I’ve decided to add this juicing page just so I can give a little introduction to my juicing, explain what equipment I use and to give some basic tips. I will then post different recipes into my blog for you to try.
I got serious about juicing about four months ago. I was feeling really tired and bloated with the typical January blues and I wanted a kick start to a healthier self. I knew that I can just eat more healthy but it was somehow really difficult to motivate myself and even when I did eat well I couldn’t get rid off this nasty ‘too full’ feeling in my stomach. I also had this strange ‘cloud’ over my head, basically I wasn’t focusing very well and I knew I needed to do something about it. Weight loss was also on my mind but it wasn’t a priority at the time.
I have done a little research about juicing after I watched the Hungry for a change and other food documentaries on netflix and I found the Jason Vales Juice challenge. https://www.juicemaster.com
I knew I needed an app or a program to follow to keep going. I downloaded the 7 day juice app on my phone and although I hesitated to spend money on an app I didn’t regret doing so. It was exactly what I needed. Simple program to follow, generated shopping list and easy recipes to follow. I know there are versions for 14 days and even 30 days but I needed something I can commit to and I didn’t want to set myself up for a fail.
This is how it went. I have only completed five days and even though the whole experience wasn’t as easy as I thought I am so happy I have done it. One of the reasons I didn’t complete the full seven day challenge was because I was so cold at all time! Looking back, January wasn’t the best time of the year to start and next time I would probably add some hot veggie soups in the evening if I was to do a winter months juicing. I was also really hungry and I just couldn’t stop thinking about food! Again, wrong time of the year? Perhaps I should have waited for spring but in England I could have been waiting very long time! Anyway, it was so great to do it because it gave me a healthy kick start I was desperate for. After those five days I kept on juicing and I added soups and salads into my diet for about a week until I gradually added more, manly plant based food. Today, three months later, I still juice every day in the morning and I eat mainly vegetarian diet. Not only I felt great about myself but I also lost about five kilos which I didn’t put back on since. Juicing has become a part of my life and I would recommend it to all!
If you are serious about juicing then I highly recommend getting a slow, mastication juicer. There are so many on the market and you can find the right one for you and your budget. I decided to get the L’equip Omni Juicer. It is very sturdy and it only takes a couple of minutes to clean up. It is very easy to use and makes great juice! It lives on my kitchen counter full time. (get something you wouldn’t hate the look of as once you put in in the cupboard it is not coming back out). Due to so much fruit and veg scrap I got this great little kitchen compost bin.
Having a proper sharp knife is a given. You can also prep your juice the night before if you prefer. Make sure you store your juice in a glass air tight container or a flask to keep the nutrients in.
I also bought some glass jar glasses with a lid and a straw which my daughter absolutely loves and she enjoys having her own little juice each morning. See my post How we start our day for more info.