Author Sidebar #1: After I had written and published my first book (Death to Diabetes), I received a lot of requests for a juicing book.
I had included information about the importance of juicing along with a couple juicing recipes in my book, but, some of our customers wanted more information about juicing while others were complaining that juicing wasn't helping them.
After some investigation, I discovered that some of our customers along with other diabetics were making some common mistakes that acerbated their diabetes and spiked their blood sugar levels.
Because of the popularity of juicing and because there were so many questions and so much misunderstanding, I added a juicing topic to our workshops and diabetes classes, along with a list of the most common mistakes that people were making when juicing.
The following is a list of the most common mistakes that diabetics were making when juicing.
Strictly Relying on Juicing: You can't rely strictly on juicing and not make the necessary dietary changes. In fact, if you juice and continue to eat the wrong foods, juicing may do more harm than good!
Using Too Much Fruit: When you remove the fiber from fruit, the fructose in the fruit is absorbed very quickly by the bloodstream without getting (slowly) digested by the gut. And, that will definitely spike your blood sugar.
Also, fruits don't contain as many of the key micronutrients that a diabetic needs for blood glucose stabilization and cell repair, e.g. Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, chlorophyll, folate, magnesium, etc.
Not Using Green Vegetables: Some of our clients were avoiding green vegetables because they didn't like the taste. But, green vegetables are the most important ingredient for most of your juices and smoothies. Why? Because green vegetables contain chlorophyll and other critical nutrients that a diabetic needs to fight their diabetes.
If you don't like the taste of your juice, try adding lemon or lime, as they're low in sugar and high on flavor. Another option is to try a couple dashes of freshly ground cinnamon.
Drinking the Juice Too Fast: By sipping and drinking your juice slowly, your body is able to absorb a lot more nutrients from the juice.
Drinking the Juice with Your Meal: If possible, drink the juice on an empty stomach 20-30 minutes before your meal. This increases the amount nutrient absorption and gets the nutrients into your cells a lot faster. Over time, this helps to accelerate the body's repair and healing processes.
Not Drinking the Juice Right Away: Letting the juice sit exposes it to the air and light, which oxidizes the juice, causing it to lose some of its nutrient power. Have you ever cut an apple in half and noticed how quickly it begins to turn brown? This is oxidation caused by the air and light.
If you have to store the juice, use an airtight stainless steel thermos, but, still make sure that you drink the juice within 12-24 hours.
Juice Fasting: Some diabetics think that this is a good way to lose weight. No! It's not! Juice fasting will definitely spike your blood sugar!
Avoiding Fat: Healthy fats such as Omega-3s and monounsaturated fats are not only good for you, but, they help your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins from your juice, e.g. Vitamin A, D, E and K.
Take a Omega-3 supplement or make sure that your next meal includes some healthy fats. Blending some nuts and seeds to add to your juice is another option.
Using Recipes That Came With the Juicer: Most of these recipes use a lot of fruits. Also, these recipes are designed for taste, not for therapeutic value.
Author Sidebar #2: After several classes of answering questions about juicing, I finally relented and wrote a 25-page juicing book. After several more classes, I expanded the book to 40 pages; then, 60 pages.
But, because of the conflict and confusion that existed about juicing versus smoothies, I had to expand the book to 90 pages to include information and recipes about smoothies, especially green smoothies.
Because of this, raw juicing provides many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, blood sugar,cholesterol and inflammation markers. In addition, raw juicing, when done properly, helps to metabolize and burn belly fat.
As a result, raw juicing provides a multitude of health benefits. In fact, raw juicing provides health benefits to every cell, tissue and organ in your body -- as long as you avoid the aforementioned mistakes.
Here are some examples how the various organs within your body benefit from specific vegetable juices.
Celery: is rich in luteolin, which helps to block molecules in the brain that trigger inflammation. Carrots, peppers, dandelion greens, spinach and parsley are also high in luteolin.
Tomato: is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain brain function and prevent damage from free radicals.
Beets, Beet Greens: are an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from free radical damage.
Kale: and other dark green leafy vegetables are also a good source of lutein. Kale is extremely high in vitamins, minerals and many other antioxidants to protect your eyes from free radical damage.
Kiwifruit: is high in lutein and a great source of vitamin C which is needed for protecting your vision.
Orange Bell Peppers: are a great source of zeaxanthin. Red and yellow peppers are also a good source if you can't find orange peppers.
