We've just entered a New Year, and there's no better time to turn things around than now. If you're on the heavier side, now is the time to slim down and bulk up. And if you're a bit on the skinny side, well, you know what to do. In fact, you've always had!
All we're trying to say is that it's never too late to change your body for the better. And our goal is to prove that to you for the whole month of January. Don't lose hope, bros. We're here to help you out!
It’s time to address a lapse in logic, gentlemen. Yes, we want to live as close to forever as possible, and yes, we do know that the best way to go about it is ditching the bad stuff and eating good, green, and clean –but heck no, we aren’t willing to measure fistful of leafy veggies and “eat our colors” and check our RDA of fruits and veg at every meal.
Not just yet, anyway, not until we have henpecking wives itching to do that all for us. But we’ve devised a clever strategy for optimal health: Why bother chewing when you can gulp it down straight each day? Juicing your fruits and vegetables and downing them all in one glass of (taste-improved) green poop makes sure you get all vitamins and nutrients delivered straight into your body –henpecking wife not necessary.
THE MAIN (REASON TO) SQUEEZE
According to registered nutritionist and dietician Rolando T. Yu, RND, juicing helps you absorb all the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. “Most of us have impaired digestion as a result of our less than stellar food choices over the years,” he says. “Fruits and vegetables promote motility of the digestive tract which is extremely important from a health standpoint.”
Juicing will “pre-digest” all the nutrients for you, which means the complete package is yours for the taking despite all the kwek-kwek and Quarter Pounders you’ve indigested through the years.
You’ve also pretty much cheated your way out of eating the slimy stuff (we’re looking at you, ampalaya and okra) because it’s all blended in with better-tasting goods–plus it comes out cheaper than having to prep veggie ulam or fruit snacks (which, face it, none of us ever want to do). It’s the lazy man’s ideal pambawi for your daily dose of metabolic waste.
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FRUITS CHOICES ARE EASY. WHAT ARE MY IDEAL VEGGIE CHOICES?
If you’re one to pile on protein, best to blend up celery, spinach, asparagus, string beans, and cauliflower. But try to limit your serving size of juice to no more than 6 oz. and drink smaller amounts throughout the day.
If you’re going for carbs, vegetable juicing is strongly recommended. Beets, carrots, celeriac (kind of like a cross between singkamas and celery), and winter squash are high on carbohydrates, but you can also opt for a low-carb vegetable juice diet by putting in asparagus, avocados, cucumbers, zucchinis, and basically every other green on the list. Toss ‘em all in there! It’s all coming out together anyway. Keep it simple at first: use to three ingredients at a time, since you wouldn’t want to go through a big bang of unexplainable tang.
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HOW IS THIS JUICING THING SUPPOSED TO WORK?
Any blender that has a power off 600 watts or move will do., but a sieve and strainers can also be used as an alternative equipment. Smoothies are highly perishable, so it’s best to chug them down right after creation. “There’s no need to refrigerate since fresh juices cannot last beyond an hour or else enzymes, vitamins, and minerals will be oxidized,” says Yu. “Oxidation decreases its nutritional value, which is why it’s best to consume it immediately.”