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Diabetics and Juicing - A Personal Adventure

Updated on April 6, 2015

Why I got a juicer

Juicing and diabetes from a personal perspective? This is intended as a little diary to share what happens to anyone who might be interested and I know there are conflicting opinions out there so I may share a few and let you decide. I used to have a juicer many, many moons ago and it got broken in the process of moving things around in the house. It wasn't a big deal, just the pulp container, but I lost heart. Recently a friend was diagnosed with prostate cancer and said he could probably fix up and use the juicer, so we gave it to him and he was reporting improved PSA levels. Knowing the increased levels of micronutrients in juiced vegetables, I was not really surprised. I put the idea of juicing on the back burner for a while. Then I saw Jason Vale's amazing documentary. For about 6 or 7 years I have been experiencing horrible psoriasis, so I was tempted. It was time to invest in a new juicer and tackle the problem.

Now the complication is Type 2 diabetes. I am not hugely overweight, but since giving up swimming in my teens I have put on about three stones in weight and I would be happy to lose two of them! I have maybe lost 3 or 4 pounds since being diagnosed diabetic just under 2 years ago, but my diet has been low carb and pretty strict for years due to potato allergy and high blood pressure. There is no way I would do a full on juice detox and diet without consulting my diabetic nurse, but a day or so of sensible juicing couldn't hurt. So here goes....

The picture shows my new juicer at the ready in my very untidy kitchen... boy, does the coffee tea and vitamin corner need a going over! This is my own picture of the Phillips HR 1861 Juicer so please do not copy!

Big Boss 700-Watt Juicer, 18,000 RPM Wide Mouth & Vegetable Juice Extractor- Stainless Steel
Big Boss 700-Watt Juicer, 18,000 RPM Wide Mouth & Vegetable Juice Extractor- Stainless Steel

This style of juicer is a little different from mine, but comes very highly recommended.

 

The Delivery Fiasco

And why I love shopping on Amazon

The logical place for me to buy my juicer was Amazon UK. I have Prime membership which is great and past experience has taught me shopping for this sort of thing in Lincolnshire can involve long route marches, failure and, ultimately, having to buy online anyway. I therefore bought my Phillips HR 1861 Juicer from Amazon UK, now the seller obviously wasn't reading that part about Amazon Prime being next day delivery, so time from order to receipt was extended a little.

This should not have been a problem except that the seller chose to dispatch via DPD rather than Royal Mail. Now I can think of a lot of things DPD might stand for, not many of them complementary. In my experience they often make mistakes and deliver at the wrong address, and this they did. Fortunately I kept a record of the depot phone number from the last debacle. The tracking email was claiming it was delivered and signed for! Panic! Where? Certainly not to us!

Apparently DPD would not proceed without Amazon making a complaint either. The last time this happened, they issued a refund so I contacted them through my Amazon account. They immediately offered a replacement, found that the seller hadn't got one and then offered a refund - and would I let them know if the DPD driver recovered the parcel and delivered it correctly? This is the level of service Amazon provide and they have always been friendly and most helpful.

Nothing and no word came from DPD of course and then about 7-30 in the evening a young man came round to our house and said "Someone left this by my front door while I was out at work. Is it yours?" He was not even on our street! I phoned Amazon and gave them permission to make a recharge, they thanked me for my honesty.... I still have to hear from DPD.... Oh well!

Juicers on Amazon - What is available to help you get started

Now Phillips is the model that Jason Vale recommends, but there are many that are equally good.

Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor, Black (Discontinued)
Hamilton Beach 67601 Big Mouth Juice Extractor, Black (Discontinued)

A big mouth juicer helps because you can throw in whole vegetables and fruit without having to chop them up.

 

My first vegetable juice experience

Two glasses of really creamy goodness.

