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Ask Sweet Greens: What is a Juice Detox? How Can I Get Started?

Question:
Hi Jennie, I know you have mentioned that you and your husband are on a juice detox. What exactly is a juice detox? Why not just eat the whole fruit or vegetable? What do I need to get started? I would love to give it a try.

Thanks for your help!
Julie

P.S. Congratulations on the 10 lb. weight loss!

Answer:
Hi Julie, Thank you, I am feeling fantastic! This is a question that has been flooding my inbox the past week, so let’s get to it. A juice detox is a period of time when you only consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices, water and caffeine-free tea. When you juice fruits and vegetables you are left with a nutrient rich liquid that is easily absorbed by your system. Fresh juice is easier for your body to metabolize, allowing it to focus on healing and giving you an opportunity to adopt healthier eating habits. A juice detox can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of months – depending weight and health goals.

Why not just whole fruits and vegetables? The amount of vegetables and fruit that go into one juice is probably more than you could sit down to eat. For example, my morning juice usually contains; 6 kale or lettuce leaves, a large handful of spinach, 3 carrots and 2 apples — that is a lot of fruits and vegetables, much more than I have ever consumed in one meal!

To get started, I recommend that you watch the documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – it is super inspiring and will make you want to get started! Then, you need to purchase a juicer, we decided on the Omega 8006. You will also want to hit the farmer’s market or your local farm to stock up on fresh vegetables and fruits. The mister and I are super easy-going and have just been putting juices together based on what sounds good to us. We usually start with a heaping amount of greens (kale, lettuce, spinach, chard), then add whatever we feel like (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc;) and then a piece of fruit! You can find a ton of great recipes here.

I hope this helps! Happy Juicing!

P.S. If you are interested in the actual recipes that we are using, leave a comment and I will start to post our recipes for you too! 

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6 Responses to Ask Sweet Greens: What is a Juice Detox? How Can I Get Started?

  1. AngelaLilly April 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    very good simple information here for any beginner!

  2. C. Miron April 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Yes, recipes would be fantastic. I have a tried and true greens and fruit juice recipe I use t home, but I suspect drinking that same juice everyday for an extended time would eventually get dull. 🙂

  3. macluan April 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Are you happy with the Omega 8006? How did you decide centrifugal, single auger, twin gear, masticating and all those other myriad variations? Up until now I’ve used my Vitamix and blended but am thinking of juicing. I can still blend the juice if I want, too! I had a juicer long ago but stopped using it because it was such a chore and that is what I love about the Vitamix ~ 30 second clean up!

  4. Sweet Greens April 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Macluan,

    Yes, I am very happy with the Omega 8006 – it takes on any fruit or vegetable we put in it and we are looking forward to using to make nutmilks and pastas too! We also have a Vitamix for our smoothies! We decided on the Omega 8006 because a good friend of ours used it and had excellent success! It is super easy to clean too!

  5. Sweet Greens April 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi Crystal,

    I just posted recipes today! We do mix it up but always start with greens and then add in carrots and an apple. You find the ones that you really like and stick to them. I have been trying to steer clear of ones that are too sweet because I have seen my weight lose goals staggering because of it. Green is better!

  6. Sweet Greens April 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Thanks Angie – glad you think so!

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