Why You Should Be Juicing.

JUICING TO START YOUR DAY.

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Juicing…as in making fresh fruit, veggie juice concoctions to start your day out with a great boost of healthiness.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor, though I know some.  I am sharing what works for me and what I have learned about nutrition and training along my journey.  Take what you like and ignore the rest.

I like juicing.  My wife and I have been juicing daily in the mornings for some time and both agree that it does make you feel energized and full in the mornings.  It has been a great addition to our diets and my training routine.  So let me point out a few things:

1. You can “juice” just about anything….fruit, veggies. Some require a little prep but most can be dropped right into the juicer without much effort. Some things need peeled because their rinds can have a bitter taste or are just not really edible (pineapples for example). I am not going to discuss types of juicers here.  There are many and I found budget and style really are the deciding factors, though some are notably better than others.

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2. A mixture of fruits and veggies makes the best flavor combo in my opinion.  More fruit = sweeter.

3. Juicing is not making a smoothie…smoothies are awesome and I love them and my post workout routine includes a smoothie…but making a smoothie is blending not juicing.  That is a whole different post.

4. Juicing is not necessarily a meal replacement, though it can be, but I am not suggesting that here.  Some people do “juicing” challenges and they do replace a meal to help kick start weight loss or “detox” their systems. I use it to supplement. I wont say I don’t go out the door some mornings and all I have had is my juice but that’s not the idea.

Juicing is a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals you may not normally get throughout your normal day of eating.  It also allows you to consume some fruits and veggies you have traditionally avoided!

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Here is a great website that can give you some good ideas about how to start juicing and a ton of recipes to try.  I am a fan of green juices and love to add a bit of ginger to them.  My wife has different tastes.  There are juices for everyone.  Regardless of your end goals, I think adding regular juicing to your daily routine will benefit you in many ways.  Give it a try!

http://juicerecipes.com/recipe

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”

 

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