Being diabetic, I am very cautious of juicing fruits for now, but I thought starting with the sort of vegetables I regularly eat couldn't hurt. I juiced 3 carrots, a celery heart, a good chunk of root ginger, a quarter of a cucumber and three tomatoes. This made enough juice to fill two small glasses to the brim so we had one glass each right away. I have never been a huge fan of commercial vegetable juice but this was great. It was surprisingly creamy and filling, not just thin juice.

After juicing and drinking comes the cleaning part. Not too bad as all the parts detach. They are dishwasher safe apparently, but I don't have a dishwasher so I did the job by hand - but not before retrieving the pulp. Extracting the juice removes 90% of the nutrients, but fibre is good for you so tonight we will be enjoying a curry soup containing the pulp from today's little experiment. More later on that, for now I have simply added water, lentils and barley and boiled it up to stop any bacterial growth and get that barley soaking up all the flavour. It smells great as a soup base!

Later in the evening I made a curry base with onion, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, star anise, turmeric, garam masala, a little salt and pepper and some low fat yogurt. To this I added some fresh red chillis, cauliflower, edumame beans, peas and the soup base and cooked it until the veggies were done. It made a tasty and satisfying supper for three people! YAY for soup!

Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer (Old Model - Discontinued)
Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer (Old Model - Discontinued)

This looks extremely similar to my juicer, down to the aluminium body and the lever clamps.

 

Juicing and Diabetes - Discussions and links

I certainly read a lot of this stuff before I started using my juicer. It is important if you are diabetic to fully understand the pros and cons of juicing.

Cuisinart CJE-1000  Die-Cast Juice Extractor
Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor

A more powerful juicer helps get all the goodness from the vegetables and fruit.

 

Zero Calorie Foods

Not necessarily safe for diabetes....

I keep a list of "zero calorie foods" on my fridge. It helps with the munchies from time to time, and I am quite happy to share those foods with you. However not all of them are safe to juice in large quantities if you are diabetic. This is because the insoluble fibre, cellulose, is hard to break down in the human body and travels through largely undigested. Break these fibres down with a high speed juicer and you get far more of the nutrients than you could ever get from eating them.

This is great for people in full health, but all the sugars in fruit (and some vegetables) are going to cause blood sugars to spike. Be careful with oranges and apples in particular and limit the number you juice. You can also save the pulp for baking and making healthier bread or, heaven forbid, cake.

You probably noticed in my photo that I had a pack of Light at Heart on the side. This is a mix of sugar and Stevia that I use very sparingly indeed. I now have a jar of stevia only which is better and lovely on strawberries. I don't bake much, but when I do I tend to use banana and stevia rather than sugar.

Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc Juicer
Breville BJE820XL Juice Fountain Duo Dual Disc Juicer

A larger model, suitable for bigger kitchens than mine.

 

Zero Calorie Foods - My Fridge List

Is there such a thing really?

The theory behind this? Some foods burn more energy in digestion than they supply. Now I am not sure if I actually believe this miraculous idea, but I do know that the foods on this list make healthier snacks than cookies and pretzels. I am not sure how much that applies once they are juiced, because using a powerful centrifugal juicer liberates all that goodness. Still, I doubt you could eat or drink enough of these to make yourself fat. It is the cooking, or dressing that adds calories and of course what you eat them with.

Here is my fridge list of zero calorie noms! As far as I know all of these are safe to eat raw (even chilli and garlic) although if you are diabetic, be careful of juicing too many fruits at once.

Apple, asparagus, beet, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cranberry, cantaloupe, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chilli, cucumber, dandelion, endive, garden cress, garlic, ginger, grapefruit, green bean, honeydew melon, peppers, lemon, lime, lettuce, mango, onion, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, radish, raspberries, spinach, spring onions, strawberries, tomato, tangerine, turnip, watermelon, zucchini (courgette)

Recent Diabetic Check Up

And an update on the juicing....

