Is juicing right for you? By Oliver Wolf

If you have been reading these articles and are still wondering it juice cleansing is right for you, this final article was written to help with just that. Below I have listed some questions to serve as guidelines and help you as you read through and decide:

1. Is your diet low in fruits and vegetables?
2. Do you have the funds to drink these high calorie drinks?
3. Do you have the calories to spare?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, I would highly recommend not going on a juice fast.

Below are a few things to keep in mind while making your decision:
1. Our bodies do not recognized liquid calories as well as solid ones.
2. It is not healthy to swap out juices for other major nutrients (dairy, fat, protein).
3. A 200 calorie juice (high in vitamins and minerals) vs. 200 calorie snack of yogurt and fruit (high in fiber, calcium, protein). Which is really better for you?
4. Are you doing this to ‘cleanse’ and ‘reset’ your body? Because if so, you have the wrong idea about juice cleanses. You can do the same thing that juice cleanses claim to do (in a healthier way) by eating fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. Or go once a juice cleanse, but add a little salmon, eggs, and nuts to the juices to balance it out.

I asked Emily Murray, MS, RD, LDN if she personally juiced and she said, “When I am on vacation or traveling and all I have eaten is small sides salads – I miss vegetables. I happily supplement my diet with a mega vegetable juice. But when I am home, I like to chew my food and nutrients. Spinach in omelets or a handfuls of cherry tomatoes is my preferred choice for getting my veggies.”