Going on a juice fast has its pros and cons. While the pros definitely outweigh the cons with the many benefits and perks for your health, the cons might range from the clean-up of your Vita-mix, blender, or juicer, to trying to suppress that craving for a hamburger or breakfast burrito at your favorite fast food place.

Before you even begin juicing, you might ask yourself, what prompted you to commit to adopting this new green and healthy lifestyle? The New York Post recently published an article questioning whether juicing was here to stay, or just another “fad.” They also referred to other juice bars which might charge upwards of ten dollars for “charcoal juice.” Here, at Green Grotto, all our juices and smoothies are under ten dollars.

Medical experts suggested that while juicing was a great way to better your health; it was definitely not a cure-all. Rather, it is ideal to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle for yourself.

Medical experts suggested that while juicing was a great way to better your health; it was definitely not a cure-all. Rather, it is ideal to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle for yourself. They recommend eating legumes, other vegetables, proteins, with the conjunction of exercise and fitness is the best way to do this.

In other words, while you can drink 16 oz. of juice every day, it won’t benefit your health if you follow up this healthy excursion with a daily indulgence at In and Out and an unchanged sedentary lifestyle. You can’t just juice, you have to embrace the lifestyle that comes with it in order to see (and feel) changes of the positive kind.

You might also ask yourself on what the health differences are when it comes to juicing vs. blending. Anyone can buy a blender…but juicers tend to entail a higher financial commitment that not everyone can afford. While you can practically juice and blend everything with a high-end Vitamix, others might swear by the Breville juicer which costs significantly less.

BlogHer examines the health and taste differences between juicing and blending and roots for blending for the reasons that it prevents “hunger spikes” and has more fiber. You can use a third alternative, a “nut bag” for making green juice without using an actual juicer.

Juicing can also be a major benefit for communities. For example, in Garberville, California, a local business has launched a community-wide juicing initiative that reduces waste and promotes the use of a communal “juicing garden” that is literally a win for everyone: more juice, less waste, and happier residents!

Do you have such a cool thing in your community? If not, maybe you can start one of your own!

Happy Juicing!
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