My long term sugars were showing the diabetes is well maintained with little change from the last reading. The diabetic nurse is very pleased that I seem to have halted the disease process and that no increase in medication is necessary. I spoke to her about the juicing and she said it was a healthy thing to do, but to be careful how much fruit I was juicing in a day. When I explained that it was two juices, fruit in the morning and veggies in the evening, and that I was using the pulp in sugar free muffins and soups which the two of us shared, she said that sounded fine. I think if you went overboard and made a fruit juice every hour or so and wolfed the lot, it might cause a sugar spike. My sugars are fine at 46. That is good to know.

To be honest, the juicer does not remove all the fibre, it only removes the insoluble fibre. The juices that come out are much thicker and creamier than those you buy in the store which are concentrated and have zero fibre content. Diabetics should avoid store bought juice - and "juice drinks" of course which are laden with extra sugar and sweeteners!

I hope you enjoyed this page and found it helpful. Thank you for visiting and please feel free to let us know your experiences here.

© 2013 Lisa Marie Gabriel

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very interesting look at juicing from the standpoint of a diabetic.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      We make green juice everyday. many people think that drinking fruit juice is a good thing but it's not it gives you too much sugar. So we stick with vegetables and an apple or kiwi for flavour. Very useful hub. Great.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Christine Cameron: I do hope so! I am really enjoying my juicer and find the results much more palatable than a blender :)

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      aviatorno1 4 years ago

      I used the Breville but I ended up getting a Vitamix blender. It pulverizes everything to a liquid anyway and is easier to clean up than a typical juicer. I hated cleaning all of the pulp out of the machine. It took a lot of time.

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      veron308louis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a very useful tip on juicing. In fact I think we should all juice for good health whether or not we have diabetes, high cholesterol or any other types of diseases.

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      yayas 4 years ago

      Thank you for the great information on juicing and diabetes. I have been looking into different ways to eat healthier and you have provided a great deal of very helpful information. Thanks so much.

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      Now this brings me back to my childhood.

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      I made juicer a part of my families lifestyle

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      joanride 4 years ago

      I'd love to try. Would you share your favorite recipe?

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      SantiagoPadilla 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about the diabetics and Juicing.. I liked reading it.

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      tbonestakes 4 years ago

      Your lens provides life enhancing information. Diabetes is a disease that can ravage the body and can put a great strain on family members of the diabetic. Juicing is something we should all be doing, thanks

      for a great lens.

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      misspatricia 4 years ago

      @RawBill1: They don't "heat" the juice at all. At least my Breville doesn't.

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      AbigaleStorm 4 years ago

      Thumbs up for taking action to improve your health and the fact that you have clearly educated yourself on what not to include in your juicing such as too much fruit. I also have a juicer, however I admit, that I most often go for smoothies, due to the clean up of the juicer, but nothing beets a: beetroot, carrot, 1/2 green apple and 1/2 a lemon (with peel) juice. I usually add ice cubes to my juice both to improve the taste, but also to dilute the 'sugar hit'. Bets of luck with improving your health.

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      I've always wanted to start juicing but never got around to getting myself a juicer. This lens has rekindled my desire for juices. Congrats on the LOTD!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I'm diabetic also, and am constantly trying to lose that few extra pounds, and did by a Breville juice, but to be honest the clean up got to me, and I really hated throwing all that pulp away. I now use a Nutri Bullet & find I like retaining the bulk of the pulp. You're right though we diabetics have to watch how many fruits we juice up!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very interesting information about juicing and type 2 diabetes. Keep us posted with updates.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I never have used a juicer, sounds like something I'd like. Great information!

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      timo5150 lm 4 years ago

      Been wanting to get a juicer for a long time but I haven't figured out which one I want. Your info will help Thanks

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      KAHOULI 4 years ago

      hi I use a very simple, low power, low cost juicer (as we can't afford anything more fancy and, when we *did* have one, it was little better), and I try to use it several times a week

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      aneeshasdad 4 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

      I've been thinking about buying a juicer for quite a few weeks now, as I have at least 5 excess kilos I'd like to remove. I've now decided to get one and will be moving on to "research mode" today. I'll also be copying your list of zero calorie foods - are you sure we can't add chocolate to it?

