All About Juicing!

How To Juice

Did you know that women and men ages 19-30 should be eating 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables EVERY day, according to choosemyplate.gov. You may be thinking, how is it possible to consume this many fruits and vegetables daily?

Hi, my name is Angela and today, I would like to discuss Juicing with you. I will discuss the following three points: One, What juicing is, Two, a brief history of juicing and Three, how to juice.

These three points are essential to develop a clear understanding of the concept of what Juicing is, why it is helpful and how it is done. I feel I am credible to speak on this topic because I juice all the time and I love it and want everyone else to love it too!

1.  To begin, First I will explain what juicing is.

Juicing is when the juice from a fruit or vegetable is extracted from the food and is made into a drinkable juice. You can add any kind of fruits and vegetables you want. Because the juice has so many flavors in it, you can add the fruits and vegetables that your body needs such as beets, ginger and kale, without ever tasting them.

According to the Positive Pear.com, Organic Juicing can provide the most amazing healing benefits while cleansing the body of free radicals and toxins, and offering anti-inflammatory benefits, which, can prevent or get rid of any diseases or illnesses.

It becomes difficult in our busy lives to find time to eat all of these fruits and vegetables that we need, therefore Juicing is a wonderful solution. You are able to consume up to 4 or five servings of fruits and vegetables all with one glass of juice.

The Juice is automatically released into the body. There is no digestive process and the juice is 100% nutrients, all of the vitamins are dispersed into your blood stream while you are drinking the juice, creating instant natural energy.

Because the digestive system does not have to break down your food, your digestive system is able to rest and rebuild itself using the many vitamins from the juice. Through this process the impurities in your body are able to be detoxed out.

There are also certain fruits and vegetables that can help specific illnesses. For example, according to know-your-gut.com, pomegranate has more anti-oxidants than both green tea and red wine, it has the ability to suppress the growth of prostate cancer and should be drank when battling or preventing cancer.

2.   The History of Juicing

According to members.com, the first Juicer was made in 1930 by Dr. Norman Walker, called the Walker Juicer. For more than seventy years Dr. Walker studied living foods and developed a philosophy whereby the best way to nutritional health was with a diet of predominately raw foods and juices. Dr. Walker lived up to 118 years old by drinking raw vegetable juice.

The next juicer was made in 1954, called the Champion Juicer which was able to juice any type of fruit or vegetable just like the ones today. The problem was, the juicer operated too fast and began to heat the vegetables which took away the nutrients.

In 1993, the problem was solved. The Green Power Juicer was made by a Korean inventor, Mr. Kim. This juicer had two gears and did not heat the juice up. Mr. Kim’s juicer won the grand prize in the ninth annual International Invention Exposition.

From then on, juicers have continued to become more popular over the years among health enthusiasts and many others.

3.     Lastly, I will now explain, How to Juice.

You choose the vegetables or fruits that you want to juice with.

This is done by either:

  • Choosing fruits and vegetables that you like
  • Choosing F&V that you never eat and would like to incorporate into your body without tasting it
  • Choosing F &V that you KNOW your body needs ex. Beets, ginger, spinach, kale, broccoli

You can literally juice any type of fruit or vegetable, except the soft ones like banana or avocados etc. All F&V may not taste amazing in a juicer but you can always balance taste by adding an orange or an apple.

Fruits to Juice

  • pears
  • apples
  • plums
  • grapes
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • lemons
  • limes
  • oranges
  • watermelon
  • pineapple
  • melon
  • grapefruit
  • mango
  • nectarine
  • kiwi-difficult
  • papaya
  • cranberriesand much more

Vegetables to Juice

  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Lettuce-kale, swiss chard, spinach, parsley, wheatgrass (Clump up into a ball and place into juicer with a fruit that contains a lot of juice to flush all lettuce juice through juicer. I use apples or oranges.
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage

And much more !

You can look online at recipes which are great. Sometimes it is difficult to follow recipes so you can make your own or always substitute items in a recipe. There are specific cleansing juice recipes with are great!!

