Better Health Through Juicing
I’m sure avid followers out there have noticed that I haven’t had any guest posts lately. There’s a number of reasons for that – mostly technical. But Chris, although now in Chicago, is from my home state of Oregon and has a passion for juicing and some great recipes on his website that I knew you would all love.
Remember back in March, Karen Brooks of In-Home Wellness Solutions joined me for a number of juicing videos. But the question of juicing, diet, and weight loss is frequently asked of me and quite frankly, I’m not an expert on juicing. I do my own juicing and can make some recommendations, but I like to defer to the experts on any subject that I don’t feel competent enough in to give advice. So, today I’d like to introduce you to Chris Wimmer. . .
Here’s Chris Wimmer –
I’m Chris Wimmer and Kellie asked me to share some of my knowledge, passion, and experience with home juicing. Juicing has been a significant part of my effort to get healthy in 2014. My results won’t get me invited onto a national TV show but I’ll take weight loss of 20 pounds, improving my daily energy and removing caffeine from my system!
Typically, I incorporate just one or two fresh juices in my daily diet. They help me get my daily requirements of vitamins and minerals while boosting my energy. However, I also like to save about one day every other month where I just juice the entire day. I find it a great ritual that helps me stay in tune with my body.
Before you start a juice cleanse, it’s important to prepare properly. Proper preparation will ensure you get maximal results, minimize any detoxification side effect, and most importantly do it safely.
Pre-Juice Cleanse Checklist:
â€¢ Consult your physician – especially if you have any health conditions that require you to take prescription or herbal medicine.
â€¢ Do not take any vitamin or nutritional supplements the day before (or day of) a cleanse. You will be consuming mega doses of vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants so it’s not necessary and could possibly even overload your system.
â€¢ Do NOT juice fast if you are pregnant or nursing. This is not the time for a cleanse as the toxins you purge could go to your baby. But don’t worry; the juice will still be there when you are done.
â€¢ Be prepared to not smoke, drink alcohol, or drink caffeinated beverages during the cleanse. If you do currently, it’s wise to lower your consumption of these the week prior to a cleanse. Going cold turkey will set you up for some tough withdrawal symptoms.
â€¢ Plan your juice fast for a quite low key day. This will let you rest your body so it can concentrate on purging the toxins from your body.
â€¢ Let your friends know you are juice fasting. Especially if you are going to see them that day. If they really are a friend they will support you. No need to try to hide your juicing!
â€¢ Eat more raw fruits and vegetables the 2 days prior and eliminate dairy.
â€¢ Have any sinful snacks? Hide them away or give to a neighbor to hold! It’s harder to cheat if it’s not in reach.
â€¢ Buy your favorite (non-caffeinated) herbal tea to drink on your cleanse.
â€¢ Plan your juice menu. You can either purchase a 1 day juice cleanse from a local juice store or create your own juices. A good juice cleanse should provide you a wide variety. A good rule of thumb is to make a rainbow of juices: green, red, orange, and purple.
Thank you to Kellie for letting me share my knowledge and passion for juicing.
About: Chris Wimmer writes and shares his personal experience about hydroponic gardening, juicing, and cooking at HealthSmartLiving.com.