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I am not really sold on the idea of a high speed juicer as I feel that they can heat the juice to much, therefore losing some of the nutrients. I prefer to juice slowly using a twin gear juicer, the one we have in the Green Star Elite. I prefer though to blend rather than juice and using a high speed blender for creating green smoothies is definitely the go! I have a friend who totally cured his Type 2 Diabetes through switching to a raw food diet predominantly drinking green smoothies.

      Congrats on LOTD. Well done! :-)

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      I have a decent cheap juicer. Hubby, being diabetic, decided to try nopales in juice form as he saw it on TV. We read up on it and found it to be OK in VERY limited quantities. However my juicer left most of it unjuiced because cactus is really gelatinous. So I confiscated the juicer and I make a breakfast juice some days for my ride in to work. Good stuff. Congrats on LOTD and Purple Star. Your lens earned them!

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      I love juicing! My first juicer was a fairly generic one. It did a great job, and was easy to clean. I have owned a Champion, and an Olympic, and now have a Jack Lalanne, that a nephew gave us. They all did a great job, and I have introduced many people to juicing. I learned the hard way, to go easy on the garlic, onion, and beet juice. Congratulations on the LotD, and keep juicing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can't say that I have but it sounds like a great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Elizabeth Braun 4 years ago from Sheffiled, UK

      I use a very simple, low power, low cost juicer (as we can't afford anything more fancy and, when we *did* have one, it was little better), and I try to use it several times a week. I have an exhaustion condition and very low immunity and I find juicing a really good boost. I often call my juices 'rocket fuel'!!

      Hope it all works out well!

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD, great lens! I use a NutriBullet every day to mix my fruit and vegetables.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

      Great lens - I'll be back to hear about the updates! I went out to buy a juicer and came back with a blender and we made soups non-stop through winter......

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I use exactly the same juicer that you have. It's great but not so easy to buy these days. I use it mainly for carrot juice and other vegetables like beetroot. I don't really use it for health reasons, just because I love the flavours.

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      EpicEra 4 years ago

      I remember my little brother turning orange, my mom and aunt fed him so much carrot juice back in the late '70's :)

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 4 years ago

      I never have, but maybe I should

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      Debbie 4 years ago from England

      I've never tried a juicer. My daughter has and she sang it's praises. maybe I should try it. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      knysna 4 years ago

      Yes , without a doubt, you should have one glass of juice daily at least!

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Great lense,want to see the updates soon!!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Yes, have one just like yours. All great minds work alike. LOL

      Great lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never used a juicer, but this makes me want to get one. Well written and interesting. You're doing everything you can for yourself, being proactive, and that's a good thing. Thanks for sharing.

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      jura 4 years ago

      Zero calories food I have to try this .

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      misspatricia 4 years ago

      After watching Joe Cross' documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" I bought the Breville juice fountain and I'm also Diabetic 2. I am finding it awfully difficult to come up with a juice recipe that doesn't raise my glucose level. I'm down to simply juicing greens now, kale, romaine, celery, cucumbers, spinach, lemon and sometimes half a granny smith apple. I'm reading and watching your lens closely for any tips or recipes that will work for me.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have only rarely consumed juice made at home, but the article was interesting and well written. I feel almost tempted because you never know what else you are getting in store bought produce! Well done on the LOTD.

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      EntrepBeings 4 years ago

      What a great lens! Thanks for sharing all this information!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've got the Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer you featured above - the one you said looked similar to yours. I am a long-time fan of vegetable juices!

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      drmattshepard 4 years ago

      I own a breville juicer. Bought it after watching a documentary about juicing. Love it.