  • Once the V&F are chosen, you wash them off REALLY well.
  • Then you cut them up into pieces that will fit into the juicer.
  • Once all of the contents are ready to go, you turn it on and begin
  • Place each piece into the juice
  • The juicer with shoot into a container (depending on what your juicer looks like) and the juice will come out into a cup.
  • Stir it and Drink up fast!
  • The longer  you let the juice sit, the quicker it becomes sugar.

I have discussed three main points concerning juicing. Not only have we learned about what juicing is, and the history of juicing we have also learned how to juice on our own.

A true story that I want to share with you all is from a blog post on Know your gut.com. A woman named Golina Kotlyar explained that she was in the hospital dying of Ulcer-active Colitis and the doctor’s only solution was to remove her colon. She refused this treatment and removed herself from the hospital. She saw an alternative doctor and was told to go on a three week juicing cleanse. As a result of juicing, her disease disappeared, along with all of her pain and she was able to live a normal life again.

This is just one of the many true stories of people’s lives that were saved from juicing. You can be next if you allow yourself to try one of the most amazing secrets to weight loss and health! 🙂

Some websites to check out!
http://www.all-about-juicing.com/best-fruits-and-vegetables.html
http://www.bestjuicer.biz/

http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-cheap-juicer-2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syrUPIWRIXY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6k41ya4L8M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI6KMZ3eS4Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB-SX4YDdFI

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How to Plant Your Own Organic Garden (PART 1 of 2)

I started my own garden last month. I am still learning how to take care of the garden, but thought I might want to share the process. It is a lot of fun to create your own garden. It is awesome to be able to walk into your backyard to get vegetables to make a salad. You are guaranteed fresh ingredients, that are full of flavor and pesticide-free.

This is a photo of my first cherry tomato that bloomed yesterday. It was one of the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to taste of the other veggies from my garden in the next week. It really wasn’t too difficult, don’t worry. The most difficult part of keeping up with the garden in remembering to water it.

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Step 1. Select the Location

  • Choose an area in your yard that is full of sunlight. The actual amount of sunlight that your plants needs, depends on the vegetables and fruits that you choose to plant. Some plants will need full sunlight and some will need partial. It is better to have a little more than not enough.
  • Also choose an area that is flat. It is better for the plants to grow up-right and straight rather than slanted. If your land is slanted you can add dirt to the one side to flatten it out.
  • Choose an area that you will not need any longer. You do not want kinds to kick soccer balls into the garden or accidently run the garden over with a bike.
  • Choose an area where animals do not hang out. Squirrels and ground hogs will eat your garden up!
  • Also, If you want, you have the option to create a raised garden bed. This involves a garden bed that is made of wood and filled with dirt and is above ground.

Step 2: Get rid of the grass

  • Using a yardstick or tape measurer, mark off the exact area that you are going to garden in. Use markers such as spray paint or pieces of wood at each corner, anything so that you remember you designated area.
  • Now you may began to dig up the grass from the designated garden area. You are going to have to dig up the grass using a sharp shovel and a wheelbarrow, this is a difficult part of gardening. You can use a machine to do the job for you, if you have that access to such a machine.

I created two gardens and digging out the grass is hard work. My dad dug out my first one, (the larger one) and I dug out the smaller one. It can be annoying and time consuming, but it must be done. It is more rewarding when you put that extra work into garden and you are able to eat your first piece of fruit made by you!

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Step 3: Prepare dirt for planting

  • Remove all of the weeds, roots, rocks, toys and any other junk you find in your dirt. To do this you must sift through the dirt in your garden using a hoe or rake. All of the bug can stay, they are good! The roots and rocks will inhibit your plants roots from growing and expanding, once planted.

I did this by using a large garden hoe and ripping up the dirt in the ground. I turned all of the dirt to see what was underneath, and made sure I was planting in an area without any tree roots, garbage, or large rocks.

Step 4: Add Manure/Compost

  • Buy compost/manure from store, or obtain any way that you can. Always buy organic if creating an organic garden. The bag must read organic on it. Check with employee when purchasing compost in regards to the amount you should use. Make sure to remember the size of your garden.

