February 23, 2012

Reboot Your Life

How juicing is a fun way to stay on track to a healthier lifestyle

Many people don’t understand how food really works with our bodies. Most know that McDonald's everyday isn't healthy, but many don't know that even "healthy" foods can be unhealthy if eaten the wrong way. I was not until I watched the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, when I learned how foods actually worked with my body. I learned all the technically terms for food that means "good for you" and did some research of my own to see how natural chemicals worked with my body to promote healthy function.

The best way to view foods is in two main categories: foods that are rich in macronutrients and foods that are rich micronutrients. Macronutrients are the ones that people should not eat in excess like, carbohydrates and fats, while micronutrients consist of vitamins, phytonutrients, and other vital minerals. Micronutrients and phytonutrients are regularly found in fruits, nuts, and vegetables; this is why juicing is such a healthy diet change.

The vast array of chemistry knowledge of fruits and vegetables has led many juice creations to promote certain effects. Doctors and other natural practitioners state that a diet full of micronutrients, coupled with physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking can severely reduce the risk for certain types of cancers, metabolic syndromes, and cardiovascular diseases. And if someone already has been diagnosed with a certain ailment, a micronutrient-rich lifestyle can reduce the severity of symptoms and can actually alleviate the need for some medications. This was seen in the documentary, and the effects of the creator, Joe Cross, and a person he helped were incredible.

So back to the creative way to a healthier lifestyle…The best part about juicing is that every fruit and vegetable are full of these vital nutrients, so any combination can give you a tasty treat. So get your thinking caps on, and concoct your own mixture. This is a good way to get those needed fruit and vegetable servings, while making a tasty disguise for the young ones. To start you off, I will give you the recipe of one that I made up, called the Hawaiian Getaway. It is a great way to start of the day, relax, and get a good amount of antioxidants.

Hawaiian Getaway

This juice has actually been studied, and used in cancer hospitals to give patients a healthy boost and delicious treat. It is rich in antioxidants and great for digestion, and its a little taste of paradise.


¼ Pineapple
1 cup blueberries
1 piece for fresh ginger (roughly ½ inch)

Wash ingredients
Core and Peel Pineapple
Pour over or blend ice
Sprinkle coconut on top for an added island feel.

 Picture courtesy of smallfootprintfamily.com

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