Today I woke up thinking to myself, I am sick of the way I feel. Its something I know in the back of my head most days but today it got to me more than usual. When I get out of bed each morning, instead of feeling refreshed, I am already tired. At work its even worse. I cant focus as well as I know I am capable of doing. And its really frustrating because I have so much I need to get done during the day. And after work, even though my job is not very active, I am often too tired to go out or exercise or do anything for myself except eat a big, unhealthy dinner.
What I did to break the cycle, is I decide to start juicing. Not only that, I wanted to really educate myself on how fresh fruits and vegetables could energize my body and my life. While I didn’t feel the best from day one, before long I started to feel incredible. This post is a review of a book I purchased and read online that I feel is the most complete guide to juicing out there. So here it is.
I recently read a completely new collection of juicer recipes put together in an e-book by a woman named Melissa Bartram called:
She has put together a ton of information on the full spectrum of benefits that can be had from juicing and categorizes the recipes in an easy to read way. The two biggest themes of juice-making she and most other experts cover are juicing for energy and juicing for weight loss. Being mainly interested in energy myself, I figured I would pick this one up and give it a try.
I liked the completeness of the guide because it has recipes, juicing machine recommendations and the specific health benefits or “healing qualities” as she calls them of about 50 fruits and vegetables. Another things I like is the reference chart that comes with it. This allows you to make a juice on the fly for whatever benefit you want that particular day.
I would recommend her report for anyone who wants to get serious about juicing or wants to decide if its right for them. I really like it because it is not just a list of recipes, but also a guide that focuses on the lifestyle that goes along with the juicing and goes in depth about why each ingredient is being used.
Some of the less recognized benefits of juicing are also layed out though and are really interesting to read about. Did you know using a juicer can improve your digestive health, make you focus better, detox your body and help to prevent headaches and even the common cold? It really all depends on what combination of ingredients you are putting into your juicer and your routine that makes all the difference.
While this site focuses on juicing recipes that will give you energy, most people are also interested in some other the other benefits of juicing, even if gaining more energy is your main goal. Its all about the routine you have and what types of things are going into your juicer. That is why I wanted to share this book. There is a good amount of general information for people interested in understanding the full benefits of the individual fruits and vegetables and how juicing can benefit your life. Its a really good read so please check it out because I would really love your feedback on this book if you are interested in it at all, Here is the link.
Another thing I forgot to mention is that as a bonus she put together a huge list of healthy salad dressings that also comes with the book. I personally felt it was worth every cent because I really have started to value my health lately. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it.
Stay healthy friends!
Easy and Simple Juicing Recipe for Good Health
Finding easy juicing recipes that are also delicious is one of my favorite things. Often times when I’m using my juicer and have extra time, I experiment with different vegetables. Sometimes its greens like celery or kale. Other times I try different citrus fruits when I juice like lemons, limes, oranges, or even kiwi. I prefer these types of fruits in the morning however and usually stick with something more neutral around lunchtime. Around dinner I tend to try to get more greens into my juicing recipe for the night. I find that drinking kale and other dark green vegetables gives me more energy and keeps me full so that I don’t end up going to bed hungry.
Whatever I choose, I usually don’t like to over complicate things and tend to prefer easy juicing recipes over options that require more ingredients. That is when I don’t have the extra time to experiment with different things. It saves money on grocery bills, as well as time and you won’t make as big of a mess when you go to prepare your juice of choice. I get all the forms of good nutrients I need throughout the day because I mix up the recipes while keeping each individual juicing recipe as simple as possible. I thought I would write a little bit today and share a recipe I have been using for a long time that I keep going back to because its simple, healthy, and delicious. Take out your juicer and follow alone, the recipe goes like this:
3 Stalks of celery
2 Whole apples
3 Kale leaves
2 Large carrots
1 ginger root
A handful of grapes
While everyone has their own idea of what the best juicing recipe is, it is also well known that some fruits and vegetable go better together than others in general. Another helpful tip is to use fresh and organic ingredients because whatever you put into your juicer is what you are going to get out of it. Another tip is to always wash your fruits and vegetable because you don’t know what could be on them. A good vegetable washing solution is a good thing to have around if you are serious about staying healthy. While it is not always the most convenient thing to make your own juice every day, it’s very healthy and rewarding when you start to see the results. It’s good to know about easy juicing recipes, they really help when you are short on time or ingredients.
