What to expect in this resource:
- Find out how I got into juice in the first place and completed a 30-day cleanse
- Learn why the quality of produce is so important to ensure the best possible juice
- Do you wonder what the difference is between juices and smoothies, and which one you should consume? Are you too overwhelmed by the number of juices on the market to buy one to start juicing?
- Want to know what juicing can do for you? Are you or a loved one suffering from cancer? I lay out the health benefits of juice and how juice can heal cancer
- Are you unsure whether a cleanse is right for you? Find out what the next best step is for you to improve your health!
My Experience with Juice Fasting
Juice fasting is one of the easiest, most powerful ways to cleanse and detoxify the body. Personally, I’ve completed a number of juice fasts, and highly recommend juicing to anyone who wants to boost their health and happiness.
I initially got into juicing after switching to a vegan diet at the age of 22. I was at an emotional rock bottom, feeling depressed, hopeless, stuck, confused, and very pessimistic about life. I didn’t feel good in my body, and I had no idea how to care for it.
In 2012, I transitioned to a fully plant-based diet. I committed myself to running and yoga, and began talking about my emotional problems with a wonderful therapist. At first, the results were fantastic, but a break-up and rocky reunion with my family of origin compelled me to stuff a lot of painful feelings. I had given up alcohol and drugs in 2012, but I started using heavy vegan foods and was prescribed psychotropic meditation to medicate my pain. I became a couch potato.
Fortunately, I was able to step out of my misery enough to volunteer at a therapeutic horsemanship facility in Scottsdale, AZ. A man there made me a glass of fresh carrot and apple juice with his Jack LaLanne juicer. I was immediately hooked. The next day I went to Costco to buy a juicer, and began making juice just about every day.
I took my daily juicing habit to the next level after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It’s a highly inspirational documentary on Netflix about Joe Cross. Cross is an Australian man who was obese, lethargic, and suffering from a handful of chronic illnesses. Joe only consumed fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 30 days, while touring the West to learn about the public’s eating habits. He experienced a number of health miracles, and I wanted a piece of that too!
I had gained a ton of weight while emotionally eating and wallowing in my own psych med coma. I knew a juice cleanse would help me reset my unhealthy habits and detox all the drugs I had been on.
30 DAYS OF JUICE
I completed a 30-day juice cleanse in the summer of 2013 while working full-time as a lifeguard and camp counselor in Colorado. I was working out and running every day. I felt AMAZING! I lost weight, my skin cleared, my digestion improved, and my whole outlook on life brightened.
During the cleanse, I took it upon myself to learn how to eat properly once I finished the cleanse. I wanted to retain all the amazing health benefits I had worked so hard for. I studied the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and other leading nutritional experts. I watched every health and food documentary I could get my eyes on.
For anyone considering a juice cleanse, it is very important how you break the fast. Understand that you must change your lifestyle in order to preserve the fantastic results and healing.
Since my month-long cleanse in 2013, I have incorporated juice into my daily life. I have completed a number of shorter cleanses since that time, and have used juice as a tool for preparing for and breaking water-only fasts. In fact, I am juice cleansing right now!
I love juice so much I have started my own business. I prepare freshly pressed juice from organic, locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. I serve people who want to drink a pint a day and those who are looking for the deeper healing that comes from longer-term juice cleansing. Juicing really can and will change your life!
Juicing: Organic + local = BEST
When I teach workshops on juicing, I always recommend that people choose organic and local fruits and vegetables to juice as much as possible.
Organic ensures the highest quality drink. Organic fruits and vegetables have been shown to be more nutritious and have greater enzyme activity, compared to conventional produce.
When a plant is grown organically, it must defend itself from bugs and other harsh conditions (e.g. dryness, too much rain, etc.). These defense mechanisms the plant uses to survive are the very same mechanisms that fight cancer and other diseases in our bodies. We call these compounds antioxidants.
Organic produce is also non-GMO and free from insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and other chemicals. The herbicide Roundup is one of the most toxic substances you can put in your body. Concentrating a chemical like Roundup with a press type juicer and drinking it is extremely harmful.
Environmentally, organic farming is more natural and more sustainable for planetary harmony and cooperation.
It is unfortunate that organic farmers have to go to great lengths to obtain certification and are in no way assisted by subsidies and government bodies to provide their produce at a competitive cost.
As you all probably know, organic costs more at the store, but put into a long-term perspective spending extra money to buy organic is worth it now when you consider the likelihood of spending thousands of dollars on health expenses later.
If you live in a town or city with a local farmers market, GO CHECK IT OUT! Even in my small hometown in Louisiana, there are a couple markets, and a handful of farmers who sell fresh organic produce.
It is extremely important to support local farmers. They are working their tails off to provide an amazing service to the community. They are kind people who are doing things the natural way, largely unsupported by corporate interests and government subsidies. We have the chance every time we buy food to vote with our dollars for what we would like to be available and affordable.