For my 5×7 garden I used one bag to cover the surface area. You can use more or less depending on what you feel is necessary.

Why Organic Soil?

Organic soil is a plus because your fruits and vegetables will grow organic! If you add fertilizers and non-organic soil you will be consuming the chemicals from the fertilizers and soil. The roots will soak the chemicals in and absorb it into your food. Another downfall to non-organic is that you are creating non-organic soil in the ground. The run off from your soil will seep into the ground and other animals will absorb it when eating grass or leaves, the trees will absorb it, it can run into the water supply and enter lakes and rivers, therefore our water supply will soon absorb it. All of this can be avoided if you choose to go organic.

  • Lay the compost in the garden and begin to rake it into the dirt. Mix it in well. Once it is mixed in you can begin to rake over the garden to smooth it out.
  • After adding the compost, add the Peat Moss, which you can buy from any Home Depot, Lowes etc. Spread the peat moss over the garden, without working it into the dirt.  Peat moss is great to add, it will prevent weeds, bugs and plant dehydration in the garden, without any chemicals being used.

Step 5: Build a Fence around the Garden

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In order to ensure that animals will not get into the garden and eat your food you must build a fence.

I built a short fence at first because that was all I had. It is smart to go out and buy a good, metal, tall fence. This past week, my dad dug a half a foot into the ground, around the entire garden and put in a tall, metal fence. Putting the fence low into the ground will prevent animals from digging under the fence. Animals such a groundhogs, can easily dig under fences. We have a groundhog living next door and we are doing whatever we can to prevent him from eating the garden. It has been one month and he has not been in it once.

About Compost —-

Home composting allows you to manage yard waste on your property by turning it into a productive resource. Composting saves time (less time spent bagging and preparing materials for collection), money (normally spent on commercially produced soil amendments) and resources (compost can be used in place of peat moss as a soil amendment).

Compost increases water-holding properties of soil, makes nutrients readily available to plants, reduces erosion and improves soil quality. Composting at home also reduces the need to fuel collection vehicles and processing equipment. You can compost kitchen scraps and yard materials effectively on your property even if you live on a small lot.

There are many methods of composting and a wide variety of commercial products available to assist you.

Don’t throw away those leftovers! You can save landfill space and make your own rich potting soil by composting your organic food scraps. Did you know that the average person throws out 1,500 pounds of garbage every year? If you compost, you can reduce that number by over 1,000 pounds! And the compost will make a terrific fertilizer for your garden.

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In the next post I will explain how to plant the vegetables, pick them, care for them and more. 

Reasons to Love Avocados

I am addicted to avocados!
I eat at least per a day. I was under the impression that eating so many avocados was a bad thing, although after doing a little research today, I found how AMAZING they really are for you.
If you have a hard time incorporating it into your diet, I will discuss a few ways to include them.

Why you should love them too:

Avocados have potassium, B vitamins like folic acid, Vitamins C, E, and K, fiber and they are a source of unsaturated, healthy fat. They contain more protein than any other fruit, almost 5 grams, therefore they are great for vegans and vegetarians. It has more potassium than a banana. They promote eye health, they are rich in carotenoids, mostly lutein which protects against eye disease. It has more beta carotene than any other fruit. They  are known to reduce blood cholesterol levels from the rich amounts of beta-sitosterol in them. As it ripens , it looses its sugar content, unlike other fruits.

In fact, the avocado has more protein, magnesium, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and vitamin K per ounce than any other fruit.
The average avocado has 704 IU of vitamin A, 13 mg calcium and 3.1 grams of fiber.

