Be careful what you juice for
We all love juice. You can't beat a good, hot Bloody Mary when you've built up a proper hangover. Or how about a refreshing vodka and cranberry? Remember when they were all the rage? But I'm being flippant, some people do use juices for dieting and they can get impressive results. The self proclaimed 'Juice Master', Jason Vale, recommends a 28 day juice diet. You can check it out here. And the weight will drop off. But then it would, wouldn't it? The juice diet is a simple way of restricting your calories, and calorie restriction works. It's simple. But the problem is, it's not necessarily easy. Any diet that relies on the willpower to stick to a certain food regime is always going to give us humans with Amy Brains a bit of a hard time. And then because it's based on abnormal eating, there's much more chance that once you come off the juice the weight will just pile back on.
The point about juice is that it is delicious. So that makes it a great way to get nutrients into your body. But it doesn't particularly fill you up, and it certainly doesn't counter the cravings for real food. And of course the more fruit you add to any recipe the more of a sugar hit you are loading your bloodstream with and that doesn't go anywhere good.
So much as I truly do love juice (even without the vodka) I'm pretty cautious about it when it comes to proper weight loss that sticks.
But I'm working on an exception. The idea of Sirtfoods is that they are an additive kind of diet. Actually eating more of them helps to prevent you storing fat, so the argument goes. You can eat lots of (most of) them without any calorie worries too. Things like celery and kale aren't going to trouble even the strictest calorie counter. So even on a Fastday I've been knocking back a Sirtfood juice or two. And on a reload day, when anything goes, they are a positive bonus if they really do prevent all those chips being stored as fat. Do you believe the Sirtfood story? It's worth checking out. From my limited experience it seems to be doing something good.
So here's the one juice I recommend. (for weight loss, not hangovers)
For one juice (scale up for the day and keep it in the fridge)
- kale - 2 handfulls
- rocket - 1 handful
- parsley - a small bunch
- 2-3 stalks of green celery (the greener, more bitter, the better!)
- ½ green apple
- juice of ½ lemon
- ½ level tsp of Matcha green tea powder (also bitter stuff!)
Juice all the greens (kale, rocket, parsley, celery, apple). A slow press juicer is best, especially for the leafy bits. Pour a drop into a glass and add the Matcha powder. Give this is good stir; it's a bugger to dissolve. Squeeze your half of lemon into the juice, fill up the glass. Stirr again and drink.
Have two or three a day, well spaced apart and in between meals. If you haven't got a juicer just eat the stuff and wash it down with a cup of green tea. Works just as well. After-all it's what we are designed to do. It just takes a bit more chomping. And it's not quite as fashionable. But at least you don't have to clean out the blinking juicer.
And just to be clear, for once, I'm not being flippant. Do chomp on celery, kale and rocket. And do drink green tea. It's all good.