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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Juicing Power! A Guest Post

This morning I have a guest post for you from the wonderful Nicki Hughes of Wayside House. Nicki is a Holistic Therapist with a Shamanic twist who specialises in Facials and Hot and Cold Stones at her salon in Somerset. She is also Reiki Master Teacher who enjoys helping people find their true path ~ and, most importantly, she is one of my juicing oracles, and has given me heaps of information and advice since I introduced juicing to my way of life!


When I started juicing nearly a  year ago, I had no idea it would lead me to such an amazing new network of friends and clients, all wanting to know more.

I had seen a few articles about it, but usually along side the 'Raw' food sensation where people only eat raw fruit and vegetables and are usually Vegan.. The idea of eating a raw diet did not appeal to me. I saw friends who were on it, and their skin suffered, they found the lack of warm foods in cold climates quite challenging.

So I did a little more research and on the advice of my yoga teacher I bought a juicer....that came with the 'Juice Master' Book.
It was all new to me. A learning curve with the different variations and the amounts to make. The book was an inspiration, and recently, Jason Vale has done Global 7 Day Juice Detox. Eye Opening to say the least.

I decided not to do that plan...I have no real reason to detox. I didn't over indulge at Christmas, and I am not over weight. Having been juicing for a while, my sugar cravings are very few and far between, so I tend not to need to pick at naughty processed foods. My appetite is smaller, and the way I eat my food is more mindful. 
I juice every morning. Sometimes it is my breakfast. More often I have my juice an hour before breakfast. 

The benefits of juicing?
Its FRESH. ORGANIC....Hopefully you will buy your goodies with Low HI .... according to Jason Vale...That's 'Low Human Intervention.' Think packaging. Think Food Chain..... Think.
Your Juice will be packed with more of your 5 a day than you could ever imagine. If you make it very 'green' you will be upping your alkali foods. Although some people do not agree that certain foods can help with the pH of the body, it is felt by others that although your body naturally moves from alkali to acid during the day...   it won't balance itself if it is unhealthy to begin with.

Many cancer sufferers try the Ph Diet as some believe that cancer cells cannot grow in an alkali body. There are reports for and against this, but if I was suffering I'd give it a go!
If you eat processed foods, lots of meat and dairy and refined sugars, your body will find it hard to balance itself. Give it alkali foods.... this is a whole subject of its own, but generally  the more green the vegetable the more alkali it is. Superfoods such as Broccoli, Wheatgrass, Spinach are all high alkali foods. As are lemons! It's worth noting that when cooked spinach turns acidic...so juicing it is the best way!
I buy a huge Juicing Box from Abel and Cole every couple of weeks. Designed perfectly for Juicing. Delivered to the door.
I try to juice more vegetables than fruit.
You will, however, miss out on the fibre in the fruit and veg when you juice them. The idea is that the vitamins and minerals get in to the system really fast this way. So you need fibre too....
Whizz your juiced fruit and veggies in a Blender with some avocado - Food of the gods! You can't juice an avocado. It has..... no juice! Perfect breakfast filling smoothie. Or add avocado to coconut milk and banana in the  blender for fibre and energy.  'Super Smoothie'
While we're were on the subject of 'Green' things to juice... Wheatgrass... Hugely Powerful little grass. But you can't juice it. You need a different, costly piece of equipment for the extraction.... you can add a tsp of powdered wheatgrass to any juice...or I have just discovered Squeeze Juice Cafe who deliver FRESH pouches. Much easier and much cleaner in the kitchen too!

Although there are many great recipes in the JuiceMaster book, I'm often asked for my favourite one.

2 apples, 2 inch of cucumber, small chunk of broccoli, slice of lemon, about 1/2 inch of fresh ginger, a stick of celery, and a carrot. Squish a handful of spinach in the middle and you're off!
If you need a more filling juice, add that whole amount after it's juiced, to half an avocado in the blender. Super Juice! 

So much to write, so many things to share...like the subject of beetroot! Add a small Beetroot to the juice. Powerhouse of vitamins. expands the blood vessels, so great prior to exercise. Many Olympians drank Beetroot Juice! Click for article.  

What Juicer I hear you ask? There are many. Unless you are feeding hundreds of people every day I wouldn't spend over £100.00 on one. You need one with a wide chute that is easy to clean. I chose mine from a recommendation and have since recommended to many others.

Phillips HR1861 does the job. takes little space. Easy to clean! 

Off you go! 

Juice Away!


Wayside House is in Somerset and you can read all about the treatments on offer on their website here. 
You can also find Nicki on Twitter here and Facebook here.
Nicki also blogs at The Latest News From Wayside House here.



  1. There is a juicer hiding at the back of a kitchen cupboard - you have encouraged me to give it another try (the cleaning always gets to me and I give up!)

  2. Juicing is great. I would recommend it to everyone who wants a healthier life, and who doesn't want that, right? And there are new masticating juicers which are very easy to use and clean. However, they usually are $200 or more. One I totally recommend is the Omega J8006, for me the best masticating juicer 2014.


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