Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Lowdown on Juicing

Hey Everyone!

So I want to take a minute to really thank my partner in crime, Danielle. It's been really hard for me lately. During this BIG transition at work, there has been a lot to fix and a lot of this has been handed to me. She has kept up with the blog and continued to work very hard to make this as special as we intended it to be. I was personally asked last week by Danielle to do some research on juicing. As you learned yesterday this is a ritual at the Boyle household and has become a real passion of Danielle's.  She says that she is asked daily some of the fine details behind "juicing for health". A lot of the work her and her husband do have become routine and often she doesn't like to worry about the details because she just knows it makes her feel healthy and happy and she doesn't need more than that to convince her that it is helping her.

I absolutely wish that my life could be that way; wait let me rephrase, I wish my life was that way. I spend too much time worrying about the details and not focusing on what really makes me feel good. I have decided that in the next couple months I am going to live my life like Danielle and make myself happy by enjoying everything that I am given.

That being said I am going to take my first step in making myself happy and help my friend with some research she wanted to complete but hasn't had time because she is so busy making all of this happen.

Well let's start with the basics..

Danielle touched on some of the reasons why she juices which is really important but I will start by giving you an introduction on some of the things you should juice.

Fruits and vegetables are the most important part of juicing. When you shop for ingredients you'll need a base, these are some of the fruits and vegetables that produce more liquid and add volume. Carrots, green apples, cucumbers and celery make great bases. After you have that you can also add things that add a lot of vitamins like greens and beets. You might also want to add flavorful type substances like basil, mint or ginger. All of which possess health benefits along with a nice flavor.

We have mentioned the dirty dozen in early posts but this is when they really come into play. This to jog your memory is a list of the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Essentially a list of the fruits and vegetables that are better when consumed in their organic forms. Refer to our post of fruits and veg for some great information on the dirty dozen.

To really enhance the nutrition in your juices you really want to focus on green leafy vegetables. green juice can have an acquired taste so just as Danielle said ease your self into the green juices. Once you really start to enjoy the taste you can continue to add more and eventually drink juices completely made from leafy greens. Making juices from these will really increase your vitamin, mineral and protein intake when juicing and it also decreases your sugar intake because many fruits contain a lot of sugar.

One thing to remember is that it can sometimes takes a lot of ingredients to make one good glass of juice. It can be a bit discouraging sometimes. I sometimes get a bit hung up on finding the perfect recipes for the produce I buy because I tend to spend a bit more on my fruits and vegetables. But I have found if I obsess over this I tend to waste them because I let them sit in my fridge while trying to figure out the perfect recipe for them. I have learned to come to terms with the fact that juicing can sometimes provide me with not only sustenance but enough energy to skip that expensive coffee drink that I tend to splurge on from time to time ( which as we all know can  be almost just as expensive and not nearly as satisfying).

There are a few things to warn you before you start to juice. Danielle and Ben DO NOT supplement juicing for meals so if you are trying a juice cleanse there are some warnings that go along with consuming your own juice.

Start slowly. If you drink too much juice at once if could cause rapid bowel movements. Start in lower quantities, and slowly add more quantity. This helps get your system used to digesting the addition of fruits and vegetables and can also aid your digestion. I always tend to think about tempering eggs when adding new foods into your diet. Eggs are very fragile and when you introduce hot liquids can scramble very easily... to keep the egg from scrambling when cooking you add hot liquids in small quantities so the egg has time to reach the temperature needed without cooking the proteins in the egg. Our bodies work in a similar fashion. We need to prepare our bodies for change- if we introduce new items slowly our bodies get used to them and accept them without disturbing your normal body chemistry.

As Danielle said in her post yesterday drink juice in the first 20 minutes after juicing. You get the most nutrition from juice that is freshly pressed. This young juice contains all of the original enzymes and which help you digest not only the juice but all the other contents in your stomach.

One of the main questions Danielle says she gets the most is, "Can there be a point when I am juicing too much?". There are some things to watch out for when juicing. First as we have mentioned there is a lot of sugar in fruit so making sure you are combining fruits and vegetables can help counter balance the fructose found in the fruits. Second consuming large amounts of betacarotene rich vegetables like beets and carrots may alter your skin pigment and they also contain vitamin A which is a fat soluble vitamin which unlike water soluble vitamins can become toxic because they are stored in the body's fat. This is not a real serious warning because you would have to be taking in extremely large amounts of these for this to happen but you may want to make sure you are consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables while you juice. Lastly, making sure you are consuming whole foods along with your juicing regimen. Whole foods contain fiber that will help with your digestion. If you are just juicing transit time in your body speeds up and can cause digestive problems. Also, juicing can be great sources of a lot of vitamins and minerals but can lack in good fats and protein. Making sure you are consuming those as well is important when trying to balance your diet.

Well I can say after all my research I will definitely be splurging on a juicer in the near future. I feel like it will be a fantastic way to get my daily serving of fruits and vegetables. I also think it might be a bit fun to explore different flavor combinations to find my perfect blend.

Check back tomorrow for a great interview that Danielle has prepared!


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