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My Love/Distaste Affair with Wheatgrass. I am in Love. Again.

My Love/Distaste Affair with Wheatgrass. I am in Love. Again.

If you were able to get inside of my head, you would quickly realize that I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure what I should be eating and what supplements I should be taking. (For those people who have seen my kitchen cabinets, they know that I take A LOT of supplements […]

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If you were able to get inside of my head, you would quickly realize that I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure what I should be eating and what supplements I should be taking.

(For those people who have seen my kitchen cabinets, they know that I take A LOT of supplements and the reason I don’t take more is strictly because of financial reasons.)

When it comes to food, I am constantly researching, learning and talking to people in order to educate myself the best that I can.

Questions that always pop up include:

– Am I juicing enough?

– Am I eating enough greens?

– Am I eating enough of the different colors of food (yellow peppers, red peppers, etc)?

– Am I eating too much cooked food?

– Should I be eating more raw?

– Am I eating too much of one thing?

– Is my diet too acidic and not alkaline enough?

– When am I going to start my 4-day juice cleanse that I have been putting off for so long?

I don’t think that all of the questions are to my detriment because I am not driving myself crazy over it. Well, at least I don’t think I am.

My belief is that I am coming at it from more of a curiosity or betterment perspective. I just want to be improving what I eat all of the time. Furthermore, health is a major passion and interest of mine.

With the plethora of superfoods out there, the one food that I always come back to is wheatgrass. For a long time, wheatgrass was not part of my daily repertoire but it has officially returned. Wheatgrass is back and I have fallen hard.

My relationship with wheatgrass is a love/distaste one. I would never say love/hate because I absolutely don’t hate wheatgrass.

I love the incredible health benefits of wheatgrass (blood purifier, neutralizes toxins, high alkalinity, rich in chlorophyll, stimulates the metabolism, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and the list goes on and on…) but the taste is not easy on the palette. I know many people who absolutely refuse to drink it because it is so hard to get down.

For me, I don’t have trouble with it but I don’t exactly enjoy it either. It has a very sharp taste and is bitter.

However, maybe wheatgrass is something that my body will start to crave one day.

When I first starting drinking green juice, I didn’t really enjoy it but now there are times when I absolutely crave green juice. My body is screaming for it.

Maybe the same thing will happen with wheatgrass.

My New Daily Routine

One of the advantages of the Green Star juicer that I bought several years ago is that it juices wheatgrass. Not all juicers do.

Last weekend at the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC, I bought a tray of organic wheatgrass. Cutting and juicing wheatgrass directly from a tray would retain more of the enzymes than juicing from a pre-cut bag of wheatgrass (below).

However, I didn’t water the tray enough and a little bit of mold started to develop at the bottom of the tray. I decided that buying bags of organic wheatgrass was a more realistic option for me.

So, I have been getting up in the morning and juicing 5-6 ounces. I keep it in my mouth for approximately 30 seconds before swallowing, so that it will interact with as much of my saliva (digestive enzymes) as possible.

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My (love) affair with wheatgrass is officially back and I am going to commit to drinking it everyday for the next month.

In just the few days that I’ve been doing wheatgrass, I have felt a real increase in my energy level. I’ll keep you posted as to the other benefits of wheatgrass that I notice.


16 Comments

  • Karen murphy says:

    I have hiatus sliding hernia after 3 days on wheatgrass last night I felt my hernia slide down to original place …….instead stuck on my chest…. lump in my chest has gone my stomach flat …..no heartburn feel great…..energy part in still waiting for although I do sleep better at night …… bowels starting to regulate I have noticed I’m more thirsty drink more water than normal which is good ………i have come out in cold sores and itchy spots could b toxins being flushed out I’m wait and see its only 3 days but pain in my back from hiatus is gone ………..karen

  • Devorah says:

    ALSO is there a frozen wheat grass juice that still delivers the bennies?
    I doubt my Champion is up to the task… I live in the Boston area…. Thanx! D

  • Devorah says:

    BTW I have done wheatgrass in the past and wonder if i could start real easy ie small dose and maybe diluted…. D

  • Devorah says:

    Max,

    I know you say to mix up the veggies but I have a delicate lowertract and am now (just today actually) just on carrot, celery and cuke juice…. maybe 12 oz in the a.m. and 12 in the p.m. along with broths to give ye olde gut a rest…what else in the veggie kingdom is gentle and low fiber (I know kale is a bit hard on a tricky lower tract for instance…) Bought some sunflower sprouts but felt I need another day or two since they are pretty strong… is alfalfa easier? Not sure it is juicable in ye olde warhorse of a Champion juicer….
    Todah Devorah

  • milind dikole says:

    what quantity of wheat grasss juice drink daily please guide me.

  • DD says:

    I put wheatgrass in vitamix + coconut water …and then just filter it. tastes very good…

  • Toni says:

    I just came back from 1 week (8 day) wheatgrass and raw food cleanse and now i find i cannot even stand the sight or smell of wheatgrass!
    I wonder can I just mix 1 or two ounces in with other juice to help disguise the misery of the flavor?

  • Christine says:

    Hi! Just wondering if Amazing Grass’s wheatgrass would be okay to start with? I know it’s not as good as the real stuff but I got a sample of one and wanted to know if it was okay to try. Thanks for all your wonderful information.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Christine,

      If it were me, I would make sure it is an organic green powder. Is that Amazing Grass product organic? I am all for an organic green powder, either in conjunction with wheatgrass or as a substitute when wheatgrass is not available.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Roberta says:

    Hi,

    I would like to know if you find that your sleep improves when you take wheat grass juice. I am inconsistent with it, due to the taste, but I do crave it and my sleep improves immediately. I have been putting a very good quality powder in juice.

    Thanks!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Roberta,

      In my experience, I haven’t noticed improved sleep with wheatgrass but it is very possible that this is one benefit. Sleeping well is something that I struggle with, so I am not a good person to ask.

      I am curious to know if other people have noticed improved sleep and will ask around.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Live well,
      Max

  • julie says:

    Max- speaking of a 4 day juice detox, I would love to hear about it once you do it. Until then, do you have any tips for those of us who want to do a juice detox? Thanks for your wonderful blog!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Julie,

      Please make sure you sign-up for my mailing list so that you are aware of when I do it.

      Tips: Start off slowly. Do a one-day juice detox and then gradually move up. If it were me, I would stick with all vegetables. No fruit. For me, I will be doing an all-green juice cleanse but that may be too much for many people. Also mix up the combination of vegetables for each meal. Don’t just do spinach, celery and cucumber every single juice. Variety is key.

      Thanks for your kind words!!!

      Live well,
      Max

  • Jenna Rummel says:

    Love this. I always have the same questions in my head!

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