Juicing my way back to healthy

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Back to basics

After recently watching the documentary, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, I began thinking about my health, diet, nutrition, and -well- my life as a whole. At twenty-five, I have back (and bone) problems equivalent to that of a woman in her sixties, along with a buffet of other minor diseases and disorders, which combined leave me achy, moody, and seeking medical care almost constantly. I have had surgery, tried a multitude of hormones and medications, alternative medicines, various diets and exercise programs and therapies, and then some. Overall, I am healthy, but down the road, I fear I may not fair so well. In fact, I have been told that I need to do something now "or else".

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, followed by King Corn, opened my eyes to the realities of the world. Disease is at an all-time high, with many new ones and new diagnosis being named/discovered daily. Foods are grown so radically that some are not as healthy as they claim, and cause some of the diseases facing us now. Lifestyles are changing to meet the demands of the workplace and technological race, and what is being left behind is our health. People in Fat Sick and Nearly Dead had life-changing breakthroughs in their health just by going back to the basics; consuming natural foods, and exercising in the simplest of ways.

I have decided to do the same. Starting now, I am juicing. Yes, juicing. As in, taking raw, mostly organic fruits and vegetables packed full of nutrients, and crushing, blending, chopping, and pureeing them into juice form.

The juicer and ingredients

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How I juiced my first juice

I bought a very nice, sturdy juicer that I know will last. It was rather expensive, but I got a nice 4% cash back bonus, and the health benefits will return ten fold, I am sure. After purchasing the juicer, I hit the store. I intend to find my way to the local market in the near future, but, for today, went to an everyday, major grocery store.

Next, I stocked up on the goods: a mixture of various fruits and vegetables, and a new, easy-to-use peeler.

Once home, I let my imagination take over. With so many fruits and vegetables to choose from, creating the perfect concoction should be rather challenging, right? Not at all... I grabbed a few fruits and veggies, washed, peeled, and cut, and juiced away.

My mother has shared with me that her favorite is pear, fresh mint, and romaine - three ingredients I would have never thought to combine, but now sound intriguing and fresh. For my first juice, I decided not to be as daring. Here is what I used/came up with (per glass):

  • 1/2 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 mango, peeled
  • 7 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (roughly) fresh kale
  • 1/2 cup (roughly) fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled

Exotic, fruity, and yet, earthly, the combination was perfect. Approximately an hour after drinking the first glass, I have more energy than if I had had a cup of coffee, but without the jitters, and feel focused and motivated. It may be a bit of "mind over matter" as well, but I have a feeling that I will not only shed a few pounds, I will start to see improvements in my health as well.

My intentions

I hope to write about my experience - recipes I think of or come across, and effects that juicing has on me, as well general benefits of and information about juicing (and fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans).

For example:

Here is a simple juice equivalency chart for a few fruits and vegetables:

  • Tomatoes: 4 medium, firm tomatoes = 2 cups of juice
  • Apples: 6 medium apples = 2 cups of juice
  • Pears: 6 medium pears = 2 cups of juice
  • Carrots: 5 large carrots = 1 cup of juice
  • Celery: 4 celery stalks = 3/4 cup juice

For now, I am drinking juice as a substitute for one meal per day, and will ease into a juice-only diet for 7 straight days (possibly longer), and will repeat the juice fast ("reboot") every couple of months. I have also begun exercising once again, with a mixture of yoga and resistance training.

I am eager to follow this through, and to share with whomever is interested, the trials, tribulations, and successes of my experience. Please feel free to share with me any recipes, research, thoughts, or comments about this subject!

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slmorgan 5 years ago from San Francisco

I use to make a lot of juice in my juicer and miss it. This article gives me incentive to try again. Thanks! Nice and useful information /recipes.


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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

I'm a big fan of juice. I haven't been doing it lately and this hub reminded me of why I should start back.

Thanks. Like your recipes, as well.


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I'm glad that this served as inspiration for both of you! Thank you for reading, and for your kind words. If you do begin juicing again, please feel free to share any suggestions and recipes with me!


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Great that you have taken up juicing, and I am sure that you will soon see the health benefits. One that I find refreshing for summer is orange, pineapple and lime with some mint in and plenty of ice!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi VEronicaFarkas,

I loved this article. I was an avid juicer. But I always thought it was important to eat the pulp s well. What is your position on eating the pulp?

Great Hub.

Vote Up.

JT


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

CMH - That sounds yummy! I tried one recently using oranges, limes, mint, and kale. It was great!

