Several years ago I was introduced to green smoothies. I thoroughly enjoy them! Especially in the hot summer months. What could be a more delicious healthy option than a creamy fruit smoothie with nutritious greens blended in? My favorite is almond or coconut milk with mixed frozen berries and a vanilla nutritional powder I found.
I’ve also heard a lot about juicing. My uneducated thoughts were that it was a waste of fiber and my body needed fiber, so smoothies are better because you have the entire fruit. But then I did some research. Here is what I found:
The reason people juice is so they can get the most nutrition out of multiple fruit and vegetables in one drink without getting full, all while giving the digestive system a rest. It’s a great way to cleanse your body, to train your palette and to be energized. It’s also an outstanding way to lose weight, as a side benefit. Years ago I watched the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, which originally planted the thought in my mind – very subliminally.
Last year I found out that we have a “Juice Bar” right in our little town. Twice during the summer I did a 3-day juice cleanse from them. I’ve also noticed the weight creeping up since I turned (ahem) the age I am… =) and I am pretty disgusted about it. In January 2017 I started a facebook group called New Dimensions where we are encouraging each other to lose weight, get fit, what-have-you and after 3 weeks, I decided I was going to do the research on juicing and what I found led me to decide to take the plunge!
Since I am a researcher, I researched the different types of juicers. They have presses, masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. Each has advantages and disadvantages and they range anywhere from $50 or so, to thousands of dollars. I talked to several of my friends and ended up purchasing the Omega 8006 Juicer. Here’s why. I plan to continue juicing for years and this one has a 15 year warranty. Most of the others were 1 year. It’s also a masticating juicer (sometimes referred to as a low speed juicer). The Omega 8006 processes at 80 rpm, whereas most other juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 15,000 rpm. The low speed protects and maintains healthy enzymes, prevents oxidation and allows juice to be stored up to 72 hours without degradation. It is versatile enough to extract the maximum amount of juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, even wheatgrass! (centrifugal juicers can not do greens and grass) And you can also use this to turn nuts into nut butters (an all-natural peanut butter), make baby food from natural, fresh ingredients, whip up soy milk, extrude pasta, grind coffee and spices, and mince herbs and garlic.
I started juicing in early February and I LOVE it! After a couple of days just guessing with combinations, I decided to use Joe’s 30 day Classic Reboot (from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead). The first 5 days are transitioning from food to juice so you don’t jolt your body. His recipes are delicious and so easy!
If anyone would like to join us on our facebook group, we would love it! You can share your experiences, ask questions or just have a friendly group of people to help hold you accountable.