So how much times does it take to juice? Here’s my honest answer: At first, as with learning anything new, it will take more time than you expect. But over time and with practice, juicing can easily become a part of your lifestyle once you find your own rhythm.
Here are a few tips I’d like to share with you as you prepare:
- Practice ahead of time. Don’t wait until your juice fast starts to decide you’re going to pull your juicer out and learn how to use it. The last thing you want to do is try learning when you’re hungry. So start practicing now. Get used to the appliance itself and find a rhythm that works for you.
- Make juice in larger batches. Yes, fresh juice is amazing and the absolute best option. But if you have a busy, on-the-go schedule like I do, having to pull your juicer out every single time you need to have a “meal” is simply not sustainable. Personally, I make enough juice to last me three days, which if made and stored correctly is about how long a fresh juice will last. (More on this later).
- Schedule your juicing time. It takes me anywhere from one and a half to two hours to make enough juices to last me three days. That may sound like a lot of time in the kitchen, but considering that covers all my meals for three days straight, it’s completely worth it. If you’re just getting started, you may need to set aside more like three hours until you get the hang of it. Stick to it though, it’ll get quicker as you go!
- Consider your weekly schedule. Even when I’m juice fasting, I have a family I cook normal meals for, and then there’s all the typical work, school and athletic activities that fill the calendar. Since I make my juices in large batches, I juice about two or three times a week and I cook for my family on alternate nights and make enough to cover them for a couple of days as well. In other words, just plan ahead. Consider what you have going on in the week and don’t try to cram it all into one night.
- Have 3 easy recipes to fall back on. Life happens. And even when we’ve thought things through and planned ahead, sometimes the unexpected comes up which throws all our well-intentioned plans down the drain. If and when that happens, you’ll want to have at least three easy recipes you can pick from that you know and love and can make in a flash. (In an upcoming post, I’ll share what my three are.)
Be sure to join me for my next post: Space and Storage.
Here’s to your health,
Linda G. Riddle