Juicing? Another fad hits HK.

Posted: December 5, 2014 in drinks
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This time last year I bought a slow juicer as I got caught up with the juicing fad – the ability to get all my vitamins and nutrients from fruit and vegetables early in the morning in one cup of special elixir.  In my juice I had all the fruits and vegetables I eat on a regular basis – orange, carrots, ginger, celery, beets and anything else I could pop into the mix.  This went on for two weeks before I realize more time was spent cleaning the slow juicer than anything else.  In the process of cutting everything into bite size bits, it would be easier to just ingest everything.  You go from ingesting only the juice to putting the fibre back into the body.  The actual juice is terrible and a lot of fine tuning is required to get the proportions to taste right, especially when you add ginger to the mix.

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Juice is great way to add vitamins and nutrients into the diet.

The one benefit of juicing is recognizing the need to implement change.  The only problem with juicing is the fact it has no lasting effects once you stop.  It is not the same as implementing real change to your diet.  You are not addressing the issue of the fact your diet is horrible but rather using a quick fix.  Obviously you will see results while juicing but once you stop, the results disappear and you go back to looking the same way.  To maintain the effects of juicing, one will need to change their diet and exercise.  Fitness and diet is the only true way to bring about change but don’t tell that to HK girls where the desire to be skinny trumps all.

If you are going to juice, there are real changes once can implement before shelling out $500/day to a company providig juice.  Try skipping supper.  You will go hungry but it allows your kidneys to get to work ridding your body of toxins.  Once you stop ingesting food, the kidneys go back to doing real work.  By skipping dinner, you allow the kidneys more time to do the heavy lifting.  You are forcing a fast.  In the morning, you are breaking the fast (breakfast).  Your weight will decrease.  The human body doesn’t need 3 meals a day at a time when you are no longer growing.  You need 3 big meals in your young adult years but once you stop growing, there is no need to ingest the same amount as if you were growing.  Shrink down to two meals: breakfast and lunch.

The body is a simple machine.  You don’t need juice to detox it, you just need to stop eating to give time for the kidneys to get to work.  The body needs fibre, juicing even slow juicing does not provide fibre.  Juicing also spikes your sugar levels so rather than give the body time to work its magic, ingesting only sugars without the fibre will cause the same problem as drinking coke.  You will get the sugar crash.  The body will clean itself on its own when you give it time.  You are what you eat so you have already shown the inability to actively monitor your diet.  You don’t eat a healthy balanced diet and now you are looking for a quick fix.  At least you recognize the need to change.

They always say, look at how skinny she is.  It is sad that skinny does not equate to being healthy.  Imagine a HK body, no exercise and horrible diet but they juice so they are still skinny.  They are skinny-fat, there’s no muscle on the frame.  I don’t want to imagine the horror beneath the disguise of brand name luxury clothes.  Juicing is the same as fasting.  At least with a fast, your money stays in your wallet.  If you feel the need to pay someone $500/day or week for juice, shoot me an email.  I can put you on a plan for half the cost with a money back guarantee.  Don’t be a sucker.  On another note, I have a slow juicer for sale.

  1. Peter Lam says:

    Well said. Like most fads in Hong Kong this one will fade quickly. Women’s obsession with a skinny body is really crazy here, more so than anywhere else I’ve been.

  2. Yeni R says:

    Haha love it. Unfortunately I just slept from 6-10pm and had a 11pm dinner and reading this made me feel like shit. Ah well time to eat my cookie

  3. Lori says:

    Great post! I enjoy reading about your insights into life in HK. I’m proud of my muscles, and wouldn’t want to be pale and skinny. I also agree with you totally about “detoxing”.

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