The price is a lot better too when you buy seasonal and local. I can get bags and bags of food from the farmers market and a car full of melons. Spending the same amount of money at the supermarket on organic I can maybe get a couple bags of food.
When we buy local produce, we are also consuming local microorganisms that will help us thrive in our environment. For example, eating food from Louisiana while living in Louisiana will help protect me from pathogens and allergens and other influences specific to this area. On the other hand, eating food from California while in Louisiana might help me out if I were to take a trip to California.
Eating local aligns one’s body with the natural rhythms of the environment and help shapes one’s gut flora and microorganisms. We have more of them (microorganisms) in us than our own cells!
Environmentally, local food conserves more energy than food shipped halfway across the country or the world. By buying local, you are reducing your impact on the environment. Woohoo!
Juice vs. smoothie + types of juicers
When people see my products they are often confused about the difference between a juice or a smoothie. To this day, some of my friends and acquaintances are convinced I sell smoothies, despite the fact I have never in my life sold a smoothie. LOL! Note: what you see in the picture above is a smoothie.
JUICE VS. SMOOTHIE
Juice is made with a juicer. Juicers extract liquids from fruits and vegetables, separating out the liquid from the insoluble fiber or pulp. The juice retains soluble fiber.
Smoothies are made with blenders. Blenders puree whole fruits and vegetables, and the fiber remains in the beverage, although broken down.
You see, the difference is the fiber. Juices don’t have insoluble fiber, but smoothies do.
You can make juice in a blender by pureeing whole fruits and vegetables and then straining then through a nut milk bag. I do not recommend this, as it is labor intensive and wasteful.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF JUICERS?
Masticating or cold press juicers chop produce and then slowly press the pulp through a strainer.
- Slower, cold processing preserves the integrity of the enzymes, reduces oxidation, and extends shelf life.
- They are best for juicing greens and fibrous veggies like carrots and beets, and harder fruits like apples and pears.
- However, masticating and cold press juicers are more expensive. You may save more in the long run, because you extract every last drop of liquid from the produce (especially in a Norwalk), so less produce is needed.
- These are best for advanced juicers who like to juice greens.
- Plus, these juicers can also be used to make pasta, nut milks, banana ice cream, minced veggies, and more!
Centrifugal juicers grind up produce with blades, spinning the pulp at high speeds to separate the liquid from the pulp in separate chambers.
- They are best with fruits and fibrous veggies, but not great with leafy greens.
- Oxidation occurs, and enzymes break down due to the heat generated by high-speed processing.
- These juicers are more affordable.
- They are best for juicing newbies on a budget.
I use an Omega slow juicer, which is a single gear masticating juicer. Masticating juicers chop the food up into small pieces and then slowly but powerfully use an auger to press the pulp through a strainer. Low speed processing protects and maintains healthy enzymes, prevents oxidation, and allows juice to be stored up to 72 hours without degradation. That being said, I plan to get a Norwalk, which is the king of juicers!
After I make the juice, I may strain it (if I want absolutely no fiber in the finished product). I pour it off into sterilized mason jars. I either drink it immediately, or I ensure an airtight seal and then store it in the refrigerator.
I recommend that my clients drink out of glass for a few simple reasons:
- Everything tastes better in glass.
- Glass is reusable.
- It is made from all natural raw materials.
- Glass won’t leach any harmful chemicals.
So go to your local garage sale and see if they’re getting rid of their canning jars!
Juicing for health and cancer
My clients experience numerous positive changes when they incorporate fresh juice into their lifestyles. They feel so good that they quickly get hooked on juice, excited to elevate to the next level of health and happiness!
WHY JUICE AT ALL? THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF JUICING
- Compared to eating raw fruits and vegetables, juice allows for better absorption. The body absorbs the nutrients without all the energy expended in processing the fiber. That being said, I acknowledge the importance of fiber in the diet, and understand that most Westerners are fiber-deficient.
- Juicing releases approximately 90% of the nutrients in food, approximately three times better then chewing. Bodies overloaded with toxins absorb as little as 1% of the nutrients in food.
- Juicing allows people to consume many more fruits and vegetables than would be eaten. A whole lot of produce goes into a single batch of juice. A single 16-ounce juice contains 5 or more pounds of produce.
- Regular juicing changes a person’s taste buds to enjoy the natural flavors of fresh raw plant foods. In this way, juicing helps people transition to a healthier, plant-based diet and lifestyle.
- Regular juicing supports weight loss, reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, increases energy, assists in digestive healing, and supports brain health.
JUICING AND CANCER
Juice protocols support recovery in cancer patients. Regular juicing helps those undergoing normal western treatment. In addition, natural healers use powerful juice cleansing and detoxification to stop and reverse cancer.
