May 17th, 2013
Happy Spring people!
Well things have been busy for me at The Juice Works and I haven’t even had time to write on the blog! Let’s get down to business, shall we? I am often asked about the benefits of juice and juice cleanses. I’m all for a good juice cleanse but I also want people to realize it’s not all about cleansing. It is also about loading your system with all the fresh naturals nutrients and enzymes from vegetable (and fruit) juices. That is some powerful stuff! Here is what Dr Joel Kahn says after seeing Joe Cross and his Reboot lecture. I suggest watching Joe’s documentary.
Tonight my head is spinning like a centrifugal juicer after attending a lecture by Joe Cross
, star of the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
. The movie, which chronicles one man’s journey to health through juicing, moved me a few years ago to purchase my first juicer. It began what is now a regular practice of making fresh green juice several times a week and purchasing fresh cold pressed juice around town regularly.
Joe’s presentation on both using juicing as a method to “reboot” a sick body and mind and also as a supplement to an overall plant-based
, whole foods diet was inspiring and medically very accurate. But why is it that juicing is an effective means of redirecting one’s health—whether the goal is vitality, weight loss
, or even disease reversal?
Cells in the body require nutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) to function optimally. Many of these are referred to as micronutrients, to distinguish them from the macronutrient classes of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. When cells receive adequate micronutrients, you feel energized and full. On the other hand, many foods provide calories from macronutrients, but are devoid of the essential micronutrients cells crave. These are calorie-dense, nutrition-poor foods and this characterizes most processed foods.
Let’s look at a few more reasons why vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts are so powerful. They provide:
This is the indigestible portion of plants. Diets high in fiber are associated with lower risks of heart disease
, colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In the Nurses Health Study
, one of the longest-running studies of women’s health, women who ate more fiber were more likely to live longer. There is fiber in broccoli, beans and other members of the vegetable and fruit families, but none will be found in bagels, burgers and almost all other processed foods.
These are a family of chemicals found only in plants that often give the color to vegetables but also confer many health benefits. Many of these plant-based chemicals are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer
, such as the sulforphane found in broccoli. There are perhaps 10,000 of these health-promoting chemicals in the edible plant world. (You’ll never find phytonutrients in a bagel.)
Many chemcials found in plants confer a resistance to the damage that can occur to the human body from oxygen and the process of metabolism. Just as rust can destroy metal, oxidation can lead to diseased arteries or brain cells, and contributes to diabetes and other conditions. Within plants are chemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, and flavonoids that are natural antioxidants.
4. Omega-3 fatty acids.
These essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are taken into cell membranes and used for the internal workings and repair of cells throughout the body. While seafood can provide Omega-3 fatty acids, they’re typically absent from other animal products. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, algae and soy are some of the plant-based foods rich in this nutrient class.
So …. how does this get us back to Joe Cross and juicing?
The USDA recommends five or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily while Canadian authorities set the bar higher, saying 10 servings a day is optimal.
In order to consistently ingest this large amount of plant-based material, we need to do some planning.
Some ideas to get your greens: preparing large salads, adding greens in soups, and blending smoothies with berries and greens for a power breakfast or a snack. Juicing is just one more tool you can use to build a plant-based nutrition program rich in phytochemicals, and it can make it easier to reach your goal of 5 to 10 servings a day of vegetables.
As Joe Cross said, “If you let people in white lab coats design your food, you’ll see people in white coats
to treat your disease.”
Dr. Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Detroit Medical Center. He is a graduate Summa Cum Laude of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind body practices.
April 28th, 2013
Thursday was Day 3 of my cleanse and I finally did it right!!! I woke up and weighed myself – 156! Heck ya! – I dropped another pound! No alcohol, no coffee (our caffeine), no fruit, no beans, but just little scoop of soynut butter. OK – so here is how it went: got to work and drank as much as water as I could and then around 11:30 had my first green juice. More water followed and around 1ish I had a sweet beet. 2:30 was about the time Mike brought me and a carrot juice and that was essentially my day. I find it very easier to adhere to our system at work during the day. Its when I get home – that is when the temptations start. But I persevered! I made a nummy salad for dinner – greens, cucumber, onion, and avocado. Munched it all down around 6pm and told myself – that was it for the day – no more food – just water. Well I was doing really good – but I am the type of guy that loves dessert (don’t we all?!?) and around 9pm my cravings started. I said to myself: just eat a celery stock and you’ll be fine. Grabbed one, ate it, grabbed another one, ate it, then grabbed another one (oht oh!) and went to the pantry, opened the soynut butter and took the tiniest scoop onto my celery stock and ate it!!
It was barely a tablespoons worth – but I did it anyways – so that surely brought my ‘A+’ grade down to a ‘B’. Folks, I’m only human! But I am proud of myself – my best grade of the week! Not perfect, but pretty good. I am learning a lot from my first cleanse – it takes some preparation and you can’t be arrogant about it (ah, this will be no problem). It takes willpower and perseverance. But hey at least I’m trying! I am just a common man who loves beer and chicken wings and desserts! But we all know that stuff does nothing for you and in fact it hurts you. We all need to strive to eat a little better and if you do strive – even a little bit – you have to pat yourself on the back and say to yourself: boy, soon you will be killin’ it everyday (or close to it!).
Weekends coming up – stay tuned to hear if I stay a murderer or if I break like a bone in a drummy!