[Clean Up Your Drinking Habit]
Throughout the Fourth Quarter Clean Up, we’ll go back and forth between topics and there’ll be lots to learn along the way however, nothing we discuss here will be nearly as important as your health.
Those of you who have followed my various blogs and tweets over the years should be fully aware of my propensity for fresh juice. Now, I do own a Breville Juicer, which I adore, but find it hard to use it all the time. Mostly, in the interest of time and cleanliness, I buy my juices from the grocer.
The two juice staples in my home are Carrot and Superfood or Green Machine by either Odwalla or Naked.
Now, I want to take a second and talk about juice because all juices are not created equally. As a basic rule, do not buy juice that is not in the refrigerator section of your local grocer. The reason is simple, and this goes for all foods; if it’s not refrigerated, it’s preserved and food which is preserved is high in sodium and contain too many things you can’t even pronounce of define. So, walk right pass the warm juice section.
Okay, now that we’re in the refrigerator section, no everything here is pure, natural, or without preservatives. So, this is the part where you’re going to have to do a little bit of reading. Here’s what to look for:
Juice labels are downright misleading, so we asked nutritionist Lauren Slayton of foodtrainers.net for tips on how to pick the good stuff.
Don’t be swayed by buzzwords. Claims like “heart-healthy” or “antioxidant-rich” are regulated by the FDA-but that doesn’t mean the juice isn’t packed with sugar or other additives. Scan the nutritional panel to see how a product stacks up (pay close attention to calories and sugar).
Make sure it’s pure. Steer clear of products with “natural flavors” (typically made with corn syrup), “concentrate” (highly processed juice that has more sugar than nutrients), artificial sweeteners and food coloring. If you want pure cranberry juice, the bottle should say “100 percent cranberry juice”-end of story.
Beware of juice “cocktails.” Also avoid “light” juices and any that are described as a “drink” or “punch.” These red flags usually indicate that a product has minimal fruit juice and lots of added sugar and artificial ingredients. (Source: Yahoo)
Basically, I only have one rule when shopping for juice; there should be not one other thing in the list of ingredients beside for the juice I need.
Now, these juices aren’t cheap, but they are worth it. So, skimp on something that may not be as necessary or healthy and put your dollars toward your health. I glass a day is better than no glasses a day!
With these juices, I get more veggies and fruit in my diet than I would if I depended on myself to eat them. The results are obvious in the way I feel and look. This is a great habit to start this FQCU, if you haven’t already.
And, of course, if you would rather make your own juice, that’s even better! We’ll discuss this and helpful recipes in another post.
[NOTE] There are so many people who complain about running out of energy and turn to chemically enhanced products like Red Bull or 5 Hour Energy, without knowing what is in these lab rat concoctions and the harm they can cause to your liver, kidneys, heart and so forth. First and foremost, you’re running out of energy because of what you are and aren’t putting into your body. Unhealthy food and drinks will only slow you down, as will caffeine and added, processed sugar, once their initial affects wear off. We’ll talk more about this as the FQCU continues, but, in the meantime, if you need a boost of energy, grab a Superfood or a Green Machine. You can find them most anywhere in several sizes and they are packed with energy producing greens and natural fruit sugars that’ll give you a boost. Your body will thank you.
There’ll be more juice news tomorrow, in the form of a cleanse. Stay tuned!