Juicing and Juice Feasting
Juicing has never been as popular as it is today. It is now a common sight to see a variety of juices available in spa retreats, malls, juice shops and residential homes. Juicing is designed to be a short interval of liquefied nutrition from fresh plant-based foods such as vegetables, ripe fruit, sprouts, herbs and grasses. For some juicing happens regularly in the morning, others juicing for a week one to two times a year is a break from solid food. Some people opt to go a little longer juicing, omitting solid food during this time; this is what is known as “juice feasting,” commonly lasting 30 days.
Organic is the ultimate choice for juicing but whether your food is organic or not, washing clean before the blade cuts is essential. For produce that is not organic such as carrots cut the tops off before juicing, peel carrots, apples and so forth to reduce ingestion of fungicides and pesticides. Best to buy herbs and sprouts organic, or grow your own. Heavy metal toxins are not limited to metal fillings in teeth. If you live where cars drive you are inhaling the heavy metal cadmium from exhaust. Parsley is a heavy metal detoxifier; be sure to buy organic for juicing to excrete the heavy metals without loading the body with herbicides.
Many people juice when they feel lethargic, depressed or abdominally bloated after meals. Juicing is used in spa retreats for cleansing, lightening the body from heavy foods and to energize. When juicing at home with family and friends juices can be made before bed, in the morning or any time; simply seal in airtight jars, refrigerate, share or take on the go with an ice pack. Tasty juicing concoctions are literally limitless!
Fresh pressed/juiced plant based produce and herbs help to build up anti-oxidant reserves in the body; anti-oxidants help neutralize free radicals and toxins that would otherwise damage delicate tissues in the body.
Fresh juices offer needed multiple vitamins and minerals that body can use.
Fresh juice is an easy way to ingest vegetables that otherwise may not be enjoyed.
Fresh juices can be blood purifying, digestion calmative or stimulating, and provide great energy to start the day, as a snack or a pre sport drink.
Juicing is a gentle way to break a fast or give the digestive system a rest.
Juicing invites creative combinations of fruit, vegetables and herbs with a variety of color and taste.
Juicing is easy for kids and teens to make, especially after school when energy is low.
Fresh juices are not processed, not pasteurized.
Juices made fresh contain delicate active nutrients, essential oils and when drank immediately these components are available for the body’s cells to take up.
Options, Cautions & Tips
Those who have taken cortico-steroids should not juice feast. Cortico-steroid use for Asthma in the long term interferes with proper blood sugar regulation.
Diabetics should consider pouring juice into a blender and adding fiber or bulking foods such as avocado, soaked cashews, or simply blending some of the ingredients. A smoothie has fiber to slow the uptake of natural sugars. Choose lower glycemic items to juice. For example green apples are lower glycemic than red or yellow. Green vegetable juices are cleansing and contain less sugar than fruit based juices.
It is Hot’s recommendation to start slow and low when starting to juice. Slow means one ½ – 1-cup juice a day and low meaning low sugar or low glycemic load vegetables/fruit.
A warm weather tip: freeze extra juice in popsicle molds to have as a cool treat for later.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Namaste.