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We got into a nice conversation about choosing a juicer last night…so here are some thoughts about how to pick the right one:
Electric Juicers: How to Choose the Right One for You
Electric juice extractors, also known simply as juicers, are necessary for juicing. Unless you are simply hand-squeezing citrus juices, you need an electrical appliance that can extract juice and separate it from the pulp of fruits and vegetables.
Juicers come in three different styles. Depending upon your juicing plans and your budget, you can spend anywhere from $100 to $2000 on a juicer.
As you read through the features and benefits of the three primary styles, try to envision how a new juicer will fit into your lifestyle. Remember that an unused juicer does no one any good, so be realistic in your plans, especially if it involves a major shift in your meal planning routines.
1. Centrifugal Juicer
Most widely seen on television and the internet, this basic style can be had for between $100 and $200. Obviously the low entry price is attractive to more people.
The centrifugal juicer does a decent job of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. It is less efficient at extracting juice from leafy greens like kale and chard.
This model has a spinning blade in a mesh basket. It shreds the produce and juice is extracted. Through centrifugal force, the thin juice is forced into a pitcher and the leftover pulp is sent into a separate container.
Critics complain that the pulp generated through this method is “too wet.” You can overcome this by easily running the pulp through the machine a second time to extract more juice and micronutrients.
Pros: fast, inexpensive, simple to clean up
Cons: somewhat inefficient, produces heat which kills micronutrients
1. Single-gear Juicer
With prices in the $200 – $400 range, this juicer is ideal for someone seriously interested in a “green juice” lifestyle.
It has a large spiral gear that slowly crushes the fruits and vegetables to squeeze out juice. It works well on leafy greens and wheatgrass, which a centrifugal juicer cannot handle at all.
Pros: affordable, greater juice yield, causes less oxidation (nutrient loss)
Cons: not practical for fruit juicing, takes up more space on the counter-top
1. Twin-gear Juicer
A good-quality twin-gear juicer will run anywhere from $400 to $1500 or more. The juice yield is best with these styles, and the nutrient value is the highest, too.
The twin-gear juicer can handle all kinds of produce, including wheatgrass and herbs. Its 2-step juicing process first pulverizes the produce between two stainless steel gears before it presses the juice. This process yields the most juice with the least amount of waste.
This machine operates more slowly than the others, and remember that you need to be standing there feeding it the produce as it processes.
Pros: best juice extraction, least amount of foam, preserves best quality of micronutrients
Cons: slow, expensive, complex clean-up
Lifestyle Considerations to Consider
* Space – can you fit one more appliance in your kitchen?
* Time – do you have time in the mornings, or after work, to prepare the fruits and veggies for juicing?
* Juicer itself – how much can you afford to spend?
* Raw produce – your grocery spending will be much higher in the beginning
There is a juicer for everyone. Careful planning before you shop can save you from many regrets. This is my juicer and I LOVE it! http://amzn.to/11NLN8h
Your goal should be to consume 96 oz of freshly pressed juice per day. (Check out the amazingly cool Smoothie chart at the bottom of this email…good stuff!)
First thing every morning, start with your oil pulling! Get your coconut oil and I will detail how to do it in another email…
Next, drink 1 litre of spring/filtered water with the juice
of ¼ lemon or lime.
Breakfast – 24 oz of your daily Juice Blend
Lunch – 24 oz of your daily Juice Blend
Mid/Late Afternoon- 24 oz of your daily Juice Blend
Dinner- 24 oz of your daily Juice Blend
96 oz is an average amount of juice to drink every day. Some people may drink more, others may drink less. It all depends on your lifestyle, your weight, height, levels of activity, etc. 96 oz of freshly pressed juice will ensure that you can function normally, go to work, drive a car, exercise, and still cleanse, detoxify, lose weight and rejuvenate.
