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.
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.
|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!