The Juicing Trend

The juicing diet trend is really heating up this summer! In case you’ve never heard of it, juicing is when you only consume liquids like water, teas, fruit juices and vegetable juices for a certain period of time (a few days to a week is typical). In other words: no solid foods. It may sound difficult, but this diet will cleanse your body of toxins and help you lose weight, which means you can still get that hot swimsuit body ready this summer in no time!

Now that I’ve got your attention, you are probably wondering, “why should I juice?” Well, for starters, by staying away from solid foods, your body spends less energy on digestion because juicing takes out all of the fiber from your diet. Basically, you are drinking straight up nutrients, vitamins and enzymes which allows your body to put its energy into cleaning your insides and drawing up acidic waste that could be causing symptoms like headaches, constipation, diarrhea, skin troubles, fatigue, bloating, ya know… all the fun things LOL If you’re asking yourself “Can I drink fruit and veggie juice to get rid of my ugly health problems?” My answer is  “Why yes, yes you can” Winning!

When starting this diet you should be drinking about 4-6 juices of 16-20 ounces a day. I would make sure 33 ounces only consists of green vegetables (still can’t get away from these babies!).  The point of this diet is to cleanse all of the junk we unfortunately store into our bodies and replace it with a vitamin and nutrients. Juicing can still be done even when maintaining a healthy solid food diet. If you have small meals throughout your day make sure to drink at least 16 ounces of juice after every juice meal.

I know this may sound like a miracle diet, but I need to stress that you SHOULD NOT get carried away with juicing! There are a few things you should keep in mind while on this diet trend. Please remember that if you truly commit to juicing and cut out all solid foods for a short period of time your body needs to adjust to this transition. You will probably feel hungry for the first couple days, but don’t give up! That being said, definitely cut out some time for relaxation and gentle movements like stretching and walking. This is the perfect time to catch up on your favorite shows! If you over exert yourself, you could be doing more harm than good. No matter your lifestyle, juicing in general is a good for your mind, body and spirit. Trust me, by the end of the cleanse you should be a ball full of energy.

Juicing sounds too good to be true, right? Celebrities like Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, and Russell Simmons all SWEAR by this diet. They’re practically juice junkies.

Because I’m such a nice person, I’ve also included a few mouth-watering recipes to kick start you into “change your lifestyle forever” mode.

Green Monster

1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Cucumber
4 Stalks of Celery
4-6 Kale Leaves
1/4 Lemon Peeled
1″ Ginger

Juicy Energizer

2 Apples
1 Cucumber
1 Cup Blueberries
2 Cups of Grapes
2 Kale Leaves

Veggie Explosion

1 Medium Apple
3 Medium Carrots
1 Handful of Cilantro
1 Cup chopped Collard Greens
4 Kale leaves
1 Medium Pepper (sweet red)

Vitamin C Bomb

1 Medium Apple
4 Kiwifruits
¼ Lemon (with rind)
¼ Lime (with rind)
2 Oranges (peeled)
1 Pineapple
5 Strawberries.

Let me know how they taste, and feel free to share any recipes you might have

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