Juicing Veggies!

Last month I acquired a used Champion Juicer (www.championjuicer.com) in a game of chance.

Since then I’ve tried to juice 2-3 pounds of vegetables every day and I’ve noticed some interesting things.

First of all I seem to have much more energy — I don’t feel the urge to take a nap after lunch and I appear to require a bit less sleep. I noticed that I can drink more alcohol when I’m enjoying with friends without feeling stupefied. My eyes look whiter. My hair appears to be growing in thicker and softer. My nails grow faster. My skin looks better and appears to heal faster. And the little aches and pains in my body have disappeared!

And all of this seems strange as I’ve only been juicing for about a month! I’ll be curious to see what the longer term effects are.

I became interested in juicing after reading about it on Andrew Saul’s DoctorYourself.com site and after a friend had been juicing for about a year. Many pages on the site refer to the benefits of juicing. The following two will get you started: www.doctoryourself.com/juicing_2.html & www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html

Juicing is very easy and only takes up about 10-15 minutes of my day. Clean-up takes less than five minutes.

Typically I use carrots or sweet potatoes as a base. I’ll juice roughly two pounds of carrots or sweet potatoes with just about any other vegetable or fruit I care to put in. I’ve tried cabbage, napa cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, collard greens, spinach, beets, apples, pears, bananas, ginger, and garlic.

Because I’m kind of a lazy chef, I’m glad I started juicing as I get so many more veggies in my diet than I did before. Also, I try different vegetables every week (I don’t think I’ve ever had a fresh beet before!).

Juicing is a great way to add more raw food into one’s diet. Raw food in the form of fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients to the body than cooked and processed foods.

And it’s fun!

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