Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How I Use Juice In Our Menu

Over the past 2 years, I have become an avid juice drinker. But not just the bottled juice at the grocery store. In fact, I steer clear of those. The juice I drink is real homemade juice from the produce itself.

In July of 2012, I chose to do a Juice Fast. I drank only fresh real juice for 15 days. We bought a juice extractor and each week we would load up on real produce at the market. Then I'd juice fresh juice each day and drink it all day long. I found many recipes that I loved. And I found that my body, even in my obese unhealthy state, really responded to the fresh juice. I felt GREAT!

I like to try new recipes. I also like to shop at thrift stores. So it makes sense that I find many recipe books and interesting health books at thrift stores. Sometimes the books are filled with WONDERFUL information and ideas, other times, not so much. But one book that was very helpful to me was written by a doctor, talking about his analysis of how fresh fruits and vegetables help our bodies and what they do for our systems. From this book, I found many wonderful recipes and was able to invent some of my own.

My favorite morning juice, one that I still make quite often, is a citrus blend that we call Zesty Citrus Cleanse. The basic recipe is 2 Ruby Red Grapefruits, 1 Lemon, 1 Lime, and a bit of ginger. As I have posted in the past, I like to make things in bulk, so I actually buy a full bag of each kind of fruit, sometimes also adding oranges, and then juice it all at once. I store them in clean glass canning jars in my refrigerator. And I drink some for breakfast every day.

It is commonly known that when a person wakes up in the morning they need food within the first hour in order to jump start their metabolism. The Diet Center menu plan instructed people to start with lemon water each day. The Hallelujah Diet menu claims that fruit, especially citrus fruits, are a natural body cleanse that helps flush waste from your body. And many books suggest having fruit during the day, thus allowing you all day to burn of the extra sugar calories. All of these reasons, and probably a couple more, led me to the conclusion that starting each day with a citrus juice is a good idea.

For me, this morning juice is critical. I am not a morning person. I wake up groggy and usually later than I had hoped. I have things to do and I don't want to take time to eat. Also eating is a relaxation for me, so when I stop to eat I start to lose my momentum for the day. So it is better for me to not eat in the morning. But my body needs fuel and my health requires something sustaining. The best solution is fresh juice. It is real juice filled with vitamins, nutrients and healthy calories. It is premade and only requires a quick shake and a straw. It is portable and easy to sip while I am doing other things. And the Zesty Citrus Cleanse is a fabulous boost to my system and cleanse for my body. I can feel it working immediately and it feels GREAT!

What is your favorite breakfast meal to break your fast?

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