Juicing is a fantastic way to get your body all the nutrients it needs. We are not able to eat the number of micronutrients that juicing provides on a daily basis. Turning it into juice and drinking it is a viable and easy option to get your body the daily fuel it needs.
But, what makes juicing so difficult? And why do so many people enthusiastically jump on the bandwagon, only to jump back off after 2-3 days? Let’s talk about 5 things you need to know before you start juicing
1: Be prepared
What I mean by this is be prepared for the entire experience. That means do your research. There are countless articles on the pros and cons of juicing, a million different opinions on what the best juicer is, and even more info on the effects of juicing.
Use reliable resources. Being a juicer myself, I started out by watching the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” which is a documentary made by Joe Cross about his journey to better health, getting off medication and healing his body. You can find the movie on his website Reboot with Joe. Click on “Joe’s Films” and you will find it.
If you do this, the support of a community is vital, and Joe’s community on Facebook is second to none. The only reason I got through the bad days is because of this community. I have his recipe books and the app and it has given me a great kickstart to a healthier me!
2: Set your goals and make a plan
If you have done your research, you will now know that juicing is not as easy as it seems. You need to determine your commitment to your goal. Once you have set your goal, you need to make a plan.
Juicing requires prep work. You need to get the fruit and veggies you need every few days if you want to prep every morning as I do, or you need to take a good chunk out of a day, to prep juice for a week or more and put it all in the freezer.
Many people have jobs that require them to freeze their fresh juice and prep for a week so they have enough and some people are able to prep every single day so they don’t have to freeze anything. Either one works and is great, but you have to prepare for it and make a plan on how to do it and shop accordingly.
3: Get the right juicer
Picking a juicer can be tricky because there are so many reviews out there. Let’s talk about the different kinds of juicers that are on the market today.
Centrifugal Force Juicer
A centrifugal juicer, also known as a fast juicer, is the most popular type of juicer. The biggest selling point is the fact that they are quick. It saves you a lot of time and work. It takes the fruits and vegetables through a feed tube and directly into contact with a blade that shreds them at 12,000 RPM. The juice is thrown by the centrifugal force of the spinning basket towards the sides and pushed through into a jug or glass.
This juicer is best for people who don’t need large batches of juice and want to drink their juice as soon as it is made. It’s also for people who want to juice for the nutritional benefits but want to do it with as little effort and time as possible. They’re also cheaper than other options out there, making them great for beginners.
- These juicers have a few numbers of parts which make assembly and cleaning easy and quick
- They are fastest at extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, especially if you have one with a tube that is wide enough to take on full apples, cucumbers, or oranges
- Centrifugal juicers handle softer fruits better
- They stand upright so they take up less space on your kitchen counter
- These tend to be the least expensive juicers since they are cheap to make
- The speed per rotation dilutes the quality of juice produced
- More oxidation takes place, creating a foam on top of the fresh juice
- They can be quite noisy
- They don’t handle leafy greens or wheatgrass very well
- The juice won’t stay fresh for very long, separating in a matter of minutes
- Juice contains a high amount of solids or “pulp”
- Nuts and seeds are not recommended to be juiced in this type of juicer
Masticating juicers are also known as the slow juicers. They use a slow auger (gear) to crush fruits and veggies against a stainless steel mesh or plastic screen at only 80 to 100 RPM rather than shredding with blades.
This juicer is ideal for the person who’s looking to maximize the nutrients of their juices and are willing to spend a little more time doing it.
- They have a high juice yield (compared to centrifugal)
- Can juice greens such as spinach, kale, and wheatgrass
- Less oxidation
- Juices tend to last longer than centrifugal
- They can function as grain mills so you can make nut butter or baby food
- Can be used to make nut mylks
- They can process frozen fruits for instant frozen treats
- There’s a smaller chute so they require more prep work
- They’re more expensive than centrifugal
- They’re slower because they take more time to extract the juice
- Takes up more counter space & can be very bulky
Twin Gear Juicer
Twin gear juicers have two augers (gears) and it separates the juice in two stages. First, it crushes the fruits and vegetables and then it presses the juices the juice out of them. This releases more enzymes, vitamins, and soluble fiber, making your juice extremely rich in nutrients.
- Believed to extract more nutrients than centrifugal or slow juicers
- They can make baby food, nut butter, sorbets, and pasta
- They’re quiet
- They’re more expensive than a centrifugal or slow juicer
- They’re slow
- They take up a lot of counter space
- They’re harder to clean than single-gear machines
- The juice contains a high amount of solids or “pulp”
I started out with a Breville juicer, which is a centrifugal juicer and eventually switched to the Nama juicer which is a masticating juicer. I found that the Nama juicer produced far more juice then the Breville, the pulp was much less and drier, and the juice does not separate as quickly. It tastes better and contains more nutrients.
4: Buy organic (if possible)
It is always best to buy organic if you can. I get most of my juicing ingredients at the local farmer’s market, Whole Foods or Sprouts. However, for many people that is not a viable option, either because they don’t have it in their area or they cannot afford it.
Buying in bulk at Costco or Sam’s is great if you prep a lot because it will go bad in 2-3 days if you don’t juice it right away. Otherwise, simply go to your closest grocery store.
If you can’t buy organic, make sure you properly wash and clean your ingredients before you juice them. You can read here how to do that.
5: Stay in your lane
It is really easy to get caught up in people’s amazing juice journey stories. Granted, there are some seriously amazing stories out there. However, it is key that you stick to your own goals and your own plan, and not compare your journey to anyone else’s journey. What works for someone else may not work for you and vice versa. Stay in your own lane and juice on!
BONUS: What to expect
I am giving you a little bonus by telling you what you can expect when you start juicing. Whether you drink 2 juices a day on top of your regular meals or go on a full-blown juice reboot, these are the things you need to expect.
Your body is going to detox. Now that it’s getting all these superfoods, it can start getting rid of all the toxic stuff you’ve been feeding it for years. This is going to results in some or all of the following for the first 3-5 days:
- Skin breakouts
- Digestive discomfort
- Extreme fatigue
- Sleepless nights
This is the point where many people that jumped on the juice bandwagon, are jumping right back off. To make this process easier, you can ease into juicing.
- Add 2 juices to your day without changes in your meals for a week
- Next, add 2 more juices to your day as a meal replacement (total of 4) a day for a week
- Then add 2-4 more juices a day (total of 8 a day) and only eat dinner
DRINK ENOUGH WATER! All these toxins need to flush out of your body, and it desperately needs water! Drinking enough will also help reduce many of these symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. For every 12 oz juice you drink, you need to drink 32oz of water!
If you push through the first 3-5 days, all these symptoms will go away and make place for the following:
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
- Radiant looking skin
- No restless legs (RLS peeps, you know this is a biggie!)
- Better, more positive mindset
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduction of hot flashes (fellow meno girls, hollaaaa!)
- Weight loss
- Overall better wellness
Is it worth it? Heck yeah, it is. Because I eased into juicing as described above and drank tons of water, I had very little symptoms. People that go into full-blown juice fasting have way more of these issues. After a few days, you will notice you start craving juice more than food and that is when you are well into detox and on your way to a much healthier you!
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