The main goal is to include 1 to 2 pounds of greens into your juices everyday (1 pound of green is equivalent to 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of kale, 1 box of baby spinach, etc.). Also important on the juice feast is to make sure to juice ½ – 1 whole head of celery every day as well (this will ensure you get adequate amount of natural sodium which the body needs). An alternative to celery is bok choy. The easiest way to get the greens and celery into your juices is to add them into all your juices. By adding just 2 leaves of kale and a stalk of celery to 2-4 cups of fruit juice, you will barely taste it!
How to make tasty juices:
The best way to make good juices is to know about ‘juice bases.’ The Juice base are certain ingredients that make up the base or bulk of a juice and then you add whatever else in as an extra ingredient for taste. Example of ingredients that make up a base or bulk of a juice would be: Carrots, Apples, Pears, Beets, Cucumber, Celery, and Tomato. And that would be 80-90% of the juice, and the remaining 10-20% would be greens or sprouts.
* Fruit is an option to add to your Juice, most people prefer to add something sweet!
**Lemon, Ginger, Garlic and/or Cayenne Pepper are also great additions to your daily Juice Blend.
Adding water (Spring or Distilled) is totally acceptable…I do this all the time. One reason is to get more water in my system. And the next reason is to stretch my budget. And if you can get it, coconut water is the absolute best water to drink.
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The listed items below are a suggestion for fruits and veggies to buy for the first 3 days of the feast. The reason why I suggest buying the produce maximum every three days is because if you were to buy all the produce for the full 7 days at once, it probably wouldn’t fit in your refrigerator. Also, the fresher the better and fruit & vegetable prices tend to fluctuate day by day— better to get everything at a good cost. Also after the first 2-3days, you’ll have an idea as to what fruits, veggies and greens you like in your juices and which ones you chose to leave out. It’s very important that you enjoy your juices and that you have a variety of different fruits, veggies and greens to chose from and varied combinations.
Variation is very important!! Make sure you rotate your greens; one day you may make juices out of spinach and kale, the next out of arugula and swiss chard. Keep rotating the greens because greens contain alkaloids that can be poisonous if they build up in your body (the way to avoid any problem is to make sure you aren’t just juicing one type of green, but you make juices out of different greens and you rotate them every day or every few days).
The more fruit you buy the better, especially the fruit that may need a few days to get ripe (melons, mangos, pears, etc.). All the food on this list will last more than 3 days in the refrigerator, so in case you have more than enough for three days, you can continue using the foods for the remainder of the feast. By the 3rd day of the feast, you will know which fruits and greens you like in your juices and it will be easier to shop. If there are certain fruits, veggies & greens you don’t like, you probably wont like their juice either—so don’t buy it!!!
Make sure not to over-shop, you need everything to fit in your refrigerator. If you prefer buying fresh fruit, veggies and greens everyday instead of every 3 days—go ahead, that is great as well!
3 Day Shopping List:
· 6 pounds of Greens
o (1 pound of greens = 1 head of lettuce, 1bunch of kale or 1 box of spinach)
o Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Red Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley, Green Lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Nettles, Arugula/Roquette, Lamb’s Quarter, Coriander / Cilantro, Mâche, Baby Greens, Cabbage, Basil, Oregano, Sprouts, Wild Edible Greens, Etc..
· 3 bunches of Celery
· 10 small-medium Cucumbers (or 4 large Cucumbers)
· 1 large bunch of Beets (6 beets or more)
· 10 pounds of Carrots
· 5 Tomatoes
· 1 bunch Green Onions
· 1 Lemon
· 1 Lime
· 12 Apples
· 12 Pears
Fruit—buy a bunch of fruit, whatever you like, that is ripe, in season and good price! (If you are on a budget, you can stick with apples, pears and oranges—just buy more!!) or…
Example 1: 1 Pineapple, 1 Cantaloupe, 1 Watermelon, Grapes
Example 2: 1 Honeydew Melon, 5 Peaches, 5 Nectarines, 10 oranges
Example 3: 1 Watermelon, Strawberries, 12 Oranges, 4 Pomegranates, 5 Nectarines, Pineapple, Cantaloupe Melon, Honey Dew Melon, Watermelon, Oranges, Grapefruit, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches, Grapes, Mango, Pomegranate, Young Thai Coconut, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, etc.