Beet: produces nitric oxide, which helps to dilate your arteries and blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure.
Celery: is an excellent blood purifier.
Garlic: keeps the blood platelets from sticking, improving circulation, and helping to reduce the threat of blood clots.
Pomegranate: contains nitric oxide, which helps to dilate the arteries and blood vessels.
Wheatgrass: contains the essential enzyme transhydrogenase, which strengthens the heart muscle. It also has a high chlorophyll content, which helps to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell.
Berries: such as blueberries and raspberries are rich in vitamin C and polyphenols that help boost the immune system and promote healthy tissues and organs.
Carrot: contains vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.
Citrus Fruit: such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defense against bacterial infections.
Garlic: provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal support to help the immune system fight infections and repair slow-healing bruises. Garlic also helps to lower blood pressure, inhibit blood clotting and promote healthy cholesterol levels.
Ginger: has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to boost immune function and combat cellular damage.
Pineapple: contain the enzyme bromelain, renowned for aiding protein digestion which allows your body to utilize immune boosting amino acids effectively.
Wheatgrass: is one of the most nutritionally dense greens with naturally occurring nutrients such as chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin C, B complex vitamins, amino acids, calcium, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients help support liver and immune function by boosting the liver’s ability to flush out toxins.
Kidneys and Bladder
Asparagus: is rich in antioxidants and contains high levels of glutathione, which combats free radicals. It acts as a diuretic, dissolving excess uric acid; and, can be helpful in dissolving kidney stones.
Carrot: is supportive to the kidneys by helping to flush out excess uric acid and excess toxins.
Celery: is detoxifying and helpful with eliminating toxins.
Cranberry: supports urinary tract health and helps to clear up urinary tract infections by flushing the bacteria out.
Cucumber: is hydrating, and also a wonderful flusher of toxins.
Fennel: is a natural diuretic.
Radish: is detoxifying and high in anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to flush toxins and to dissolve kidney stones.
Watermelon flesh: helps to flush kidneys, a great source of potassium, which can also be helpful in dissolving kidney stones.
Watermelon rind: is anti-inflammatory, hydrating, alkalizing, and detoxifying. Rinds contain l-citrulline, an amino acid that is helpful with nitric oxide production and blood vessel dilation.
Apple: contains malic acid, which helps to soften gallstones for smooth passage in liver cleansing.
Beet: is rich in phytonutrients that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The nutrient betaine found in beets promotes the flow of bile for better digestion. Beets are also detoxifying and blood purifying.
Broccoli: contains antioxidants and other nutrients that increase enzymes that help the liver with detox to remove carcinogenic chemicals.
Burdock: is a powerful blood purifier that supports the liver in filtering blood.
Cabbage: stimulates liver-detoxifying enzymes.
Dandelion greens: support the cleansing of the liver and increase bile production.
Ginger: helps to stimulate better digestion and may help protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Aloe vera: can be very soothing to an inflamed pancreas; and, contains antioxidants to protect against free radical damage.
Bitter melon: contains a phytonutrient called polypeptide-P, which is a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it has a hypoglycemic agent called charantin, which increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis inside the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue.
Brussels sprouts: provide alkalizing support; and, has insulin-like properties when juiced in combination with string beans.
Dandelion greens: help improve digestion of fats as well as increase bile production, relieving stress on the pancreas.
Spinach and kale: and other dark, leafy vegetables can decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer.
String bean: is rich in potassium and helps to alkalize the pancreas.
Stomach and Intestines
Aloe vera: supports the digestive process and helps to balance stomach acidity. It is soothing to the mucus membranes of bowels, stomach, intestines and urinary tract; and, it helps to increase absorption of nutrients.
Apple: is helpful with constipation and removes toxins from the intestines. It’s also rich in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to toxins in your intestines as they are digested so they can be eliminated from the body.
Cucumber: is an anti-inflammatory and can help to relieve stomach acid.
Ginger: stimulates digestion, gut motility and bowel function, while helping to relieve bloating, cramping and nausea. A recent study also found ginger to be as effective as pharmaceutical agents in relieving PMS discomfort in women.
Lemon: helps to detox and stimulate the digestive process.
Mint: aids digestion and can help to relieve indigestion and heartburn. It can also assist with relaxing intestinal muscles.
Papaya: is a rich source of papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestive process. Papaya is also a rich source of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and promotes healthy eyes, skin and tissues.
