Juicing has created quite a buzz over the past 8 years. While some swear by it, others are hesitant. Personally, it took me a while to understand on a cellular level how incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juice in my diet could enhance my wellbeing. Read on to discover the myths that blocked me from effectively experiencing the benefits of juicing, then go ahead and give it a try!
"Juice is a meal replacement."
If your intention is to give your digestive system a rest so that it can focus on removing built-up waste and toxins, then yes, you can use juice to replace a meal (this is called a juice fast). Another way to use juice is as a supplement – to flood your body with essential nutrients and antioxidants so that it can function optimally, leading to less sick days, and more energy, mental clarity, and joy.
However you decide to juice, listen to your body and experiment slowly. If you are trying a juice fast for the first time, ease into it. Start by replacing one meal with juice made of mostly vegetables. Once you feel ready, move to two meals. Consciously build up to a full day, or multiple days.
Remember, we are all different, and you don't get a gold star for following someone else's plan to a T. Instead, use it as a suggestion, knowing that your maximum benefits may come from bending the guidelines.
"I don't want to drink my calories."
Consuming 12 ounces of fresh, mostly-vegetable juice is way different than consuming a 12-ounce prepackaged fruit juice or soda. Instead of using calories as a means to determine what you will or will not consume, think in terms of nutrients.
Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and your body will tell you what it needs. Cravings will decrease and you won't have to put as much effort into thinking about food, freeing up space and energy for creativity and activities you love.
"Juices are full of sugar."
It depends what you put in them! You may be surprised to find that 1/2 green apple or 1 kiwi is enough sweetness to balance the bitterness in a large green juice. As you continue to juice, your taste buds adjust and you begin to enjoy the flavors with less fruit. Added bonus: I find that having a green juice in the morning with no or minimal fruit greatly decreases my cravings for sweets later in the day.
"Juicing = Detoxing"
Not necessarily. While fresh, mostly-vegetable juice can be part of a healthy, detoxifying diet, it surely is not the only way. In fact, your body naturally detoxes from eating a plant-based diet, getting regular physical activity, and spending time out in nature.
If you are looking to detox, start by crowing out processed and packaged foods, alcohol, and caffeine by adding in whole foods, non-caffeinated herbal infusions and elixirs, and fresh juices made of mostly vegetables.
"Juicing is expensive."
Juicing at home does not have to be expensive. After the initial investment of purchasing the juicer, buying fruits and veggies in bulk can actually save you money. Choose in-season, local produce to cut costs, support local farmers, get maximum nutritional value, and maintain variety in your diet. Freeze juice pulp to use later in crackers, broths, soups, smoothies, scrambles, dips, and baked goods.
If you're not ready to commit to buying a juicer, begin with blending. You can even juice with a blender by blending fruits and veggies, and straining and squeezing through a cheese cloth.
"I miss out on valuable fiber when I juice."
Because it has no fiber, powerful nutrients and antioxidants from juice are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This can be especially beneficial for people with gut-related issues who are unable to efficiently soak up nutrients from solid foods. If you do not fall into this category, you can still enjoy juice without wasting precious fiber by using leftover pulp in a host of recipes (see above).
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