Whether it’s to lose weight, improve health, boost immunity or just feel good all around, green juice is THE answer.
That, I know, is a bold statement.
When I had my surgery to remove my cancer tumours, each and every time I went to the hospital for my follow-ups, other patients and staff would always ask me the same question, “what do you do to look so good so soon after surgery?” or “how do you have so much energy considering what you just went through”?
I was used to answering these types of questions.
I had recently lost almost 100 pounds, 97, to be exact, just a couple months prior to getting diagnosed.
I was huge. I am 5’3″ short, as I like to say, and that much weight gained looked more than it was.
I wasn’t always fat…I was skinny fat growing up, I just didn’t realize it. You see, our society puts so much insistence on weight, the number that is, that we don’t focus on what we actually put into our bodies. Visceral fat, the fat you accumulate around your organs, is the important fat count to consider. You may look thin, but your insides might tell a whole different story. That was the case for me. I always weighed between 110-115 pounds. I fit a size 0. I had zero muscle tone and tones of health issues, such as IBS and psoriasis.
By the time I got to law school, I was a dangerous 105 lbs. I just didn’t know it at the time, but stress, weight loss, poor diet, no exercise, where all the right conditions for the cancer to start. I am not saying this lead to my cancer. I have a genetic predisposition to it but my lifestyle didn’t help.
Green juice is somewhat of a super star in health circles. There is no one recipe that is better than the next. It depends on your personal taste. That being said, you need to remember that there are more green leafy veggies than spinach and kale. You don’t want to eat too much of one thing, so mix it up. Use kale, spinach, collard greens, arugula, mustard greens and other green leaves.
Don’t use too much fruit. After all, fruit is sugar. Yes, they are healthy but using too much can overload the body of fructose and natural sugar.
Remember to drink green juice when you have an empty stomach that way the vitamins and minerals are more readily absorbed into your bloodstream and used by your body. If you already have a meal in your stomach, that prevents your body from absorbing the good stuff in the juice. That’s why I drink Green Juice first thing in the morning.
Now that you know the basics, have fun with it!
5-6 leaves of kale other other green leafy veggies listed above
1/2 English cucumber
1 green apple, cored
1/2 inch slice pineapple
1 celery stick
1 c.-1 1/2c. filtered water
Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You might have to start with the water then slowly add the ingredients once the machine is running so as not to clog up the blender.