Saturday, September 22, 2012

The juice. Enough said.

Juicing is a serious business...
Recently I watched a movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you are not taking care of your body you should watch it. If you are taking care of your body you should watch it, too! It is an amazing and inspirational film describing stories of people who took a big and difficult step towards their health, which changed their lives for ever. They juiced - meaning drank juices for several, sometimes 60, days, lost weight and felt better. Now, I am not recommending this practice as I do not know the health implications of it, but I took some things that were said in that movie to heart. First, we have one body and we need to take care of it. Second, it feels better if you're healthy. Third, there is a thin line between a burger for dinner every night and loosing control of your body - one day you wake up and don't know how you got there.
I don't know that I need or would want to go on a juicing diet for so long. But common sense tells me that adding a glass of juice daily to my diet will only do me good! Now, there are some facts that one needs to be aware of prior to adding a big glass of juice to their daily routine.
1. Don't be fooled - there are plenty of calories in fruit or vegetable juices. It is still good for you as it contains vitamins and antioxidants. But you need to remember that you are not drinking water, so if you have a big honking glass of juice, perhaps you should skip that cookie.
2. Most juicers will remove pulp, which means that they remove the fiber. Make sure you get enough fiber in your diet - as it not only helps your intestines move, it also slows the rate at which sugars are absorbed (so you don't get a sugar rush and then drop) and it lowers cholesterol levels.

This is the apple juice I had the other day - made purely with crab apples - the sweetest apple juice I ever tasted! Are there preservatives in it? No. Is it pasteurized? No. Just pure apple juice. 
Now, enough of that technical talk. For those who need it right to the point - juice is flipping tasty. And delicious. The apple juice you buy at the store? Forget it. My favorite is apple/carrot/lime. My father in law adds ginger to his for the extra kick. I have tried adding tomatoes before and it worked out wonderfully. Juicers will usually come in with a guide book, so make sure you glance at it!