Juicing 101 ~ A Basic Guide to Rebooting Your System

by on March 28, 2012

Ready for Juicing!

Well, in my previous post, I gushed on about how magical my juicing experience has been, so now I’d better made good on my promise to give you the ins and outs of exactly what and how I did it.

First, I cannot recommend highly enough that you watch “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead“.

It’ll explain a whole lot and give you oodles of inspiration.

Next, of course, you’ll need a juicer. A REAL ONE. One that separates the pulp from the juice and that can stand a fair amount of strenuous use. As with most things, you’ll get what you pay for, starting with the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite at the top of the range.

I must say, I’ve been very happy with my Waring JEX328 Health Juice Extractor and I’ve heard good reports of the one promoted by juicing guru Jack Lalanne.

As far as recipes go,¬† I’ve been really satisfied with the basic one from the movie.

Mean Green Juice Recipe

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 2 green apples
  • nub of fresh ginger (about the size of the top of your thumb)
  • half a lemon

Cut all these into pieces that will fit into the juicer mouth ~ no need to peel anything, including the lemon

Juice them all, and enjoy slowly.

Tips and Modifications

  • Substitute a Smoothie
    Ok, so for the first week I ate, or rather drank nothing but the Mean Green juice.
    However, I’ve had major issues in the past with … umm … regularity (TMI, I know!), and I was rather concerned about going without fiber for any length of time.I started taking my Skinny Fiber (a product that helped me lose weight even before I began juicing) because besides the obviously high fiber content which stopped me feeling hungry, the herbs in it help with digestion and metabolism, AND it sorted out any regularity issues.

    I also began having a Smoothie for breakfast – basically it’s the same green veggies and fruit, but putting it through the blender means that I got all the fiber and roughage I needed, without stressing my digestive system.

    • 1 cup filtered water
    • a good handful of chopped kale
    • a good handful of spinach
    • berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, whatever’s in season)
    • half a banana (you can use a whole one if you prefer a thicker shake)
    • squirt of honey if desired

    Pile all those into the blender jug and blend until smooth.

  • Add Protein
    Since I was planning to make juicing the main part of my diet until I’d shifted that stubborn 20lbs for good, I realized that I was going to need to have at least some protein.I alternated between two options –

    • Substituting the water in my breakfast smoothie with a half cup of pure soy milk.
      Please note ~ this is NOT the sweetened soy milk that you see in supermarket refrigerators. I found  WestSoy organic unsweetened, unsalted soy milk amongst the health foods at my local store, and it gives you 9 grams of protein per cup.Not enough for your daily allowance, I know, but with the kale and other greens, it certainly boosts the quota.
    • A tablespoon or two of organic, creamy peanut butter. PLEASE, darling, don’t ruin your cleanse by using stuff like Skippy or Jif … really, have you read the ingredients in that??
      No, only organic will do, and make it creamy so as not to have to digest the chunks.
  • Organic or Not?

    • This goddess and her family tend to eat organic foods for as much as the budget allows.
      There’s just such a difference in nutrition and taste that for us it pays to have less food of a higher quality (like a smaller piece of grass-fed, organic beef rather than pounds of the usual supermarket meat which is packed with hormones, preservatives and other horrible stuff.
    • I always, ALWAYS avoid the Dirty Dozen. If I can’t get them organic, I do without. It’s just not worth it.
  • Substitutions
    In an effort to get some variety in my juicing, both in nutrients and in taste, I began substituting some parts of the Mean Green basic recipe –

    • Instead of 2 apples, use one apple and a pear, or handful of berries, or a cup or so of pineapple
    • Use half a cucumber and add two or three carrots
    • Always keep the kale and celery – those are the mega-cleansers.
  • Combinations
    You’ll find that you make up recipes according to your own preferences and what you have on hand. Pretty much any veggie or fruit can be run through the juicer or blender, obviously removing the peel as necessary. But in case you run out of inspiration, just google “juicing recipes” and you’ll find oodles of yummy combos to try.Just one thing, angel, please don’t be put off by the colourof your smoothie or juice. Some of them look utterly revolting but still taste divinely delicious.Of course, there’ll be times where your smoothie tastes vile, but you’ll only find out through trial and error *gigglesnorts*
  • Coming OFF the juice fast
    A lot of people will tell you that how you come off the fast is as important as the fast itself.
    TAKE IT SLOWLY!
    Start by having a piece of juicy fruit and move on to easy to digest foods like brown rice, avocados, salads, smooth soups etc.
    I found it best to avoid dairy, wheat and meat for as long as possible ~ mostly because those are the top three culprits in causing food intolerance and digestive issues.

 

So there you go, angels.

A goddessy guide to juicing ~ I hope you find it deliciously useful.

Please remember, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and none of this is medical advice. It’s just a report on what’s worked for me, and I expect you to be all adult and sensible and go get your doc’s permission before you embark on anything as drastic as a juice fast.

Most healthy adults can do 7 to 10 days without a problem, but if you’re in any doubt, go and get his/her opinion.

For myself, I’m on day 30 something and plan to stay on about 80% juicing until I’ve regained my girlish figure.

To be honest, I’m hooked on the energy rush, the clarity of my skin and the depth of my sleep.

There’s very little that Tastes as Good as Vibrantly Healthy Feels!

Remember, if you have any other questions, please jot them in the comment box below,
and if you’ve had any experience with juicing or cleanses, do share them with us, won’t you?

Bliss-ings, as always,

the goddess known as Jacqui

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