If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?
This is what we’ve been up to lately – Slow juicing. We bought a masticating juicer (don’t go back and read it. It’s not what you thought it was!! :P) and have cut down tremendously on our carbs and fat intake. This is a Hurom 200 model. There are other brands & models available in the market- both horizontal and vertical ones.
There are two types of juicers – centrifugal and masticating.
Centrifugal is the most common type, which uses a spinning action. It cuts through the fruits and vegetables at high-speed. The friction and heat causes most of the vitamins and enzymes to be lost because of oxidation.
A masticating juicer on the other hand, crushes or grinds the vegetables and fruits (something like the chewing action we humans do). The enzymes and nutrients are preserved and the result is a ‘living juice’. There is no spinning action, there is no friction and heat. This is excellent to squeeze juice out of herbs and leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce, kale, celery etc. And it is only a masticating juicer that can squeeze juice out of something which has no pulp at all, like wheatgrass.
Basically, there is this mind-block when you see a glass of green juice. If you overcome that and somehow get yourself to drinking it, you’ll agree with me that it doesn’t taste bad. You will taste fresh juice that totally blows you away. You’ll never ever go back to those bottled juices, which come with all sorts of labels- ‘No sugar, no preservatives, no artificial coloring agents’. It’s all crap. Something is natural as long as it is on the tree. Once its off the tree, it is far from natural. So the closest you can get to having a fresh juice is using a slow juicer.
Another good side to juicing is that you tend to include more of vegetables, fruits and greens into your diet than you would normally eat. These juicers come at a higher price than centrifugal juicers. But if you can spare that extra, it is totally worth it. I would strongly recommend it. You will feel the difference- better sleep patterns, fewer headaches, improved bowel movements, loss of excess weight, and brimming on energy. Also, if you have kids who refuse to eat veggies, this is the best way to get some of it in. 😀