Juicing - Why would I want to try it?

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Dec 2, 2017

So, all of you juicing members out there – I’m reaching out to you in hope of gathering some first hand information. I can think of no better way to get some honest opinions and suggestions. This morning my daughter introduced me to juicing. We had a discussion about juicing over breakfast when I was talking about tapering off of prednisone and looking for natural ways to reduce inflammation. Besides PMR I also have osteopenia and am supposed to take 1200 mg calcium daily which presents some output challenges for me. We stopped by the grocery store on the way back to her house and picked up all the ingredients to make some ginger juice for inflammation (2 large oranges and some ginger root) and red cabbage juice to help with the constipation (2 heads of red cabbage, 3 apples, 2 oranges, 1 lime, and small bag of carrots). Into the juicer they went! She poured the juice into 18 oz glass containers for me to take home and keep in the refrigerator.

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What have I learned so far? Well, when I got home I poured about 4 oz of the red cabbage juice into a glass and topped it off with about 1 oz or more of ginger juice. I learned not to use so much of the ginger juice in my drink as it kind of has a zingy feeling on the tongue and throat. The red cabbage juice tastes a lot better than I thought – better than my breakfast smoothie. My plan was actually to use a little of both in my breakfast smoothie and reduce the amount of fruit but add the greens (kale, spinach, arugula, etc..) into a blender with the juice.

Questions for anyone willing to share:

— Has juicing helped you?
— What tips or favorite recipes can you share? and how do they help?

Looking forwarding to hearing from you!

John

I’m interested in getting more vitamins and nutrients in my diet. I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis in my spine, knees and hips. I also have Chronic Pain due to DDD, stenosis, and more tidbits of things here and there. Juicing has been suggested because I can only consume about a cup of food at a time. Ten years ago I had gastric bypass, lost and maintain a loss of 135 lbs. I don’t want to go out and buy a juicer at this point. Can I start with a blender? I am also interested in a web site that has recipies and info @johnbishop @peach414144 or anyone else can share!
Thanks
Jen

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@sandytoes14

I’m interested in getting more vitamins and nutrients in my diet. I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis in my spine, knees and hips. I also have Chronic Pain due to DDD, stenosis, and more tidbits of things here and there. Juicing has been suggested because I can only consume about a cup of food at a time. Ten years ago I had gastric bypass, lost and maintain a loss of 135 lbs. I don’t want to go out and buy a juicer at this point. Can I start with a blender? I am also interested in a web site that has recipies and info @johnbishop @peach414144 or anyone else can share!
Thanks
Jen

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Hi Jen,

Absolutely you can start with a blender. It may be more preferable in the long run just because you get the fiber. You can get pretty creative with the blender. When I make a breakfast smoothie I generally put in a cup of greens – spinach, kale, chard, arugula or whatever I can get my hands on. I try to get organic when possible. To that I add about a half cup of blueberries and maybe a few strawberries or other berries and part of a banana. When you use blueberries your green smoothie is red. Sometimes I will throw in some left over veggies (beets, etc.) that were steamed/cooked. Add a cup of water or coconut water sometimes and a few ice cubes then blend it all together. It is a filling thing. There are some good smoothie recipes that I picked up from Dr Terry Wahl’s book. If I can find them I will try and get them to you.

Juicing is fun and you still get some pulp. I bought some 18 oz glass bottles to store it in when I make it. Here’s a website for juicing that I like. Hint – don’t use the print button on the website or install their recipe toolbar – it will put a lot of junk on your computer. I like the site because it has recipes you can find for different health conditions. If you want to save or print a recipe, I would copy it to word or notepad and save it to a text file or print it.

https://juicerecipes.com/recipes/rock-the-beet-5887

John

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@sandytoes14

I’m interested in getting more vitamins and nutrients in my diet. I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis in my spine, knees and hips. I also have Chronic Pain due to DDD, stenosis, and more tidbits of things here and there. Juicing has been suggested because I can only consume about a cup of food at a time. Ten years ago I had gastric bypass, lost and maintain a loss of 135 lbs. I don’t want to go out and buy a juicer at this point. Can I start with a blender? I am also interested in a web site that has recipies and info @johnbishop @peach414144 or anyone else can share!
Thanks
Jen

