Green juice vs smoothie

TA Liquid Program 2014

Tracey Anderson joins the juicing masses in 2014 with her Liquid Program

My friends from NY don’t get it, but sometimes I’m too hot and lazy to chew food.  I briefly sojourned into juicing but found it too be too time consuming.  Plus, I like consuming the fiber with the juice because it’s how fruits and vegetables are found in nature and it’s more filling.

Nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder writes that “fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tend to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day.”

It seems like in Austin, doing some sort of cleanse, especially the Master Cleanse or a juice cleanse has become really trendy for weight management.  My interest was sparked when I read that Tracey Anderson is launching a new juice line because she has been vocally opposed to cleanses as a form of weight loss.  She tells LA Confidential magazine that, “juice cleanses are something I am not an advocate of because they actually stop one’s digestive system, which is not something that we want to be doing often. It can actually destroy the way our metabolic rate functions”.  Janet Brill, R.D. agrees, stating that juice cleansing slows down fat burning processes, the body goes into “starvation mode”, and is prompted to rob muscle mass for fuel.

Slowing down your metabolism is counter-productive if your goal is weight management, so her concerns make sense to me.  Also, buying organic isn’t convenient or cost effective all the time, so keeping in mind the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of the plants most heavily contaminated with pesticides will help in knowing when organic is preferred:

#1 apples; #2 celery; #3 cherry tomatoes; #4 cucumbers; #5 grapes; #6 hot peppers; #6 Imported nectarines; #6 peaches; #7 potatoes; #8 spinach; #9 strawberries; #10 sweet bell peppers; #11 kale/collard greens; #12 summer squash

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