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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Juicing for Weight Loss

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Green Nectarine

I get asked about juicing A LOT! Juicing is SO good for you!! Did you know:

  • When you consistently drink fresh raw juice, especially vegetable juice that includes plenty of dark leafy greens, along with eating lots of vegetables and fruit and a very healthy diet, your whole internal environment changes. Juice, which is rich in antioxidants, cleanses the body of stored wastes and toxins that interfere with the proper functioning of cells and organs. This garden-in-a-glass offers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants – a cornucopia of nutrients that increase the mirco-electric potential of the cells. This improves the body’s use of oxygen so the muscles and both the muscles and brain are energized.
  • A recent study, which evaluated surveys of 500 people on a living foods diet, showed amazing health benefits from choosing raw foods. (Freshly made juice is the supreme raw food). The study showed that more than 80 percent of the people surveyed lost weight. But that was only the beginning of their transformation. These people reported marked improvements in immunity, digestion, allergies, women’s issues, and chronic illness. They enjoyed better sleep and the need for less of it.
  • They also described improvement in many skin conditions such as eczema, skin eruptions, dryness, oiliness and susceptibility to sunburns. Their hair grew thicker, stronger and more lustrous, with decreased thinness, weakness, oiliness, dryness, dullness and dandruff. Nail strength improved. Body odor decreased sharply while eyesight and sense of smell improved. There was a marked increase in energy, and a significant decrease in addictions and use of medications. Results also showed a substantial decrease in allergies. And, the vast majority of respondents (87.5 percent) reported better mental, emotional, and spiritual health. – source

Whether you are having fresh squeezed juice once a day for breakfast or doing a juice feast, juicing is such a great way to get added minerals to your diet, increased energy, focus, weight loss and a myriad of other health benefits as listed above!!

Juice Feasting 101

This morning I had a delicious green juice for breakfast. I call it the Green Nectarine 🙂

You’ll need:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3 nectarines, pit removed
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon

Run all ingredients through a juicer (I used an Omega 8005 but the Breville is also great) and enjoy! (Makes about 32oz) If you don’t have a juicer, you can follow this method to make juice in your blender!

I always feel ALIVE and ENERGIZED after my green juice! I can always tell the difference when I skip it. If you are thinking of doing an extended juice feast (where you drink juices only) check out my “How To” guide here.

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  1. Sara Campbell June 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    LOVE your post – Thank you! When you say “1 bunch of kale” is that one stalk or a bunch like a handful of stalks (3-5). I’m still trying to like kale…it’s not spinach. 🙂

    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      That means 1 entire bunch = 5-8 stalks

      If you’re not used to kale, start smaller like 2-3 stems at first 🙂

  2. Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  3. Lesa Pollock June 15, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Linda, I have been drinking a green smoothie everyday for about three months. I feel better drinking them but… Last week I had to go to the Dr for kidney stones. I have had an occasional stone. Maybe every four years or so. But I have seven kidney stones right now and one is so big they are going to lithotripsy next Wednesday. They asked me what I am doing diet wise. The only changes I have made are the smoothies. They told me spinach and dark green vegetables cause kidney stones and that was one of the worst foods I could eat. Do you have any ideas of what I could use in my smoothies besides spinach or kale? I’m still not convinced this was the cause of all of my stones but I don’t want to continue to drink these if there is a chance the stones are forming faster by drinking the spinach and kale. Do you have any thoughts on this issue?

    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      I don’t think the greens CAUSED the kidney issues…you may want to ask your DOC about what kind of green leafy veg they recommend. I’ve been drinking green juices and smoothies using kale and spinach for the last 8 years and know many others who have also been eating large amounts of dark green leafy veg for years without issues.

      If you are prone to stones and have a history of stones, it’s likely that it was developing over a long period of time. Not just the past 3 months that you’ve been drinking smoothies. Are they oxalate stones? If so that would make a difference. Talk to your doc and see what they recommend.

      Here is what they recommend on WebMD:
      “The following tips may lower your chance of getting kidney stones:

      The most important thing you can do is drink more fluids, especially water if your doctor says it is okay. Try to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. If you don’t already drink that much, slowly increase how much you drink. For example, add one more glass of water each day until you are drinking 8 to 10 glasses a day. This slow increase will give your body time to adjust to the extra fluids. You are drinking enough water when your urine is clear or light yellow. If it is dark yellow, you are not drinking enough fluids.

      If you had a calcium kidney stone, it may help to:
      -Eat less salt and salty foods. One way to do this is to avoid processed foods and limit how often you eat at restaurants.
      -Talk to your doctor or dietitian about how much calcium you need every day. Try to get your calcium from food, rather than from supplements. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all good sources of calcium.

      If you had an oxalate kidney stone, your doctor may ask you to:
      -Limit certain foods that have a lot of oxalate, such as dark green vegetables, nuts, and chocolate. You don’t have to give up these foods, just eat or drink less of them.

      If you have had kidney stones in the past, it may also help to:

      Eat a balanced diet that is not too high in animal protein. This includes beef, chicken, pork, fish, and eggs. These foods contain a lot of protein, and too much protein may lead to kidney stones. You don’t have to give up these foods. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about how much protein you need and the best way to get it.
      -Increase how much fiber you eat. Fiber includes oat bran, beans, whole wheat breads, wheat cereals, cabbage, and carrots.
      -Avoid grapefruit juice.
      -Drink lemonade made from real lemons (not lemon flavoring). It is high in citrate, which may help prevent kidney stones.
      -Talk to your doctor if you take vitamins or supplements. He or she may want you to limit how much fish liver oil or calcium supplements you take. -Also, do not take more than the recommended daily dose of vitamins C and D.” – http://www.webmd.com/kidney-stones/diet-to-prevent-kidney-stones#

      You may also want to try my hot water with lemon https://lindawagner.net/blog/2011/05/health-benefits-of-lemon-water/
      I hope that helps!