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Hi Jen,

If you had gastric bypass and you can only consume one cup of food at a time, I highly recommend you do juicing versus blending. My son had this type of surgery just recently, and he stays away from fiber. He has concentrated on eating protein, because even though he has lost over a hundred pounds in five months, he still needs to lose another hundred. He takes care of vitamins and fiber with pills at this point.
The reason I like juicing, is because I can drink the juice as if I was drinking a glass of water, right after I get the juice out of the veggies and fruits, and before it start loosing precious vitamins when exposed to oxygen. I know it is difficult to clean the juicer, but I would never store juice for later use.
Juicers are expensive. Mine cost $250, but I have used it for five years everyday. That is 14 cents a day so far. They have it at Best Buy, and if you have their card, you could pay it over 16 months. Are you afraid you would buy it and not use it? That would be my concern.
There is this little book called The healthy green drink diet by Jason Mannheim. I highly recommend it. I bought it in Amazon for $16 It has recipes for smoothies and juices. It talks about superfoods also; very interesting. I would buy first the book, and then make up my mind about the juicer.
You could also try drinking a cup of juice versus a cup of blended fruits and veggies and see how each work for you, since you have that little tummy now. Just thinking…..
Hope my opinion helps. Loli

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@sandytoes14

I’m interested in getting more vitamins and nutrients in my diet. I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis in my spine, knees and hips. I also have Chronic Pain due to DDD, stenosis, and more tidbits of things here and there. Juicing has been suggested because I can only consume about a cup of food at a time. Ten years ago I had gastric bypass, lost and maintain a loss of 135 lbs. I don’t want to go out and buy a juicer at this point. Can I start with a blender? I am also interested in a web site that has recipies and info @johnbishop @peach414144 or anyone else can share!
Thanks
Jen

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Jen @sandytoes14 and Loli @loli – I prefer the juicer also. I think you get more nutrients than with the smoothie only because you are using more fruit and vegetables in it. Like others have said, you just don’t get all the fiber. I agree with Loli that the juice is easier to drink. You can actually buy a decent juicer for less than $100 although you can spend 500 or more for one too. I bought a Jamba juicer for $88 on Amazon and it works great – 1100 watt motor with a high and low speed switch for hard veggies and soft fruits. I think the difference may be that the more expensive ones do a better job of extracting more juice from the same product. My daughter bought the Breville Juice Fountain which is $100 and she loves it too. She uses a plastic bag for catching the pulp (so do I) and she runs the pulp through the juicer again to get more juice. Me, I’m wasteful. I know that you can use the pulp in different recipes and soups but I don’t cook so it doesn’t help me.

I know it’s better to drink it right away but I put it in glass bottles with tight lids so that I have a couple of days worth and keep it in the fridge. I’ve actually used some of juice as the liquid for a smoothie and I add the greens and some fruit with it. That way I’m getting more nutrients with a little more fiber than the juice by itself. I like Loli’s idea of testing the juice vs a smoothie but I’m thinking that highly depends on the content of both. Yesterday I made some juice that called for beets and the beet greens from the beets I used looked so nice and I’ve used them in smoothies before and liked it. So it was basically the greens from 3 beets, 2 peeled oranges, 2 apples, 3 or 4 large pieces of celery and a lemon. The color with the beets was supposed to come out red but this one came out brown. I showed my daughter and she got a laugh when I called it my new juice “Brown Magic”. It actually tastes quite good.

John

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Juicing is great if you have the time and patience for it. I was made to understand that the juice needed to be used immediately; otherwise, we could use juices from the store. Be careful about juicing fruit. Without the fiber you would be getting a lot of sugar. I can say that during a bad Fibro flare where I hurt everywhere, I juiced 1 small apple, 2 celery sticks, 1/2 beet, some kale, parsley, and fresh ginger and turmeric for breakfast, and within a week the pain and swelling in my joints settled down. Of course, it might have settled down if I’d eaten Skittles for breakfast. Who knows? I always feel “clean” on the inside and virtuous when I juice, so that is worth something. Turmeric root is now easily found in common grocery stores for as little as 6.99 a pound, and it doesn’t take much of it (or the ginger) to feel a benefit. Good for you for listening to your daughter! If my dad had ever listened to me I would have been so happy!