Extra Things You May Need:
If you are going to work every day or leaving your home for an extended amount of time, you will need to prepare your juice to bring with you (example: make juices in the morning for your lunch and afternoon snack). It is therefore important to have glass jars to store it in or plastic bottles. Also a funnel is useful to easily pour the juice into the bottles or jars. If you are making juice to bring to work or on the road with you, make sure not to leave it in a warm place, better to store it in a refrigerator or cooler.
1. The first thing you are going to need is money. Now although my support program is going to be all FREE…in order for you to actually do the juicing at home you are going to need to be able to purchase your own produce. I know you knew this…but you will be amazed at the questions I get. So Im just being super clear here. Folks have asked me where they can pick up their free juices ….OK! You are most likely going to need about $10 – $20 dollars a day. The difference depends on whether you purchase all organic or partial organic produce.
2. A decent juicer or a decent blender. It doesn’t have to be the super elite model of whatever brand for $400…but you need something that will separate the liquid from the fiber and pulp. If you don’t have one you can borrow one from a friend. I bet anything, that you have a friend somewhere over the rainbow that has a juicer they are not using …for at least 10 days. Get on the phone….make some calls. If you are in a purchasing mood…then here are my top 3 selections for juicers that you can still order and receive before the cleanse begins…you would need to order them today!!
They are all Breville models…my favorite juicer brand. This one is the smallest and most affordable. For only $100 you can get a simple juicer that actually works. I have personally used this one…and started here: http://amzn.to/13lWy3S
This one is the mid-grade one…it was featured on the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”…Did you see that movie yet? HOMEWORK!!! You must see it! Let me know about that too! This one costs a bit more…but I have been using this one for over 2 years: http://amzn.to/13lX0yZ
And this one is the big dog…I have also recently purchased this…gave the mid-grade one to my daughter. I personally like this one because everything is stainless steel. Mucho importante, because I am rough and parts to wear and break. Of course, its a bit more pricey: http://amzn.to/11NLN8h
The King of the Road… THE VITAMIX, this is going to cost you about as much as a new real appliance. Well, it is! Nothing compares to it! : http://amzn.to/15RPdqO
Affordable Ninja Master: http://amzn.to/1aenjwZ
Only $15!! I have used this before and it works wonderful! : http://amzn.to/1cUxyYe
3. A jar of coconut oil. Yes, part of this cleanse is going to incorporate OIL PULLING. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic healing system that cleans out the yuckies that have accumulated in your mouth over night while your body is doing its night work. You know that thing you have called morning breath. That is the scent of yucky that is going on in your system and the best thing to do is remove it completely out of your body. Yucky is my term for germs, toxins, bacteria, food…and any other thing that does not belong. Get the jar of coconut oil from a health food store or Costco and I will explain how to do this. Its very simple and only takes about 15 mins of your morning.
4. A good source for obtaining your produce. This is key. Best bet is you are going to possibly have at least two places. Keep it simple. Driving all over town to get produce to juice is not going to really be efficient. The place I recommend getting your produce from is number one…The Farmer’s Market in your area. Hopefully you have one. However the thing about farmer’s markets is that they are very seasonally based. I was just at the market in Baltimore the other day and they had plenty of green leafy veggies, but very little fruit. The only fruit they had was apples and berries. Which of course are amazing…but you really need more variety. So have another option for shopping.
5. Electricity for your juicer…this should be basic. So you cant go
camping on the Juice Cleanse. Unless you have a hand held juicer…and if you do I would really like to see a picture of that..since I live on an island where the power goes out frequently!
6. Your Why!…which is your motivation for you to complete 10 days on an all juice program….Super important.
7. Containers to store your juice…preferably glass jars. However you can use those eco-plastic containers too if you already have them.
8. Somewhere to store your juice during the day while you are out or at work. If you have a fridge at work….perfect. If not, you are going to need to walk with a cooler with a frozen pack in it.
I believe this list is complete. Can you think of anything else you would need?
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