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Good GREEN! ...and a couple of warnings,
This review is from: The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great (Hardcover)I love to juice vegetables and fruits and I have a good friend who literally dragged himself off Death's Door by juicing vegetables that allowed him to heal up from an obesity-caused ailment. I can't think of any better endorsement than that. While it is easy to juice fruits and carrots and cucumbers, greens add a lot more to a healthy mixture and also allow you to eat MORE servings of those deep green vegetables as well as change the balance of your body to a more healthful one.
The author gives you advice on how to make green drinks, which do not necessarily require a juicer, in fact, he informs us that blending (breaking down cell walls of the veg) and triturating juicers do a better job and get you more nutrients (one brand of triturating juicer is the Omega, which I always recommend to my friends. It is listed as a "masticating" but it is also called triturating.) So you actually don't have to have a juicer, per se for this book. A blender can work.
The recipes show you how to incorporate arugula (rocket), kale, collards, other greens and make digestible, nutrient filled and tasty smoothies that can add buckets of vegetables with all their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your daily diet. I have an issue that I do not eat enough vegetables, especially raw ones as I don't like salads when I go out to eat (bagged salads as served nowadays in most places absolutely bore me, like eating leathery, tasteless shrubbery) and I don't use them up fast enough at home. Juicing and green smoothies are actually for me, convenient as well as healthy.
In addition to showing you how to use these green, you get some info on why lemon is alkalizing to the body and why reducing an acid balance (which is typical if you eat a meat and sweet diet) is helpful for weight loss, healing and general health. The recipes here are good--you learn how to use fresh basil, lemons, and other ingredients such as berries to make something that looks perhaps like pond scum but tastes refreshing and delicious. (JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES!!!)
Some warnings; if you have thyroid disease, kale and other cabbage relatives may provoke a reaction (swelling) if you consume them. I cannot drink even one handful of kale juice without feeling it the next day. Listen to your body. I love kale and collards but I am forced to avoid all cabbages, sad to say. And parsley, which I always include in a small, loose, golf-balled sized amount (maybe less than a quarter cup) is toxic in large quantities. So if you get into juicing big time and love parsley, you need to be careful. There can be too much of a good thing. And an additional warning; if you take certain blood thinners, adding a large amount of greens adds more Vitamin K to your system and that affects how the blood thinners work; Vitamin K is involved in the clotting biochemistry of the body. So before you embark on juicing greens, talk to your doctor if you are taking thinners.
Notes on the Kindle Edition: I like Kindle books for subjects such as this--recipes and facts are convenient in Kindle format. But there are too many photos in black and white--pages of them. The regular Kindle displays only black and white so the photos are less than appealing and pretty much useless- I know what arugula looks like and a glass of smoothie is a glass of smoothie without color to show off. I'd suggest you not get the Kindle version unless you just want recipes, because it's annoying to have to page past a lot of photos.
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Posted on Sep 24, 2012 6:40:59 PM PDT
Patricia Gillenwater says:
Thank you so much for all the wonderful information. You have raised many questions in my mind. I have thyroid cancer, which I have had surgery, radiation, and still under going treatment. I have been juicing kale on a regular basis and don't really notice any "swelling". (Even before the treatment) In fact, I love and eat/juice all greens. Of course I'm sure at this point this is something I should now address my MD. Thank you so much for bring this to my attention.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 2:56:51 PM PDT
Jennifer L. Goldsmith says:
Hi Michael I would agree that MOST juicers do not work for juicing. I have a Blendtec and I will probably never use my juicer again. It is extremely powerful (like a Vitamix) and it breaks down a plant's cellular walls so it is available and easy for your body to digest. It does everything from making almond butter to juicing wheatgrass. (yes there is a whole juice button) I have used the Omega 8005 & the Breville JE98XL a few times and I definitely I prefer my Blendtec. I am really happy I had the opportunity to try them out because I was contemplating buying both of them! I saved at least $500 and I am a very happy camper. I also buy organic because I wouldn't want to blend or juice GMO's & pesticides.
Posted on Oct 5, 2012 7:43:04 AM PDT
What did you mean when you said you can feel it the next day if you ingest Kale? I recently started juicing greens (Kale) and I feel HORRIBLE the next day. Very nauseous and blech! I can't tell if its flu, detox or something specific in my juice that's causing it.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 5:21:31 PM PDT
Lisa L. Thompson says:
Blending and juicing are not the same but each have benefits. Juice is more concentrated and a person can consume more nutrients through juicing because the fiber is minimized. If a person is trying to heal from chronic illness, drinking green juices is supposedly an important part of the healing process.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 10:23:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 8:48:41 PM PST
Leslie Estes says:
RE: "...that looks perhaps like pond scum but tastes refreshing and delicious." LMBO! Best EVER description of a green smoothie!
Thanks for the great review and helpful warnings - and a good belly laugh! :-D
Posted on Nov 26, 2012 8:16:27 PM PST
hi to all,i like the coments and thanks for the info,i ready buy the Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer and are amazing,wow,i have also i have the Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro Stainless-Steel Electric Juicer ,but too much mess and to dificult to clean,with the Breville they are simple and more juice cming from the vegtable and fruits.i recomend.Also i but the video they coming with the Breville and they are really good,the same with the The Juicing Bible ,the are clear and a lot info.I take the Soy Total shake on the morning,after 2 o 3 hours i take the vegetable juices,lunch time i eat salad with chicken or fish,after 3 0 4 hours another vegetable juice,around 6:00pm or 6:30pm i go to walk ,and then i take light diner and before bed another juice,No bread,no coke,no rice,no junk food are all,nothing sweet,no dessert,pastas, and burger are out of my menu,one time every 2 weeks i take some junk food but only one,no to much,i have a month a half do that,and ready lost 20 pound,i have 3 heart attack,2 heart catheter operation,but i feel really good.Go ahead people,do for youself,you feel good.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:54:54 AM PST
Tiffany D. Smith says:
could help but comment on this one- I live on the colorado river and at times through the summer there are some of the most beautiful algae blooms in the water- the colors are amazing! even pond scum Can be pretty in its own way!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 1:31:46 PM PST
Joanna Daneman says:
Pond scum can be beautiful--I spent an entire summer in 8th grade collecting it and then opening the jars the next day in the lab (phew!) and cataloging how many algae varieties there were. Very fun.
Posted on Jan 10, 2013 4:08:15 PM PST
J Doe says:
I have Hashimoto's Disease and my juice-mate has Hypothyroidism, Spinal Arthritis, Multiple Myeloma and recently, Diabetes II symptoms: swelling lower legs, bloating, neuropathy in his feet up to his knees. His doctor's suggested these symptoms are due to his body's reactions to chemo treatments but they are also those of Diabetics I recently discovered. So my question is what symptoms can one experience from juicing kale, cabbage or other foods that do not enhance thyroid functioning? This would clarify what or what percentage of greens I would include in juices. Thank You.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 4:12:13 PM PST
Joanna Daneman says:
Hi: I also have Hashimoto's. I find that all cabbages aggravate the inflammation. (kale, cabbage, bok choy.) So I don't use them. Your mate def has the symptoms of diabetes but who knows what the chemo does to the pancreas? I'd suggest staying away from cabbages and use other vegetables. If your mate does have diabetes, they must account for the sugar in the juice in their diet calculations (apple even carrot have sugar and carbs.)