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Talk to me like I'm 5, RE: juicing

Hello.  I may start participating on this board soon...

For the first time in many years, I am feeling very positive about the upcoming new year.  I want part of that to be finally losing weight and getting into some sort of shape.  In the past when I've made an attempt at some sort of weight loss program, I fail every time.  As I was selecting my benefits package for 2012, I learned that I get a discount on a Curves membership, and I actually feel like this is something I could work into slowly so that I stick to it long-term.

More to the point of my post, I went back to my hometown last month to see family, and I was amazed at how incredible my sister looked.  I asked my mom what she was doing and was told that (in addition to raising three elementary-aged kids and having a full time job) she works out daily (an hour per day, I think?) and she does juicing for 2 out of 3 main meals.  She said my sister just raves about how much she enjoys it and what a difference she feels in her body. 

I've tried to find information online about juicing, but I'm just not sure if what I'm looking at is legit or reliable.  I would very much appreciate hearing personal experience stories, and to be pointed in the right direction to some good educational reading.   

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Re: Talk to me like I'm 5, RE: juicing

  • Honestly, I don't think there are tremendous health benefits to juicing.  Most juicers take the fiber out of fruit and veggies so you just end up with the concentrated liquid. While it is true there are lots of "micronutrients" in this liquid (i.e. vitamins and minerals), your body can't store those - you use what you need and the rest gets excreted in urine.  Apart from being an extremely low calorie diet, juicing for 2-3 meals a day doesn't sound any healthier than eating a diet rich in whole foods, primarily veggies and lean protein.

    Moreover, it's crazy expensive if you go with organic fruit/veg.  And if I were going to juice 3 heads of kale, spinach, carrots and pounds of apples everyday, it would certainly have to be organic, since juicing would only concentrate the amount of pesticides consumed in conventionally grown produce.

    I watched a documentary that more or less was an informercial for juicing (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead), and while it was interesting, it definitely did not make me want to juice! Maybe consuming one juiced product per week or a daily smoothie or something, but not as a mainstay of my diet.

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  • I dont know much about juicing but I have been to Curves. Maybe see if they would let you try it out for a day or two for free because I really did not enjoy that place. You workout in a circle and the exercises were way to easy, basically no cardio. It never felt like a true workout to me. I feel that place is for older women (50+) just wanting to stay active.
  • I juice in the morning, I couldn't do it two meals a day.

    It gives me an energy burst and when I have juice, I don't need my coffee I feel so good. There is a ton of information out there, both positive and negative so I just had to try it and decide for myself.

    I like apple, carrot and celery juice. In the summer I make watermelon and cucumber juice and it is the best tasting thing ever. My son also drinks it (even the vegetable juice!) 

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  • I don't juice as a meal replacement but I do have a juice in the afternoon at about 3pm that consists of fruit and a handful of spinach. I am new to juicing too but decided it was necessary.  Though I agree that the best way is to eat fresh fruits and veggies raw (for the fiber), I like juicing because there are days where I just don't get the fruits and vegetables I need.  The juice tastes good and I do feel better.  I also exercise about 2 hours a day and work 80 hours a week so my nutrition tends to be all over the place if I'm not careful. 
  • Thanks for all the info so far, ladies, keep it coming!  TBH, I'm not entirely convinced juicing is for me, but would never know unless I ask, right?

    Only somewhat off-topic, someone commented to me recently that "you should only eat fruit in the morning, so that your body has all day to use and/or get rid of all the sugar".  I thought that sounded ludicrous.  What are your thoughts? 

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  • I know I've read everywhere that you should have a carb and a protein in the morning, and I get why you should. I, however, only eat fruit or juice in the morning because it really helps with my digestion. 

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    Only somewhat off-topic, someone commented to me recently that "you should only eat fruit in the morning, so that your body has all day to use and/or get rid of all the sugar".  I thought that sounded ludicrous.  What are your thoughts? 

