I was very lucky to grow up on fresh juices. My mother had the right idea and got me started early. Unfortunately growing up in America I got off track for a few years and am now getting back to basics. Although a vegetarian for over 28 years my diet has been filled with way too much cheese, bread and soy. A common problem of vegetarians in the West. Six years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which lead to me having surgery to have a lymph node removed. Although it's said that this disease isn't affected by my diet I have noticed a lot of changes in my body's response to certain foods and irritants since my surgery. My recovery time should have been triple what it was but going on a diet of only fresh fruits, vegetable soup and freshly juiced vegetable juice got me back on my feet in no time.
I am still learning about juicing but wanted to share this video with you guys below which talks about the benefits of juicing versus blending. Juicing versus blending is often a debate amongst my friends. I personally prefer juicing but blend a lot as well. Juicing is a way for me to enjoy foods such as beets and celery that I don't enjoy so much when I'm eating them. Also the way I feel after such a strong jolt of vitamins is always good. I like doing everything in bulk when it comes to food so I often juice my hard fruits and vegetables separately so that I can control how much sugar is going into each rather than juicing everything together. I then like to divide them up and make different smoothies and shakes throughout the week. Some of my favorite vegetables to juice are celery, beets and carrots.
The video below offers some great tips on when to juice and when to blend and why. The most important thing though is that you do it!