I absolutely love documentaries, especially documentaries about food. I remember the first time I saw Food, Inc. I’m pretty sure that one documentary changed the entire course for me as far as food goes.
Several years later I watched another great documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It was really interesting to see the correlation between animal products and health, but the one thing I really took away from that documentary was how beneficial juice is in your diet.
I’m not talking about juice as in orange juice, or apple juice that you can purchase in the store. The juice that I am talking about is made at home, using a lot of vegetables, a little bit of fruit, and combining all of these into a healthy kick for your body.
Encouraged by this documentary, and a few others, I invested in a juicer.
I was honestly scared the first time I used it. I had no idea if it would be something I would like, or if it would be disgusting.
Surprisingly, I loved it. Even more surprising? My kids loved it.
When I talked about Treating Your Body Well yesterday, I wanted to go more in depth with incorporating healthy foods into your diet. It is hard to go from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to something that resembles the way we should eat.
One way I have found to do this is the concept of crowding out.
Crowding out is really a very easy concept when it comes to food – you want to crowd out the bad stuff by filling yourself with the good stuff. After a while, you will no longer crave the bad stuff, your tastes change.
Green juice is something I think everyone should incorporate into their diets, especially if you are concentrating on self-care.
One little glass of juice contains more vegetables than you probably eat at one sitting, and sometimes more than you would eat in a day. It gives you a great energy boost as well.
I love it.
My go to recipe for green juice is as follows:
6-8 leaves of kale
1 cucumber (peeled unless organic)
3-4 celery stalks
1 small apple (cored)
1 lemon (peeled)
1 inch piece of ginger (peeled)
It may sound strange, but it is amazingly delicious. So much so that my kids typically drink it all before I have a chance for a taste.
Juicing is obviously expensive; the amount of produce you need to purchase to give 4 people a cup of green juice every day is kind of high. But, it is something we love and try to incorporate as often as possible. This particular recipe is great for the end of summer and fall because most of the ingredients are locally available to us in abundance.
Do you have a favorite juice recipe? Do you notice a difference when drinking green juice in your overall feelings of wellness?