YUM

Ways to eat them:

  • In a salad with carrots, peppers, onions, crasins, and cheery tomatoes.
  • On top of  a veggie burger, turkey burger, regular burger or steak (if you eat meat) with onions cherry tomatoes, lettuce and lemon juice
  • On an egg sandwich with a slice of whole grain bread and tomatoes with a little bit of salsa
  • Make guacamole! chop up onions, cilantro, a little bit of crushed garlic, tiny bit of salt and chopped tomatoes. Always add a little bit of lemon juice to make for a more refreshing guacamole. If you are feeling lazy just mash up the avocado and add the lemon juice, I do this almost every day.
  • Make a Avocado, tomato, chick pea and onions salad with lemon juice!
  • Make a burrito, taco or rice bowl and add them on top! Add salsa and lemon juice!
  • Place them in your wrap
  • Add them in your daily sandwich 
  • You can basically just put them on top of everything and it will taste better!Here are a few of my creations

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5 Simple Ways to be Healthier

1.      Eat more Fruits and Vegetables

I know you have heard it a million times; this is only because it is TRUE! Eating raw foods such as fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your body.

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2. Decrease Stress Through Exercise.

Stress slowly destroys your body and can be often unavoidable. One way to decrease stress is to work out when feeling stressed. You will get your mind off of the stressful subject in a healthy and helpful manner.

“Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety,” according to WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

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Don’t pull out your hair, go for a run!

3.     Drink Water.

Our bodies consist of 2/3 of water, therefore we need to drink it in order to function propoerly, according to Mangosteen Natural Remedies.

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Drink Up!

http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/benefits-of-drinking-water.html

4.     Laugh it off 

A good laugh can not only brighten your day, it helps your body function!

According to the MayoClinic, laughter has short term and long term effects on your body. You are able to breathe in more oxygen, relieve stress and enhance relaxation. In long term you can decrease pain, improve your immune system and become an overall happier and healthier person.

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5.     Go Back to Sleep!

Adults over 17 years old need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep EVERY night. When we are shorted hours of sleep we are not able to rejuvenate ourselves and we cannot  get those hours back. Our bodies can be very badly affected by loss of sleep; disease, memory loss, weight gain, diminished abilities to exercise, difficulty concentrating, migraines, intolerance as well as many factors occur according to an NBC News article.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3076707/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/why-do-we-need-so-much-sleep/#.UUfiKxfvucI

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Intro to Gardening Blog

In this blog I will take you through a step-by-step process on how I began my organic garden in my backyard in New Jersey, changed my eating habits and adapted a healthy lifestyle. I have recently became very interested in healthy eating and recognized the effects that the American Eating Habits have on a person’s body. I have realized how detrimental to our health these foods can be; for example, the correlation to the increases in Type II Diabetes, heart disease and many other diseases. I traveled to Europe last semester where I was no longer able to eat the many foods that I grew accustom to in America. I regularly drank coffee everyday, lots of desserts, all kinds of meats, a few vegetables and I thought I was leading a healthy lifestyle. I had salads often and never drank any soda. Although, once I returned to America I could barely eat any of the food here. I had a salad at Applebees and was sick shortly after. In Italy there are no fancy salads that have just as many calories as a burger. There are no fancy salad dressing, just oil and vinegar. The Italians keep their diet very simple, using salt and pepper and possibly a few other spices. Italians also grow all of their vegetables and fruits themselves and buy from a local market. Their milk, beef, chicken, fish and other products are all fresh from local producers and they do not have to worry about pesticides, hormones or genetically modified foods, while Americas are consuming them every day. To make a long story short, I quickly became a vegetarian after being disgusted every time I ate a piece of chicken and wondering where in the world it may be from and what hormones or other chemicals were used to grow this chicken as well as how it was taken care of and killed. Therefore, as of this year I no longer eat any red meat, chicken, or fish. I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and sometimes eggs. I try to stay away from dairy products and lean towards a raw foods diet, although this can be difficult. I became more and more interested and trusting of organic foods which lead me to my garden. I would prefer to grow my own foods, save money, create a new hobby and guarantee fresh, pesticide free foods! I planted the garden two weeks ago and couldn’t be happier. I hope you enjoy the blog and will be inspired by some of my ideas and can learn a thing or two. I will also discuss Juicing, foods that cure diseases, exercises, stress relief, and many other ways to lead a healthier lifestyle through leaving behind old habits and welcoming new awesome ones.