Juicing Questions and Answers

Answers To The Most Common Questions When Getting Started Juicing

Q. Do I juice fruits and veggies whole or prepare them in some way?

A. Fruits that contain hard pits such as peaches cherries and other stone fruits must first have the pits removed. Oranges, lemons, and limes should have their rinds removed or your juice can have a particularly bitter taste. Organic leafy greens and vegetables don’t have residues to worry about getting into your juice. If you buy nonorganic produce then make sure to wash it thoroughly to remove what you can. Fruits might need to be sliced into smaller portions to fit into your juicer. The amount of this you need to do will depend on what model of juicer you have.

Q. What type of juicer should I buy?

A. There are many types of juicers available. You should buy the best juicer you can afford if you plan on using it very often. Small compact juicers can be nice for those that are juicing alone or that have small kitchens. A larger juicer would be better for those that want to juice with their families or a partner.

Q. Can I juice ahead of time?

A. Fresh juice is best. As juice sets the nutritional effects can decrease in potency. To prevent this you can store juice in an airtight opaque container in the refrigerator. The less air and light the juice receives, the longer it will retain all its nutritional benefits and flavour. If you follow these steps juice can be kept for up to a day in the refrigerator before you start to see significant decreases in quality and taste.

Q. Can I meet all my nutritional needs with juicing?

A. When juicing it is important to make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. This is easily accomplished by drinking a variety of juices in the proper quantities. Most people don’t just drink juice for more than a few days. After that, they use juice in combination with a balanced diet.

Q. Can I juice while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A. While juice can be a healthy part of a diet of a pregnant or nursing mother, it should not be used as the sole source of nutrition. Don’t do any detoxifying juice cleanses until after pregnancy and breastfeeding. That does not mean you can’t enjoy a glass or two of delicious juice as part of a healthy and wholesome diet.

Q. I am diabetic. Can I juice?

A. Diabetics can juice, however they must be more careful when choosing juicing recipes. Fruits can be high in sugar so care must be taken to not use too many fruits. Luckily there are many great juicing recipes that use leafy greens as a base. Juice can be a great way to deal with sugar cravings without actually consuming a lot of sugar. Before starting any new diet regime you may want to consult with your physician since each individuals diabetes can vary.

Q. I really like a certain juice recipe. Can I use this recipe exclusively while doing a juice cleanse?

A. We all have favourite recipes but your body doesn’t do well if you only feed it one thing even if that one thing has multiple ingredients. Mixing up juice recipes makes it easier for your body to get the nutrition it needs and makes it unlikely that you will get too much of some nutrients. It is good advice to remember that too much of anything can be a bad thing. Also why just stick to one recipe when there are so many great juicing recipes out there?

Q. I tried to juice for a day and became nauseous? What can I do to avoid this and make juicing a part of my life?

A. Sometimes beginners drink too much juice at a time. Standard glass is 8 ounces. If you down a liter of juice at once it can just be too much liquid at once. Also, you may be sensitive to one or more of the ingredients you used. For example, if you experienced heartburn with your nausea and used a lot of high acid fruits and vegetables such as tomato or oranges, you may want to reduce or eliminate these ingredients from your juicing regime. Also, some people experience symptoms such as nausea when adjusting to any new diet changes. Sometimes these symptoms just go away on their own within a few days.

Q. I don’t go to the market every day. How can I store my fruits and vegetables for longer lasting freshness?

A. Some fruits and vegetables such as potatoes, apples, carrots, and turnips do well in just a cool place. If you have a closet or basement, this can be the perfect place. Leafy greens such as chard, spinach, and broccoli do best kept in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Q. How much weight can I lose while juicing?

A. There is no easy answer to this question. Although many people claim a loss of a pound per day when doing a 5 day cleanse, it will vary a lot by a person. It is important to remember that initial weight loss can be misleading. That first 5 pounds of weight loss can just be water and digested the food that has been eliminated. Weight loss will and should slow down. Doctors usually recommend a loss of no more than 2 pounds on average per week as a rule of thumb for healthy weight loss. Those that desire to lose a lot of weight might do well to consult with a dietician to make sure they do this in the most healthy way possible.

Q. Is it okay to juice for kids?

A. Juicing can be a healthy way to supplement the diet of everyone in your family. Children and the elderly should not do cleanses where the only thing consumed for days at a time is juice. Children are growing and developing so they have unique nutritional needs. A glass of nutritious juice a day can be a great substitute for sweet and sugary drinks and help make sure that they are getting an adequate amount of fruit and vegetables in their diet.

Q. Can I just juice fruit?

A. Of course, you can just use your juicer for fruit juices. The fruit is high in sugar and calories though so if weight loss or blood sugar reduction is your goal then it is advisable to use mostly vegetables with fruit used to add a bit of sweetness and antioxidants. It is all about balance. Too many leafy greens may be too bland for some and lead them to give up juicing. Fruit can add flavour and satisfy sugar cravings. Combing fruit and vegetables ensures that you get a more balanced and nutritious juice experience and can reduce nausea in those sensitive to high acid foods.

Q. Can I add vitamin or other nutritional supplements to my juice?

A. While you can add powders and other supplements to juice, it is wise to approach this with caution. You need to add up the nutritional information of your juice when combined with your supplements. Make sure that you are not exceeding the recommended dose of any ingredient. Adding protein powders and other ingredients can also make your juice very thick and rich which while it sounds good, doesn’t always set so well on some people’s stomachs. Juicing can take some time to get used to so at least don’t add anything when first getting started.

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