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November 13, 2010 on 4:07 pm
Orange, pear, apple
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If you aren’t sure that the juicing lifestyle is for you, ask yourself if any of these statements are true for where you are in life right now:

  1. I need to lose weight to avoid or reverse serious health issues.I want to lose weight to feel and look better.
  2. I want to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
  3. I am concerned about the chemicals in food I feed my family.
  4. I am trying to stick to a vegetarian or raw foods diet.

If any of these statements could be applied to your life at this time, then juicing will help you get where you want to be. If you want to lose weight, drinking fresh juice will help in many ways. You will have more energy to get through your workouts.

You will feel fuller due to the high level of nutrients in the juice, which helps stop cravings and sensations of hunger. You will also be able to control the calories in your juice by leaving out the sugar that is often included in bottled juice.

If you are concerned with your impact on the environment, there is nothing better you could do then start juicing! You can use fresh vegetables and fruits to create completely natural juices and you won’t be littering the earth with all of those empty plastic bottles.

If you are trying to switch to a raw foods diet, vegetarian, or vegan diet, juicing will make it much easier to stick to this new way of life. Eating a ton of fresh vegetables may be difficult to do every day, but when you juice them up and consume them in delicious combination’s it is much easier.

Even parents are starting to turn to juicing as a way to combat the growing rate of childhood obesity. Store bought juices are part of the problem because children drink too much of them and the sugar content leads to weight gain and problems with blood sugar.

Fresh homemade juice without any extra sugar or preservatives is very healthy for children and ensures they get the nutrients they need to grow even if they hate vegetables!

Juice can be something that you buy at the store and think little about, or it can become something that you enjoy and benefit from every day. The choice is yours, but with all the benefits to juicing vegetables it is worth learning more about.

May 1, 2010 on 10:18 pm
vegetarian salad (Palermo)

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Many people like the idea of living a vegetarian lifestyle because of their values and personal beliefs, but once they decide to give it a try they find it doesn’t blend well with their personality or other aspects of their lifestyle.

For others cutting out meat is a pleasant and simple experience, but for those who aren’t as lucky it takes extreme dedication to make it work.

The following questions will help you analyze your own personality in reference to the vegetarian lifestyle.

If you find that it doesn’t suit you on some level, remember this isn’t an all-or-nothing lifestyle. You can still eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the majority of the time while having some meat on occasion.

Remember, vegetarians don’t always cut out eggs and dairy products either, so there is a lot of wiggle room to find a vegetarian plan that fits your life and personality.

1. Are you concerned with the welfare of animals typically consumed as food?

This is one of the biggest reasons most vegetarians go vegetarian. They don’t believe that animals consumed as food are treated humanely prior to being consumed or they simply don’t like the idea of eating a dead animal in any circumstance. The refusal to eat meat can feel like taking a stand or following your values in this case.

If this really is not a concern for you, then there has to be some other major motivating force to help you adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. If there is no real reason you chose to go vegetarian, it will feel more like a diet and you aren’t as likely to stick with it long term. That is probably why the majority of true vegetarians you meet follow the lifestyle out of personal beliefs and care for animals.

2. Are you concerned with the negative effects animal products could be having on your health?

This would probably be the second biggest reason many people stick to a vegetarian lifestyle. The foods consumed on this type of diet are a lot healthier for your heart and other organs of the body. A vegetarian diet balanced with whole grains and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables will drastically cut down on the amount of saturated fats that you consume.

Dr. Dean Ornish is well known for his vegetarian diet plans that advocate heart health and even reversing heart disease with fresh foods. His more recent book, The Spectrum, does allow some meat if you choose, but he really advocates protecting your heart through vegetarianism.

3. Do you need to lose weight, but don’t want to go on yet another diet?

Many people decide they need to lose weight but don’t want to cycle through another failed diet, so they reason that they can just cut out meat and their diet will be healthier and lower in calories. You can’t approach vegetarianism in this way!

There are overweight and even obese vegetarians out there. They are overweight because they eat a lot of processed, high fat meatless foods. Unless you are a vegan and watch for animal byproducts, potato chips and cake can be considered vegetarian!

If your goal is to lose weight, a well balanced vegetarian diet will help. You just have to make sure it is well balanced just as you would on any other diet plan.

Remember, if you strike out at one of these three points, there is a way to work a vegetarian lifestyle into the life you currently live.

January 16, 2010 on 11:56 pm
Lemon Detox
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In the spirit of fast weight loss, health, and maintaining youthful appearances, millions of people go on detox diets every year. Some will last a full two weeks on their detox plan while many others will fall off the restrictive wagon within a week. These detox diets are typically very strict and some people find them impossible to sustain for very long, yet millions of people all over the world are following them on any given day.

These diets are only designed to last a short period of time, but many people swear they are effective. Let’s take a look at the three main things a detox diet is supposed to do for your body and think critically about their necessity and safety.
Eliminating Toxins

This is the number one reason people detoxify their body. The belief is that we pull in toxins from our water, air, and even our food and that is entirely true. When you eat processed foods or fresh foods that have been sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers, you are putting potential toxins in your body. We also breathe in toxins from the air, especially if you live in the city or are around a lot of smokers.

The toxins are clearly there, but most people don’t need to go on a detox diet to get rid of them. Your kidneys and liver are in charge of naturally filtering out these toxins and eliminating them when you use the bathroom. If you can keep these organs healthy and the process of elimination running smoothly you shouldn’t need to go on a strict diet to eliminate toxins. Your body will do that job for you.

Accelerated Weight Loss

Most people will lose a bit of weight while they are on a detox diet, but it isn’t stored fat that you are losing. Detox diets typically consist of very limited calories, which causes the metabolism to drop. Once you go off the detox diet that low metabolism means you burn very few calories throughout the day, which explains why so many people put the weight back on after the detox is over.

Many people will use a detox diet as a jumpstart to a healthier eating plan and it can be effective if you are incredibly careful with what you eat once the diet is over. The more restrictive your detox plan is and the longer you follow it, the more your metabolism can drop.

Clearing Out Accumulated Waste

The idea that bits of waste will accumulate inside the colon and digestive tract if you don’t clear it out with a forceful load of fiber and enemas is completely false. If you are eating a healthy diet and caring for your digestive system, the elimination process should carry on without this force. This is definitely not a reason to put your body through the strain of an intense detox diet.

Is Detox Ever Effective?

So, what can you do to keep your body functioning properly and as clear of toxins and waste as possible? You simply need to consume a diet rich in fiber. Eat plenty whole grains and fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables (organic if possible). Drink a lot of water to keep your system hydrated and get in a bit of exercise every day.

Juicing is something you can add into your daily life to keep your liver and kidneys functioning properly. This will keep your body detoxed without the need for strict diets. We offer many brands and the Omega Vert350 Juicer is very popular

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