Week 32: Juicing

I want to continue to review all that we have accomplished. We have continued to eliminate negative thinking, label read, recognize the importance of breathing, add positive affirmations into our daily lives, eliminate high fructose corn syrup (fructose as well) & dyes from our diet, sit in silence within nature for 30 minutes a day, set goals in our lives, eliminate preservatives from the diet, practice forgiveness, offer an attitude to gratitude, drink a glass of water each morning before we put anything into our bodies, offer more love to others in our life, eat more raw foods, let go of preconceived ideas, be impeccable with our word, drink half our body weight in ounces of water, made a personal mission statement, rest for 20 minutes a day, eliminate sugar & substitutes, not take things personally, look for the positive in others, take a 30 minute walk every day, find our own personal truth, practice being better listeners, reduce our daily meat consumption overall, laugh more often, look for the positive in all situation, eat only pure & clean meats when eating meat, not make assumptions, practice something that stimulates your brain and this week we are going to start to juice a few days throughout the week.

Juicing each day will do wonders for anyone’s health! It is the best way to gets a load of live, raw nutrients all at one time. Imagine eating 3 stalks of celery, 3 cucumbers, a few carrots, a red pepper and a handful of kale. That seems like a lot but when juiced, the body is able to assimilate and benefit from a multitude of nutrients, vitamins and minerals all while saving the jaw in so much chewing. Finding juice recipes that are good is actually easy. Once you find a few that work best for you, stick to what works. It may take time to develop a craving for it, but in time… your body will remind you that it needs its juice. Especially when you start functioning and feeling better than you have in years!

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It is best to juice mostly veggies, however an occasional fruit mixed in or fruit juice won’t hurt for sure. I like to use cucumbers, celery or even apple for my base of juice. Other veggies like carrots, beets, greens and so on take a decent amount in bulk in order to extract juice. Cucumbers provide a lot of juice so it is my favorite to use as a base. Plus it is full of electrolytes, potassium, fiber, small amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin A

Cucumbers also contain two phytonutrient compounds associated with anti-cancer benefits: lignans and cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins can also inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Cancer Research. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, lignans may protect against cancer through working with the bacteria in the digestive tract. So for just these facts also, it would be smart to at least juice cucumbers each day… but I like to mix it up and add even more nutritional value, flavor and healing live fuel to my juice.

When I lived in Spain, I really got into juicing with all the live produce in my face anywhere I turned. I can honestly say that juicing, eating 90% gluten free and walking 3-8 miles most days while exploring in the city… it was the healthiest and most alive I have ever felt in my life. I strive living in this country to get back to that state of health and lifestyle of exercise as transportation. But living in rural Tennessee, I have to do whatever I can to still create that kind of health in some form. Juicing is an easy way for anyone to get their live nutrients, cleanse the body, balance digestion, improve energy, lose weight, clear mental baggage and more. It is even pretty fast compared to cooking if you have the right juicer.

Below are 3 of my favorite juice recipes that were my daily routine while living in Spain. I would juice this each day and only snack on food that I wanted to eat whether it be steak, Spanish hamon, chorizo, dessert and so on. The juice fulfilled me, created me to work better as a whole and when I ate the great stuff, it was no longer desired in such excess.

Good luck as you continue this transformative journey! I know that each week we are all closer to a more whole, happier version of ourselves. Give yourself a hug or pat on the back for all your weeks of hard work!

 

Resources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/13/benefits-of-juicing.aspx

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/juicing/benefits/

http://juicing-for-health.com/vegetable-juicing

https://www.livinggreensjuice.com/Benefits-of-Juicing-s/1824.htm

http://www.juicingwithg.com/benefits-of-juicing/

https://www.livescience.com/51000-cucumber-nutrition.html

 

Juice Recipes

Basic Red Beet Juice (makes 1 quart):

3 Cucumbers (peeled only if waxed)

3 large Carrots

1 medium to large Beet

2 Celery stalks

1 Apple (peeled only if waxed)

 

Basic Orange Veggie Juice (makes one quart):

3 Cucumbers (peeled only if waxed)

3 large Carrots

1-2 Red pepper

3 Celery Stalks

 

Super Green Juice:

3 Cucumbers (peeled only if waxed)

1 Green pepper

3 Celery Stalks

5 Leaves of Lettuce

a handful of Kale

1-2 Kiwis (optional for slight sweetness)

 

Cucumber Melon:

3 Cucumbers (peeled only if waxed)

1/2 Melon of choice (equaling approx. 4 cups)

 

  • All of these juices will have added benefit and taste if using either local or organic produce in preparation. Also when the peel is able to be left on, there are added nutrients and probiotics that aid in good gut flora.

 

 

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