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Is Eating Organic Food Actually Better for You?

A guest post by Lisa Bonet.

There are various reasons why you may choose organic produce, from protecting your health and the health of those who work in agriculture to preserving the environment. However, with organic food costing significantly more than standard produce, if you are most interested in its potential health benefits, you will want to know whether the extra cost is really worth it. It’s no surprise you may wonder this, as with conflicting reports on the nutritional value of organic crops, you want to make sure that your money is well spent, as on a tight budget organic produce is a luxury.

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Are Organic Fruits and Vegetables Better for You?

Nutrition reported in the fall that organic foods don’t contain more vitamins and minerals than conventional foods. These results are considered highly debatable (the study didn’t look at potential risks of the fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics found in conventional foods).

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Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps

Here’s a guest blog about the amazing benefits of Juicing.  Frank does a wonderful job of not only telling how great juicing is for the body but he also provides you with some yummy recipes.

Hi everyone! My name is Frank, the creator of iblogJuicing.com.

I created this infographic to show you what my blog is all about.

iblogJuicingManifesto

I also wanted to share with you the 3 steps I think you need to know before you begin your Juicing program.

Before we begin discussing “How to Start Juicing” let’s quickly look at the benefits of Juicing:

I created this infographic on the benefits of Juicing to demonstrate the amazing benefits that Raw Foods, especially Juicing, can have in your life.

Benefits of Juicing

Pretty Amazing huh?

Ready to Start Feeling those benefits for yourself?

Awesome!

Let’s get started…

How to Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1

How to Choose the Best Juicer

Choosing a Juicer is similar to choosing any other kitchen appliance.

Factors such as:

  • Reliability
  • Warranty
  • Functionality
  • Quality

As well as the criteria we’ll discuss in a minute will help you choose the best Juicer for you.

There are two main categories of Juicers:

  1. Centrifugal Juicers and 
  2. Masticating Juicers

Centrifugal Juicer Advantages:

  • Quick Juicing
  • More affordable

Centrifugal Juicer Disadvantages:

  • Longer clean-up time
  • Doesn’t Juice green leafy vegetables as effectively as a Masticating Juicer

Masticating Juicer Advantages:

  • Less oxidation equals more nutrient preservation
  • Easier clean-up
  • Durable
  • Quieter
  • Excellent for Juicing Green Leafy Vegetables
Masticating Juicer Disadvantages:
  • Higher price point

Overall, a quality Centrifugal or Masticating Juicer will provide you with the opportunity to make healthy Juice.

Important Note:

If you are Juicing for Weight Loss or intending to Juice primarily Green Leafy Vegetables”, then a Masticating Juicer may prove to be the best choice.

Use the following criteria when purchasing a Juicer:

  • Space – Does your kitchen or counter space have adequate room for this Juicer?

 

  • Noise – Will a noisy Juicer be a major Issue? Masticating Juicers are quieter on average.

 

  • Power – Are you Juicing for many people? Will your Juicer be able to handle the amount of Juicing you’ll be doing?

 

  • Ease of use – Too many features, speeds, or difficult assembly may make Juicing a burden. Make sure to purchase a Juicer that assembles and disassembles easily.

 

  • Speed of blade rotation – The higher the speed, the more oxidation the fruit and vegetables are subjected to. This will reduce the nutrient value of the Juice. A Masticating Juicer grinds the fruits and vegetables at a slower speed, therefore preserving more of the nutrients.

 

  • Budget – Only you can answer this question. If possible, I would only look at Juicers primarily in the $150 to $300 range. You can spend more but I wouldn’t suggest spending less.

 

  • Quality – Make sure to choose from one of the more reputable Juicers on the market.

 

  • Style – Not as important as the other features but you may want to consider this tip if it’s important to you. Example: Stainless Steel Juicers.

 

  • Reviews – Use reviews as guidance. Amazon reviewers do a great job of providing feedback on their Juicer purchases. I feel that this is by far one of the best ways to determine which Juicer to buy. Use these reviews as a guide.

 

Step 2

Juice Diet Plan

Now that you purchased your new Juicer, you’ll need to come up with a program or Juice Diet Plan.

You know you need to buy fruits and veggies but which ones?

How much Juice should I drink?

When should I drink my Juice?

These are great questions and this is why I chose to discuss Juice Diet Plans before Juicing recipes.

After we determine which Juice Diet Plan is right for you we can determine which fruits and veggies to purchase as well as the amounts.

Ask yourself these questions:

What are your goals?

Are you looking to:

  • Lose Body Fat?
  • Increase Energy Levels?
  • Strengthen your Immune System?
  • Reduce the amount of Medication you are on?
  • Reverse the signs of Aging?

