I have been seeing the popularity of juicing/blending rise within the more recent years due to some popular documentaries such as Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, Hungry for Change, FoodMatters, and Forks Over Knives. If you have Netflix, I suggest you watch all of them!
Since April of this year, I have been really kicking my butt about losing weight and getting to a healthier me. I now have two children at my age of 28, and I have never felt so unhealthy in my life.
According to BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight,
My Body Mass Index (BMI) is: 27.3
A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy for adults. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. People with BMIs of 18.5 or less are considered underweight.
I started to have more concern for my weight as I kept hearing comments like, "Uh oh, your gaining too much weight!" and "Are you pregnant?" when I am not!
It isn't until I saw myself in pictures and I felt so unhappy about how I looked. Jeans that used to be my "fat jeans" have now become my "skinny jeans". I am embarrassed to wear shorts, skirts, & dresses. I also feel sluggish. I have no energy. I have insomnia. I have frequent headaches, and I feel cranky most of the time.
My cousins introduced me to juicing. It is a simple concept really. Juicing is actually a detoxing regiment in which you can incorporate into a weight loss program. It's as easy as drinking all these great enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Of course, we all know fruits and vegetables are good for you, yet most of us don't eat enough of them. By juicing or blending the vegetables into a delicious smoothie, you can enjoy the goodness of many more cups of greens that you could possibly eat in one sitting.
The health benefits of Juicing are:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Weight loss
- Helps balance hormones
- Helps you sleep better
- Increases energy
- Reduces allergy symptoms
- Increases nail strength
- Helps with chronic illness
- Improves digestion
- Balances skin conditions
- Healthier hair
Joe's favorite - "Mean Green Juice"
- 1 cucumber
- 4 celery stalks
- 2 apples
- 6-8 kale leaves
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 thumb of ginger
If you are blending , here are some tips:
- Heavy & Solid on Top, Light & Leafy on the bottom
- Just be careful not to put too much spinach first into the blender as the heat from the motor could kill off the good enzymes.
- Be sure to blend well!
You can start of slow, and drink one juice a day! If you are more courageous, you can drink this 5 times with one meal each day. Although, since you are consuming less calories, it is important that the one meal you do eat is full of protein and some fat. If you don't, your body might feel deprived and your metabolism may slow down.
It is also important to consume lots of water at least 64oz.
Tip: It is recommended to drink your water luke warm, not hot as it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm. Adding lemon juice is great as it helps to flush out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. The citric acid in lemons helps stimulate the liver and aids in detoxification.
If you really want to detox, do this for 10 days for starters. Nothing but juice! Make this something you can incorporate into your life. Also, use this time to do more research and find more recipes. There is lots of information you can find about juicing. Eventually do a fast for more than 21 days to really get some results.
Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. That’s 21 days of going to the gym every day or exercising in some way every day, 21 days to meditation, 21 days to eat healthily, 21 days of anything.
Try not to think about how many pounds you're losing, but focus more on feeling good and having more energy! Having the mindset that you are doing something good for your body. For me, handling the vegetables and making the drinks gives me motivation. Seeing that I'm putting these healthy things into my body makes me feel better about myself.
Don't worry if you do not have a juicer!
Some options to consider getting:
(used in the Movie Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead)
More information here:
** I will be starting my 10 day detox today 06/11/13!!!**
I will be using my early wedding anniversary present!
Wish us LUCK!!!