When you’re starting out on a juicing diet, it’s important you know what you’re doing. This is especially important if you’re going to do it for any length of time. A juice diet is quite a radical step to take if you are only going to juice for a certain amount of time. A day or two is no problem, but should you be worried about existing only on juice for longer than that?
In the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Movie, Joe Cross is seen consulting a doctor. If you are in any doubt or have a serious health issue, that’s what you should do. Otherwise, just act sensibly, know the facts, and you should be OK.
The Benefits of Juicing
I won’t be spending a lot of time in this article saying why juicing is good for you. There’s no doubt as to the health benefits and most of this site is dedicated to them. As we know, it’s simply the best and easiest way to ingest the raw fruit and vegetables that are so good for you. We also know that a kilo of fresh, raw kale a day would be almost impossible to eat, but juiced up, it’s a doddle.
Hazards Associated with the Juicing Diet
Unfortunately, the juice that comes out of your juicer isn’t the exact nutritional equivalent of whole vegetables and fruit that go in. Almost all the fibre and many nutrients are contained in the skin and the pulp. If you throw it away or even use it in cooking, you’re throwing out lots of the good stuff. And, as we already know, heat destroys these nutrients.
So, what’s the answer? One way is to blend the whole fruits and vegetables in a blender or “slow juicer”. I find that even using a conventional juicer, a couple of large spoons of the pulp and fibre can be consumed with ease, especially when added to cool oatmeal / porridge or breakfast cereal. And there’s no reason why who can’t eat whole apples, pears and other fruits as part of your juicing diet. My advice is not to rely on only juice for your diet.
Another potential hazard is that the raw materials may be dirty and contain potentially harmful bacteria. This is a big bone of contention for many anti-juicers. The simple truth is that washing everything you eat is always a good idea, especially if your fruit and veggies are not organic. You’ll probably need to wash away harmful chemicals and pesticides. Even pre-washed organic produce you buy in supermarkets should be rinsed thoroughly, as the farmers and packers use chlorine to kill germs when they do the washing. Sometimes you can even smell it!
My view is that the modern human is becoming too sterilised and that too much emphasis is being put on cleaners that kill 99% of all germs. There’s nothing wrong with bacteria – in its place. The big dangers come from contamination by animals that can pass on disease. Thorough washing will help eliminate these dangers.
The Importance of Adding Protein To Your Juicer Diet
Protein is important to our diets. For omnivores this usually means lots of meat and fish, for vegetarians it’s cheese, tofu and pulses and for vegans, nuts and beans. I recommend eating raw nuts to supplement your diet of fruit and vegetable juices. Almonds, brazil nuts, even peanuts are all packed with protein and the right kind of nutriments and minerals.
Calorie-counters literally go nuts at the thought of nuts, but believe me, they are a case in point when calorie-counting is tosh. A bag of raw nuts will contain as many calories as a huge sugar-filled dessert, but the nuts win hands down when it comes to goodness. The science is complicated, but take it from me, nuts and beans are good for you and can only help you stay healthy.
As always, the secret is moderation. I strongly recommend you don’t change your diet to just juice overnight and try and live like that for months on end. You will lose weight but you also stand a chance of seriously damaging your health. I like to mix and match. A couple of days of raw foods only (including lots of juices and smoothies) followed by a regime of healthy foods, little added sugar and as few processed foods as you can manage. My personal aim is zero processed food, though I do love Quorn sausages!
Video on How To Wash Fruit & Vegetables Properly
Here’s a video from the University of Maine, showing how to wash fruit and vegetables properly. Although the guy pronounces “produce” in a funny way, this is a great video. I dispute the “already washed” advice, but that’s up to you.