Yes…Juicing can be the answer to those questions and help you achieve your health goals.

The two most common methods of Juicing are:

  1. Juice Fasting and
  2. Juicing Daily

Juice Fasting

A Juice Fast is when you choose to only drink Juice and water for a specific amount of time.

Usually 1-7 days.

Some people choose to Juice Fast for longer periods of time as well.

Basically, it’s a liquid only diet.

Juice Fasting is not easy and requires preparation or it can be extremely unsafe.

Juicing often gets a bad rap because people assume that Fasting is the only way to Juice.

Juice Fasts are only one form of Juicing and in my opinion, is the least desirable method.

Personally, I’ve decided not to write or dedicate too much time on Juice Fasting on my blog because I feel that there are alternative methods that are more effective in the long term.

I also feel that it attracts readers looking for a “quick fix” and that’s not what iblogJuicing.com is all about.

Paula and I share the same opinion and that’s why we teamed up to bring you a more realistic or viable approach to eating Raw Foods.

With that being said, let’s move onto the Juicing method I prefer to use…

The preferable method to Juicing and the one I incorporate into my life is:

Juicing Daily

The results you can achieve by incorporating Raw Foods into your diet can be profound as was demonstrated by the iblogjuicing.com infographic.

All you need to do is drink about 15-30 ounces of fresh Juice daily (on average) to start benefiting from Juicing.

Many experts agree that drinking Juice on an empty stomach helps the body absorb the nutrient dense Juice more quickly.

Here are some tips for incorporating Juice into your diet:

  • Drink your Juice prior to breakfast or as a replacement
  • Drink Juice in between meals to bridge the gaps
  • Drink Juice throughout the day
  • Replace one of your meals with Juice and some healthy Raw Food snacks

What I love about Juicing is that it’s flexible and can be incorporated into many diets and lifestyles.

 

Step 3

Juicing Recipes

The important question to ask yourself about Juicing Recipes is this.

Will this Juice Recipe help me reach my goals?

Yes…goals

Many of us chose to start Juicing because we wanted to either lose weight, feel more energized, improve our overall health, etc., etc.

We need to choose Juicing recipes or foods that will help us achieve these goals.

For example, if your main goal is to lose weight, then choose Juicing recipes that primarily  include “green leafy vegetables”.

In my opinion, all you really need is a “go- to” list of about 10-20 fruits and veggies and you’ll be able to create dozens of Juicing recipes quickly and easily.

Be sure to keep at least a small handful of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand at all times.

Best Veggies to Juice:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Green Peppers

This is a partial list but it includes many of the best Juicing greens

Juicing Tip:

If you intend to use Juicing as a healthy way to lose weight, then I would highly recommend purchasing a Masticating Juicer to Juice your “green leafy vegetables”.

Popular Fruits and Veggies to Juice 

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Tomato
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Lemons
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

There are many more fruits and veggies to choose from, however, the list above includes some of the best foods to Juice. You can create hundreds of Juicer recipes with this list alone.

Why not start with these simple Juicing Recipes:

Recipe # 1

4-6 cups of a Green Leafy Vegetable (Choose one: Romaine, Spinach, Kale)

3-4 Celery Stalks

1 Apple

Lemon Juice

Garlic and/or Ginger Optional (small piece)

Recipe # 2

3-4 Kale Leaves

1 Large Cucumber

4-6 Celery Stalks

1 Kiwi

1-2 Lemons

Recipe # 3

3-4 Celery Stalks

2 cups of Cabbage

1 Apple

1-2 Lemons

Recipe # 4

4-6 Carrots

3-4 Celery Stalks

4-5 Cherry Tomatoes

1-2 Lemons or Lime

Garlic and/or Ginger Optional (small piece)

A good rule of thumb when choosing Juicing Recipes is to stick with the following:

  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Carrots
  • Berries
  • Citrus
  • 1 Apple (to help with bitterness)

Avoid most fruits due to their high sugar content if weight loss is your goal.

 

So what do you think?

Not so difficult right?

I hope you found this “Intro to Juicing” helpful

Download your Free Juicing ebook @ http://www.iblogJuicing.com

It includes 30+ Juicing Recipes & many tips to getting you healthy.

Best of Luck on your Juicing journey!

Frank

 

Start Juicing in 3 Easy Steps

How to Start Juicing

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Frank

Frank is the creator of iblogJuicing.com. He’s a part time blogger, former U.S. Marine and 9-5’er who enjoys blogging, traveling, hanging out with friends and family and of course Juicing. Share your Journey with Frank at iblogJuicing.com or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Ideas for Getting Your Daily Fruits and Veggies

It is a great way to increase nutrition in your daily clean eating food plan to incorporate seasonal vegetables into your diet. The days of abundant vegetables and farmer’s market colorful produce are within reach, but there are still beautiful, colorful vegetables available at this ‘quiet’ time . However, many people steer toward pre-packaged fruit/vegetable juices for convenience which often do have added sugars, preservatives and salt to extend their shelf life . EATING FRESH FRUITS/VEGETABLES AVOIDS THOSE UNWANTED ADDITIVES! Continue reading

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Are There Any Real Benefits In Buying Organic Produce?

