This is not a healthy lifestyle blog, but as I mentioned in a few post on this blog already, I am a big fan of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. In my opinion, everyone should juice for the rest of their lives, no excuses. Why not? There are so many fresh vegetables and fruits available to us, that it would be a shame to not turn to them first for cleansing and renewal. Instead, we turn to over-the-counter and prescription medicines to keep us together when sickness/disease develop. My inspiration and friend Farnoosh just got published, can you imagine? She started juicing a few years back and started writing about her journey. But, you can only keep a good thing on your blog for so long before publishers start luring you to write a book, right? Her book The Healthy Juicer’s Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease and Live Long debuted last week and I got a copy and I just cannot believe that she put this much energy to write such detailed steps to juicing. In the book Farnoosh walks us through how to start juicing, the bare essentials, the ingredients, the mindset, the various recipes that will brings thesame excitement as the taste of a margarita.
When I wrote about the benefits of green juicing, I mentioned that I couldn’t have done it without this woman and so many of my friends have now started green juicing after seeing the remarkable changes my body has undergone. One of the many benefits of green juicing for me is the healthy alkaline state that it provides. As Farnoosh puts it in her book
“The pH balance of human blood needs to stay within a certain range and many foods, especially on the unhealthy side, are extremely acidic, so your body has to work hard to neutralize their effects and return to the desired state. Juicing helps move you to the right direction and closer to the ideal alkaline state.”
Friends, this is my number one reason for green juicing! Cancer is known to occur in acidic pH body environment and by juicing daily, I quickly bring my body back to the alkaline state, so that my body doesn’t have to do the extra work.
I also know so many of my friends who are trying to lose weight who have joined me on my journey to juicing.
They have seen tremendous results that I cannot stop them from juicing. It got to the point where they would text me to bring beets to work since they couldn’t find one in their regular grocery store. My friend who started juicing under the direction of Farnoosh’s e-book have lost a total of 15 pounds. Her waistline has shrinked considerably and I am so proud of her.
This book also explains what juicing is and is not.
If you are confusing juicing with blended juice, packaged juice or smoothies, you are wrong and it won’t get you thesame benefits or desired results. Farnoosh dives into the differences and the benefits that juicing gives that is superior.
Selecting a Juicer can be tricky.
Thus book explains to you the differences and to be 100% honest with you, I consulted Farnoosh’s book before purchasing my juicer three months ago and so did my friend who already lost 15 pounds without changing anything else except green juicing early in the morning. I rely so much on her expertise. There are all kinds of juicers out there, centrifugal, masticating, and others. This book details the pros and cons and guides you through the buying process.
The recipes are the best part of the book!
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting tons of recipes because I there are only so much vegetables I was familiar with, and I felt limited with the regular fruits and vegetables available at my store but the overdose of recipes in this book will blow you away. I walked into my grocery store and realized that there is more I could purchase and the recipe section of the book also details some helpful tips on how to use and combine them. For example the “Quick and Dirty Flu Fighter” was a life saver for me. It was the first recipe I juiced when I received the book and boy, did I feel so much energy after the nasty drowsy feeling that was creeping on me earlier before in the week. I love cocktails, and I was pleasantly surprised to find so many of them in there as well. Other recipes I juiced are ‘the perfect purifier, the super detox galore, the complete winter healer’.
Lastly, my not so favorite topic – juice fasting
The problem for me is the lack of motivation to do this and because I run and work out, I just couldn’t see myself fasting. I try to fast in the morning and break with a light lunch. However, after reading about the numerous benefits of a fast in this book, I am going to pen this down for completion this month. I will at least, try for one full day to get things rolling.
I highly recommend you read this book if you are a thinking about juicing, a beginner, or a regular. There are so many things I found out I was doing wrong, like snacking too early after juicing, that I have since changed ways. Want more? Visit Farnoosh’s juicing blog, purchase the book and ask her any questions in the comments!