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@robbinr

Juicing is great if you have the time and patience for it. I was made to understand that the juice needed to be used immediately; otherwise, we could use juices from the store. Be careful about juicing fruit. Without the fiber you would be getting a lot of sugar. I can say that during a bad Fibro flare where I hurt everywhere, I juiced 1 small apple, 2 celery sticks, 1/2 beet, some kale, parsley, and fresh ginger and turmeric for breakfast, and within a week the pain and swelling in my joints settled down. Of course, it might have settled down if I’d eaten Skittles for breakfast. Who knows? I always feel “clean” on the inside and virtuous when I juice, so that is worth something. Turmeric root is now easily found in common grocery stores for as little as 6.99 a pound, and it doesn’t take much of it (or the ginger) to feel a benefit. Good for you for listening to your daughter! If my dad had ever listened to me I would have been so happy!

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Thanks @robbinr, I’m constantly on the lookout for good tasting mostly vegetable combinations for good tasting juice. I make 4 to 6 18 oz bottles a week and use them in about 5 days, keeping them in the refrigerator. I guess they may lose a little nutritional value but convenience of only cleaning the juicer once a week is more important that the extra nutritional value I would get (to me anyway!). You are so right about watching the sugar if you use mostly fruit.

Most of us dads are slow learners so you have to cut us a little slack ☺ I will say I’m fortunate enough to have a daughter that is tech savvy (Yea! I passed something good on to her from sitting at my old IBM PC when she was 3 or 4 years old and up). Now it’s time for her to keep me on track…which I appreciate!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

John

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@johnbishop

@loli, I usually buy a bag of organic pitted prunes when I can find them. It might make it interesting to juice the whole bag and see what happens when you drink it ☺

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@john prune juice

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@lioness

@johnbishop lol

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Absolutely juicing has helped me. I am sure most of this you have heard but this is what I can tell you … Pineapple helps with my joints. I notice when I don't use it but it will raise my raise your blood sugar so use it sparingly and adding a protein helps. Tumeric and ginger..fresh is great but too much isn't good either because long term it can cause stomach upset and mouth ulcers if you are sensitive. I alternate and that helps. I never juice without a green, and watch the glycemic load on what fruits I incorporate.. a high GL load smoothie can easily send you over 1,000 calories and spike your blood sugar. Flax seed, ground and chai seed are great fillers and add nutritional balance and avocado is great for fat and thickens green smoothies and makes them more palatable. A lot of greens have calcium which helps with vitamin D absorbtion.Hope this helps.

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@toomanyoars

Absolutely juicing has helped me. I am sure most of this you have heard but this is what I can tell you … Pineapple helps with my joints. I notice when I don't use it but it will raise my raise your blood sugar so use it sparingly and adding a protein helps. Tumeric and ginger..fresh is great but too much isn't good either because long term it can cause stomach upset and mouth ulcers if you are sensitive. I alternate and that helps. I never juice without a green, and watch the glycemic load on what fruits I incorporate.. a high GL load smoothie can easily send you over 1,000 calories and spike your blood sugar. Flax seed, ground and chai seed are great fillers and add nutritional balance and avocado is great for fat and thickens green smoothies and makes them more palatable. A lot of greens have calcium which helps with vitamin D absorbtion.Hope this helps.

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Also..please make sure you are eating as much if not more whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing is great but you don't want to miss out on the fiber you are getting from whole foods.

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Some very good ideas. Thank you. Roger

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As many others mentioned juicing removes the fiber and I need fiber to stay regular. My old blender can blend carrots, zucchini, well any raw vegetable or fruit or herbs with a base of almond milk or kefir just fine. I also toss in a few ice cubes. Sure it's not the clear liquid that a juicer can produce, but I personally see no benefit in it after seeing how much pulp was removed processing with juicer so I decided against it. A lack of vitamins and minerals is not an issue for me as I eat a healthy diet. I do know my compost heap would love this fiber, but I'd rather break it down myself rather than sharing it with wiggly worms and meal worms in the heap!

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@gardeningjunkie

As many others mentioned juicing removes the fiber and I need fiber to stay regular. My old blender can blend carrots, zucchini, well any raw vegetable or fruit or herbs with a base of almond milk or kefir just fine. I also toss in a few ice cubes. Sure it's not the clear liquid that a juicer can produce, but I personally see no benefit in it after seeing how much pulp was removed processing with juicer so I decided against it. A lack of vitamins and minerals is not an issue for me as I eat a healthy diet. I do know my compost heap would love this fiber, but I'd rather break it down myself rather than sharing it with wiggly worms and meal worms in the heap!