Wheatgrass: contains the essential enzymes protease and amylase, which assist in protein digestion and facilitate general digestion.
Celery: helps to balance hormones with its high magnesium content.
Coconut: is packed with healthy fats needed to support thyroid health.
Dandelion greens: are a complete amino acid and high in protein helpful in supporting the thyroid.
Ginger: is supportive, as it is an anti-inflammatory.
Lemon: has healing alkalizing properties.
Parsley: is high in immune boosting vitamin C, along with supportive vitamin A and folate.
Watercress: is high in iodine that can help to support and improve hypothyroidism condition. It’s also anti-inflammatory and a wonderful antioxidant, but, is not recommended for people with hyperthyroidism.
The following diabetic recipes will help to reverse your Type 2 diabetes, especially when these raw juices are combined with the Death to Diabetes plant-based Super Meal Protocol.
Make sure that you eat (and drink) lots of green vegetables, e.g. broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, kale, parsley, spinach, watercress, wheatgrass,etc.
Also, make sure that you avoid eating pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, and processed foods made with flour, wheat, gluten, sugar, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats).
And, don't forget to avoid most bottled and processed beverages, e.g. fruit juices, coffee, cow's milk, soda, diet soda, etc.
General Suggestion: Drink the raw juice 30 minutes before your meal to maximize its absorption and benefits.
4 Handfuls of spinach
2 celery stalks with leaves
1 small carrot
1 green apple
1 cucumber (optional)
Wash and peel the carrot and green apple and remove the apple seeds. Juice the carrot and green apple together with spinach and celery.
Note: Carrots and lemon contains potassium which can help to counter balance the high sodium levels associated with high blood pressure and hypertension. Carrot is a good blood regulator and is excellent for helping eye problems in diabetics. Spinach contains calcium, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, which provide multiple health benefits.
Celery is rich in potassium and magnesium which are again so essential in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure. Celery contains sodium and minerals that help to regulate blood pressure. Green apples contain mallic acid which helps in bringing down your sugar level.
2 branches of kale
1 orange Bell pepper
2 stalks of celery
1 beet with the greens
Feed the ingredients steadily through the juicing chute, finishing with the celery to push as much of the juice through your juicer as possible.
Stir up the juice so that it’s well blended. Add a couple of ice cubes.
10-12 Brussels sprouts
2 cup string beans
1 cucumber (optional)
1 peeled lemon
Juice the Brussels sprouts, then, the string beans, then the lemon.
When completely blended, stir.
Note: The Brussels sprouts and the beans supply you with key minerals and energy through the creation of vitamin B6 and are a great source of insulin.
2 large bitter melons
1 medium cucumber
Half a lemon
Juice the bitter melon, then, the cucumber, apple, and lemon.
Bitter melon (also known as bitter gourd) is well-documented via clinical studies for its ability to control blood glucose and insulin levels.
Note 1: Bitter melon is very bitter, but the apple and lemon should help with the bitterness and add flavor to this drink.
Note 2: If you can't find this fruit in your grocery store, look for an Asian store, since this fruit's origin is Asian countries.
3 stalks of celery
1 small cucumber
1 green apple
Break off 3 stalks of celery from the head. Feed them through the juicer, intact.
Slice a cucumber in half and run it through the juicer.
Core the apple and cut into large chunks before feeding it into the chute.
Stir the juices together.
1 bundle of kale
1 bundle of spinach
1 handful of berries
Tear the greens into pieces and run them through the juicer.
Feed the berries through the juicer.
Stir the final juice with a spoon to combine the flavors.
4 Handfuls of spinach
2 stalks celery
1 Handful of parsley
1 small carrot
1/2 green apple
Juice the carrot first, then, the spinach, parsley, and the celery.
Note: The potassium, sodium, and other minerals will help you manage your blood glucose naturally and will also help to lower your blood pressure.
Health Tip: Instead of taking a drug such as a diuretic (i.e. water pill) to lower your high blood pressure, try a vegetable that acts as a natural diuretic, i.e. asparagus, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice.
6 sprigs watercress
1 handful of parsley
Cut the apples into wedges and remove both the core and the seed.
Place all ingredients into a juicer and blend well.
Note: This is a great heart healthy juicing recipe effective in helping to prevent heart disease and strokes. It has been found that daily consumption of green apples can greatly lower cholesterol. which is associated with inflammation and plaque formation in the artery walls.