JT - Thank you! I have not eaten the pulp. I have reused some to juice one more time through. I have heard good things about using the pulp for gardening purposes, and at-home remedies & recipes. I see no issue w/ eating the pulp, as fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of nutrients in their innards (like the white parts of the orange are rich in riboflavin). =] My mother prefers to blend rather than juice, in order to consume all nutrients entirely. I juice as juice in its purest form has the highest concentrate of nutrients. Excellent question. Thank you!


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Wonderful hub Veronica! My husband and I have been juicing for a couple months as well. It really is a nice feeling to drink juice and know that there's no preservatives and faux sugars in there. Keep up the juicing :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This sounds like a great idea. I am trying to be healthier and it seems like drinking vegetables might be easier than eating them. I just never seem to find the time. I am seriously thinking about doing this now. Thank you for the information!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank YOU! It does take some time to clean, cut/peel, juice, and clean up, but does get easier as you gain experience. Not only does juice taste great and fresh, but the benefits are practically immediate! =D Best of luck to you, and please share recipes w/ me if you do juice!


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THEHuG5 4 years ago

I too watched that documentary and it really made me want to start juicing to see if it will improve my problems. Unfortunately right now I can't afford a juicer but I hope to own one soon. If people would just invest in their health by eating right then they wouldn't have to spend money on expensive pills and doctor bills. I hope you follow up on how the juicing works for you. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

Oh and you should also watch the documentary called "Food Matters." It's on instant steaming on netflix :)


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I totally agree about investing in health! I do need to write some follow-up hubs. I've written a couple on more recipes, but not on how juicing has really helped me. Great idea. Thanks!

I may have watched that. I'll look for it again just in case! There are a couple that I've watched about raw foods, food ingredients, water, growing food, and more. There's so much to learn and know!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great hub and I look forward to hearing more about your experience. I bought a juicer last year and did some juicing in the summer and fall but have gotten out of the habit - I need to get it back out and give one of your recipes a try!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

It's easy to do, Kris! I understand! =] I mentioned a recent recipe of mine to someone on FB... I tried grapes, carrots, and blood oranges. It was super sweet and so tasty!

Spring'll be the perfect time to try again! I love fresh fruits and veggies from the garden! =D


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RandomThoughts... 4 years ago from Washington

Thank you for your hub. I too am juicing and watched the film Fat, sick and nearly dead. This man also has a website with great recipes he used. I love it. I feel better, have lost weight and emotionally and mentally know I am doing great things for my body. I also wrote a blog on Genetically modified food and the corporation Monsanto incase you are interested. I have had my eyes open to the destruction of our planet, our animals, our economy and our health for awhile now. It is scary and disheartening where we have been headed all for the sake of money and power. Thanks for shedding light on this subject and I wish you all the best.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I am definitely interested! I've been following articles & news about GM food, and have been trying to find non-GMO seeds for my garden. So far, I've had no luck w/ the stores in my area! It's nuts! I'll probably end up having to order them online.

I just can't believe all that has changed over the last 10, 20, 30 years with growing food, animals, etc.

I agree, and am glad that people are finally starting to do something about it, and are wanting to know what's in their food!! =D

Thank you for your comment, & I wish you the best as well!


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worddemon 4 years ago from Tennessee

Hi Veronica,

I am currently on a Juice Fast due to watching "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". I have written a hub about where I currently am in my fast. Have a look when you get a chance!

http://hubpages.com/health/RebootmyLife

Thanks for the great Hub! I am going to try your juice suggestions!

Lynda


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thanks, Lynda! I will definitely take a look! Congrats on making such a big decision & effort & for joining the reboot! =]


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

Great hub, I too want to start drinking fresh home prepared juices for good health. Maybe, your hub will give me the motivation to take the next step.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Great source of information, Veronica! Perhaps the juicer was expensive at first, but saves you health and money in the long run :)

Voted up and sharing!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I'm a big fan of juicing and it is a great start to getting back to being healthy .

Well done and vote up !!!


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elisayeboah 4 years ago from Columbus, OH

I tried juicing and even went out and invested in a high tech juicer. That was several years ago and I thing I only used it for a week. After reading this article, I may have to dust it off and give it another shot. Great hub.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I love that juicing is one of those things that you can do whenever you want to! You can definitely get back into it, eliseayeboah! =] Thank you for your comment!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great way to get back to health and well being. Juicing really helps, I love juices. Sometimes I use Stevia to sweeten my juice a bit more!!

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