In hopes of jumping on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, I started to reflect on my last year and what improvements I hoped to make. But, to be honest, my quest actually fell short this year. And no, I know what you are thinking… she is so very perfect all the time she has absolutely NOTHING to improve on! Well that is certainly not the case. This year was actually a year of plenty of “cheat” days; indulging in extra sweets, a few too many pieces of pastries and breads, an extra glass of wine here and there, and of course, my ultimate vice… coffee. Wait; let me be more specific, lattes.
The only difference about this year in compared to years past, is that all of these decisions were made fully consciously, and without guilt or self-loathing. And for me, that was HUGE. Talk about a new found sense of freedom! Because ultimately, if we are able to make decisions consciously, and therefore are aware of our motives in addition to the so-called consequences or outcomes, and still feel GOOD about it, then we are talking about having cultivated EMPOWERMENT. The more empowered we are, the more control we have over our life, and most importantly our HAPPINESS.
So while in 2012, my “cheat” days were integral to my happiness, and to be honest, my survival (so many life changes in 2012), I am deciding to embark on a new path for 2013… and it starts with the Latte.
Real life changes happen with the small little things, for those are the building blocks that enable us to remain stable in our journey through the natural ebb and flow that we call LIFE. Therefore, for 2013, I have chosen the latte to be my focus of improvement.
Latte Out, Green Juice IN.
If you have been following the health realm for the past couple of years, you have begun to see what a force JUICING has had over the industry. Now an 8 billion dollar industry, fresh pressed juice has even made Starbucks nervous, so much so that they opened their own juice spot in Washington to test the waters…. Now that MEANS something.
Now is Juice, and more specifically Green Juice, just a craze, or is it really here to stay?
In my own personal experience, juicing has been an excellent addition to my weekly routine, and especially to my frequent cleansing endeavors, but, to really make this challenge official, I have completely traded in my morning latte, or coffee, for green juice. And so far, soooo AMAZING. Every morning I throw together a quick green juice (recipes and crazy concoctions can be seen on my Facebook and Instagram), and drink it before I eat any breakfast. And I must say I have actually felt fabulous. Now let’s see why…
Juicing is the most efficient way to add fruits and vegetables into your diet, and therefore vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients, in a highly digestible and absorbable form. This is very important because although we may be eating fruits and vegetables, we are NOT always digesting, and therefore absorbing, their important properties. So by juicing, we are ensuring an efficient way to actually RECEIVE their healing power. Think about it as a direct hook up to an IV.
One vital aspect of juicing is the intake of enzymes. Enzymes are only present in large amount in raw foods, and their absence in most people’s diets is a critical reason why chronic disease and illness is so rampant. Enzymes are essential for almost every function in the body, not just that of digesting. All cells require enzymes to survive and function – enzymes are your body’s workers. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many molecules and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. As for phytonutrients – these guys are the ones that act as antioxidants and combat any toxins that our cells come in contact with. Therefore, they are powerful anti-aging and rejuvenative agents.
Green juices are a bit different than fruit and non-green vegetable juices in that they are rich in chlorophyll and low in sugar. Chlorophyll is a magical biomolecule, which allows plants to absorb energy from light. Yes, I know how COOL is that. Therefore, chlorophyll is HIGHLY energetic, which is why it is such a valuable supplement to our diet since most all foods are completely VOID of any life energy at all! Yes, if the food has been cooked, or has been manufactured, it is a DEAD food.
Chlorophyll’s ability to make us buzz is not the only thing it’s good for though. With a molecular composition very similar to hemoglobin, chlorophyll helps to purify the blood, build red blood cells, detoxify and heal the body, not to mention provide us with a quick source of energy. In addition, green juices often contain powerful detoxifying agents such as cilantro, which have even been shown to impact heavy metal toxicity. Therefore, the GREENER the BETTER – richer in nutrients, antioxidants, and cleansing properties.
Health Effects of Green Juice
- Bright and Glowing Skin
- Increased Energy
- Amazing Head Buzz
- Clear and Bright Eyes
- Better Bowel Movements and Digestion
- Reduced Cravings for Sweets, Caffeine and Refined Carbohydrates
- Improved Mood and Self-Esteem
- Leaner Body
- Relentless Desire to Eat Healthier and Live Happier!
* I have only listed the benefits that I have personally noticed. Pretty Amazing Huh!?
The thing about drinking Green Juice first thing in the morning is that it sets the stage for the rest of your day. You get an extra boost of nutrients that alkalize your body, therefore giving you a head start to healthy living for the day. Typically people find that by adding just this one little change, they are able to stay motivated the rest of the day to make great choices. You try and let us know.
Well, what about Coffee?
The simple (okay, yes I know… actually not that simple of a choice) switch from your morning coffee to a green juice is one that not only brings in the extra nutrients, cancer-fighters and anti-aging fairies, but it also spares your body from the dehydrating effects of coffee. While there have been plenty of studies indicating that coffee contains properties that benefit your health, none of those seem to override its dehydrating and acidifying effects. Let’s check out the pros and cons…
- Effective Short-term Energy Booster
- Improved Mental Performance
- Increases Thermogenesis
- Stimulates the Nervous System and Heart Action (although this can be a con as well)
- Improves Athletic Performance
- Relaxes Smooth Muscles in the Digestive Tract and Blood Vessels
- Contains Antioxidants
- Feeds our Addiction 🙂
- Can cause Heart Palpitations, Jitters and Nervousness
- May Reduce Fertility, especially in Women
- Can cause Congestion of the Fibrous Tissue and Cyst Fluids – Increasing PMS
- Influences Breast Fibroids
- Triggers Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women
- Disrupts Brain Wave Patterns – causing insomnia
- Causes Blood Sugar Swings
- Causes Adrenal Fatigue: low energy, hormone imbalance, low resistance to stress, poor inflammatory control
- Creates an Acidic pH, body environment: sets the stage for cancer, chronic disease, illness
- May contribute to Heart Disease
- Raises Blood Pressure
- Stimulates Gastric Secretions leading to Heartburn
- May cause Headaches
- Dehydrating: loss of fluids leading to fatigue, kidney stress, skin ailments, wrinkles and rapid aging
- Contributes to Bone Loss
- Non-Organic contains Pesticides: hormone imbalance, toxic liver, cell death
- Excess Calories, Hydrogenated Oils and Sugar (if taken with creamers, milk etc.)
All and all, the list of the Cons outweighs the Pros, especially if we are looking at the long-term effects. While coffee does have high levels of antioxidants, we can always get antioxidants from other sources such as fruits, vegetables and of course… our green juice, WITHOUT the negative side effects.
Bottom line is that coffee is highly acidic and dehydrating. This state causes an exorbitant amount of stress on the body, which leads us down the path of rapid aging and degeneration. An acidic body allows pathogenic forms (virus, bacteria, parasite, fungus) to set up shop, while lowering our immune system, decreasing our ability to detoxify, and causing an underlying vibration of disease. Not to mention, if you are void of minerals and water, there is no chance that you are going to have the glowing skin, hair and eyes that you are all looking for.
Therefore, let us all take a small little baby step of switching our morning coffee for a glass of Green Juice to just see what happens… Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?