Juicing has become a symbol for health and fitness. With GreenJuice being an extremely popular hash tag in social media, we see plenty of pictures of a hand, holding a mason jar of green fluid.
The same people are often posting pictures from their latest workouts or their flat tummy.
Juicing, however is not just for young fitness enthusiasts. It can benefit anyone, at any age.
The juicing trend pretty much exploded after Joe Cross produced the movie “Fat, sick and nearly dead”. It’s a story about himself, an Australian middle-aged man turning his life around.
Going from being overweight and having severe health problems to being fit, healthy and full of energy by drinking only fresh vegetable and fruit juices over a longer time.
In the movie he travels through the US, while juicing, talking to people on the street and then goes on to inspire some of these random people to join his health quest. If you haven’t watched this amazing and inspiring move yet – do!
Easier than cooking
The thought behind juicing is based on something we all know: that a plant-based diet is good for us. By simply increasing our intake of vegetables and to some extent fruit, we can improve our health and in some cases loose weight.
Juicing is an easy way of doing this, especially if you are not too familiar with cooking or are short on time. Juicing also removes most of the fibres which makes it easier to digest and easier to absorb all the good stuff.
Joe Cross had problems with both weight and health and went on a juice diet for 60 days, but that is an extreme example.
A three-day boost every now and then is normally enough. If you already eat generally healthy, you can also just add in one or two juices a day by replacing one snack or meal at times that suit you.
My own personal favourite right now is to juice all day, replacing breakfast, lunch and snacks with different juices and then have a light salad for dinner, to still have the feeling of filling up before bedtime.
I do it for two or three days in a row every now and then, and feel better for it.
The downside to juicing can be the limitation of calories.
If you go on a juice fast, it can be difficult to get enough calories to get you through the day. Tiredness and headaches are common symptoms.
You really need to drink a lot of juice, and plenty of water on top of that. Also getting enough protein can be a problem for some, which is why it is important to read up a bit before starting and get help with recipes to make sure you have a good balance of nutrients that fits you and your individual goals.
Some argue that it is expensive to juice, but it is also a matter of what you prioritise in life. A dinner out is expensive too. The juices have to be freshly made and contain a variation of vegetables and fruits.
If you don’t want to invest in a juicer right away, but still want to try juicing I’d suggest you check out Go Gusto here in Luxembourg. Their juices are locally produced, freshly made and delivered to your door.
Their 3-day detox package contains both smoothies and juices in almost all the colours of the rainbow. They will keep you full, and – best of all – this saves you three days of cooking while boosting your health. It’s almost like a holiday.
Green Juice recipe
And back to the trendy hash-tag.
This is my favourite green juice:
A good few handfuls of spinach or kale leaves.
1 large fennel bulb – or 2 smaller
Prepare all ingredients for juicing by cleaning, cutting and soaking for a few minutes. Juice it and enjoy!
Lisa Fuchs is the author of “Delicious grain free baking” available on amazon. She also writes about healthy and creative baking, under the name Liesel on her blog: lieselathome.com
You will never find sugar or gluten in any of her recipes and most of them are also lactose free.