Should I Try……Juicing? The Smart Way to Juice, No Fasting Involved {Plus, Juicer Giveaway!}

by lydia on May 20, 2014

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER**

THE WINNER IS CHRISTINE TARDIFF – CONGRATULATIONS!

Perhaps you’ve heard that juicing is a super healthy thing to do and are on the fence about getting started. Maybe, you even watched the documentary; Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ and decided by golly I’ve gotta start juicing. If you are still asking yourself the question; ‘Should I Try Juicing?‘, let me help you make your decision.

Juicing

I think there is a smart way to juice, that does not involve fasting. I don’t think fasting is the a healthy option for most people. There are several reasons for that, two big ones are; 1) most people do not have balanced blood sugar and 2) most people today are carrying a lot of toxic waste in their bodies (myself included).

Why does that matter? If you do not have balanced blood sugar, doing a juice fast is not a good idea. Most juices contain a lot of concentrated sugars with no fiber or fat to slow down their absorption. It would actually be a better idea to use a small amount of juice as a part of your meal, OR turn your juice into more of a smoothie with some added fat to help you assimilate all the nutrients and keep your blood sugar from spiking. Also, a straight juice fast can cause one to detoxify too quickly and this can be risky. It can also be extremely uncomfortable.

I recommend adding juicing in to your diet as a supplemental practice rather than as a fast. There may be a time to do a juice fast however for the most part I don’t think it’s a good idea.

Today, I am sharing a bit more info. on how to get started with juicing along with a few great recipes. Then, I’m going to give you a chance to WIN a brand new juicer for FREE! Sound good?!

Juicing: The Basics

First off, I’m going to point you to my good friend and colleague, Melanie Christner’s post Juicing 101: Why Do It, Which Juicers Are Best, Recipes To Try. She dishes out some great info. and the best juicers to look for if you are ready to get into juicing.

I personally think juicing is a wonderful complement to a healthy diet. I myself juice on occasion when it fits the budget. I feel it helps me to easily assimilate some extra nutrients and seems to help balance my energy, hormones and sleep.

Also, check out this post by my friend Linda; The Diary of a Reluctant Juicer. And this one from Jessica, Let’s Juice! My friend Jennifer shares about why she loves juicing and the benefits, as well as a bit on oxalates in juices and why they matter.

 

Juice Recipes to Try

Below I’ve included a small compilation of some juice recipes you can try out, but first I want to share my favorite juice recipe currently.

1-2 medium organic beets (include the top and a bit of the stems if possible)

6-7 organic medium carrots

1/2 lemon

1/2 bunch organic parsley

1 inch chunk of fresh ginger root

I like to push the parsley through with a carrot, as well as the lemon. Play around with the ingredients a bit to get it just how you  like it. I sometimes add a large dollop of coconut cream that I blend in with my immersion blender. This recipe is particularly excellent for the liver and gallbladder. Enjoy!

More Recipes:

 

Win a Breville Compact Juice Fountain

( a $99.95 value)! 

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….Wanna Win?! 

 

How To Enter!

First off, head on over to check out the details of the Breville Juicer  by clicking the link below:

Breville Compact Juice Fountain 700 Watt Juice Extractor

(It will take you to Amazon.com to read all about the juicer. Just come back here and carry on with the next steps.)

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This giveaway opens TODAY, May 20, 2014 and closes on June 10, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be selected within 72 hours after the close of the giveaway from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway. Winners will be announced on the giveaway post and contacted by Lydia at DivineHealthFromTheInsideOut.Com via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents without restrictions and Canadian residents with restrictions. Canadian residents must pay shipping/customs fee if they win.

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{ 88 comments… read them below or add one }

Tera May 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Just started the 10 day green smoothie cleanse, this would be an awesome win!

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Madeline May 29, 2014 at 3:04 am

Would LOVE to win this to juice some ginger into my greens! :)

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Janie N May 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I don’t have a juicer or blender but have been reading so much about the benefits that I would love to try. I need more veggies & fruit in my diet so I would start with some smoothies

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Jo May 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

So many recipes! Awesome!

