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Do You Juice?

When my mom would give me green juices 5 years ago, I would literally pinch my nose and gulp them down as fast as I could. Fast forward to today, and I can’t open my Instagram without seeing a photo of some celebrity/supermodel/fitspo/friend’s bottle of green juice on my feed.

About a year and a half ago I watched this documentary that made me take juicing seriously. I’ve since inherited (begged for) my mom’s old Matstone Slow Juicer. I do three to seven day juice fasts every three months or so to detox. My kids and the hubby also drink at least a glass of green juice each a day.

Going on juice fasts and drinking raw juices regularly have lots of benefits (and I’m sure you’ve heard of them) but my favorite ones are:

1. I started eating better.

I used to be a fast food junkie. I lived for Quarter Pounder Meals (“miss, go big time, ha”). Emman and I once made a pact to finish a bucket of KFC between the 2 of us every month. I know. It was that bad.

But then after every juice fast/detox I complete, I seem to lose taste for one bad thing at a time. I can hardly stand deep fried food now. Just the smell makes me queasy. I get overwhelmed with overly sweet desserts and can only eat a few bites before getting a headache. I’m still waiting for my body to reject chocolate all together but I doubt it’s ever gonna happen for me. Hee.

2. I lost weight.

I’ve lost around 15lbs of post-baby weight since I started juicing. Of course, who wouldn’t lose weight if you drank only vegetable and fruit juices for 7 days right? No duh there. But I guess the more important thing is, it’s easy to keep the weight off (see #1). Also, drinking a glass of juice before a meal makes me less hungry so I don’t blackout and eat everything in sight anymore.

3. I sleep better.

Being a mom, I’m always sleep deprived. But I find that when I don’t have my juice for more than 2 days I’m a lot more tired during the day. I’m also a lot moodier and crankier.

4. I think clearer.

On the 4th or 5th day of each juice fast and for days after I break it (and as long as I’m still eating healthy – mostly raw greens and non-fried protein), my thoughts are more organized and I forget things less (my mommy brain takes a vacay!). Nourished body, nourished mind I guess.

Disclaimer: I don’t believe that juicing alone will give you perfect health. I still have a long way to go in changing my diet (like cutting out sugar totally), and exercising regularly. But I think juicing is one of the best ways to kickstart that lifestyle change towards a healthier body.

Here I’m sharing one of my favorite juice recipes from Jason Vale’s juicing book.

Ingredients:

2 Golden Delicious apples
¼ medium pineapple (with or without the skin, depending on your juicer)
Handful spinach or kale
½ lime (peeled)
½ stick celery
1/4 beetroot
3cm chunk cucumber
1 cm chunk ginger
¼ medium avocado
Small handful ice cubes
Instructions:
Juice all of the ingredients, except the avocado and ice.
Pour the juice into a blender along with the avocado flesh and ice.
Blend until smooth, then serve.

I don’t follow his recipes strictly every time. I leave out and add in ingredients depending on which vegetables and fruits are in season. I use lots of apples and pineapples to mask the grassy taste for the kids.
Some of my daily juicing ingredients

With my Matstone Slow Juicer (on why you should use a slow juicer)


Tip: blend in an avocado, mango or banana after slow juicing everything to improve the taste.

Do you juice? What are your favorite juice recipes? I’d love to hear them!

 

Wife and mom of 3 based in London. Born and raised in Manila. Blogging about motherhood and fitness.

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