As I'm sure you know, juicing has been all the rage lately. My passion (more like an obsession) for juicing started after I watched the eye opening documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead with the always inspiring Joe Cross. In the film, Joe travels through small town America educating "averages Joe's" (get it?) on the power of juicing. While travelling Joe aims to cure is own autoimmune disorder by drinking the fresh juice concoctions he is making out of the trunk of his car. Seriously, he had a juicer in his trunk that he used every single day #LifeGoals.
So after seeing Joe's transformation I wiped my tears, got myself off the couch and did the same thing most viewers of the film did...I went out and bought myself a juicer. Although my juicer is now collecting a bit more dust than it was when I first bought it, I still use the big giant machine from time to time to enjoy a delicious glass of goodness!
But if you're like me and you have a crazy busy schedule, dragging out the juicer, waking up the neighbours with a flip of the switch and then cleaning each tiny piece might not be a realistic option for enjoying fresh juices. So in come the juice bars! I am fortunate enough to not only have amazing juice bars in walking distance from my house but I also get fresh, cold pressed juices delivered to my office! I know...I have it made! I can enjoy all the benefits of fresh juice anytime. So let's actually talk about the benefits of juicing. And keep in mind, I'm talking about juices that mainly consist of vegetable juice, not just fruit.
Fresh, cold pressed juices are:
Cold pressed juices are great additions to a healthy diet consisting of high quality protein, healthy fats and lots of vegetables. Now if you're planning on doing a juice cleanse, meaning you're only going to have juice for a set period of time, there are a few more things to consider. Juices have a lot of naturally occurring sugar in them, even if it's mostly vegetable juice. Since we don't have fibre, fat or protein in the juice, all that sugar can cause a spike in your blood sugar which can cause multiple issues in your body.
My suggestion is to enjoy your juice with meals and if you're doing a cleanse then try to still include a handful of nuts when sipping the juice and have some raw vegetables throughout the day.
The lovely folks at Goodvibes Juice Co. have invited me to do a one day juice cleanse and share my experience with all of you! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to get live updates throughout my cleanse that is starting TOMORROW! I'll also be posting a post-cleanse blog to give you a final round up of all the ins and outs of the cleanse. And when I say "ins and outs" don't worry, physical ins and outs will be documented.
Head over to the Goodvibes Juice website or visit their lovely shop to see what delicious juices are included in my cleanse!