By Tara Milhem, from The Whole Tara
Juicing is a really tricky subject. Some people swear by habitual cleansing, while others wouldn't dare entertain the thought of giving up food for a whole day, or three — never mind seven whole days. I believe that there's a happy medium somewhere in between that doesn't involve starving yourself or overdoing it.
First things first, everyone is different. This explains the girl who can eat French fries and hamburgers without a care, compared to the woman who eats kale and quinoa yet can't seem to reach her goals. In either scenario, even though the effects may not show up on the outside, it is so important to keep your insides filled with good clean fuel as often as possible. When it comes to juicing, I can't tell you that you'll reach your goals after your first juice, or that it's a quick fix. But what I can tell you is that you'll feel like a million bucks, your skin will start to glow, your energy levels will begin to rise, and you'll be hooked on juice.
There's no question that juicing has a place in our diet. Every day, but maybe not all day. Cleansing is taking recreational juicing to the next level by forgoing food, usually for 3-7 days, in exchange for 6 juices a day. The proposed benefits include resetting your digestive system and giving your mind and body a break from digesting food. The problem with this is that our bodies are meant to digest food, though perhaps not in the quantity and quality that we do — which is where making juicing a part of your daily routine (1-2 times per day) comes in. While I understand that after a long weekend of fried food and alcohol you want to rid yourself of the toxins, I firmly believe that it's not necessary to go from 0 to 100. If you overdid it one day, then maybe add an extra juice into your daily routine in place of a snack or meal the next day, but don't shock your body with no food, only to do it again next weekend.
As a holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor (I have a B.A. in Food and Nutrition), I am exposed to a lot of people who have no clue how to take care of their bodies or health. I also have plenty of friends who drink excessively, don't take care of their bodies, or don’t pay attention to what they're putting in their body. I do stand behind supplementing with juice, no matter what your choices, and living a whole and healthy lifestyle. (In fact, so much so, that I am now in charge of all social media and building influencer relations for Juice Generation!)
Here are The Whole Tara Juicing Rules:
1. Don't forgo food completely.
If you're doing a 3-7 day cleanse, add almonds or raw veggies as a snack throughout the day to keep the metabolism burning.
2. Go for veggie-packed, low sugar juices.
When adding juices into your diet, choose those that are primarily green and lower in sugar. (See below for my picks!)
3. A juice a day.
Make juicing a part of your life with at least one juice a day, to deliver nutrients to your cells in the cleanest and most nutritious way possible.
The Whole Tara's Juice Picks
To flush your system: Activated Greens
A staple daily green: Supa Dupa Greens
Not so green, cleansing juice: Daily Detox
Something for the sweet tooth: Hemp Protein Milk
You can find all of these Juice Generation juices at www.JuiceGeneration.com, or visit an NYC location.
Tara Milhem has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition and is a board certified holistic health coach, registered yoga instructor, and published author. TheWholeTara is a food blog that spreads the joy of eating and sharing whole, delicious meals. This is where she shares her talents as a recipe developer, food stylist, and food photographer. She pairs her nutrition knowledge and culinary techniques to develop recipes that are not only a beautiful addition to the kitchen table, but will also become lifelong household staples.