When I moved house one of my gifts to myself was that I was going to buy a Juicer.
I’m no stranger to healthy eating. I’ve been off processed foods and caffeine for eleven years and live a pretty much sugar free lifestyle, purely now because as much as I love to down a pint of ice cream and a pack of caramel nibbles I know that sugar makes me feel terrible, worse than your worst hangover and I am a firm believer that food is our biggest healer. In fact, it was a no sugar diet change that changed my life when I was seriously ill. At the point where I could almost not walk and was in constant pain, after a month on a very strict anti candida diet I was 75% better. I guess that is another post completely but if you’d like to know more about fibromyalgia, candida and no sugar diets then let me know and I’ll write something!
It can be hard to change your diet but your health can change almost instantly if you do. Did you know that you could have a full on anxiety and panic disorder JUST from caffeine and sugar consumption?
Anyway I wasted no time on my Juicer research asking all my juicing addicted pals for advice, the main thing being, get a ‘masticating’ juicer. I ended up going for the Matstone 6 in 1 and I have absolutely no complaints. It is so easy, quiet and you can clean it and put it back together in under five minutes. At £179 it is not cheap but it’s certainly not the most expensive and I feel I have already got my worth from it having used it every day since I bought it about 5 weeks ago.
I’m pretty happy with my recipes so far as nothing has been undrinkable. One of my biggest health inspirations is Kris Carr and found myself wanting to follow her ‘Drink your vegetables’ mantra (she also has a great downloadable recipe book too)
♥ Make the ratio more vegetables to Fruit. This is important. I have found that half an apple or a handful of grapes is enough to lift the taste if you aren’t keen to just use veg. The reason? Fruit is sugar, and we want to have as little of it as possible. Yes fruit is better than eating a pack of haribo but it is still sugar, think of vegetables as your bff’s and fruit as your casual acquaintances.
If you want some great info on fructose then read this, and the whole site is highly recommended by me, especially if you need help quitting sugar.
♥ Juicing is great because… It cuts out the digestion process meaning all these nutrients are zapping straight into your system. Thats simple enough for me to know. I love this explanation in an interview with Kris Carr.
“But juicing gives your body a rest. By removing the fiber your body gets a greater amount of nutrients instantly. Think about it, you can juice way more vegetables than you can consume in their whole form. Plus, alkaline juices help to detoxify your body. They raise your pH and help pull out old waste from your colon and tissues. Digesting food is a very complicated process that takes hours and requires lots of energy and enzymes, especially when you’re eating cooked foods or dense animal proteins. Juicing allows your body to take a break in order to focus on renewal and repair. If you’re eating a wide variety of raw and living foods you get plenty of fiber. Add juicing to your routine and you will see a HUGE difference in your energy and overall health. Good bye colds, hello health.”
♥ I am adding juicing to my diet, once a day, I am not juice fasting and I’m still eating meals twice a day. I’ve never done a juice cleanse so can’t discuss that but If you’d love to learn more about juice fasting visit my wonderful and recommended Nutritionist friend Josie who is based in London. If you’d like to share some glorious energy and a juicing adventure with some dreamy people then check out Cycle of the Moon Cleanse.
My super powered vegetable dream green juice – Recipe
Ok now on to a recipe! I am pretty much drinking two juices, a green one and a red one, changing things a little as I go, so today let’s look at the green juice, the super powered vegetable dream juice. You can go wild here and chuck in anything green.
You will see many recipes using Kale. I avoid Kale as It’s on the list of Goitrogens which can suppress thyroid function, so as someone with Hashimotos I try and limit my goitrogen intake. I hear you, BUT KALE IS SO SPECIAL.. but it ain’t so special if it makes you sick – this is my prize example of why we must learn about our bodies and eat to sustain our own unique health system. Eat for YOUR symptoms! You you you!
This makes one large glass full, as illustrated with my selfie above.
1 Apple (my favourite are cox’s) – Apple pectin helps reduce cholesterol, high in antioxidants, high in vitamins C and A.
A small handful of grapes – Green grapes are high in Vitamin C, K, Iron and Potassium.
3 sticks of Celery – Celery is bursting with goodness. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins Celery is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and in fact it’s so incredible you should research it’s amazing qualities yourself and then go and eat it.
Half a Green Pepper - Green grapes are high in Vitamin E, C, B6 and they are great antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
3 stick of Asparagus – Asparagus contains an Alkaloid called Asparagine that is good for brain function and as a natural diuretic. It is a great source of Folate, Vitamins A, C, E and K, Potassium and also contains Chromium that helps stabilise blood sugar levels.
A handful of green beans - They are packed with Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Folates, Antioxidants and Magnease.
1/2 a Courgette – Courgette is a great course of Vitamin C and Magnease.
1/3 a cucumber – Cucumber is a natural diuretic, has high potassium so good for blood pressure. Cucumber is also great for your hair, nails and skin!
A squeeze of lemon – I have lemon in hot water because it’s SUPER GREAT FOR YOU, and squeeze some in my juice to taste.
Celery and cucumber make great juice additions because of the water content, I add them to all mine! I Cut everything up into small pieces, and squish them into my matstone and hey presto!
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