10 Things I Learned from Juicing

Published by Deanna Yates on

It’s been a whole week since I was on my juice fast. I’ve been eating healthy most of the week and still feel great. After reflecting on the experience I wanted to share with you the top 10 things I learned during the juicing process and in the week since.

1. Make sure to include high glycemic index fruits and vegetables throughout the day and at least one fruit with every juice. Fruits naturally have more calories than vegetables and I found this was a good way for me to keep up my energy level over the course of the week. Plus, it makes your vegetable juices taste better.

2. Golden beets are not the same as purple beets. Purple beets are sweet and taste pretty good when juiced. I cannot say the same for golden beets. However, after my pee turned pink (I kid you not!) from eating the purple kind I checked out golden beets. I returned to the purple stuff as soon as I went back to the store to stock up on more veggies mid week. The coloring is harmless so why make my tastebuds suffer?

3. Do not chug this juice quickly. It will give you a tummy ache and gas. Lesson learned on day 3 as I needed to head out quickly and did not have enough time to drink properly. I suffered over the next few hours for that little mistake.

4. A lot of time can be saved when you are not having to plan meals, cook three times a day, and do a full kitchen clean up after each one. However, I truly missed sitting down to have a meal with my hubby. It felt like we were missing something for a while, but it sure felt special when we sat down to eat the day after the fast was over.

5. If you don’t like the veggie and fruit foam that is created while juicing, here is a trick to minimize the amount that ends up in your glass. Just after you finish putting the fruits and vegetables through the juicer, stir the juice container and put it in the freezer to cool and settle for a couple minutes. While it’s cooling you’ll have a minute to clean your juice machine. When you remove your juice DO NOT stir it. Just pour it through the foam catcher spout. That’s it.

6. Surprisingly celery has a really strong taste and can be overpowering and salty so use it sparingly if you don’t like it much (like me!).

7. As your pallet increases in sensitivity, you will be able to taste all of the ingredients individually that make up the juice. It’s a bit strange, but you totally can. Don’t worry, as the week goes on you will begin to like kale.

8. Your stomach will shrink and you will feel full on less food. However, my body has been telling me to eat smaller meals more frequently. It likes the schedule of eating every 4 hours now so I keep a healthy snack close by.

9. Turns out apple stems do not need to be removed with my juicing machine. Should have watched the Breville videos sooner. I could have saved myself a lot of pain on day 2. Another surprise, that machine is tough enough to work through a pineapple rind too!

10. There is something very sensual about food. Seeing an appetizing meal, smelling it’s beautiful aroma, taking a bite, and chewing it slowly while all the flavors meld together in your mouth is divine. Not chewing food for 10 days made me really appreciate it more. I can tell you I will be a lot less likely to settle for a quick bite from the local fast food chain. Food deserves to be treated better than that!

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9 Comments

John · March 30, 2015 at 7:42 am

What about gas? Did you feel gassy after drink the juices? I hate this feeling! i’ve always contemplated on whether or not to juice in the morning bc I dont want to feel gassy at work!

    Deanna · May 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I don't remember being overly gassy. I think the trick to that is to chew your juice in order to break down the enzymes.

Amanda · March 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I feel you! I accidentally drank my green juice to fast the other morning and I was in a load of pain. I’ve done a couple juice cleanses and that was the first time I ever had that reaction. Hopefully it was because of my impatience and not anything more serious!

Susie MacIntosh · January 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I have wanted to try juicing with natural fruits and veges; what is your favorite recipe combination?
Thanks for sharing! Susie

    Deanna · January 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    You should definitely try juicing. No need to do a whole fast, just add it to your normal diet.
    My favorite juices were always a combo of both fruits and vegetables. Favorite breakfast juice was carrots, apples and ginger. Favorite afternoon pick-me-up was pineapple and fennel with either apples or blackberries.
    As for more veggie heavy juices, I liked kale or spinach, carrots, beets, and apples. I actually did not like the juice as much when I included tomatoes with that combo, but I liked tomatoes with red bell pepper and an apple.

MeganSweeney · January 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Very interesting. I'd like to make some juices. I like the idea of my stomach shrinking:) That is a funny looking cup by the way! hahaha

    Deanna · January 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    haha! Brett picked those out. They're kind of fun to drink out of though!

Faith · January 26, 2012 at 6:36 am

I didn’t know you couldn’t stir the juice or that it foamed! I don’t like celery in general, so is it okay to skip it? Where did you get your juicer at? I will have to bookmark these lessons for when I do my juice fast.

    Deanna · January 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    The foam was a surprise to me. I actually like it, but I know some people don't so this is a good way to minimize the amount that ends up in your glass. And yes, totally cool to skip the celery if you hate it. I just made sure to only use one stalk so that it was never too strong. We bought the Breville compact juicer off of Amazon. We love it! It's strong and reliable.

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