I love juicing! It’s changed my life and almost every morning unless I’m traveling, my husband and I start our day with a fresh vegetable juice! A lot of people have said to me, “you don’t seem to change at all, you look the same or better than you did 20 years ago!” What’s your secret? And I say, “good thoughts and good nourishment” and daily vegetable juice is at the core of the good nourishment! My husband was skeptical about juicing (he never thought he’d be able to do it) but 2 years ago after trying everything to lose extra pounds he gave in and started doing 3 day juice cleanses with me. He lost 30 pounds and has easily been able to keep it off and he loves juicing so much now he’s always asking me, “when are we going to do another cleanse?”
Juicing can help you lose weight and increase your health and vitality because, raw foods contain something that cannot be found in cooked food: live enzymes and juicing is the easiest way to flood your body with them.
Enzymes are the catalyst for every human function. We were born with the capacity to produce a great deal of enzymes and started life with a huge enzyme “bank account.” However, the standard cooked American fare uses up enzymes during the digestion process without replacing them. Over time we become enzyme impoverished. We perceive this as our metabolism slowing as we age, but it’s really because we are becoming enzyme deficient.
Enzymes are your body’s workers. They clean up all the garbage and waste that slows your body down, makes you feel sick, tired and sluggish and packs on the extra pounds. The more enzymes you take in through eating raw plant food, the more fuel you will have to complete the chores that your body must do to keep you in a vibrant, healthy and youthful state.
Here’s another way to look at the importance of enzymes. We are living beings but a lot of us consume mostly food that is dead – or cooked. Ask yourself, how can dead food, sustain living beings without making those beings less vibrant? The more live food we eat the more vibrant or “full of life” we are.
If you’re skeptical about all of this, I invite you to try adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet and see for yourself how much better you’ll feel. A simple way to start doing this is to start your day with a freshly juiced vegetable drink and then add a large raw vegetable salad to your lunch and dinner. Studies now show that drinking freshly juiced vegetables can triple your weight loss and women who have the highest intakes of phyto-chemicals had body fat levels that were 46 percent lower than those that took in the least! So drink up your veggies! Here’s my favorite recipe.
Bonnie’s Favorite Veggie Juice
- 1 lemon
- 1 small apple
- 6 carrots
- 1 Beet
- ½ large cucumber
- 6 Kale leaves
- 1/2 head of Romaine
- 1″ Ginger
Wash everything with “Veggie Wash” ( and then put it through your juicer. I find this juice deliciously refreshing and invigorating.
I can just feel all those wonderful fresh enzymes going to work cleaning all the garbage out of my body and flood my cells with phyto-chemicals!
If you are ready to give a 3 Day Juicing Cleanse a try for yourself, you can join us in our New Year New You – Juice Cleanse!