully juiced.

Now, an essential tip to remember is to thoroughly wash earth and root vegetables before putting them through the juicer. For example, carrots and sweet potatoes. Oh, and you must remember, peel your beets before juicing them. This will avoid that earthy taste that many people complain about after juicing and unpeeled beet.

Now, for lemons and limes, depends on what you like. Personally, I like to leave the peel on, but it does create a little bit of a bitter flavour. So if you peel your lemons and limes, remember to keep as much of this white pith on as possible as it contains nutrients that can help your body absorb amazing antioxidants found in citrus fruits.

So with other fruits and vegetables, with skins that we don’t traditionally eat such as pineapple, melon, or kiwi, it’s best to use your common sense and remove them before juicing.

 


Now with larger items, cut them into smaller pieces to fit through your juicer chute.
Here are my real don’ts, avocados and bananas. Don’t juice them. Save them for blending.

There are also some vegetables I have never juiced and probably never will such as eggplant.
Oh, and you’re talking about onions, go easy on them. It truly is an acquired taste if you juice them and also if you’re going to do it, you might need some goggles.
How about spices? Well things like Chinese five and cinnamon should not go through your juicer. Just sprinkle them onto your juice once it’s poured in the glass.
So, that’s a wrap on my handy hints and tips on what to put through your juicer. From here, there’s only one way, onwards and upwards, best of luck and juice on.

Check out Joe’s website – www.rebootwithjoe.com

 

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How to Get Ready for a Healthy Winter

How to Get Ready for a Healthy Winter

Unless you happen to live in an area with a year-long temperate climate, then chances are you won’t have access to fresh, local fruits and veggies during the winter. Sure, there are always potatoes, cabbage, and beets to fall back on – but they can get boring pretty quickly. To stay healthy as a vegetarian during the winter, you will have to get creative with all the winter fruits and veggies. But you may also want to plan ahead for winter while there is still an abundant selection of produce.

FILL YOUR FREEZER WITH PEPPERS

Peppers are loaded with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C (which is important for iron absorption). By the time winter comes along though, the price of peppers will have skyrocketed. Any peppers which you do find in the stores will also probably have come long distances and be loaded with pesticides. Don’t go the winter pepper less. Instead, buy mass amounts, chop them into little bits, and freeze them in baggies.    A lot of other warm- weather foods also do well in the freezer, like greens and beans.

DEHYDRATE FRUITS

In late fall, you can find fruits like apples and pears for really cheap. Take advantage of this by cutting them into slices and dehydrating them (my dehydrator is definitely one of my favorite kitchen gadgets). You might also want to dehydrate tomato slices, apricots, tropical fruits, zucchini chips, or pretty much anything you can think up.

LEARN TO PICKLE

Before our ancestors had supermarkets to turn to in winter, they would pickle foods to eat during winter. Aside from preserving foods, there are a lot of good reasons for vegetarians to start pickling: real pickled foods are rich in vitamin K2 (which is needed for calcium absorption), increase the bioavailability of many nutrients, and also help maintain healthy gut flora. Pickling doesn’t have to be limited to just cucumbers.

MAKE SOME PINJUR AND AJVAR

Eggplants don’t freeze or dehydrate very well, so if you want some yummy eggplant goodness in winter, you may want to do as the Macedonians do. They grill or cook up large amounts of eggplant, peppers, carrots and tomatoes. Then they mash all the grilled veggies together to make a really delicious spread. It goes into jars and can last all year. The eggplant-heavy spreads are called pinjur and the ones heavier in red peppers are called ajvar. These homemade spreads will beat any of that jarred stuff you find at Trader Joes.

RETHINK YOUR SUPPLEMENT

Our nutrient intakes can vary considerably in the winter. So, if you take a vegetarian supplement, you may want to rethink it. Consider switching to a supplement which has vitamin D in it as it is pretty common for people (veg and omnivores alike) to develop a deficiency during wintertime.

 

Diane Vukovic is a vegetarian mom, health nut, and kitchen diva. When she’s not deducing veggie nutritional facts, she’s probably dancing crazily with her daughter or traveling somewhere in Europe. Find out more about veggie nutrition at vegetariansupplementsguide.com

 

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Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

Health Benefits of Avocados

Recently, the avocado has been getting a lot of attention. Packed with healthy fats and numerous other healthy components, it’s no surprise that this creamy fruit is finally getting the attention it deserves!

