Back to the Juicing….with This Green Combination

Written by Max Goldberg on October 9, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

With the last few weeks being very hectic, between traveling to Expo East in Baltimore and then organizing the GMO-labeling fundraiser in NYC, certain things had gotten off track.

More specifically, my yoga practice was not as regular as I would have liked and my diet could have been better.

Even though I was still eating all organic, the quality and frequency of my meals were not where they should have been.

Yet, it is precisely in these busy times that we cannot compromise what we put into and how we treat our bodies.

When the stress is high, the immune system is weaker, which makes us vulnerable to getting sick, and poor lifestyle habits do not allow us to perform at our maximum level.

So, this was a good lesson (reminder) for me going forward.

Having caught my breath, I am now getting back to juicing in a big way.

Yesterday, I made about 50 ounces of organic green juice using celery, dandelion, ginger, lemon, and radishes.

Dandelion is a weed and definitely needs ginger and/or lemon to even it out. The same with radishes; they can have some bitterness to it.

Overall, this combination definitely worked and it was one of the better ones that I have made in a while.

I frequently put up pictures up of my juice for a very specific reason – I want to encourage other people to get into juicing.

For the wedding of my close friends up in Boston, I bought them a juicer and this is the note that the wife sent me yesterday on Facebook, talking about the impact that juicing has had on her life.

“Max, it is unreal in so many ways. I seriously have never felt better.”

Her response is not atypical and is very similar to what many other people have to say when they incorporate juicing into their daily routine.

If you want to change the way you feel and improve your energy levels, get a juicer. Don’t delay because feeling good is not something that you want to postpone.

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Without a question, a juicer is my most important appliance, not just in the kitchen but in my whole apartment.

And what I have is the Green Star 1000. A veggie wash is also a must and what I use is the fruit/vegetable wash from Vermont Soap Organics - the only fruit/vegetable wash that I recommend.

If you are new to juicing and want to start off with a less expensive machine, try the Breville.

The two juicers use a different extraction method, and that accounts for the significant difference in price.

The Breville is a centrifugal juicer (the blade that spins around creates more heat and oxidation) and the Green Star uses a twin-gear motor (slower and less oxidation).

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Do you juice? If so, how often and what machine do you have?

Please leave a comment below as I’d love to know what other people are doing in regards to juicing!

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Max,

    I just started reading your blog and have to say, it’s great! I used to juice every day last winter but currently have lost my motivation. Do you have any suggestions or motivational boosters?

    Thanks!!

    Written by alexx on October 9, 2012 @ 9:43 pm
  2. Hi Alexx,

    Thanks for your kind words!!

    It sounds like you have a juicer, so my challenge to you is this.

    I want to challenge you to juice for the next three days in row. Starting that 4th day, juicing becomes optional. If you are up for this challenge, I want you to leave a comment here for the next three days telling me that you have done it.

    Do you accept this challenge?

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 9, 2012 @ 10:03 pm
  3. I have wanted to try juicing for a while now. I know my first step will be to buy a juicer, but I was wondering if you had any beginners tips about juicing or good resources? Thanks!

    Written by Erin on October 10, 2012 @ 11:49 am
  4. Hi Erin,

    A few tips.

    1) Start slowly. Meaning, you don’t need to have 5 different vegetables that you juice on Day 1. Start with just carrot juice. Or, just apple juice. Or, do celery and kale. Keep it simple.

    2) Mix up your greens. You don’t want to juice the exact same greens every single day, especially if you are using spinach.

    3) Try using small amounts of ginger and/or lemon. These two foods have great health benefits and will give the juice really nice taste.

    Hope this helps!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 11, 2012 @ 10:40 am
  5. I already have a juicer, but am wondering if it is up to par. How important is it to use a certain juicer? Mine is a simple and inexpensive Hamilton Beach brand. I’m trying to start juicing, but don’t want to waste my time, if I won’t reap the benefits.

    Written by Kate on February 4, 2013 @ 9:23 pm
  6. Hi Kate,

    I will be doing much more on this topic. The juicer comes at a good price but all centrifugal juicers are inferior. With yours, you must drink the juice IMMEDIATELY. If you wait, the juice oxidizes and the nutrients are lost. I have a Green Star and love it. There is not nearly as much heat, the extraction of minerals is superior, and it does not oxidize as fast. That being said, the prices are not the same at all.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000ZP3MA/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=livingmaxwell-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0000ZP3MA

    I started with a centrifugal juicer and moved up once I got comfortable with juicing and was confident that I was actually going to do it. It is a real investment.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 5, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
  7. How does the Green Star stack up against the Hurom or the Champion? Thanks,

    Written by AEM on April 25, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
  8. I am biased because I have a Green Star but I think the juice that it makes is SPECTACULAR.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 29, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
  9. I have also been adding turmeric to all of my juices. I wash this and my ginger with a veggie brush or lightly scrape with a knife; since they are organic I do not peel. I also find that lacinato (black) kale is the easiest to clean/juice. Don’t forget that you can juice the radish tops when they are nice, too. Sometimes I add liquid aminos. If I use apple I cut that last and juice first as it oxidizes so quickly.

    Written by Deborah on December 16, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

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