THE JUICY DEETS

2년 전

THE JUICY DEETS ON JUICING.

Juicing is all the rage right now. Not only are there juice bars on every corner in NYC, I hear people talking more and more about juicing. I have a few things to say about this, so listen up…(please and thank you)

The first thing I want to talk about are a few personal changes I have made to my diet. Guess what… it includes a version of juice. My personal routine used to include some version of eggs every morning for breakfast. In the past year, eggs have made me feel very full and heavy. So instead instead of eggs, I now have a green shake with hemp protein. My shake looks like this: kale, spinach, almond milk, hemp protein, ice and a couple apple slices. This shake gets me through two spin classes. I feel great. It’s not too heavy, it gives me greens and protein. Here’s what I know about this juice/shake:

It’s low in sugar because I use very little fruit.
It’s relatively low in calories.
It includes greens/ vegetable.
It’s dairy-free.
It’s packed full of nutrients and vitamins.
It has protein (plant-based is not as great as animal-based protein, but it works)

Apparently I’m doing something right because according to Caroline Brown of Food Trainers, her rule of thumb for juice is to “go all green or 1 fruit MAX and have with something you chew (10 almonds or pistachios etc) and absolutely not more than 1 / day”.

On to the topic of chewing.

I also know that this simply what gets my day started and what works for me digestively. I will most definitely need a substantial lunch that include REAL WHOLE FOOD. I WILL NEED TO CHEW!!!

According to Priya Priya Lawrence, MS, RD, CDN, Co-Founder Tried and True Nutrition Inc:

" Juice is not a meal, no matter how green it is. Physiologically speaking, our bodies preferred method of digestion is our own mechanical digestion such as chewing. Salivary enzymes begin the process of chemical digestion in our mouths and this is skipped when we juice instead of chew our food. Juicing excludes the fiber which we want as much as possible for benefits such as controlled blood sugar, weight loss and heart health. It also increases the concentration of sugars, even from the vegetable juices so don't be fooled by the all veggie juices either."

There are a few things I want you to consider when you JUICE.

  1. What is your motivation?
  2. Are you blindly buying juices or are you reading the labels?
  3. Is your plan sustainable?

MOTIVATION

Many years ago I did The Master Cleanse. LIVING. HELL. would be two words I would use to accu-rately describe the 10 days of water, cayenne pepper and lemon I put myself through. It was awful. I was basically starving myself. I lost 10 lbs and then gained it all back again.

The TRUTH is I did because a girl I wanted to be with was doing it and I figured it would be a bonding experience for us. That girl worked out about as well as the cleanse. I told other people that I was doing it to cleanse my system. LIES. I wanted to get with that girl AND I wanted to lose weight. Everyone says they want to detox their liver and EVERYBODY really just wants to lose weight. If you really want to cleanse your liver, the best way to do that is drink more wa-ter. So stop it.

So ask yourself honestly, what is your motivation?

Here’s a few good motivations:

  1. “It’s the easiest way for me to get breakfast in in the morning.”
  2. “I love the taste and it’s a great way for me to get in my greens”
  3. “A really cute girl works at Juice Press and I like to flirt with her.”

Here’s a few bad motivations:

  1. I’m cleansing my liver. (aka I’m trying to lose weight)
  2. I replace my meals with shakes (aka I’m trying to lose weight)
  3. It’s lower in calories (Nopes!!!)

ARE YOU READING THE LABELS?

If you aren’t, you are going to be SHOCKED by how many calories and how much SUGAR is hidden in these juices. Caroline Brown reminds us that “Many green juices have as much sugar as a soda. And research shows that people who consume sugary beverages generally don’t compensate for drinking those calories by eating less food.” You should be reading every label to everything that you put in your mouth. (insert dirty joke) Everything you eat is either making more healthy or more sick.

THAT IS THE TRUTH.

Just because a certain food comes from a health store does not mean that it is good for you. I am SHOCKED at the amount of calories in some of these juices and foods. Just because it’s green does not mean it’s not loaded with sugar. The first thing I look at is the ingredients. Too many fruits mean too much sugar. Next I look at the overall calories and lastly I look at grams of sugar. There is no way in hell I am going to drink 400 plus calories (unless of course there is tequila in it..hahaha just kidding. haha no i’m not)

READ LABELS.

IS YOUR PLAN SUSTAINABLE?

