Benefits of Juicing?

Last night we watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  If you are not familiar with it, the film documents Joe Cross’ 60-day juice fast while traveling across the U.S.  During this time, he consumed only fresh fruit and vegetable juice, often doing the juicing in the trunk of his car.   At the beginning of the film, Joe was extremely overweight and plagued by an autoimmune disorder; as you might guess, by the end of the film, he had lost a significant amount of weight, was off all medications and had stopped having flare-ups of his condition.  During his travels, he talked to people he met about the fast and convinced a few to also give it shot.

It really is inspirational to see someone make a significant lifestyle change in the pursuit of good health.  I think eating whole fruits and vegetables would be more beneficial (and cheaper and less wasteful), but if a juice fast helps someone ditch the processed foods, then why not?  You would have to be prepared to spend some money though.  The film notes that a juice fast costs approx. $14/day using conventional produce and $28/day using organic produce.  That translates to at least a $420 monthly grocery bill for one person!  On top of that, the mid-range Breville juicers cost $200-$300.

J is intrigued by the concept of juicing, and I think there may be some benefits for him.  He does not eat breakfast and, due to his schedule, frequently skips lunch as well.  I’d love to see him consume something in the mornings, even if it’s only fresh juice.  However, I hate the thought of throwing away (or even composting) all of that leftover pulp.

After reading through the comments on other blog posts about juicing, I realized that high-end blenders, like Vitamix and Blendtec, are able to pulverize fruits and veggies into smoothies.  Juice, fiber and no waste!  Sounds like a perfect solution except these blenders cost at least $400.

I really need to do some more research on the potential benefits of juicing as well as on the juicers/blenders on the market.  If juicing could help my husband to consume more produce, then it’s worth looking into.

What are your thoughts on juicing?

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5 Responses to Benefits of Juicing?

  1. Messy Jessie says:

    My fiance did a 10 day juice fast after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. We threw away almost NO pulp! I used the produce bags to catch the pulp, and juiced in two parts: one bag for pulp I didn’t want to keep (like lemon rinds and whatnot) and another for pulp I wanted. We didn’t use much fruit in our juices, but if you do, you may want to also juice those separately. I found a single apple didn’t adversely affect the veggie pulp flavor so I usually kept it in.

    I then froze the pulp in zip loc bags in the freezer. When I had 1-2 cups worth I would make veggie burgers. I usually winged using: 1 can black beans + 1-2 cups pulp + spices of choice + 2+ Tbs flour + egg or egg equivalent. Cook patties in batches then freeze. I also made juice pulp crackers. You can even make fruit leather with the fruit pulp!

    Get the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro juicer for under $70, and if you are careful, you will have almost no waste:)

    • Christina says:

      What a great idea! We love black bean burgers, so that sounds like a perfect way to use the pulp. I’ve also read that you can bake the pulp into muffins.

      What did your fiance think of the fast? Did he feel any different after? My husband is seriously considering trying it for a week.

      • Messy Jessie says:

        He said it was HARD. I tried to do it with him, but lasted about 11 hours before the headaches made me give up and eat a piece of toast. After about 4-5 days, he started to feel pretty good, almost like he was buzzing around. Despite his extra energy during the day, he would still basically crash at around 7pm. He slept a LOT. But the juice fast really did “reboot” his brain. He learned that he could survive without constantly eating, and he has since been able to control his portions and eat healthier.

        He started his journey at 240lbs, and after the juice fast and healthy eating for 6 months, he’s at 200 and still dropping. All-in-all, he said it was 100% worth it, and he plans to do a 10 or 15 day juice fast once yearly to keep himself on track. Worth a try!

  2. Christina says:

    Thanks for the additional info! I just read your comment to my husband. He will be off next week, so it seems like the perfect time to try the fast in case he does get headaches or otherwise have a hard time with it.

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