I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me questions about juicing so I thought to best answer most of those questions I would write an entry about how to get started. First and foremost, if you are considering a juice fast, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Don’t just dive in ignorantly because you will wind up getting sick or malnutrition. It would also be a good idea to get the okay from your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription medication. Now when I say “Do your research” what I mean by that is read up on other people’s experiences with juicing, so you know what the possible side affects are, the withdrawals, and so you are more prepared with what to expect. Also know that its not an easy journey, juicing takes extreme self control and discipline, and if you don’t already have a little bit of that, its going to be a harder struggle for you. That’s not to say you can’t do it, but it will be tough. If you have a hard time turning down a 3rd slice of pizza, or that second slice of cake, its going to be really hard for you to avoid food all together. It might be easier to ween yourself off of food before diving into a completely juice based diet. By that I mean, maybe start off by juicing for one meal, then graduate to two, and eventually an entire juice fast.
BUYING A JUICER. I get asked about this frequently. This kind of ties into the doing your research part, before you start juicing your going to need to invest in a juicer. When it comes to picking out a juicer, you get what you pay for. If you look for something cheap, don’t expect quality. In my opinion Breville makes pretty decent juicers, and if you’re just getting into juicing, its a good brand to start off with. I own a Breville, and my only complaint about them is they are fragile. I’ve dropped mine twice and broken it twice, but fortunately Bed Bath and Beyond has a return policy you can’t beat, and I’ve been able to have it replaced both times. Just be careful washing it. For a decent juicer expect to pay somewhere around $150-$200. I’ve had some people ask me about the VitaMixers, or similar functioning appliances, and those are awesome, too far out of my price range, but they’re also not juicers. Whatever you put into a VitaMixer (or similar appliance) does what a blender would do, it completely purees the food, whereas with a juicer, it leaves the pulp. Think of juicing as extracting the richest nutrients from the foods you put in, so you can get the maximum nutrition as possible, whereas blending isn’t the same. The key in juicing is getting all those enzymes in your body before they break down, and because you are consuming your juice in liquid form it is easier to digest and gets into your system faster. That’s why people who juice have more energy, and you’ll find you won’t need coffee anymore with juicing.
One question I’ve been getting the most of is “What is a good combination of juice, and how do you know your getting proper nutrition?” Well you should be taking in more veggies than fruits, but what I like to do is start off with mostly fruits in the morning in my juice and work my way into the veggies. I get a lot of people asking me what’s a good juice that I’ve made, and I will tel you this: EXPERIMENT! What I like in my juice, may not taste good for you. I promise you this, your taste buds will change as you juice and afterwards. Everything tastes the same when you first start, but eventually your palate becomes more defined and you can start to taste the small nuances of fruits and veggies you add that you may not of tasted before. I almost always use apples in any juice that I make, and sometimes in the morning I like to put in an orange or grapefruit, and some strawberries so I have a good source of vit C, which is good when you are juicing because you want to keep your immunity up so as to not get sick. Remember, when you are juicing your body is detoxing, which can be taxing on your immunity.
Take supplements! I don’t know the official rules of juicing, but I will tell you that I take vitamin supplements. Yes you are getting lots of natural vitamins from your juicing, but I like to also take a vitamin B super maxi complex supplement, vit D, and additional Vit C. If you want you can just take a multi-day vitamin, I can’t take those because they make me nauseous (I think its the zinc in them), but if that’s not a problem for you, then go for it!
Go ORGANIC, or if you can’t get most of your produce organically, opt for a farmer’s Market. Because all of your nutrition is coming from fruits and veggies it would behoove you to make sure that those fruits and veggies have little to no pesticides and chemicals as possible. If you are unable to do a farmer’s market or organic options, really rinse your fruits and veggies as best you can because the increase in pesticide and chemicals on your fruits and veggies can make you feel sick, so be careful with that. Also, when cutting up your apples, make sure you do not put the seeds into your juicer, they contain traces of cyanide and are toxic when consumed. So you want to avoid apple seeds.
The last thing that I suggest you do while juicing is exercise. Not only will you have the energy to do so, but you will maximize your
results by exercising. If you are out of shape, start off by just walking a mile and increase as you go. You can add mileage or start incorporating interval training into your cardio, you can also do Calisthenics or light weights as you train, but if you are going to be building muscle mass I suggest increasing your vit B consumption, and maybe putting some protein powder in with your juices.
If you guys have any other questions/concerns please feel free to continue to email me. Otherwise I hope this helps and best of luck to anyone who tries juicing, let me know how it goes! YOU GOT THIS!