I was one of those people who bypassed breakfast. It became apparent I was not really listening to my body. It was yelling at me to give it some energy to get the day started. I made excuses that I don’t have time to cook so I just drank coffee. So, I discovered a great compromise of juicing and have not looked back.Â
What Happens When I Drink A Morning Juice Before Eating Breakfast?
While making salads from raw ingredients did not appeal in the early part of the day, I found out that juicing is a way to get those natural vitamins and minerals that my body craved. Drinking fresh juices is the fastest way to get the boost your body needs due to easy and quick absorption. Drinking juice with food just slows the absorption.
I found out that the juices are easier to absorb without the pulp. If I make and then drink the fresh juice about 45 minutes before eating, my digestive system is not as stressed as it would be having to digest the fiber from raw fruit and veggies or other foods. I do save the pulp fiber to use in other food recipes such as soups, muffins and quick types of bread.Â
I want to say that I can feel the effects within a short time after consuming the fresh juice. I notice that I am hydrated with a sense of fullness which begs the next question.Â
Do I Replace My Breakfast With A Juice?Â
This was a question I asked myself and the answer I arrived at was – sometimes. I wanted to lose weight, but I also wanted to keep it off. Sometimes the juicing was enough for breakfast, sometimes I wanted more to eat within the hour. If I add a bowl of oatmeal or another cereal, sweetened with fresh fruit or berries, to finish my morning meal, I am getting the fiber I need. My hunger is satisfied for awhile.Â
True weight loss requires a lifestyle eating change that must be sustainable, and rigid routines do not work for most people. But, making delicious homemade juices, eating healthy recipes I enjoy, feeling full and satisfied while getting my nutrients, makes this weight loss routine easier!Â
Whatâ€™s The Best Juice To Drink In The Morning?Â
Morning juices, for me, are made up of mainly citrus fruits with a touch of greens such as spinach. Each fruit and vegetable has its own special contribution to healthy nutrients that will give the body a health boost. I like to start most of my days with a vitamin C cocktail. I do mix it up a bit depending on the day’s activities. Here are my personal mixes due to my needs for the day.
- My Vitamin C Morning Mix is made up of lemon, orange, apple, spinach, ginger, and a touch of fresh mint.
- Wake-up Call juice, in the mornings I need to be ready for action, is made with apples, carrots. lemon, and ginger.
- Skin Mender is perfect when having skin issues or after a day outdoors in the sun using cucumber, green pepper, lettuce, lemon. and tomatoes.
- Keeping It Cool is one of my summer morning favorites, even on vacation, by mixing together cantaloupe, cucumber, celery, with a touch of lemon.
- Green Goodness, made with celery, cucumber, apple, and pear is my way of starting the morning of an outdoor activity day.
- Sweet and Hot Zinger are great for cool mornings or after a night of partying consisting of juicing apples, carrot, lemon, and ginger.
- Tune The Immune is a several time a month must for me using beet, strawberry, blueberry juice to make sure my immune system gets good support.
- Mean And Green is my flu and cold season go-to mixing cucumber, kale, celery, lemon, apple, adding ginger to taste.
- Caribbean Kale is my once a month morning tonic combination to ward off disease and cancer with a combo of ripe banana, fresh pineapple, and kale.
- Merry Mary Morning will find you ready for any kind of morning with this quick wake- up juice made of tomatoes, cucumber, celery, adding cilantro, jalapeno, and lemon to taste.
- The Sparkling Refresher is more like a cocktail without cheating by adding spritzer to the combination of orange, apple, and ruby-red grapefruit.
My Ultimate Green Juice
I was introduced to green juices as a way to detox the body. I will attest that they work well. When I was new to juicing, the green juices took a while to acquire a taste for them that did not resemble drinking liquid bitter grass pulled from the cow pasture. Kale and collard greens should be used sparingly in the beginning due to their strong taste.
Spinach is sweeter as is celery, cucumber, and parsley. As a start into the juicing way of weight loss, I began by adding a little bit of green to my sweeter fruit and veggie combinations. I finally graduated to just adding carrot as a sweetener. I love a good detox juice in the mornings I have a free schedule to relax and allow my body to get the maximum benefit these powerful veggies have to offer.
My favorite green combo is mixing kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, carrot, green apple, and green grapes. If I want a bit of a kick, I add ginger or cilantro. I can feel the detox working gently right after I finish drinking the juice. I also get a nice energy boost if I mix flax seed and almonds to the juicer with the other ingredients.Â
I can tell you juicing changed me and my life. I lost the weight I wanted to lose, it has stayed off, and I now enjoy my days in a whole new way. I have the energy, not only to work but to play again. And I have never had so much fun doing it with fresh fruits and veggies. There is a side effect that crept up on me without me knowing it. I lost my taste for processed sugar.
I love juicing, while many people donâ€™t really get the benefits of juicing, when you read aboutÂ Juicing Facts And Top Myths, you might change your mind 😉Â
About the Author
The juicing man behind WiseJuicing.com I love juicing since it changed my life for the better. I share juicing recipes, what Iâ€™ve learned about juicing, what I love, and what helps me stay green.