Vitamin E 

One of the hardest nutrients to obtain and one of the most beneficial, Vitamin E is literally packed into the creamy flesh of the avocado. This nutrient promotes healing in all areas of the body, which means that it may have benefits for conditions as varied as acne and cancer. Vitamin E is also one of the most potent anti-oxidants around. Anti-oxidants are known for their cancer-fighting properties, as well as their ability to neutralize free radicals. In addition to causing cancer, free radicals contribute to visible signs of aging.

Nutrient Absorption
The world of combining food can be confusing. In the most general terms, it refers to eating certain foods together in order to gain the optimal nutritional benefit. Avocados play a role in food combining; when carotenoid-containing foods, such as tomatoes and carrots, are eaten with avocados, a much higher percentage of lycopene is absorbed by the body. Carotenoids are renowned for their role in promoting and protecting eye health.

A Heart Healthy Fruit

Avocados are great for the heart in many different ways. Their Vitamin E content is wonderful for the heart, as are their high levels of monounsaturated fats. In addition, avocados are extremely high in folate. Folate is known for its benefits in women, both in preventing cervical cancer and birth defects. Folate, however, has also been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease. Just one avocado contains a whopping twenty-three percent of the daily recommended folate dose.

 

Lowering Bad Cholesterol

Although the precise manner in which it works is still unknown, a compound in avocados has been shown to dramatically reduce HDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The reduction is attributed to beta-sitosterol. In one study, after eating a normal amount of avocados for a very short amount of time, test subjects dropped their HDL levels by over fifteen percent. This research offers an excellent potential alternative for individuals currently taking prescription drugs to lower their cholesterol levels.

Protecting Your Eyes

Lutein is a naturally-occurring compound which has been shown to have incredible benefits regarding eye health. Avocados are the single best fruit source of lutein, making them indispensable for anybody concerned about protecting their eyes. Among other benefits, lutein has been shown to help prevent two of the most devastating age-related eye conditions; macular degeneration and cataracts.

 How to Eat Avocados

Avocados can appear rather difficult to eat, but they’re really quite simple. As with all fresh produce, wash the exterior well under running water to help prevent contamination (even though the peel is not eaten, contamination can be transferred to the interior by slicing). Peel the avocado and slice it in half, working carefully around the pit in the center. Remove the pit and slice the flesh as needed for immediate eating or cooking. Avocado flesh is extremely creamy, so care is needed during preparation as to not crush or mash the flesh accidentally.
It’s also great when added to fresh juice in a blender.

Bacon Turkey Avocado Sandwich
Serves: 1

2 slices bread, toasted
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 slice provolone cheese
4 thin slices deli turkey breast
4 slices cooked bacon
½ avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
1 slice ripe tomato
1 leaf lettuce
Spread one side of each slice toasted bread with mayonnaise. Top a bread slice with provolone cheese, turkey, bacon, avocado, tomato and lettuce. Place the remaining bread slice on top, cut in half and serve.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-bacon-avocado-sandwich/

Guacamole
Serves: Varies

3 large Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ medium onion, diced
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe/index.html

Avocado Sauté
Serves: 4

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
½ of a large shallot, finely minced
½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
3 zucchini, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut ¼ inch thick
½ of a red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
1 large (8 ounce) Haas avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 1-inch chunks
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, shallot and thyme; sauté for 3 minutes.
Mix in zucchini, bell pepper and lemon peel; stir and cook for 2 minutes. Lower the heat and cover, cooking for 3 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine lemon juice with avocado. Add to skillet and gently mix. Cook for 2 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

http://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-recipes/Holiday-Vegetable-and-Hass-Avocado-Saute

 

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Juicing For Eczema Symptoms

Juicing for eczema is a natural way to reduce your eczema symptoms

 

Sites of Eczema

As an eczema sufferer you are probably only too aware how difficult it is to pin point the cause of this irritating skin condition. Some practitioners believe that toxins in the blood cause eczema. It’s thought that the appearance of eczema is a sign that your body is not eliminating toxins efficiently.

 

juice detox or regular intake of freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juice is one way to help your body eliminate those nasty toxins and reduce the symptoms of your eczema.

