Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Juicing is Good for You

I will  juice fast very soon. At this time, I am reading and preparing my mind, body and spirit for this fast.  It is hard for me to believe that I am even considering a juice fast.  You're probably wondering, "why would Evelyn say that?"

When I first started on my raw food journey, I came across information from a raw food expert, who stressed that we should eat our foods whole.  There are no juicers in nature, so why would you want to juice your food?

I leaned toward this way of thinking for quite some time, but I am not ashamed to tell you that I have changed and I believe that juicing is okay and that it is actually good for you.  I have read the testimonies of others benefiting from juicing and the remarkable results they've received.

I should juice because there are powerful

  • Vitamins in fresh juices
  • Minerals in fresh juices  
  • Fluids in fresh juices
  • Enzymes in fresh juices
  • Amino acids in fresh juices
  •  and Chlorophyll
Imagine drinking a glass of juice packed with all of the above going immediately into your blood stream and your cells are saying, "Thank you so very much."

Benefits of Juice Fasting
  • Brings life
  • Helps eliminate toxins via the liver, large intestine, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system.
  • Boosts your health
  • Healing powers

I'll leave you with a few juice recipes from The Juice Fasting Bible: Discover the Power of an All-Juice Diet to Restore Good Health, Lose Weight and Increase Vitality.

1 orange, with peel (make sure this is organic)
1 lemon, peeled
1 pomegranate, its seeds and flesh
2-inch slice fresh pineapple
2 apricots, pitted
1 cup pureed blueberries

2 spinach, dandelion, or cabbage leaves
1 green apple, with skin (make sure this is organic)
4 oz. dried prunes, pits removed
4 oz. figs, fresh if possible, otherwise dried
2 oz. of fresh rhubarb (red stalk only)
2 oz. fresh cherries (optional), pits removed.
Soak dried fruit in water overnight so they are soft enough to pass through the juicer

1 carrot
1/2 beetroot, including some green tops
2 spinach leaves
2 apples, with skin (make sure organic)
1/2-inch fresh ginger root
1/2-inch horseradish root
1 clove garlic (optional) or 1/2 red onion
1/2 cup watercress (optional)
May want to dilute with water

1 grapefruit, peeled but with  pith
1/2 cup green string beans (make sure organic)
3 broccoli florets
2 Brussels sprouts
1 carrot
Dilute by half with water

5 oz. blueberries or blackberries
5 oz raspberries
1/2-inch fresh ginger root
1/2 clove garlic or 1/4 red onion
1 grapefruit with white pith
1 orange, pith on

 Just a little humor to brighten your day.

Have an awesome day!  :D