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Sharon Alexander May 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

I have wanted to start juicing for a while now. Thanks for all the info

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Katlyn May 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

Love your juicing recipes I don’t have a juicer but I do have a vitamix!!! A juicer would be sooo awesome though!!! Thanks for your website and the giveaway!!

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Cassidy May 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

I’d love to start juicing more!

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Francesca May 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

I started getting interested in juicing since I heard of the Gerson Therapy few months ago…this juicer would be really helpful for trying this! thanks

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Dawn M. May 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Ive been very interested in juicing as part of my diet change…but the machines are so expensive…

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Mickey Louth May 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I’m a little confused with this comment thing..for a crockpot? anyway, I’d love a juicer. Daughter has one and wants me to go on a 3 day fast with her….because of my blood sugars, I’m thinking more along the lines you specified above…can’t wait for my garden to begin producing…better get it planted soon 😛

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Bambi May 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I would love to cook Barbacoa Beef in my crock pot.

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Knit Yeah May 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Would love to win the juicer! Our old one has seen its day. Missing good fresh juice!

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Shell May 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Morning juices, yum!

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Sarah D. May 31, 2014 at 1:35 am

This looks like a great juicer. Would love to make lemonade with it! (Lemons and apples, that’s it. Delicious!)

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Harlena Dyer May 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

Crockpot??
If I won the juicer the first recipe I’d try is the one you posted with the beets, carrots, parsley, ginger & lemon

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christi May 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

Been wanting a juicer soooo bad.. Lots of health probs, I need to get healthy.

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Wendi May 31, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I would love to make a green smoothie with oranges, strawberries, and spinach may even add some coconut milk to go with it.

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Birdiebee June 1, 2014 at 3:05 am

I would love to make a vegetable juice first thing.

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Rachel C June 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I’d love to make fruit and vegetable juices for my family and I .

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Violet Revo June 2, 2014 at 2:07 am

In a crockpot I’d make chicken broth. In a juicer I’d make something with parsley and cucumber!

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Elena Vo June 2, 2014 at 2:29 am

Blueberry and raspberry cocktail for breakfast every day for me! Would absolutely love that.

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Tracy June 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I have been edging around juicing slowly making my way closer and closer, especially after I saw the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead! This juicer would give me the opportunity to make some much needed changes in my life :)

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Lisa June 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

This would be fantastic! I could sneak veggies into my teenagers :-)

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Amanda June 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I tried a juice fast with my Vitamix and using a nut milk bag to strain it out. It worked, but the juice running over my hands made them so raw! I would love to have an actual juicer!

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Dena June 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

This juicer has been on my Amazon wish list for months!

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Laura June 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

To win this would be a dream-come-true!

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Laura Lasley June 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I would love to start juicing to incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet

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mindy June 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

Juicer….I would do a Candida juice cleanse!
Lol the entry above says what would you do with crock pot if you win…. vegetable broth.

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mindy m June 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm

a good way to incorporate for veggies in the whole family’s diets!

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Barbara Dougherty June 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I would love to make some refreshing and hydrating drinks. Thanks

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amanda whiltey June 10, 2014 at 9:55 am

i would make the kids fresh juices with it .

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Andi June 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

My coworker swears by juicing (in addition to regular whole food eating)

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Annette June 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

If I win, I want to use it to get on a liquid detox fast for a few days.

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Melissa R June 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Just stumbled across your fb page after being diagnosed with LPR today. I would love to add juicing to my journey to heal my gut and the rest of my body.

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lydia June 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

Thanks to all who participated!

The winner is:

Christine Tardiff

Congratulations!

Everyone else- Stay tuned for the next giveaway coming in July!

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Tina November 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

Lydia, My husband used to be a diabetic, but now is no longer one. I’m looking at starting to juice, as our family is doing GAPS intro, but I’m wondering if this would cause some complications for him as he’s had a diabetic history. Any of your thoughts? Thanks so much!

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