By now you are probably getting the idea that healthy juices are going to play a large part in your efforts to help you create better health. And this isn’t just about diabetes at this point – it’s about getting a LOT of nutrition into those little cells of yours!
Again, as I keep mentioning (and sorry if it sounds like I’m harping on it) – please talk to your doctor or your healthcare professional about how you would like to begin incorporating new foods and other lifestyle changes. They will undoubtedly want to monitor your progress and make sure that you are on track.
So, let’s talk for a moment about juice.
First of all, I am NOT talking about any juice that you see in the “juice aisle” at your local grocery store. Every one of them – even if they say “100% natural juice” or some such thing – if you look at the labels, you’ll notice stuff like the words “from concentrate” or “natural flavors” or even – Heaven forbid – “High Fructose Corn Syrup.” *shudder*
My husband, who works very long hours – often in the hot sun – will often take a chilled V8 to work with him. Fair enough. But, I want you to notice something about this particular drink. In one 11.5 ounce can of V8 Original, there are 600 mg of Sodium! That’s about a quarter of a typical day’s daily allowance of salt! And, I will all but guarantee that it’s not even a sea-salt or a salt with any nutritive value at all.
Oh, let’s not forget about the 9 grams of sugar in a can of V8. Now, it DOES have a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as a touch (4% daily value) of Calcium and 4% daily value of Iron.
But, here’s another thing I need you to notice and pay careful attention to: V8 is also Pasteurized. The label says “Pasteurized for Premium Quality.” You don’t get “pasteurized” foods unless they are heated. And heat kills the enzymes that were originally in the vegetable. So, basically, you’re getting an over-cooked and over-processed juice. Yes, it has its value.
But, in Matt Traverso’s – and Dr. Young’s and Dr. Cousens’ programs – the thing they ALL stress is fresh juice. FRESH. Freshly juiced on your countertop juicer.
Now, if we look at the ingredients in a standard, or original flavor of V8, you’ll see that they include the juices of tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, and spinach. All good stuff – in their NATURAL (translate: UNCOOKED) form.
Take a look at the photo I just took of one of my morning juices. I’ve been using tomatoes (check!), carrots (check!), celery (check!)… I don’t have any beets at present, and my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer doesn’t do a great job of juicing greens (need to get another Omega juicer for that one!) – but I have been putting greens into my little smoothie maker, and then adding my fresh juice from the Jack LaLanne to the greens mix, and turning it into a smoothie.
Again, once we get another Omega or Champion juicer, we’ll be able to juice the greens as well. (If you would like to read my article about what are probably the best juicers on the market today, simply CLICK HERE)
Some other healthy juices that we use on a daily basis includes our morning lemon and orange juice.
Yes… EVERY morning. Actually, we’ve been having this morning ritual since about 1996. So, at least 16 years worth of fresh lemons and oranges every day.
If for some reason we can’t get oranges, we just have lemon. You should see my grocery cart when I get my weekly lemon supply. Sometimes the cashier will ask me about it (“uh… boy, that’s a LOT of lemons!”), and it offers me an opportunity to talk about the power of fresh fruits and vegetables.
And, let’s not forget about the power of greens!
Another staple – and in fact, as I type this I was reminded to make myself a quick “green drink” for a snack.
Now, some people don’t enjoy green drinks. I honestly don’t know why! I am – and have been – completely hooked on the Health Force SuperFoods brand “Vitamineral Green” for years. I buy it in the largest bottle available (to date) which is 500 grams (17.95 ounces).
Just 1.5 tablespoons of this power food contains a whopping 34 calories, Total Cabohydrate: 4.07 grams (of which 2.50 grams is Dietary Fiber, and 0.62 grams of Sugars), 3.63 grams of Protein, 0.3 grams of Fat and 55 mg of Sodium. That’s it!
And yet, you get the goodness of so many wonderful plants it’s hard to believe! From the label:
“From the Land:” Nettle Leaf, Alfalfa Grass, Dandelion Leaf, Barley Grass, Oat Grass, Horsetail/Shavegrass, Parsley Leaf, American Basil, Holy Basil/Tulsi, Chickweed, Moringa Leaf, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Ginger Root, Yacon Leaf, Carob Pod, Shilajit, and Amla Berry.
“From the Waters:” Spirulina and Chlorella
“From the Oceans:” Kelp, Dulse, Lavar, Bladderwrack, Alaria, and Nori.
“VMG ™ Enzyme Concentrate:” Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase, Bromelain, Papain, Alpha-Galactosidase.
“VMG ™ Friendly Force ™ Probiotics:” L. Plantarum, L. Paracasei, L. Rhamnosus, L. Salivarius, S. Thermophilus, and L. Bulgaricus.
The label itself makes for some great reading!
Here’s an interesting little anecdote for you… Yesterday, I found myself at one of those ubiquitous “Chinese Buffets” – they really do seem to be everywhere. (Before you jump all over me for indulging in such an incredibly unhealthy food, I was an invited guest… and I’m also trying to remember the key phrase “in moderation!”) So anyway, there I was at the Chinese Buffet, eating the things one finds at these places – a couple of chicken wings, a couple fake-crab rangoons, some overly salty or MSG’d soup, and God only knows what else.
I finally arrived back home at about 2:30 in the afternoon, and sat down at the computer to get some work done.
I could not concentrate to save my life!
All I wanted to do was take a nap! Seriously folks – this was the first time in over a week I had been out for lunch, and of course during this past week I had also been consuming fresh juices, smoothies, and a mainly plant-based diet. And, during these last couple of weeks, my focus has been sharp, and my energy levels high.
And here I was getting ready to take a nap.
Then, I remember my Vitamineral Greens. I quickly went into the kitchen and made myself a strong glass of greens in water, and slowly sipped it – allowing my saliva to mix with the juice before swallowing.
Within a few minutes – maybe 10 or 15, I felt my energy levels come back, and I was able to get back to work.
So, when I tell you that I personally feel that including fresh, live, healthy juices in my daily routine is a good idea, I tell you that from my heart. Take some time to read about this subject with either Matt Traverso’s book (which I’m offering to you here => Buy “Reverse Diabetes Now!”), or any number of other affirmative thinking experts.
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