Juicing to Live
Juicing to Live
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Some years ago I was introduced to the benefits of juicing fruit and vegetables to both cleanse and detoxify the body, as well as injecting large doses of vitamins and minerals to enhance health and well-being. What juicing offers is a healthy way to lose weight, build a strong immune system and fill the body with anti-oxidants to ward of infections and disease. It also detoxifies the liver and cleanses the gut, which is said to be the origin of all illness.
I watched a film the other night that reminded me just how miraculous this practice is in changing lives and health forever. The film entitled ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ was undertaken by Aussie Joe Cross, whose lifestyle was killing him. He went on a 30-day juice fast and travelled the US showing people his method. He ultimately turned his life around, losing 90lb, getting fit and curing a skin disease he’d had all his life. In addition he could give up all the pills that his illnesses required for his skin condition, blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Today Joe is a slim and healthy 40 something, with energy to burn.
So what’s it all about? All you need is a juicer and lots of fruit and vegies. The balance is purely up to you but the more variety the better. Here’s a list that I use for detoxing and weight loss.
Celery, spinach, bok choy, cucumber, beans, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, beetroot, tomato, capsicum, ginger, lemon, apple, orange, grapes, strawberry, rock melon, water melon, blueberries.
As a simple recipe, try this-
3 x sticks celery, 3 x lge spinach leaves and stalks, 1 x cuccumber, 1 x zucchini, 1 x head of broccoli, 1/8 of pumpkin, 6 x carrots, 2 x beetroot, 2 x tomatoes, 1 x capsicum, 2 x lemons, 4 x apples, 1/2 a rock melon, 1/4 water melon, hand full of blueberries. (Note: lemons and oranges must be pealed, and all vegies thoroughly washed before juicing.)
This will give you about 3 litres of juice.
A great start is to do a 10-day juice fast and drink as much as you wish, whenever you feel hungry. In a few days you’ll lose several pounds and start to feel lighter and more alert. The fast will clear your skin, cleanse you intestinal tract and give you more energy. It’s not easy to stop eating but you get used to it and at the end of the ten days you can reintroduce lean protein, and low-fat dairy for the required calcium intake. Many people choose to juice for breakfast and lunch and have some meat or fish with a salad for the evening meal.
Now and then you can be a little naughty, but the following day you can make up for it with juicing and some exercise. During the fast a brisk walk for half an hour a day is recommended and you’ll be surprised how quickly the weight falls of you, not to mention feeling sooooo much better.
When juicing, make sure you have a good variety of vegies including lots of greens and always beetroot, one of the ‘superfoods’. Use the fruit varieties to balance out the mix and make it palatable. After the ten days you’ll feel a million bucks and at the start of a new you.