How to get started
Despite the fact that I know juicing is good for me, it’s daunting to think about doing it every day. When I brought my excuses to the experts, they shot me down at every turn.
EXCUSE NO. 1: I don’t have time
EXPERT ADVICE: Make it part of your routine “It’s not that you don’t have the time, it’s that you don’t make the time,” Carr says. Because the best times to drink fresh juice are first thing in the morning (to cleanse your system) and in the afternoon (to give you an energy pick-me-up), Carr starts every day by revving up her juicer and makes enough for the afternoon as well. Carr also tells me to wash my vegetables and fruit ahead of time and even bag them in handy, daily packs. Cormier recommends that I leave my juicer (and a big bowl of produce) on my counter to serve as a reminder of my new habit.
EXCUSE NO. 2: It’s expensive
EXPERT ADVICE: Remember that you get what you pay for Research reveals that organic fruits and vegetables contain 30 percent higher levels of antioxidants and, of course, no pesticides, which studies link to cancer. Plus, when you use organic produce you can juice the skins, too, which are chock-full of health benefits; it also saves you time because you don’t have to peel.
EXCUSE NO. 3: It’s wasteful
EXPERT ADVICE: Recycle your pulp Carr advises running the pulp through the juicer to squeeze it dry (you’ll get anywhere from 2 to 4 extra ounces of juice!). I also discovered that certain juicers yield more nutritious nectar than others (for the best machines, see “The Right Juicer for You,” below). “You can also add the pulp to your garden’s compost pile, turn it into a soup stock, or if you want to get fancy, use a dehydrator to make tasty crackers,” says Carr, who also tells me I can feed the pulp to my pets. (I discovered my dog’s favorite squeezings are carrot and kale.)
EXCUSE NO. 4: It’s too hard to do every day
EXPERT ADVICE: Set realistic goals Cormier recommends I start out small by juicing just on the weekends at first, then build up to juicing every day. She suggests making enough juice for the next morning too. “Fresh juices do lose some nutrients when not sipped soon after squeezing, but it’s much healthier to get a percentage of nutrients in day-old juice than to not get any from raw fruits and veggies,” she says. To preserve potency, store juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I’ve juiced (almost) every day for a month and my skin is clear, I have more energy, I’m a few pounds lighter and I’ve become very regular (sorry— TMI?). Now I just need to figure out a way to get the juicer to clean itself.