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The Benefits and Importance of Vegetable and Fruit Juicing

The Benefits and Importance of Vegetable and Fruit Juicing

According to Dr. Norman Walker, a pioneer in the field of vegetable and fruit juicing and nutritional health, “Fruit juices are the cleansers of the human system, vegetable juices are the builders who revitalize the body.”[1]

From personal experience and several experts’ health advice, a lot of people have come to discover that the fresh juice of fruits and vegetables are healthy and provide a variety of vitamins and minerals to the body, in addition to cleaning the body of toxic substances. Our lifestyle and diet are major factors that impact our health and the way we feel. Drinking fresh and natural juice is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and keep your body in tip-top shape.

The Importance of Fresh and Natural Juice

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    I love having fresh juice in between my lunch and dinner because, in addition to getting a great feeling from eating healthy, it also helps fill my stomach and prevent me from eating other high-calorie food in between meals. However, I do not like buying commercial juices because they are mostly loaded with an unhealthy amount of sugar, preservatives, coloring, and whatnot. I like to make my own juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, and this has proven to be a lot better and healthier for me.

    Not only does fresh juice tastes so much better, but you can also be sure that there are no added sweeteners or preservatives.

    Our body needs fresh fruits and vegetables because they provide a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, so drinking properly juiced fruits and veggies is a fast way for our body to absorb nutrients.

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    Why You Should Mix and Juice Fruits and Veggies Instead of Eating them

    Mixing and juicing fruits and vegetables help us consume lots of nutrients at once, which is great because it is not always practical for us to consume the required amount of fruits and vegetables that the body needs on a daily basis.[2] It is a very effective way to stay healthy and is an effective alternative when eating fruits and vegetables is not an option.

    Sieve the Juice of Fiber or Do Not Sieve the Juice?

    Some people like to sieve the fiber from the juice completely after mixing the fruits together, but experts share the opinion that a little fiber is important to the body because it helps in weight loss, stomach activity, and prevents constipation. So remember, when you juice, don’t sieve. Ensure that you are drinking your healthiest glass of juice possible by including the much-needed fiber that is pivotal to the body’s health.

    Mixing and Juicing Your Fruits and Veggies

    It is very easy to make nutritious juice. You just need the proper fruits and veggies to mix, a good blender, a sieve, and a drinking glass. After that, juice your fresh fruits and veggies together in your blender and then sieve into your drinking glass or, on the flip-side, you might decide to sieve a little and leave some fibers to facilitate stomach activity and prevent constipation. To make sure you get a variety of vitamins, you should make it a point to juice fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in season.

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    Here are some additional important tips to keep in mind when juicing:

    1. Avoid adding sugar as much as possible to keep your juice as natural and healthy as possible.
    2. Always consult health juicing advice articles or a nutritionist to make sure you combine and mix the proper fruits and veggies together.[3] It would also help ensure that you mix and take in enough variety of nutrients, as well as the right amount.
    3. Mixing and consuming fresh fruits and veggies through juicing should not replace solid food. It is meant to supplement your diet, not replace a healthy one.
    4. Make sure you properly and thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies before mixing and juicing.

    Drinking fresh juice, in addition to being a tasty experience, also enhances the quality of life. You can check out different juicing recipes for detoxing, weight loss, energy, and more. You can also search recipes by ingredients, so you can start making delicious fruit and veggies juice right away.

    I’ll raise my glass of juice to that. Happy Juicing!

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    Featured photo credit: Enjoy Juicing via enjoyjuicing.com

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    Last Updated on September 16, 2019

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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