I adore a good green juice or green smoothie. Every day I consume my green leafys in at least one of these forms. Studies have shown however that if you consume the same leafy green in the same amount every single day the body begins to build up alkaloids; something that all leafy greens have in very small amounts.
When you consume the exact same variety of green leafy vegetables, your body is always getting the same nutrients. Each variety of plant will give you different nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. But it goes even further than that. You see, each plant has a self-defense mechanism to keep animals from completely devastating their favorite plant. For example, if monkeys loved spinach and decided to eat all the spinach around then the plant could not procreate and it would die out.
Nature’s system is so smart because it knows that it’s important to keep greens around (hello! most nutritious food pound for pound!). So green leafy plants actually have a minute amount of alkaloids, which act like a poison if ingested regularly. That’s where rotating your greens comes in! If you switch between different types of green plans, your body’s immune system is actually getting a boost because it is working on different alkaloids all the time.
Switch between at least 10-12 types of greens. You can have say two or three days on one green like spinach, and then two or three days on kale, then two or three days on gai lan, you get the picture.
Greens are the most powerful healing foods out there, so it’s great to make them a staple part of your diet!
Your best bet is to go to a farmer’s market and look a the vast array of colorful greens. Pick some up, smell it, ask the farmer what it tastes like, and give it a try! If you’ve got the space and inclination, I’d highly recommend you start a garden. Plant a few of these vegetables and see which ones you like!
Sunflower sprouts (sprouts in general)
Coriander / Cilantro
Greens are the most powerful healing foods out there, so it’s great to make them a staple part of your diet!
I have always been a fan of Tia and Tamera ever since their days on the popular television show Sister Sister. Their bubbling energy is contagious even on screen. Recently, the twins became new moms and Tia took to her blog to share how she regained her girlish figure and maintains her flawless skin:
A lot of people ask me why I'm always holding a weird-looking green drink. Today, I’m here to answer that question! Cory and I are super conscious of what goes in our bodies (we both went vegan in January) and try really hard to make sure that everything going in our bodies is benefiting it in some way. Ever since I realized how nutritious they can be, I’ve been obsessed with making juices – they’re the easiest and yummiest way to get a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. I use an because it keeps the healthy enzymes from the veggies in the juice. It's pretty pricey, but there are a ton of other juicers out there that will do the job too!
Here’s exactly what goes in my favorite green juice:
Cucumbers are a great source of B vitamins, which give you energy! They’re also 95 percent water (yay for hydration) and , which is amazing for your skin.
Though you might see parsley as just an herb to be sprinkled on main dishes, it actually , which help fight free radicals from your body. The vitamin C and vitamin A in parsley strengthens your immune system and act as an effective anti-inflammatory agent in your body.
Kale is the new superfood that everyone’s been raving about, and here’s why: one cup of it contains only 36 calories, 40% of the daily requirement of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C and says, “Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Amazing!!
Celery also contains a nice serving of vitamin K to your body, as well as flavonoids called apigenin and luteolin that are thought to lower your chances of developing cancer, inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular problems, according to It also contains a compound called Phthalides that the New York Times says helps lowers stress levels!
This root has long been used to cure a wide variety of health problems. It’s amazing in aiding digestive health(bye bye morning sickeness!) and getting rid of inflammation.
Since we usually consume it in such small amounts, garlic isn’t commonly known for its health benefits – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any. In several studies, garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol and combat inflammation, blood thinning and high blood pressure.
So now do you see why I drink this everyday? I swear by this juice and think it’s a huge factor in helping my skin glow and my body so energetic. I know it doesn’t sound too yummy, but try it and see if you feel differently afterwards. To make it sweeter, just add some apple into the mix!
3 celery stalks
An inch of ginger
One clove of garlic
Four kale leaves
A handful of parsley
Chaka Khan has taken control over her weight through juicing and looks amazing!