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@gardenjunkie When I use my bullet the pulp is left as you said but I drink it I just dont like the greens that much to eat fresh

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@lioness

@gardenjunkie When I use my bullet the pulp is left as you said but I drink it I just dont like the greens that much to eat fresh

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The Bullet is awesome at blending to a smooth liquid. Plus we have all the pulp left, even though very smooth. I have arthritis in my wrists and carpel tunnel. Probably should get my carpel tunnel taken care of, but managing still. I have a hard time opening my model, a basic one called the Magic Bullet. With the my model it must be closed tightly or it will leak and impossible for me to open after blending, too much pain and I don't have the strength in the wrists to turn it. I figured out a way to open it after blending by using an oil filter wrench to turn it. But a hassle. Another negative with bullet is the gasket which must be removed occasionally or it gets putrid and it is very challenging to take out to sanitize. It must be pried out with a butter knife and then hard also to replace in the slot. I contacted the company about that and they say it is not meant to be removed like in a blender. Well- as stinky as mine got and when I did finally get the gasket out of the blade unit underneath was a slime, rotten and nasty that is unsanitary. These are my negatives dealing with the Bullet so I just revert to my old classic blender which is not as smooth but easier to clean parts and no opening issues.

Like you I couldn't get into the greens in my smoothie until I was forced to. My breakfast smoothie was always with fruit: banana a must and various other fruits plus pro-biotic yogurt or kefir and almond milk. Delicious. I add whey powder to my husbands, but whey doesn't agree with me. I have been trying a yeast and eczema diet now for 4 weeks- no sugar or the sugar in any fruits and no carbs. Now I am forced into the raw veggie world of smoothies. Veggies with sugar are allowed, like carrots or onions but green veggies are preferred. Thank goodness Stevia is allowed as a sweetener or I couldn't get the veggie smoothly down. Ever tried Kale in a smoothly? As much as I enjoy it cooked with garlic and olive oil it is not possible for me to gag it down in a smoothly, sweetener or not. Ugh! Yet after a month of drinking a veggie smoothie, always with a big carrot because of the sweetness, I am getting used to them. Carrot with cucumber or zucchini is very drinkable. Plus I add raw oregano or basil, tasty.

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@gardeningjunkie

The Bullet is awesome at blending to a smooth liquid. Plus we have all the pulp left, even though very smooth. I have arthritis in my wrists and carpel tunnel. Probably should get my carpel tunnel taken care of, but managing still. I have a hard time opening my model, a basic one called the Magic Bullet. With the my model it must be closed tightly or it will leak and impossible for me to open after blending, too much pain and I don't have the strength in the wrists to turn it. I figured out a way to open it after blending by using an oil filter wrench to turn it. But a hassle. Another negative with bullet is the gasket which must be removed occasionally or it gets putrid and it is very challenging to take out to sanitize. It must be pried out with a butter knife and then hard also to replace in the slot. I contacted the company about that and they say it is not meant to be removed like in a blender. Well- as stinky as mine got and when I did finally get the gasket out of the blade unit underneath was a slime, rotten and nasty that is unsanitary. These are my negatives dealing with the Bullet so I just revert to my old classic blender which is not as smooth but easier to clean parts and no opening issues.

Like you I couldn't get into the greens in my smoothie until I was forced to. My breakfast smoothie was always with fruit: banana a must and various other fruits plus pro-biotic yogurt or kefir and almond milk. Delicious. I add whey powder to my husbands, but whey doesn't agree with me. I have been trying a yeast and eczema diet now for 4 weeks- no sugar or the sugar in any fruits and no carbs. Now I am forced into the raw veggie world of smoothies. Veggies with sugar are allowed, like carrots or onions but green veggies are preferred. Thank goodness Stevia is allowed as a sweetener or I couldn't get the veggie smoothly down. Ever tried Kale in a smoothly? As much as I enjoy it cooked with garlic and olive oil it is not possible for me to gag it down in a smoothly, sweetener or not. Ugh! Yet after a month of drinking a veggie smoothie, always with a big carrot because of the sweetness, I am getting used to them. Carrot with cucumber or zucchini is very drinkable. Plus I add raw oregano or basil, tasty.

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@gardenjunkie I use a rubber gasket to turn the model but a friend gave me a jar opener its electrical just put jar in and it twist it for you Wont work know for bullet but the rubber thing does whatever its called .Ijust add spi1nach,kale apple carrot celery for a smoothie .I do like a potato,onion kaLe soup its good my Mother loved it.I,ll have to try the zucchini,carrot,cuke never thought of basil .

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