Tomatoes contains lycopene which can help in reducing LDL cholesterol by at least 10% if consumed daily. In fact consuming 1/2 liter of tomato juice daily can help to protect against heart disease.
Watercress is packed full of beta carotene and antioxidants which are crucial in reducing the risk of heart disease, cataracts and certain types of cancers.
Note: If you juice regularly, make sure that you are not replacing your "super" meals such as steamed vegetables, whole raw vegetables and green, leafy salads with juices. Juices should be used primarily as a complement to your meal -- not as a replacement. (However, a green smoothie can be used as a replacement meal because it contains everything that's in the meal including carbs, fats, proteins, water, and fiber).
Sweet potatoes are great to juice! They are among the best sources of beta carotene in the vegetable world, close to broccoli and carrots. Sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and fiber. And, they are great for the complexion, especially when juiced with carrots.
1 large sweet potato, peeled (about 10-12 ounces) -- you don't have to peel the sweet potato, but the skin darkens the color of the juice
1” piece of fresh ginger or more if you like it spicy
4” piece of fresh turmeric (if you can find it)
1 medium apple or Fuyu persimmon
2 stalks celery
Juice all ingredients except cinnamon stick. Be sure to juice the ginger and turmeric early on so you can flush out those juices with something high water like the celery.
Place the cinnamon stick in a glass and pour juice on top. Allow to steep for a few minutes or refrigerate the juice with the cinnamon stick until you want to consume it.
Always store juice in the smallest container possible with little or no air at the top so that the juice stays fresher for longer. Store up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Separation will occur, so shake before serving.
FYI: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
Believe it or not, juicing white potatoes is also good for you. And, thanks to Mr. Stan Glass who reminded us of their health benefits. Mr. Glass is using his knowledge as an engineer and Mr. McCulley's Death to Diabetes book and Power of Raw Juicing book to help himself and his wife (Susan) with her diabetes.
To Mr. Glass: May God continue to bless you and your wife as she continues to improve her diabetes with your guidance and Mr. McCulley's books. Thank you for your support.
FYI: Potato juice is full of Vitamins A, C, B’s, and phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, zeaxanthin, fiber, and protein! As a result, potato juice provides health benefits against various diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Potatoes help maintain the electrical activity in your heart because of its potassium. It also helps with the production of protein and muscle and regulates the acid-base balance in your body’s cells.
Thank you, Mr. Glass, for reminding us.
½-1 cup of blueberries or “black” grapes
1 green apple, sliced
½ cup of cherries or strawberries
2 cups of filtered water
1 tbsp. ground flaxseed (or salba seed)
½ cup chopped ice (optional)
Place the fruit, flaxseed, water and juice into a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Note: If the fruit is frozen, place them into the blender one at a time and blend to prevent the blender from binding.
Add the ice if you like your drink cold, blend until smooth.
FYI: This type of smoothie will reduce the cravings for sugar and other sweet foods while providing key nutrients such as EFAs, fiber, enzymes, water, and antioxidants.
Add 2-3 cups of spinach leaves to transform your smoothie into a healthy green smoothie. Note; You won't taste the spinach!
Add 1 to 2 scoops of a high-quality whey (or soy) protein powder or fiber/protein wholefood supplement to turn this smoothie into a “replacement meal”.
If you plan to exercise during the day, add 1-2 tbsp. of pure liquid carnitine to facilitate fat burning.
The Death to Diabetes Power of Raw Juicing & Green Smoothies book is a 110-page book that is available as an 8½ x 11 spiral-bound printed booklet. This book is also available as a PDF download.
This diabetes juicing book provides more than 90+ diabeticjuicing and smoothie recipes that are designed to help you control, reverse and defeat your Type 2 diabetes.
Some of the key topics in the juicing book include:
- Vegetable Juicing
- Juicing for Diabetes and Weight Loss
- Vegetable Juicing
- Types of Juicers
- Juicing -- Where to Start
- Guidelines for Juicing
- Health Benefits of Juicing
- Juice Recipes
- Juice Recipes for Diseases and Ailments
- Juicing for Weight Loss
- How to Make Green Smoothies
- Recipes for Smoothies
- How to Store Vegetables & Fruits
Get the Juicing & Smoothies book as a PDF download or as an 8½ x 11 hardcopy spiral-bound booklet.
The juicing recipes will help you to lose weight, get rid of that belly fat, wean off the diabetic and high blood pressure drugs, and eventually reverse your diabetes.
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