She recently shared with the world how she achieved getting healthier and losing 60 pounds. The popular singer began eating plant powered months ago which included a four month juice cleanse and exercise. The weight loss was necessary to manage her medical conditions of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
She was also motivated to change her life for the sake of her granddaughter. “I ended up going, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, this is enough. I can’t live like this.’ And I have a new little daughter to raise [my granddaughter], I adopted her so I have to be here…[She] was really my first and major influence to lose weight and get healthy so I can be here for her. What I did was stopped eating and went on a strict unconditional fast for a couple of months. And went off meat, became vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the meat.”
“My weight loss had to occur, because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I also had high blood pressure,” said Khan
According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarian and vegan diets are “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases,” including lower blood pressure, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, and lower overall cancer rates.
After improving her health, the ten-time Grammy award-winning singer went on American Idol during last month’s finale with her sixty-pound weight loss and dazzled the audience.
Newton said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. With that in mind, know that for every step you take towards better health, getting a better job, creating a business or even making a better life; there will always be an equal and opposite force in the form of a co-worker, close friend or even family member trying to detract you from your goals.
In my world, I call them juice haters. For the ‘fafillion’ testimonials out there (quick google search) in favor of juicing and juice cleansing and how it has literally changed lives; there are those who try to find every reason in the book about how juicing is bad for your health and some sort of gimmick.
Some say: Juicing is starving the body and leads to depression.
TRUTH: Most juicers consume more fruit and vegetables in one drink than the average person on the Standard American Diet (SAD). How much easier is it to get nine servings of fruit and veggies in a juiced or blended drink than to sit down and eating 5 pounds of the same on a plate. Most people won’t do it. According to the Welsh Health Survey, Scottish Health Survey and Health Survey of England between 2007 and 2010, they found that there is an association between peak well-being and consuming about seven portions of fruits and vegetables every day. "Our findings are consistent with the need for high levels of fruit-and-vegetable consumption for mental health and not merely for physical health," they wrote in the study.
Some say: You only lose water weight during a juice cleanse so why bother?
TRUTH: Yes, juice cleanses will remove a significant amount of water weight during a cleanse. However, the ultimate goal of juicing is to reset or reboot positive eating habits, to control cravings, to promote alkalinity as opposed to acidity in the body and to incorporate more superfoods like leafy greens into a diet deficient in them. The wonderful by-product is weight loss. Do you know of anyone who desires to lose weight being concerned that water weight is the first to go? I don’t think so. It all looks the same in the mirror.
Some say: The body detoxifies on its own without any help from juices.
TRUTH: Yes, a body operating optimally does detoxify on its own. However, most bodies suffering from excessive alcohol consumption, poor diets, air pollution, and lung pollution from cigarette smoke are NOT functioning optimally. We all need a little help every now and then. Most people who eat three meals a day SHOULD have three bowel movements a day. The reality is that some think that it is normal to move one time PER WEEK! Can you say toxic overload?
One juicer had this to say about juice hate:
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
have I mentioned I want to start juicing? yeah, just a little bit I know. I've been researching all day... looking up tips and tricks and recipes, watching youtube videos and vlogs. i'm totally inspired but I've also come across a lot of negativity too which is a little disheartening. why do people have to hate!?
I understand that people who eat right and exercise and it takes them months or years to get fit and healthy worked really really hard to get to that point (hey that's the journey i'm on now) and I can see how one such person might look at a juice cleanse as a quick fix gimmick for some weight loss. I can see how other people might look at it like you are delving into some kind of eating disorder or somehow starving yourself. but it's really not that extreme folks. whether or not I completely switch to total juicing for a little bit (without restricting calories of course) or just add green juices to my daily intake I think that adding micronutrients is NEVER a bad thing. I want to detoxify my body because i'm already suffering from severe lack of sunshine, so if i can boost my immune system and get rid of the headaches i seem to be getting way too frequently than i'm in. weight loss, sure why not... but nutrients is what i'm aiming for thank you very much. and that's how i feel about juice and juice haters. done and dusted. Read the full post here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218452
Don’t be a JH (juice hater). Hate is not your color. We all have to make our own decisions about how we choose to maintain and optimize our health. I prefer mine the juicy way. ;-0
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So you’re sold on juicing as an easy way to get healthier by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet but now what. Most beginning juicers don’t know what to do to get started. There is so much information out there that it can be a bit overwhelming. However, it is a lot easier if you know the questions you should ask yourself before you get started. Dr. Allison Stark, MD thinks you should ask:
1. Which kitchen essentials do you need?
1. Juicer (Dr. Stark recommends the Champion Juicer)
2. Sharp knife for chopping produce
3. Reusable grocery bags (for carting those heavy veggies)
4. Cutting board
5. Large bowl for mixing ingredients
6. Mason jars
7. Stiff brush to clean juicer
8. Stainless steel mesh strainer to extract unnecessary pulp
9. Juice Press
2. Where do you get produce and what should I buy?
What are your basic juicing ingredients? Kale, cucumbers, celery, and parsley are my basics, and I sometimes use collard greens, spinach, ginger, lemon, apple, lime, and pears.
Where do you shop? I shop where I get a good deal on key ingredients: bunches of kale and collard greens as well as large cucumbers are a lot cheaper at some local bodega-style shops versus Whole Foods.
How important is organic to you? I'm a big fan of farmer's markets and enjoy buying local produce when I can. I'm not wedded to organic. I personally look for the best-looking produce I can find and make sure to wash it really well.
3. How much does juicing cost per week?
Dr. Stark makes enough juice every week for one 16 oz. drink a day. Compared to Liquiteria's pressed juices, which cost $8.50, Dr. Juicy ends up spending about $3.50 a drink, or $25 a week.
For this price, Dr. Juicy purchases "a BIG batch of kale, a batch of collard greens, a bunch of celery, 5-6 large cucumbers, 5 granny smith apples, 5 lemons, a nice piece of ginger root, and a bunch of curly parsley."
4. How much time does juicing take?
"I'd say about an hour: it's a lot of produce and it just takes time. It's a multi-step process: washing, cutting, setting up the juicers, then putting all the greens through the Champion juicer a few pieces at a time, changing the attachment, and putting the rest of the produce through.
Simultaneously, I use a hydraulic press on the small batches of pulp that come out of the Champion Juicer.
This might sound like overkill, but I extract about 20-30 percent more juice this way.
Also, pressing the juice increases their shelf life. My juices can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days, so I don't have to juice as often.
I probably do about 10 batches in the press, then squeeze the lemons separately, running all the juice through my strainer as I put it into all the jars."
Note: It's not necessary to have a juicer and a press. She's just a little thorough.
5. What's your go-to green juice and where can I get some starter recipes?
Pineapple and Mint
1 large pineapple
Generous handful of mint
Green Juice (makes 100–120 ounces)
1 bunch of green kale
1 bunch of collard greens (or dandelion greens)
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of parsley (I like to use the curly leaf parsley because it goes through my juicer better)
5 granny smith apples (can replace some or all with pears, if preferred)
5 large cucumbers (or 3 English cucumbers)
2-3 inches of ginger root
Put all ingredients thorough the juicer (except the lemons which I squeeze separately) and put the pulp through the juice press, if available. Note that I use a leafy greens attachment on my Champion juicer for all the greens and then switch to the regular attachment for the rest of the ingredients.
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That's right....people who make New Year's Resolutions are losers. I for one am a loser. I know that in order to GAIN insight and direction into my purpose in this life and to live a WHOLE life and not just exist I must be willing to lose a few things. New Year Resolvers know that life can be unpredictable and inconsistent and we have to become adaptable beings if we want to not only survive but thrive. We must be willing to lose old ideas and routines that did not serve us well in 2012.