Juices deliver anti-cancer nutrients straight to the cancer cells. These nutrients turn off cancer genes, interfere with cancer cell reproduction, and cause apoptosis (cancer cell suicide). Powerful stuff.
THE GERSON THERAPY
One of the most widely known natural cancer treatment protocols is the Gerson Therapy. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930 to activate the body’s inherent healing ability. It pairs an organic, plant-based diet with freshly pressed juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements.
This treatment powerfully boosts the body’s immunity to heal diseases, including: cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and more. It treats the underlying causes of most chronic diseases — toxicity and nutritional deficiency — without harmful side effects.
In the therapy, patients consume an abundance of enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and other healing nutrients via fresh, organic juices. The phytochemicals break down diseased bodily tissue, and coffee enemas eliminate toxins from the liver.
Everyday modern life exposes us to carcinogens and toxic pollutants. We consume toxins through air, food, medicine, and water. The Gerson Therapy provides patients with intensive detoxification to eliminate toxins and carcinogens from the body to create the conditions for true healing.
Freshly pressed juice from organic fruits and vegetables allows patients to easily and effectively receive high-quality nutrition. Patients consume the nutrients and enzymes from around 15 pounds of produce daily through easy-to-digest juices.
Typical cancer patients on the Gerson Therapy consume thirteen glasses of fresh carrot-apple and green juices. Volunteers and staff prepare juices hourly from fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables. They use masticating or cold-press juicers. Additionally, patients consume an organic plant-based diet low in sodium, fat, and protein.
Unfortunately, the US banned the Gerson Therapy to protect corporate interests.
Juicing, Juice Cleanse & Refeeding
My clients often ask me what’s the difference between a juice cleanse, juice fast, and juice feast. Well, they all mean different things depending on who you ask.
JUICE CLEANSE, JUICE FAST, JUICE FEAST
Typically these terms refer to consuming nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice and water for a period of time, anywhere from 1 day to a year. Yes, I recently read about a guy who juiced for an entire year. Very inspiring stuff!
The terms differ with regard to connotation:
- Juice fast brings up a mentality of scarcity, lack, deprivation, or giving something up. It may be associated with the desire to lose weight or practice a juice fast for spiritual reasons.
- Juice feast highlights the abundance of delicious fresh fruit and veggie juice. Juice feasting is appropriate for those who do not want to lose weight and want to feel fully satisfied with more than enough juice. It is a great option for men and those who are active and have greater energy needs.
- Juice cleanse focuses on cleansing the body, mind, and spirit of harmful substances and behaviors, while replacing those with feelings of contentment and peace, a lack of cravings, a desire for fresh fruits and veggies, and a number of physical health benefits. This is my preferred term.
I recommend that clients start where they are. For some, the idea of living on only juice and water is overwhelming. For these folks, I recommend including fresh fruit. Some people choose to include herbal tea and coconut water. It is really up to you and your goals for the experience.
THE TIME AND PLACE FOR CLEANSING VS. JUICING
Both are great and have a time and a place.
Juicing is safe for pretty much anyone in any walk of life. It doesn’t require an individual to give up anything at all. Having a juice or two a day is an INCREDIBLY healthy way to add in a lot more fresh fruits and veggies than you would normally consume. It’s an easy access point into eating in a healthier, more conscious manner.
Juicing will naturally help reduce cravings for processed and unnatural food-like substances. Regular juicing contributes to healthy weight loss and maintenance. It provides a healthy source of energy, and is a great substitute for morning coffee, energy drinks, and other caffeinated beverages.
A juice cleanse is a great option for someone who wants to reset their taste buds and their habits to allow for deeper healing. It’s an opportunity to begin cleaning the system out.
Cleansing will relieve the digestive tract of its burden in digesting foods that were never meant to be consumed in the first place.
During the cleanse, people report:
- more energy
- mental clarity
- sense of well-being and calm
- decreased bloating
- relief from constipation
- clearer skin
- soft hair and skin
- clear eyes
- relief from congestion
- decreased joint pain and stiffness
- reduced inflammation
- increased hydration
- weight loss
The most important part of the cleanse is what happens afterwards. My cleansers have consistently reported a lack of cravings for unhealthy and processed foods. They’ve reported not enjoying candy and not reaching for unhealthy foods. They haven’t been enjoying rich foods as much when they do indulge and do not enjoy feeling bloated and terrible afterwards. Even those who weren’t really big fruit and veggie eaters find themselves really enjoying the taste of an apple or stalk of celery.
After the cleanse, you have a perfect opportunity to implement healthier, lasting dietary changes that will allow you to preserve the amazing results from your cleanse.
Health is created on the basis of what we do most of the time on a day-to-day basis. Transitioning to a plant-based diet is an excellent way to preserve your results and seek greater levels of health and happiness.