To sum it up… after two weeks of juicing… Juicing is good!
We have added 1-2 juices a day to our diets and I continue to have an increase in energy. The weight loss… well not much progress on that front yet but I’m working hard at it and continue to be hopeful. a topic for another post…
Some lessons learned…
- Buy small amounts of vege and fruits until you get a couple recipes down. A couple cucumbers from the big bag from BJs were a casualty of my working through this. Just over bought.
- Many sources suggest that it’s best to juice vegetables and eat fruit, except apples. We’re trying this to avoid sugar spikes unless it’s just for enjoyment – like a martini. (I was a little concerned that the energy source was sugar, but it consistently lasts for hours so probably not.)
- Go to your local library and take out a couple books on juicing/raw diet; do some web research. I found this helpful to explain some of the chemistry. One of my concerns was the impact to my body of all this goodness.
- We started with more carrots and apples, mostly out of fear that the juice wouldn’t taste good. As our comfort level increases, I’ve been cutting back on the sweet and increasing the greens(kale & spinach).
- Start slow – be mindful of the impact the infusion of vege/fruits might have on your body. For as much as I’ve personally had a spike in energy, have also had some minor discomforts (stomach discomfort, minor headaches).
- We chose to start with a similar recipe each day instead of trying many different juices. The reason was so that if we had any issues, we had a pattern of what we were drinking and could possibly pinpoint the source of any problems a little easier.
- Increase the amount of water you drink.
We’re considering a short juice fast or a cleanse. Have a little more reading before jumping. Will let you know what we decide & why.
Look for our morning recipe.