Australia was one of the first countries to truly embrace juicing culture, and the craze is only getting stronger. There is now a growing trend towards juicing diets, cleanses and detoxes that offer impressive results; not only in terms of weight loss, but also for their undeniable health and lifestyle benefits.
Juicing is a tasty way to provide your body with the natural nutrients that are often lacking from eating over-processed foods and making unhealthy lifestyle choices – and let’s face it, drinking a juice is much easier than eating a huge bowl of salad.
UK author and motivational speaker Jason Vale, better known as the ‘Juice Master’, is an advocate for the juicing lifestyle, and SheSaid caught up with Jason on his recent visit to Australia to get his insight on the benefits of juicing and his advice for maintain a balanced juicing diet.
What inspired you to get into juicing?
It was my own ill health that led me on this juicy journey. I was covered from head to toe in a skin condition called psoriasis to the point where almost every inch of my body- including my face- was affected. I was badly asthmatic, using an inhaler up to 14 times a day. I was also overweight and suffered terrible hay fever and smoked 40-60 cigarettes a day.
When I started to juice I saw my life and health transformed and I have witnessed tens of thousands of others do the same. I transformed myself by drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day, losing 25kg and gaining a new perspective on health.
What are the key benefits of a juice diet?
Juicing allows the perfect liquid fuel to help you improve your general health. Beauty comes from within and once you start to hydrate your body with vegetable and fruit juices everything shines.
When you give up processed foods and replace just one meal a day with a freshly made juice you have changed 1/3 of you diet in one simple step. Your friends will notice the shine in your skin, your hair your nails, your eyes, the whole you. It’s like adding super unleaded instead of diesel to an unleaded car.
Juicing is definitely not a fad.
By fasting you are giving your body a rest from trying to breakdown the processed foods that seems to have taken over our diets. Once we stop eating these foods and give the body a rest, then the body is able to reboot the liver, kidneys, intestines, blood, every organ in the body gets an overhaul. We are always detoxing, yes the body is designed to detox, but sometimes it is too difficult for the body to do its job properly.
I like to compare it to how often do people work hard up until their holiday and then complain for the first week of their holiday they were struck down with the flu. This is the body saying yes, seeing as you have finally slowed down, now I can start doing some cleaning up here.
At my health retreats we have seen the transformation in many people once they have been shown how to make nutritious, tasty juices.
What are your favourite ingredients to juice together?
I always take a couple of apples for juice volume, soluble fibre, and sweetness. I then add celery, spinach, kale, raw beetroot, cucumber, ginger, carrot and lime. This gives a wonderful spectrum of nutrition, plus it tastes stupidly lovely!
The first couple of days on a juice diet can often be quite challenging. What advice would you give for someone just starting out with juicing?
Anyone who starts a juice diet of any kind needs to understand that for the first 72 hours the body is in ‘withdrawal’ mode. People call this ‘detox’, when it is in fact withdrawal like the withdrawal from nicotine. The maximum it lasts is 72 hours, but the vast majority of people only feel it every now and then. The feeling of withdrawal from refined sugar and caffeine is one of ‘hunger’. This ‘false hunger’ will go and by day four you are left flying on a juice high!
What would be your advice for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle?
Use juicing as a tool, but don’t become too obsessed with food and nutrition. We are all human and a balance is not a bad thing. I would always advise at least one good veggie juice a day and a five or seven day pure juice diet once every three months. When it comes to food I would keep what I eat as unprocessed as possible whilst having the odd blow out remembering that we are human and food is there to be enjoyed.
Coming into summer, what would be your favourite summer juice?
It has to be the homemade Lemon-Aid. This is the healthiest, creamiest and most natural lemonade in the world. You’ll need…
2 x golden delicious apples
1 x 1/3 unwaxed lemon
1 x small handful of ice cubes
Sandwich the lemon (with skin on) between the two apples in the chute of the juicer, and juice the lot. Pour over ice and enjoy.
This is best served with friends. Why not make a pitcher and of this delicious refreshing juice? Using the ratio of two apples and a third of a lemon per person, make a large batch and pour into a jug of crushed ice – perfect for a sizzling summer day.
Together with Juice Master Jason Vale, Philips aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle this summer by making juicing at home even more convenient. With their clever QuickClean design, the easy-to-use Philips QuickClean Juicers can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute. Maximum juice with minimum fuss. Happy juicing!