How to Start Juicing

It was a spontaneous dinner out with friends, and the conversation, as usually happens between farmers and people who love to cook, ended up ¬†on the subject of food…juicing to be exact.

Our friends had watched a documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (see the sidebar), and were intrigued by the concepts set forth in the documentary. Namely, that one could lose weight, eliminate nearly all medications, and lead a healthy lifestyle by rebooting the body with juice.

Not the kind of juice you buy at the store. The kind that you get from say, extracting juice from carrots, or swiss chard, or turnips.

I was introduced to this concept about 10 years ago by some diehard friends, who juiced carrots everyday. Always excited to try something new, I went and bought a juicer. The phase didn’t last long. I was in my twenties, felt healthy, and climbing the corporate ladder. I didn’t have a lot of extra time ( or patience) to clean all the pieces.

Flash forward a few years, and I can’t sleep. I find myself watching a Jack Lalanne informercial about his new juicer. The opening was wider, and seemed powerful enough to juice anything I decided to throw at it, and looked easy to clean. So, one day at Costco, I bought one.

It has been sitting on our counter ever since, and until recently, only got played with in fits and starts. That is, until about a month ago, when we decided to watch the documentary, and tried the 30-day juicing challenge for ourselves.

We didn’t cut out food completely, like they did in the documentary. I like to cook too much for that. If there’s not something sizzling or roasting, I go into a panic. What we decided to do, was cut out the unhealthy things we were eating, and just add the juice to our daily routine. Our first recipe went like this:

  • 2 turnips
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 2 swiss chard leaves
  • 1/2 beet
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • a squeeze of lemon

That was it. It tasted good because of the naturally sweet fruit, and allowed us to keep going for 3o days. I have to tell you that I was in it for purely superficial reasons: more energy and less wrinkles. There, I said it.

What I found was that I complained a lot about cleaning the darn thing. I decided to time myself, and it ended up being only 4 minutes. Only 4 minutes for a zillion natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals I wasn’t getting otherwise. I lost weight, the kind that sneaks up in places you aren’t expecting, and I felt better. I didn’t have the energy of a 21-year-old, but often it was the only thing I had before going to the gym, and I was able to do as well or better during my workouts.

My recommendation is to start off small. Take 5 days, or 7. Start with a few veggies and some fruit, until you get used to doing almost all veggies (I still need to throw in a pear for good measure).

And, if you want to feel like a rockstar mom…make some juice for your kids and add 1 kale leaf to start. They won’t even know it’s in there, and they might even thank you for it. Keep adding more green things as they’ll tolerate it.

Watch the documentary on Netflix, and take the 30-day challenge at It just might change your habits, and help with your resolutions!

Time to make some juice!

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One Response to “How to Start Juicing”

  1. Suzanne Kash January 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Hi Tammy~
    We watched this documentary & began juicing days later! We juice for the nutrition more than a detox or weight loss, and felt tremendous benefits. Notably, vibrant energy, less depression, glowing skin, sound sleep…
    Our one & a half year old even loves the mean green, too! Glad to read your post about it:)

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