 

Juicing Wheatgrass


Some people have had great success using wheatgrass when juicing for eczema. Grown from the whole-wheat grain, wheatgrass has been recognised for years for its general healing qualities. It provides a powerful detoxifier and cleanser.

Wheatgrass contains high levels of vitamin A, B, C and E as well as known minerals. As this is a living plant that is cut just before juicing it contains high levels of chlorophyll (this is what gives it it’s vibrant green colour). Chlorophyll works on the liver to eliminate harmful toxins from your body.

 

Why not try this wheatgrass recipe to see if it helps you combat some of your eczema symptoms.

 

Just be aware that wheatgrass can be quite strong on the stomach and it’s not recommended that you exceed 4oz a day. To start with you may want to dilute it with cucumber, white cabbage or apples and see how you go. It’s also most effective when consumed on an empty stomach, so perfect first thing in the morning.

 

Other Juicing for Eczema Recipes Include:
1 part beetroot
1 part water
2-part carrot

 

Both the beetroot and carrot in this recipe provide a rich source of immune boosting beta-carotene.
2 small green apples
1 star fruit
¼ dragon fruit
1 stick of celery

 

It’s recommended that you juice the apple with its skin on as it contains some of the nutrients. The apple, star fruit and celery provide high levels of vitamin C. Apples are particularly good for use in a detox.

 

I hope these juicing for eczema recipes help you fight some of your irritating eczema symptoms.

Cindy Lymbery has put a website www.juicingadvice.com together to share her experiences and ever developing knowledge of juicing in the hope that it helps and inspires others. If you’re looking for details on different juicing machines or just some new recipes, there’s plenty here that you will find useful.Her health and her family are the most precious things to her and juicing is just one easy way to help keep them all healthy.

 

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Juice Fasting for Beginners – Jonathan Bechtel

Juice Fasting for Beginners – Jonathan Bechtel

Jonathan Bechtel“Jonathan Bechtel is a contributor at LivingGreenMag, an online publication that informs and educates readers on a range of environmental and lifestyle issues, and highlights various non-profit causes. Visit  www.LivingGreenMag.com.

Juice fasts are becoming more popular as a way to cleanse the body and reset physiological processes that have been riddled with pollutants, toxins, and food that’s laced with preservatives.

But of course they make a lot of people squeamish. Will I get hungry? Will I be glued to the toilet? What groceries should I buy? Let this guide give you a brief rundown of all the major points you need to consider before trying one.

Reasons To Do It

Many people go on a juice fast hoping that it will be a quick fix to their weight and health problems. This is not a good idea. Instead, it’s best to think of juicing as a “gateway drug” to better health and eating clean.

A juice fast all by itself is a bit of a challenge, and frankly, too expensive to make it a one-time event.

Instead think of it as a lifestyle “jolt” that will give you a quick glimpse to the benefits of eating green.  Many people note how they have increased energy and vitality after juicing. Doing it consistently for two to three days will whet your appetite for the energized feeling that comes with better health and a good diet.

What You Eat

The “juice” you drink on a juice fast isn’t the kind you buy in the store. It’s made with a juicer that compresses fresh fruits and vegetables and extracts the pulp. Most juice fasts consist only of drinking this type of juice and nothing else.

Depending on the length of your fast and your activity levels an occasional meal may be necessary, but it’s important to keep these foods “clean” and unprocessed.

How Long to Fast

The length of people’s juice fasts can vary widely, anywhere from two days to 60 days. However, for a newcomer, it’s most definitely a good idea to start small. Juice fasts can be fairly intense, and lifestyle circumstances can make longer ones all but impossible. Completely breaking your fast is worse than going on a small one successfully, so as a rule of thumb a two or three day fast is a good stepping point.

Beyond seven days isn’t a particularly good idea. While the benefits of a juice fast can be remarkable, they can have certain deficiencies when practiced for a prolonged amount of time.

For most people a Friday-Saturday-Sunday fast is a good place to start. The short period of time will allow you to “break in” to the diet, and the weekend will give you ample free time and a flexible schedule.

Equipment Needed

The only equipment you really need is a juicer. Here the selection has become much more varied over the last five years.  At the low end are juicers such as the Black & Decker JE2200B or Hamilton Beach brands, and higher end models are made by companies like Breville and Omega.

