Any time of the year is an excellent time to start juicing. The health benefits of drinking fruit and vegetable juice are numerous, ranging from improving your digestive health to increasing your body’s ability to repair itself and bolstering your immune system.
Remember when you begin something new it can be difficult forming a habit. So sticking to your juicing habit can be hard at first. Follow these eight tips to help make juicing a part of your life and establish a daily juicing routine for years to come. Find out the best way to start juicing today.
1. Set up a juicing plan for yourself
One of the most common mistakes people make when starting a daily juicing routine as part of their lifestyle is failing to account for the extra effort. To make your juice both useful and hygienic, you need to wash your ingredients and cut them to the appropriate size for your machine.
Most people don’t have the time to do this in the morning, so consider prepping the night before. Even if you chop up all of your veggies and fruits the night before, you still need to plan for the time to make the juice and clean your machine in the morning. Wake up a few minutes earlier to give yourself more time in the morning and keep the process as stress-free as possible.
2. Stock up on the (right) ingredients
One of the best ways to fail when starting out juicing is a simple lack of ingredients when you are ready to make a juice. If you’re all ready to make your juice, but you don’t have any leafy greens or fruits, it makes the entire process harder than it needs to be. Make sure you keep a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables in your fridge before you plan to make your juice so that you can focus on solidifying the habit instead of the obstacles in front of you.
3. Solve the taste dilemma
Make sure you choose ingredients that are both easy to juice and that you enjoy. Even though kale is loaded with nutrients, you’re unlikely to stick to juicing if you hate the taste, but many tasty additions can help mask the taste of kale, so you can get the nutrients while enjoying the juice.
Apples, lemons, limes, grapefruits, pears, and ginger are all great additions to make the original favorites, like spinach, kale or broccoli taste great in your juice.
It is also important to realize that you might have to get used to the taste of vegetables, as others have, it is part of changing to a healthy lifestyle.
4. Buy a quality juicer
Buying a high-quality juicer will help you out by making the process of juicing more comfortable for you. An inferior quality juicer can result in a reduced quality of juice, such as one full of large chunks, which in turn can have a negative effect on the entire process of juicing.
If you use a cheap juicer you may discover they are more prone to breaking and clogging, which can completely stop your growing love for juicing as a daily habit. You do not need to spend a fortune on a juicer, as some high-end models also come with issues. Read reviews at online retail sites to identify the machine in your price range with the most substantial number of happy owners.
5. Focus on your calorie intake
Even though juices are beneficial for your health, they’re no replacement for actual fruits and vegetables. Many new juicers attempt to substitute complete meals with a juice blend, which often does not have the appropriate number of calories to keep you fueled all day.
You may find that drinking fruit, and vegetable juice is not as satisfying as eating them, which can lead to feelings of hunger. Associating negative emotions such as fatigue and hunger with drinking juice can make you feel like the process isn’t worth it. Instead, focus on drinking the liquid as a snack or meal supplement.
6. Easy Storage For Your Juice
Use an airtight container to store your juice. Juice keeps well for about three days, so if you make enough juice for a few days, you will save time and make the whole juicing thing more manageable.
7. Watch your sugar intake
By making your juices primarily from vegetables, you can make sure you avoid the shock of weight gain or sugar overload that can quickly turn you off juicing.
Fruit is very high in sugar, and just a couple of glasses a day can quickly send you into calorie and sugar overload, negating the reason why you are juicing in the first place. Choose low sugar fruits, like apples and berries and use them in moderation.
8. Buy a portable container for your juice
One significant benefit of drinking juice blends is that they take such little time to consume. However, if you don’t have the time to sit and sip your drink, you’re not going to build the habit into your routine.
If you buy a thermos or other container then you can take your juice with you wherever you go, so drinking it can become a part of your daily activities. Also, you can make your juice in the morning and then take it with you to work to drink later.
Starting a new juicing routine can be difficult if you don’t take the time to plan for it in advance. Focus on identifying the most significant issues you face each day and develop methods to overcome them, and you’ll make your new juicing habit stick for a lifetime.