Early this year I decided to jump on the juicing bandwagon for three reasons: 1) reboot my immune system and kick those nagging health woes to the curb 2) maintain healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition 3) dump the excess baggage under the hood and boot (trunk) that have been weighing me down.
Like any good student, I did my research, spoke with a few people who had done the program and checked with my GP (General Practitioner) for the all-clear. I was psyched and ready for the ultimate body redux.
Step 1: Make a commitment, devise a plan and stick to it! It wasn’t easy, especially the first few days. To be truthful, I enjoy carbs, love my sweets and loathe the treadmill so I felt a seven-day juicing cleanse (aka fast) would be a good place to start.
Step 2: Stock refrigerator with fruits and veggies. Waimea (Kamuela) farmers market is the mecca for locally grown and organic produce on the island, and shopping farm to table was the best option in my opinion.
Step 3: Get the right equipment. A juicer is an investment and can be pricy, but the marketplace offers a wide variety ranging from $30.00 – $2,000. When choosing the right juicer keep the following in mind: ease of operation and clean-up; juice quality; will it last?; yield, or ounces of juice per pound of produce; motor horsepower. I was anxious to get started on the program and did not have the patience to wait for a juicer to arrive in the mail so I went to the nearest Target and purchased a DASH Premium Juicer for $99.99. The DASH has performed very well so far and I’m quite pleased with the quality and quantity of the juices.
Step 4: Juice baby juice! Start off with tried and tested recipes that are sure to please the palette like the famous Ginger Paradise or Citrus Sensation. JuiceRecipe.com is a great resource for newbies offering a plethora of recipes and information on health benefits for specific blends.
Juicing isn’t for everyone. The detox symptoms are tough (especially during the first few days), but once you’ve gone over the mental and physical hurdles the journey gets a bit easier.
I’ve gone on and off the juicing wagon a few times, but since I’ve started this journey I’ve shed a few pounds and maintained the weight loss; my skin looks and feels better than it has ever been in since puberty; my caffeine intake is down to a cup of coffee a day; my taste buds are on overdrive, and I truly enjoy every savory bite. I feel GREAT!
I am an omnivore and I love food, that will never change. However, since I’ve introduced juicing to my dietary regime I have learned the importance of a balanced diet and discovered that juice is the elixir of life.
Give juice a chance. It may save you a visit to the doctor’s office.
Cheers! Proscht! Biba! Santé! Kampai! Okole maluna!