If you plan on making juicing a part of your daily routine (a good idea). I’d recommend going with a higher end juicer. If you only plan on doing it for the fast, then going with a less expensive option is okay. But be aware that smaller juicers are not designed for intense juicing and may be wheezing by the end of the week due to heavy use.

Grocery Shopping

A surprising benefit of a juice fast is that grocery shopping actually becomes quite simple Just buy produce!

The produce that juices the best are fruits and vegetables that are hard and have high water content.  These include but are not limited to: carrots, apples, celery, beets, ginger, oranges, lemons, and leafy greens.  Soft foods like bananas and avocados don’t contain much water.

As a rule though, it’s okay to experiment. Berries, herbs, and vegetables of most types can be juiced, and often unusual concoctions will taste surprisingly good.

I firmly believe that a little bit of curiosity and experimentation will get you as far as you need to go for two to three days. However, if you feel a little bit intimidated by the wide variety of food to choose from, there are plenty of juicing books to choose from which will help guide you to making tasty concoctions.

Energy/Discomfort

Understandably the most common question about a juice fast is “how will it make me feel?”
Over the long run, juice fasts will almost certainly help you feel better and more vital. Over the short run the results can be a little bit more varied. Depending on where your body is when you start the results can range from highly energized to slightly sick and bed ridden. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to only do it for a few days at a time and over the weekend.
However, there are a few good rules of thumb to make your fast as comfortable as possible:
>>Drink lots of water>>Keep your calories up>>Don’t go overboard with physical activity (moderate activity is fine)

Daily Routine

A good practice is to juice as much you can in the beginning of the day, you will probably have to do a little more in the evening as well.

For most people the biggest challenge on a juice fast is keeping your calories up to avoid hunger and fatigue. This will mean anywhere from 9-12 cups of juice a day.

This is a lot of produce, and you should be prepared to go to the grocery store every day or every other day. To save on food costs make apples and carrots the base of your juices. They’re fairly cheap and give you a lot of juice.

If you go on a fast longer than three days, it’s best to supplement your fast with a condensed greens powder. They’ll help fill in some of the missing gaps in your diet and provide additional nutrients you might not typically get during a prolonged fast. Popular brands include Vitamineral Green, Green Vibrance, Incredible Greens, and Macro Greens.

 

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Tips on Coming off a Juice Fast

Tips on Coming off a Juice Fast

Juice fasting is one of the effective ways to cleanse the body of harmful radicals and lose weight at the same time. Many go on a juice fast for a certain period of time by simply taking fluids to supply the body the necessary nutrients it needs without taking solid food. For those who experienced this form of fasting, coming off a juice fast is considered the most critical. In fact, it is harder than getting started on it in the first place.
In order for you to enjoy the long term benefits of juice fasting, it’s important that you know how to come off it. One wrong move and all your efforts will mean nothing but doing it correctly has positive impact on your health and wellness.
Take it slow, don’t overeat
Remember that your body hasn’t had any solid food for days. Don’t shock your digestive system by eating large portions of fruits, vegetables or meat. Slow down a bit by eating very small portions only. This will allow your body to adjust to the change. Using smaller plates when eating as well as chewing your food slowly can make you feel fuller.

Just because you deprive yourself from solid food for several days doesn’t mean you have to make it up to yourself by eating all those foods you missed. Avoid overeating or else you’ll suffer the consequences. Bear in mind that it will take some time for your digestive tract to get used to solid food again. Overeating will only lead to stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea.

Eat when you’re hungry
Do you know that people often mistake thirst for hunger? So before you fill your mouth with food, try drinking a glass of water or juice. Doing so can eliminate that feeling of hunger. Meanwhile, you should definitely continue with drinking juices of fruits and vegetables included in your juice fast. They can still provide all the beneficial nutrients your body need. Stay energized the whole day by drinking a glass early in the morning, add a slice of lemon.

Take transition foods
Eating the wrong food can make coming off a juice fast an ordeal. Avoid the discomforts by taking transition foods especially if you’re not sure what and what not to eat yet. These foods can help you ease into your new diet. They include fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat a bowl of creamy veggie soup or whip up a green salad with your favorite fruits. On the other hand, make sure to avoid those which take longer to digest such as meat and fish.


Once you are able to come off your juice fast successfully, you’ll be able to enjoy its numerous benefits. You should also come up with a new healthy diet plan and discipline yourself to stick to it.

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