Nearly 4 years ago, I watched a documentary titled "Fat, sick and nearly dead".
Trust me when I say, you do not have to identify with any of the three descriptions to head straight to Netflix and start watching this film, because of which I was introduced to the world of juicing.
Not to be confused with blending, which, as it's name suggests, breaks down your fruits and veggies into a smoothie, juicing is when the liquid goodness in them is extracted leaving a dry pile of pulp behind.
You may ask, "why lose the fibrous pulp from my fruits and vegetables?" and I would agree with you. There are multiple ways to consume the pulp left over from juicing and I will share mine in future blog posts. While pulp aids in keeping your digestive system healthy and making you feel fuller for longer, juicing is, say, a shortcut to getting immense amount of nutritional value from a smaller amount of liquid consumed.
Personally, I enjoy the ease with which a glass of fruit/vegetable juice goes down and the psychological satisfaction I get thinking about the micronutrients It will deliver to my body on a cellular level.
When I first started juicing, I followed in the footsteps of Joe Cross, the co-creator of the documentary and whose personal testimony about juicing was featured on part 1 of the film. I did a shorter juice fast than the whopping 60 days he went without any solid food, and went for 15 days instead. Although it was a struggle the first couple of days, it was miraculous how my body adapted to a juice-only diet and I witnessed a transformation In my energy levels and my health as a whole. I was able to lose 1lb a day consistently, while my skin glowed and I felt absolutely great!
A juice fast is not the only way to get the benefits of juicing. In fact, if you do a juice fast once in a long while whenever you body needs a nutrient boost or a detox, you will do wonders by replacing one meal a day with your glass of goodness. Dinner is my go-meal to replace with juice.
I have to admit, I don't follow a recipe when I juice. What I happen to have in the fridge, as long as it's 'juicable', is what I go with. I will be sharing with you my favorite combinations of fruits and veggies to juice and my preferences when it comes to an array of different kinds of juicers out there.
In the meantime, I want to encourage you to watch "Fat, sick and nearly dead". It's one of those films that get you moving into action!