  4. sreebindu June 15, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    my routine kicks up 🙂
    xoxo
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  5. Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Just made this with organic oranges and it was DIVINE! Posted it on my wall and credited you for it with picture of my juice – love the color, but LOVE what it does for me and how it makes me feel. Heading out to go work outside for several hours. Got my greens on, now going to get my Vit. D on! Have a great day, Linda! XO

  6. Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Delicious Linda! Thanks!

  7. Rachael June 15, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I just ordered a Breville juicer and I am so excited for it to get here! I did the juice cleanse with you in April but had to prepare my juices through the blender. It’ll be sooo much nicer to use the juicer from now on. Thanks as always for the great information!
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    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      You will LOVE having a juicer. I did the same thing years ago and juice feasted for 65 days using my VitaMix!! Congrats! You will love it!

  8. Camille June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks, Linda. This might be the post to put me over the edge and open my juicer!

    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      awesome!! you have a juicer and haven’t opened it?! Open it!!!! You will love it! xo

  9. Ronda June 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I love your recipes! Problem is they don’t love me. I have tried to drink juice and juice that I make with my Breville. Everytime, no matter what, within minutes of drinking juice my stomach is upset. I don’t get it! I have had an upper scope performed and have a small hiatal hernia which I use prevacid for and since going through radiation (in my upper thigh) have ibs and am mostly lactose intolerant. The juice should help me and help build my immune system back up and make me feel good, but alas, it doesn’t. Any idea why? It’s sad. 🙁

  10. Stacey Hansen June 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    thanks for the recipe! i can’t wait to get a juicer and try all your recipes. i have one question…what is a serving size? all 32 ounces? thanks again!

    • Linda June 16, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      Yes!! Or half that if you don’t want to drink it all at once 🙂

      • Rosalie August 30, 2013 at 5:58 am #

        I’m going to start juicing tomorrow and I want to do it for weight lose. Can I juice morning and afternoon and then eat a light dinner of protein and vegi’s? I seen that your serving size is 32oz., do I do that much for breakfast and lunch?

  11. Anonymous June 16, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    This is beaut, thanks! I’m starting a Detox, however, I’m blending everything in my Vitamix.

  12. Sheena Phelps June 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Hello Linda.
    Can you prep your juices in advance? I was wondering about making juice in the morning to take to work with me for lunch. Would the juice still be good? Also curious about making juice in advance the night before for the following morning. I have the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.
    Thanks in advance for your response. 🙂

    • Linda June 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      In my experience, juice made the same day will be good for lunch. I would however, avoid making juice the night before. Unless you freeze it. I always keep a couple pints of juice in the freezer so I have it on hand if time is short!

  13. Mari September 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Is this recipe 1 serving? Or is it more than one serving? It just sounded like a lot of kale and fruit to me but then again i’m not a professional on juicing lol. Thank you!

  14. Ken January 11, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Hello Linda.
    When juicing for weight loss. How often do you drink the juice. All day?
    Do you think if your just juice and drink water and not any food. Would u lose dramatic weight?

    • Linda January 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Ken,

      Stay tuned, I’ve got a Juice Feasting e-book coming out in next week!! It will have a step by step guide and tons of recipes!!

      • Lizanne January 22, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        Where can I order this Juice Feasting e-book from?

  15. Lizanne January 22, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Linda can I use spinach in stead of kale (it’s only available here in South Africa in winter) and can I add some ginger to this weight loss juice? Just love your blogs and recipes!!!!

    • Linda January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      Absolutely!!

  16. Evelin January 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Question! Where do i get those jars? haha sorry im barely discovering this juice thing, i mean i knew about it but until now is that i want to try it!! I dont have a juicer tho :/ but i will use my blender 🙂 i will actually go to the grocery store right now and get some veggies to have as dinner! Im excited!! 🙂

  17. Leigh January 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi Linda this is all pretty new to me. I have a question I hope you could answer for me, first Im looking to lose about 100 pounds and would like to do some juicing using the some of the juice recipes you have listed above. How many juices should I drink per day?

  18. Zak January 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Do you have any recipes on how to make some bloody mary mix (equivalent to Mr & Mrs. T)? Had a few to many last night when studying biology with a friend and even though she is drinking the stuff outta the can I just don’t like consuming anything with chemicals I can’t pronouce. Thanks much and can’t wait to try this energy mix recipe you gave us.

    • Linda January 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      V8 (more like ‘V10’ so I can get more greens!): 1 large heirloom tomato, 1 red pepper, 3 carrots w/green tops, 1 cuke, 1/2 bunch celery, 1/2 bunch arugula, 1/2 bunch parsley, 1 bunch basil, 3 cloves garlic, 1/2 lemon and cayenne to taste – this recipe makes about 1.5 quarts

      Enjoy!!

      • Rosemary April 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

        First time juicing. Do you leave the skin on cucumbers or do you peel them? Thanks

        • Linda April 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

          I personally will wash the cucumbers and juice them with the skin on 🙂

  19. Makk Samuels December 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Foods plays very important role in eyesight improvement, for me carrot worked well to reduce my eye sight. By the way this article is written well. Keep it up 🙂
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