Juicing Tips: What I learned about juicing my first month

Posted on Jan 22 2013 - 9:13pm by Markell

For Christmas, my husband bought me a juicer. I had been dropping serious hints that I wanted one. I had been losing weight slowly and I wanted to amp it up. I also wanted to eat healthier. I really don’t like raw veggies that much, and I can only drink so many green smoothies, so I figured a juicer would be a good direction to go in.

I have used my juicer every day except one since I got it. I love it. I really think that pretty much anyone can benefit from juicing. Here are some things I learned:

You don’t have to have the nicest juicer.

I had picked out a very expensive juicer for myself. I did a lot of research and decided it was the one I wanted. However, my husband gave me this one because it was on sale. I had heard that it is important to have a good juicer or horrible things will happen. Not true. I love this juicer. It is super easy to clean and it gives me a lot of juice. Granted, I haven’t used a more expensive one, and I have only had it for a month, but it shows no signs of any problems even with me using it at least once a day.

Go slow.

If your body isn’t used to raw veggies, you want to take it easy at first. Not only will you not like the taste of a straight veggie drink your first day, but if you drink too much, your body won’t like you either. When you start to take in all the amazing things your juice gives you, your body starts to detox. If you start off your first day going from fast food three times a day to drinking three times a day, you are going to feel it. In order to combat this, I started slow. I started with smoothies first, once a day. Then I upped them to twice a day. Once I got my juicer, I started with about half fruit and half veggies. I now (after only a month) am able to drink a juice that is all or mostly veggies and I actually quite like it.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on fruits and veggies.
If you are on a budget, you can still juice. I buy a bag of carrots, celery, oranges and apples all from costco. That lasts me about 3 weeks juicing once a day plus eating them for other things. The total cost last time I went for those three things was less than $30. Granted, you don’t get a huge variety with those things, but you are still juicing. You can add a few other things like spinach and ginger for more variety with not much more money spent.

The weight might not fly off. 

Not for me anyway. I had already been losing weight working out 6x/week and I was already eating pretty well, so adding the juicing into my routine didn’t really change much right away. However, I did feel more energized and healthier. I look forward to drinking my juice every day because I know that it makes a difference in my life. I am now starting to lose weight faster, and I’m not sure if it’s due to the juicing or not.

Organic really is better. 

Tasting anyway. I have always been a little skeptical about spending more money for it, but when I started shopping at Costco for my fruits and veggies, I noticed that their organic stuff is often the only or cheaper option, so I started to buy it. And I notice a HUGE difference. Even in Costco’s nonorganic stuff, I see a difference in quality. If you can, I would recommend buying your supplies there.

Biggest time saving tip ever.

You are going to be so glad you read this. Put a grocery bag in your pulp catcher. Then you don’t have to worry about cleaning it out. Just throw the bag away. HUGE time saver. 

Juicing Recipes

I am starting a collection of my favorite recipes for juicing. I’ll add more as I create them. You can see them here 

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