About a year ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix called, “FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD.” To make it short, the documentary is about Joe Cross who travels 60 days across the United States under a juice fast to regain his life and health back to normal. After 60 days of juicing, Joe Cross lost 100 pounds and did not require anymore medications for his skin condition; his skin condition was healed by adapting a fruit and vegetable-based regime.
It was a real eye opener to see how important vegetables and fruits are for your body. When I was younger, my parents incorporated veggies and fruits into my daily food intake. I grew up loving vegetables and fruits, but when I left high school that all changed. I was on a fast food craze. I did not care about what I was eating, nor did I not care about my health until a year ago. I mean, I always worked out, but did not pay too much attention to my food intake.
My boyfriend and I decided to go on a juice detox for a week, which was the best decision I have ever made in my life. The first three days were not as great; I had a headache and my body temperature went down, but after that, I felt like a brand new person. I had motivation, energy, skin was glowing, no breakouts on the face, no sleep deprivation, my mind was clear and lost weight. After that experience, I had incorporated juicing into my daily routine.
Unfortunately, a month ago, my gallbladder was ruptured by a gallstone, and I was admitted to the ER and was required to undergo Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal. It was due to all the years of fast food, fats, greasy and high cholesterol foods that I had ingested throughout my college years and the past few months (that good old Southern food). It was the most horrific pain I had ever gone through and felt so sad that I had done this to myself. I was even more determined now to live a more healthier lifestyle.
Ever since my gallbladder surgery, I lost 8 pounds and no longer suffer from bloatedness. I feel my healthiest now and feel so much more confident. I drink a juice every day as a meal replacement. It is embedded into my mind and body that I have to drink a juice. It gives me so much energy!
Now for the good part, in the mornings, I love to prepare a juice that is sweeter. I mostly have a spicer and vegetable-based juice in the afternoon or evenings, but for now, I will let you know what I have in the mornings, plus the beneficial factors to the body:
1. Kale- High in Fiber: great for digestion and process of elimination. It also keeps the liver in healthy condition. High in Vitamin K: can help the body protect itself from various cancers. It is also known to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. High in Iron: Did you know that Kale has more iron than beef? It is essential for our body to consume iron because it helps with transportation of oxygen to certain areas of our body, proper and healthy cell growth and liver functionality. Antioxidants: prevent cancer. High in Vitamin A: helps with vision and growth of bodily tissues such as skin and hair. Calcium: aids with prevention of bone loss, osteoporosis and helps the body maintain a healthy metabolism, along with cartilage maintenance and joint flexibility.
2. Spinach- lowers glucose levels, which neutralizes Diabetes, lowers blood pressure, lowers the risk of bone fracture, prevents constipation and promotes a healthy digestive tract and promotes healthy skin and hair.
3. Apple- helps with the production of saliva, which reduces tooth decay. It also reduces cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, prevents gallstones, controls your weight, healthy heart, detoxifies the liver and boosts the immune system.
4. Banana- lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of a stroke, protects massive muscle loss and preserves bone density and reduces the kidney stones.
5. Coconut Water- aids with weight loss, glowy skin, boosts hydration, rich in nutrients and reduces blood pressure.
Now it is time to put down that fatty and greasy burger and drink a healthy delicious green smoothie. If you are a first timer to juicing and/or are not a veggie person, I recommend drinking a juice that is sweeter than working yourself to a more vegetable-based juice. Trust me, you will love it and will feel so much better. You will never feel guilty about drinking a delicious smoothie, and your body will love you for it.
I wanted to share my diet experience with you all, so it can inspire you to eat healthier, but remember, before you decide to take on any new changes to your diet, contact your physician.