    That is pretty ludicrous. I mean, that logic can pretty much apply to anything.

    The only downside to fruit is that the sugar can spike your blood sugar, which can make you feel hungry earlier. That's why most people suggest a complex carb / protein in the morning, keeps you fuller longer. 

  • Personally I don't get juicing. You're taking out all the fiber of the produce, so all you're left with is sugar and some vitamins. Your sister probably lost weight because she's not eating very many calories.

  • I started juicing a few weeks ago and I think you still get some of the fiber. This is TMI (sorry) but I wasn't regular at all before I started and now I am. Plus, my juice still has tiny bits of pulp in it, which I'm guessing carries some of the fiber. I love it. It makes me feel like I'm doing something really good for my body. There's no way I could eat that many raw vegetables without it.  

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  • There are healthy ways to juice and many unhealthy ways (using all or mostly fruit), but in all, it's a great way to get in those veggies that you can't eat for whatever reason (texture/taste) but turn out fine when drinking. We're big into juicing--not as a meal replacement but as a supplement to a clean diet. We juice veggies with only a single piece of fruit just to take off some bitter.

    Also you don't need to be a genius to figure your way around the "fiber" issue--just take the pulp and the new juice and whirl it together in the blender for a smoothie; also a great way to use non-juice-friendly greens. The two machines together are usually cheaper than a Vitamix.

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    There are healthy ways to juice and many unhealthy ways (using all or mostly fruit), but in all, it's a great way to get in those veggies that you can't eat for whatever reason (texture/taste) but turn out fine when drinking. We're big into juicing--not as a meal replacement but as a supplement to a clean diet. We juice veggies with only a single piece of fruit just to take off some bitter.

    Also you don't need to be a genius to figure your way around the "fiber" issue--just take the pulp and the new juice and whirl it together in the blender for a smoothie; also a great way to use non-juice-friendly greens. The two machines together are usually cheaper than a Vitamix.

    You know what else is really cheap and healthy?  Just eating the fruit and veggies with your meals or as your meals.  No machines involved and you are getting all the vitamins and fiber.  Fascinating and earthshattering, no?

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  • You're defensive; must of hit close to home. You even repeated what I said about actually eating food.

    But no, not remotely fascinating or earth-shattering. I'll just assume you have some deficiency that is impacting analysis skills. Try eating more salmon.

     

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    There are healthy ways to juice and many unhealthy ways (using all or mostly fruit), but in all, it's a great way to get in those veggies that you can't eat for whatever reason (texture/taste) but turn out fine when drinking. We're big into juicing--not as a meal replacement but as a supplement to a clean diet. We juice veggies with only a single piece of fruit just to take off some bitter.

    Also you don't need to be a genius to figure your way around the "fiber" issue--just take the pulp and the new juice and whirl it together in the blender for a smoothie; also a great way to use non-juice-friendly greens. The two machines together are usually cheaper than a Vitamix.

    You know what else is really cheap and healthy?  Just eating the fruit and veggies with your meals or as your meals.  No machines involved and you are getting all the vitamins and fiber.  Fascinating and earthshattering, no?

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    I dont know much about juicing but I have been to Curves. Maybe see if they would let you try it out for a day or two for free because I really did not enjoy that place. You workout in a circle and the exercises were way to easy, basically no cardio. It never felt like a true workout to me. I feel that place is for older women (50+) just wanting to stay active.

     

    This. I went to Curves for two years as a teen (not that long ago, I'm 23), mostly to keep my mom motivated to go. Every station lasts 30 seconds and then you switch, so you never really get into any of them long enough. It's basically 30 seconds jogging in place, 5 seconds moving and getting into position, 25 seconds on that machine, 5 for moving again, 25 for jogging in place again, and so on to really awful music, and headphones are no help because you'd have to keep it down enough to hear the switch and not piss off everyone else in the circle. It's really only a good plan if being able to socialize as you "work out" is what you need to make yourself do it at all.

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