The controversy continues over the nutritional and health supremacy of organic fruits and produce over conventionally grown.  

Every week a new ‘definition’ point of view is established.  

Paula Maier - OrganicThese are some facts to take into account.

It has been found that in about 60% of studies that organic food is higher in some nutrients than conventionally produced food.  

These statistics can be refuted by other studies, but you need to look if the studies that are being compared are done on the same physical area over-time.  Otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges because the soil being tested is not the same.

Polyphenols are antioxidants and may be one of the main reasons fruits and vegetables are healthy for us.  

One issue to consider is what the organic growing process filters versus conventional growing.  

Plants grown organically have to grow stronger from the start because they have to fend off a range of insects and growth disease on their own.  

This ‘defensive compound’ they create may help to keep us healthier according to Charles Benbrook, a researcher at Washington State University. He is with the National Academy of Sciences as chief science consultant for the Organic Center.  

He states. “If you keep putting on more and more nitrogen fertilizer the way conventional farms do, you drive yields up and produce bigger plants.  But, this dilutes the plants’ levels of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.”

Shelf-life and sugar content

Apples, celery, pears, potatoes, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatoes are higher in pesticides on the Dietary Risk Index (DRI), and lower on the Organic Risk Index (ORI).  This affects their shelf-life, and sugar content.  Also to be considered is if the plants are grown domestically (where they are subject to our mandates and regulations about growing procedures) or abroad.

Bottom Line?  Seek out the information in DRI from the EPA and other agencies, and imported vs. domestic statistics when you are making decisions about whether you want to buy organic or domestic fruits and vegetables.  

Make informed decisions with all of the facts.

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Great Ideas For Getting Your Daily Dose Of Fruits & Veggies

It is a great way to increase nutrition in your daily clean eating food plan to incorporate seasonal vegetables into your diet. The days of abundant vegetables and farmer’s market colorful produce are almost out of reach, but there are still beautiful, colorful vegetables available at this ‘quiet’ time.  It seems obvious, but many people steer toward pre-packaged fruit/vegetable juices for convenience which often do have added sugars, preservatives and salt to extend their shelf life. EATING FRESH FRUITS/VEGETABLES AVOIDS THOSE UNWANTED ADDITIVES! Continue reading

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Root Vegetables Rock!

The leaves are falling along with the temperatures. Our flavor profiles gravitate from the bounty of summer vegetables and light salads to something heartier. A great way to incorporate these full-bodied flavors is with root vegetables. Continue reading

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Are You Eating Foods In A Rainbow Of Colors?

Are you stuck in a rut of eating the same fruits and vegetables that you did when you were a child, and that’s it?  It’s time to ‘branch out’ for your long-term health foods.  Plus, there are flavors out there you are missing out on.

Yellow Foods

Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C which improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease.

Blue, Purple & Indigo Foods

The blue, purple and indigo foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants.  They also help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great and can help prevent heart disease. They are known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

Greenish/White Fruits and Veggies

Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Mushrooms help prevent cancer and keep your body in balance.

Orange Foods

Orange Fruits and Vegetables are loaded with carotenoids! They are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system.

If you want to read more blogs on the fruits and vegetables that are recommended to buy organic, click here and read more.

Including fruits and vegetables to anyone’s diet is an excellent first step to lowering overall daily calorie intake and increasing nutrients.  But making sure that a variety of colors are being eaten is the next step to increasing your overall nutrient benefits, and improving your defenses against a variety of health issues.

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The Best Reasons to Load Your Plate with Veggies

One basic way to help you reach our weight-loss goals is to add more vegetables to your daily food plan.  At this point, you may be rolling your eyes, but keep an open mind. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants fill vegetables.  An added bonus of eating vegetables is their density and reduced calorie totals.  This means you can eat more food for less total calories. Continue reading

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Make Vegetables the Star of the Show

I grew up with my family creating a very successful hamburger, family-style restaurant chain, but I must confess, my love diet has gravitated more toward vegetables, and away from beef every year.

Vegetables deliver excellent nutritional possibilities at a reduced calorie count.  In the Weight Watchers system, vegetables are point-free.  Summer is the Olympics of the vegetable growing season.  The possibilities are boundless with a cornucopia of colors and possibilities. Continue reading

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