Juicing has been something I have been really interested in and for the past 4 months I have had a least one juice a day, everyday! I have really noticed the benefits in my skin, my immune system and energy levels.
Then at christmas my wondeful brother and fiancée got me my own Cold press juicer…and it is pink!!!How perfect for me!😍😍😍
The brand of the juicer is CUH and can be purchased on Amazon. I cannot say enough positive things about it. ..the only negative is that it takes a while to figure out how to dismantle it – but once you do it’s all good ☺
Why a cold press juicer and not a Nutribullet?
The reason for me choosing the cold press juicer instead of the Nutribullet is purely because I wanted to immerse myself with nutrients and enzymes.
Life Principle. Dr. N.W. Walker, in his book Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices refers to enzymes as the basic key to nourishing your body. Enzymes enable us to digest food and absorb it into our blood. Dr. Walker also states that “It has also been claimed that enzymes digest cancers.” Enzymes are like electricity, they do not have a material body, but they activate substances of which they are an integral part.
*Aid in the breakdown and absorption of substances to provide more than 40 known nutrients for the building, repair and maintenance of tissue and for energy.
*Are necessary for all cell function.
*Neutralize poisons in the body
With a cold press juicer it “presses” the fruit/veg to release the juice and enzymes. The enzymes are therfore not affected and you get the benefit of the nutrients and enzymes.
However, you do lose out on fibre as the juice is extracted and the pulp is waste essentially.
Im the picture below on the left hand side you can see the waste and on the right is the pure juice. And a lovely neat kitchen!!!!😂;) excuse the mess!!
There is minimal peeling required only pineapples and lime need to be peeled.
**some fruit and are not suitable to be juiced like avocados and bananas.
With the Nutribullet you get the nutrients and fibre, but the enzymes are affected. The nutribullet has an added benefit that the juicer does not – you can add nuts and seeds to increase the nutritional value. You can also use any fruit or veg ☺ you do however have to peel and core the fruit or veg….I am so lazy so this is a major con for me 👑 As all the items are blended together there is also little or no waste and less cleaning involved also ☺
Either way they are both great machines it just depends what you want to achieve!!! Nutribullet can be used for many other meals not just the one functuon that the juicer offers.
Last week, I planned on performing a juice detox for two to three days. This consisted of a lemon cleanse in the morning, 3 juices replacing your meals throughout the day and plenty of detox tea to keep warm.
*Lemon cleanse, this should be carried out every morning – it is the best way to starr the day and wake the body up from the inside out. Squeeze 1/2 the juice of lemon into a pint glass and then place the lemon in the glass. Fill up with boiling water, leave for a 15mins or add a small bit of cold water to adjust the temperature.
*The tea I used was the roberts apple detox tea, I hadn’t tried it before but it was gorgeous and at €4.29 for 40 teabags it is brilliant value. They are also caffeine free, this is really important so you are not kept awake at night!
*I use a lot of fresh fruit – berries and green veg such as brocolli, spinach and green beans. Frozen variations are just as nutritous as fresh fruit and are great ways to be economical. In Dunnes you can get 300g frozen raspberries for €2 in Dunnes and 750g green beans for 97c. You just need to remember thaw them overnight☺
*In the juicer, I process one of the apples at the start and another apple and a carrot at the end as they are harder fruits they seem to push any juice through that may have become lodged or too soft.
*I also add 1/2 cup of filtered water at the end to make sure all the juice has been processed. It saves on cleaning also.
There were 2 juices I made throughout the two days.
3 inches Brocolli stalk
2 apples (pink lady)
**1-2 tsp wheatgrass powder**
Placed all fruit in juicer, I then stirred in wheatgrass afterwards…you must stir vigorously to remove lumps that the powder will form.
1 celery stalk
1 lime or lemon
1 beetroot (boiled prepacked)
1 cup of raspberries (I used frozen ones that had thawed overnight)
1 cup of green beans (I used frozen ones that had thawed overnight)
**Wheatgrass powder as above**
For the third juice I added half a blended avocado to Juice 1. It also saves on time. I blended the avocado in my hand blender then stirred into the juice to incorporate. I did this because avocados are full of polyunsaturated fats (the good ones) and curbef my fat cravings which I found were the worst in the evening time.
I carried out this detox for about 40 hours, to me I think when I am working full time it is hard to function correctly just on juice. Personally 40 hours was enough for me as a detox and that only.
As a rule, I don’t encourage cutting any food group out so I will continue to incorporate the juices into my daily life. If you decide to perform a juice detox on the final day add in some raw fruit and vegetables so that you get adequate fibre.
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