I don’t believe in diets or fads. The way I eat today is the way I plan to eat for the rest of my life. It’s a lifestyle. This is the way I LIVE MY LIFE. When I hear about people having a shake for breakfast and lunch and then a reasonable meal, I ask “WHYYYY?” That’s not a sustainable plan. I doubt that this is something you will do long term (I hope not!!). So why do it now? Why not instead implement healthy eating habits that become your daily routine.

Here’s what comes next “I just need to jumpstart my system.” Ok. So juicing is going to do that? It’s not going to teach you moderation. If anything it’s going to make you hungry and an-gry. Why don’t you teach yourself moderation by eating properly portioned whole foods that are well-sourced and organic? Why can’t that be what resets your system? This a sustainable plan.

Disclaimer: I do believe that creating mindfulness around what you are consuming by going hardcore into a restrictive diet for a few days happens. But understand WHY you are doing that. If its' well-intentioned then it will work.

What’s the take-away?

Once again Caroline Brown of FoodTrainer nails it saying “I do think there are benefits to smoothies but sugar bomb acai bowls have GOT to go. If you are juicing pure vegetables, this can be a great way to get a straight shot of nutrients/energy, tons of b vitamins (the energy vit-amins) and minerals. How often are you eating 3 heads of kale? The problem is when you add fruit to the mix, it’s what makes juice more tasty but also adds a ton of sugar.”

Use your head. Get real about your motivations. Create healthy habits that become a lifestyle. Don’t blindly follow the pack.

You’ve got all the JUICY DEETS now!

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Good point. Chewing your food is a natural way of activating the salivary enzymes that helps digesting the food. So besides juice, food you can chew is essential.

I make juice every now and then. I don't have a plan or a goal. I just know it is healthy to drink green leaf juice. I would like to know more about this. Thanks.

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I think it's always best to EAT FOOD. But there are times when my body is craving nutrients and I can get them in quickly this way. I also like it for post-workout recovery fuel. Welcome!

You should so make a video making this drink on dtube

I think having people read labels is the most important part of learning how to live a healthier life. It makes everything else so much easier! Sugar hides in so many different foods and there are millions of people that are consuming enough sugar to kill a small elephant without even knowing it.

Great post!

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Just curious, I think it is great that posts like this are reaching tons of people in the Steemit community. Any post that is inspiring others to reach health and fitness goals is much needed!

Resteem, follow and an upvote from me! :)

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i totally agree with u on reading the labels before buying something, mostly those goods that claim to be healthy have the most calories in, juices or anything else, i think a goal to a diet should not be to get thin for a while by cancelling the stuff u like because weight will be gained again, its more like change ur lifestyle and love the healthy stuff.
i have done the green juice before , its really helpful and filling and tasty too best when u do it urself then buying it from any juicing shop.
i love how u added the chewing in ur post, its really something many of us have to make a habit of myself included, we eat our food too fast instead of gaining the benefits of chewing and slow eating.

Good article on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Make your own vegetables and fruits juice are healthy diet than bread. They are known to provide nutrients vital for an overall healthy diet and maintenance of your body. Eat more of these are likely to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases and yeah! to look good everyday.

and the kombucha?

Buen post pienso que das un buen ejemplo a la hora de nutrirte , me gusto ,saludos.

Good job, I love your post, this juice looks incredible, it is good to include it in our dietetic regime and apart from doing our daily routine of exercises, congratulations, slaudos from Venezuela!!!

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Ok, i drink 1 L of Mango-Banana-Papaya Frozen Smoothie with Sugar and oats EVERY morning Jajajaja Oops. I suppose that i have been doing it the wrong way all this time. At least i'm still in the point.

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OMMMMMMMMMGGGGG. Sugar BOMB!!! LOL. Yeah, that's so much sugar. If I were you I would get some greens in there and just one fruit! Game changer :)

I've been switching to raw to help heal a ruptured vein in my stomach. I've been doing 1-2 smoothies a day, with melons in between and a raw meal for dinner. A nutritionist, Carla Golden, just gave me this advice:

"The smoothies are great. You might want to add veggie-only juices too. I don’t recommend juicing fruit, only blending fruit. Fruit needs to be ingested with its fiber. But green veggies are okay to consume without their fiber and the rich mineral alkalinity can help soothe inflammation. The greener, the better! Green veggies are the most alkalizing foods we can consume. "

Thanks for sharing your insight as well♡

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