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Drink your vegetables!

We can all remember mom shouting “eat your vegetables” as we grudgingly forced down that cold broccoli that even Fido wouldn’t eat.  I think back to our poor dog and it’s no wonder he lived so long!  Lots and lots of vegetables over the course of my childhood were slipped under the table when my mom was looking the other way.  Sadly, man’s best friend, no matter how much love and good nutrition you give him, doesn’t live forever.  Thankfully I have learned to love vegetables!  I can’t say I am the biggest fan of brussels sprouts, but for the most part I now actually enjoy my veggies.  For those still less than enthusiastic (or without a willing pet) here’s the good news;  vegetables taste even better when you drink them!

And, we get a great deal more nutrition from a glass of fresh vegetable juice than from a serving of vegetables.   It’s just not as simple to get all of the necessary nutrients, phytonutrients and vitamins in cooked vegetables as it once was . The nutrient depleted soil we grow our vegetables in today requires us to eat more for the equivalent nutrition that our grandparents realized from the vegetables grown in their gardens.  Even more, the heat from cooking the vegetables kills the enzymes present in them.  By juicing raw vegetables we don’t destroy these valuable enzymes.  So getting in those 6-8 servings a day is much easier.  In a single glass of juice, we can get the same amount of nutrition that would require us to eat several servings of fruits and vegetables.

For those just getting started, the first step is naturally finding the right juicer.  Juicers can range from just over $30 to $2000.  While you don’t need to run out and spend a couple of grand, you do want to shy away from the cheaper models because they break easily, are very noisy and don’t produce good juice.  I personally own the  Champion Juicer , have for many years and highly recommend it.  The  Omega NC800 , also highly rated and a great performer, is what many colleagues of mine own and can’t boast enough about.

Next, make sure to choose fresh produce, and always get organic whenever possible.  Rinse well, and juice away.  Be creative!  The more variety you can squeeze in the better.  You’ll be amazed at how yummy they all taste when combined together.

Be sure to check in with us in the days ahead.  Healthy Habitude will be offering not only recipes, but also informational webinars, videos, juice fasts and group cleanses.  In the meantime, your juicer will come with a recipe book to get you started.  For those more eager to dive in, there are some great books available on Amazon.  One of the top selling books on juicing is The Juicing Bible . Aside from a number of great juice recipes, this book will help guide those with specific health concerns and is an excellent reference book to have as part of your library.

 

 

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Eat your medicine

The use of diet to treat illness is not a new notion.    “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food”.  The father of medicine said this in the 4th century B.C.!  But Hippocrates was not the first to use food and plants to treat disease.  Medicine Men or Shamans in Prehistoric times used herbs and minerals for healing.  The first recorded dietary advice, was carved into a Babylonian stone tablet in 2500. In the 6th century B.C. China’s Ho the physician prescribed diets for disease.  And even in the Bible’s Book of Daniel we can find reference to an experiment in diet and health.  It makes one wonder why nutrition is considered “alternative” medicine; it can hardly be considered “new age” .

Fast forward to today:  One in Five Americans claim to be taking at least five prescription drugs in a given month, and nearly half of all Americans are currently taking one or more medications.  The trend to attempt to resolve all aches and pains with a pill, without any recommendation or consideration of preventative or lifestyle and dietary suggestions has become the basis of mainstream medicine.  I can remember being asked if I was on any medications at an office visit with my doctor; now it is more like how many with a double take when I proudly say “none”.  Thankfully, I have found a supportive doctor who has accepted after years of refusal that I am not going to ever fill the prescriptions he prescribes.  We have come to an understanding, and now he does all that he can to suggest a more natural remedy for me.  But the resistance of western medicine to accept alternative therapies as anything but pseudo-medicine is still sadly the norm and we have some way to go before that changes.  Still, a shift in attitude and in practice is happening one patient, and one doctor at a time.  While you may still find your doctor reaching for his prescription pad before suggesting an herb or food, you may find a more open mind regarding the relationship between diet and good health.