My husband and I are avid juicers. I’d like to say I did it for the wonderful health benefits, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, etc., etc. (those are all amazing things as I’ve learned this year, by the way), but I must confess the #1 reason I did it was to lose the baby weight. I have two boys – the youngest, a 14 month old – and as anyone with multiple children knows, things just don’t always “go back” the way you think they will after baby #2.
After becoming frustrated with everything from Weight Watchers to Advocare, my husband and I stumbled across the Joe Cross documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” one night on Netflix. It literally changed the way I think about food. That certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in my favorite horribly processed foods, because I do, all too often (it’s a process, after all), but it did make me keenly aware of what I’m putting into my body.
We eased into juicing first with a morning green juice, then replacing breakfast and lunch, and quickly worked up to launching a ten day fast. That experience will require a separate post, but suffice it to say, I now “get” it. I get the hype, I get why people do it, and I’ve juiced every single day since then for nearly 12 months.
When we started posting photos of what we were doing on Facebook and Instagram, friends became curious. At this point, I receive several messages per day, just from friends, asking how/why we juice, what kind of juicer should I buy, why should I juice vs. drink smoothies, why is your juicer better or different than my Vitamix, how long can I store my juice in the refrigerator, should I buy only organic, and what are some good juicing recipes, among many others.
Those questions are among the main reasons I’m launching this blog. I’m excited to share the knowledge I’ve gained through extensive research this past year, and I’m passionate about encouraging others to make a lifestyle change that could, in many ways, save a life!
In the coming posts, I’ll cover the following questions about juicing with advice from juice bar owners and health experts, but feel free to comment below with additional questions or suggestions.
How do I get started juicing?
What kind of juicer should I buy?
Why juice vs. smoothies?
Why can’t I just use my Vitamix to juice?
How long can I store my juice?
Should I buy all organic?
What are the best juicing recipes?
What do juicers eat?
What are some good juicing websites?