Juicing has gotten a lot of attention in the media lately but it is not an entirely new thing. In fact, people have been juicing fresh fruits and vegetables for years and years to increase their health and vitality in a number of ways. Before we get into some of these benefits I will give a brief description of what I mean by “juicing.” A basic description is putting fresh fruits and vegetables into a juicer machine that turns the this produce directly into juice without any sugar or other preservatives or additives. This juice is simply a liquid form of what you put into the machine; very natural.
Juicing can do some pretty amazing things. It can give you more energy, decrease the likelihood of becoming sick, help you lose weight, positively affect your mood, give you more , even improve your looks, increase your lifespan and increase the enjoyment you get out of life in general when all of these benefits of using a juicer are accounted for. While different people claim different benefits and different degrees of these benefits, its pretty obvious why juicing from home is a great part of a healthy lifestyle.
Part of what makes this possible is not even the juice itself, the high levels of micro-nutrients you are putting into your body when you decide to juice; half of these benefits can come from the things you are not putting into your body when you decide to juice. This makes sense if you think about it because when you have a glass you will be substituting something unhealthy for a super food. Instead of making your body struggle to break down and process some processed food, you are giving it fuel to do what it already wants to do; make you a happy and healthy disease free machine.
This site is specifically dedicated to juicing recipes for energy – how juicing can boost your energy, but these other benefits mentioned above will also be covered further since different people juice for different reasons. I would say the typical person who is looking into juicing is probably looking to lose weight. This is a great part of what it can offer but the point of this sites aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle so that people have the energy to be more productive and become accustomed to living this way without it being a struggle or even a conscious decision anymore. I believe this is the way to stick to drinking juice and help people realize it is not just a fad or something they want to try but do not stick to. There will be more information about juicing recipes for energy to come, thank you for reading!
The role of juicing in a healthy lifestyle
Since the juice we make comes straight from fresh fruits and vegetables we are taking in simple plant sugars that are natural, water, vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and because there are no other additives to this mixture, our bodies are getting exactly what it needs without anything extra. Juicing takes less energy for the body to digest than it would if we ate whole fruits and vegetables. We are also able to get more of these nutrients into out body through juicing because the juice for allows us to be able to consume more fruits and vegetables than if we were to eat them whole. There is simply not enough room in our stomachs no do most of us have the desire or patience to eat for example multiple apples, a few carrots, and stalks of celery, citrus fruit and handfuls of greens in one sitting.
Another thing to mention is the speed at which juice can enter the bloodstream to provide energy relative to other food sources. This is why many people have found it to be a great option before you exercise. Most of us have heard that we should not eat before we exercise. This is mostly because we don’t want out bodies to be filled up and slowed down for exertion, but also because it takes the body a while to start making use of the things we recently ate. Juice is lighter and more compact and gives a near instant energy boost. I will touch on it more later but juice from the store is not a good substitute for fresh juice because it has been pasteurized and has unnatural sugars and preservatives which make fresh juice from home far better than over the counter juice.
Finally, juicing can be really fun! Once you get started with some of the recommended recipes and ingredients that support health and energy you can mix and match to create your own recipes and experiment with juicing new things, the sky is really the limit when it comes to juicing recipes for energy. Being creative with juicing allows you to use what you have on hand as well as to experience new flavors so it never gets old. The best part of adding variety to your juicing regiment is that you can create special blends that will promote the things you want for your body, for example energy, concentration, or detoxification. Depending on what you choose to juice, all of these things and more can be achieved to a greater degree. More to come soon!