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      amuriarte 4 years ago

      Thank you for this post! My girlfriend is diabetic and its great knowledge to have.

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      mathew31 4 years ago

      Great lens and congrats on LotD!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, my mom taught us about juicing. Congratulations on LotD.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this great info. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      dubloon135 4 years ago

      I have fallen by the wayside and quit. Thanks for the inspiration to dust off the old juicer. Super site.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I am not diabetic nor do I juice. However, I do use a Magic Bullet and create fruit and vegetable smoothies for myself on a daily basis (most of the time). I try to follow the Eat to Live premise and have had great success with feeling healthier for doing so. I have opted out of juicing due to the loss of the pulp fiber but appreciate that you've shared how it can be saved and used for other recipes. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle choices!

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      jan93 4 years ago

      This is very helpful for the health

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      therapycro 4 years ago

      Informative lens! Keep up the good work!

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      DrLibby 4 years ago

      would love to hear how juicing improved your blood sugar numbers. one great tidbit is adding lime (peel & all) to the juice for a lovely twist to the flavor.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I don't have one of my own, but I have seen a juicer in action at a friend's house and have tried a mixture of vegetable and fruit juices. It was delicious!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I was juicing every day several months ago and very quickly gained the health benefits. I mostly create green smoothies with spinach and fruits such as strawberries and bananas. Reading this was very timely because I vowed last night to begin getting seriously into juicing again starting this very morning. I don't know why I ever stopped. When I was juicing, I dropped the extra pounds and felt amazing. I had more energy and I slept better. I do need to get a better juicer. I've been using an older blender and it works for simple smoothies, but I don't get all the benefits that I might from a more robust machine. I appreciate the idea you gave me for what to do with the pulp. Fantastic! Be well and congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      too lazy ..just eat them whole

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never owned a Juicer and now I am thinking that I really need one

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      HughSmulders LM 4 years ago

      As far as I know, it is recommended to be rather careful with fresh juices. t is even better to take some advice from the doctor.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never used one myself but have had juices from other peoples juicers.

      Congrats on your lens as being selected as LOTD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a juicer and we loved using it, but we have switched to drinking green smoothies and I find this an easier option. We follow a Paleo regime but include smoothies, often with as many as eight greens in them and always with low-sugar fruits such as lemons and oranges. My uncle is a type2 diabetic who has embraced the Paleo diet and his insulin readings are the healthiest ever.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of juicing, and also have a lens on reversing diabetes. You're reminding me that I need to update it! Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, but they sound like cool gadgets. Good luck with your diagnosis and health.

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      Great lens and look forward to your updates on your progress.

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      Yes , I love carrot juice but I am not diabetic .

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I've never used a juicer but I do love making smoothies in a blender.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      I couldn't live without my juicer. You are so right; juices taste gorgeous and are so good for you.

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      This was great to read, congratulations on LOTD! I've been wanting to start juicing for ages and this is really helpful. As you know I currently have gestational diabetes and that puts me at higher risk of type 2 in later life, so starting to get healthier now with my diet is key :) I love my fruit so much but it's good to know that juicing the veggies is better on the whole for this condition.

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Congratulations :)

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      Very informative - congratulations on LOTD!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I've been hooked on juicing ever since I saw "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". I tend to juice vegetables more than fruits because I have low blood sugar. My favorite is kale, celery, cucumber, apple, and ginger - it really gives me a lot of energy.

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      This was really informative for me. I love juicing!

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      For food induced, Type 2 diabetes, juicing can really turn around the symptoms. See move, "Fat Sick and nearly Dead"

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Great review! A juicer would fit my lifestyle. Sundae ;-)

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      haven't yet for I do not own one, however your lens might encourage me to purchase one

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      Christine Cameron 4 years ago

      I have tried juice from a juicer, but I've not owned one myself... yet! Thanks for all of the valuable information, it will come in handy when I'm ready to purchase a juicer myself.

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