5 Reasons Juicing Will Die Very Soon
I’m going to say it right now: juicing is going to die. It is destined for failure. I’m astonished at how many people I know are completely sold out to the juicing craze. Look, here’s the deal. I haven’t posted in quite a while and I’m really not hitting my quota of offending people, so I thought this would be the perfect topic to remedy that. Get ready to live!
1. It is not natural
History has shown us that the universe works the way it was created, and any time man tries to tamper with it there are repercussions. Of course man-made things are amazing and good, and in fact are part of the natural progression of the universe itself. But when man tries to artificially change a fundamental element such as the way humans eat food, it never works out in the long run. Yes, I am skeptical of a nutritional fad that causes humans to no longer use their teeth. There, I said it.
I’m getting ready to tell you the secret of life right here and I’m not joking at all when I say this. Seriously, get ready, because this is revolutionary if you can wrap your mind around it. Here it is:
Just eat normally.
That’s right, it’s as simple as that. All you have to do is not stuff your face with Volcano Tacos 4 times a week (you have to wait till you get to heaven to do that). All you have to do is not drink 3 regular Cokes every day. All you have to do is not have dessert after every single meal. All you have to do is not go the vending machine when you’re bored. All you have to do is not get seconds of everything, not eat super fast, not eat a meal right before bed. All you have to do is eat everything you want, but just not so much and so often!
I know that’s a lot harder than it sounds, but it’s easier that turning all of your food into juice.
2. It has a very high burn-out factor
There is a segment of the population – I’m going to say about 30% – 40% – that possess the type of personality where they are constantly finding newer and better things and adopting them full force. Like all the sudden it’s all they think about and talk about. These people all have one thing in common: they inevitably burn out on most of the “endeavors” they get into, unfortunately.
Juicing has a high cost and requires a huge level of effort. Some of my juicing friends have told me they spent their entire previous evening juicing. What? Juicing? It seems that juicing requires a tremendous amount of effort, so much so that it is not sustainable by anyone but the most extreme juicing fanatics (which is probably well below 1% of the population).
3. There are infomercials about it
This should be the first red flag. Any time a product is peddled via infomercial it clearly does not have enough merit to stand on its own. If someone has to go to so much effort to sell you something, that means it can’t speak for itself. All I see these days is infomercials on Dyson vacuum clones and juicing machines. I can’t wait until 5 years from now when I can look back and laugh about this. We’ll be onto the next dumb ideas and someone will say “remember Dyson vacuum clones and the Nutribullet?”. And I’ll say “No, no I don’t.” and then I’ll go into the closet and laugh hysterically at the memories that are playing in my brain.
4. All the people I know who are doing it are in terrible shape
This is a harsh one, and I’m sorry to offend anyone. But it’s true. Let’s just take my department at work as a case study. There are about 20 of us, 3 of which I know to have been on extreme juice fasts over the past few weeks (a few of them 10+ days, one of them 21 days straight), and a hand full of others that are jumping on board and are about to start juicing. I really hate to say this, but of these 6 or 7 people, the range of obesity runs from overweight to morbid and the range of physical activity ranges from able to walk up two consecutive flights of stairs to not even able to walk down stairs.
I have yet to meet a normal, healthy person who is a juicer. It’s sort of like how all fat people drink Diet Coke. SOMETHING’S NOT WORKING WITH THE METHOD YOU HAVE CHOSEN.
And here’s the kicker: remember what I said before about just eating a normal amount of all foods? I guarantee you without a shadow of a doubt that none of my juicing coworkers have ever actually tried this method. My appeal to my coworkers: please just try the normal method for 2 months. Just try it! Even if you fail, at least you tried once!
5. It is not scientifically proven to lead to an overall healthier lifestyle
I’m not going to get into the science behind juicing in depth. I will just graze the surface: juicing claims to cut down on the amount of digesting your body has to do by removing a lot of the fiber from your diet. It also claims to help your body retain more nutrition. Now, I don’t know if these things are true or not (they probably are), but even if so, is this really going to lead to an overall healthier lifestyle? Overall. Healthier.
Not “I lost an extreme amount of weight and completely detoxed over 3 weeks and I’ve never felt better!” What I’m looking for is more something like “A couple years ago I used to be 300 pounds and had trouble even with a brisk walking pace, and now I’m 250 pounds and I can walk briskly.”
So if you are not happy with your current health and you are thinking about LIQUIFYING ALL OF YOUR FOOD, I implore you, look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you really want to make this very extreme lifestyle change (which is fine if so), or are you just jumping on the bandwagon of the “next big thing”?
Before I go, here’s a little exercise to help you answer this question. Think back one year ago today and try to remember what things you were into. Had you for instance taken up biking? Were you on a no carb diet? Were you going to Ramsey-fy your finances and pay off your house in 4 years? Were you super into reading the Bible? Had you decided to learn a new language? The piano? Get another degree? Maybe you took up woodworking and were going to become this great woodworker and make all this useful everyday stuff out of wood? Whatever the case… now do the same for two years ago and five years ago.
Now ask yourself how many of these new activities you are still regularly doing today. This sounds super harsh, I know, but it really has a great moral. And that is, if you can come to understand the type of person that you are (your tendencies, personality traits, etc.) it will work wonders in all areas of your life. It will lead to less disappointment and more productivity, guaranteed. I know I’m just quoting my therapist here – so sue me, she’s right!
lol, juicing… those people who do that are LOSERS!!! rofl…
I mean, what kind of idiot would watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix and then buy a juicer and juice for breakfast for almost a month until the juicer broke, and then get a job at Exact Target and start walking a mile round trip to the city market every day for lunch and buying a juice instead of eating a decent meal like a normal red blooded american?
Oh… wait… That's…. that's what I'm doing…
No, seriously though. I have been preparing a post on juicing for my blog for about a week now (who knows if it will ever see the light of day). Anyways, just for fun, here's my reasons for juicing:
1) Stop eating so darn much (I'm a glutton. I'm juicing for lunch as a way to try and cut back on my gluttony)
2) Lose weight (going from a 600+ calorie lunch to a 100~200 calorie lunch will have an impact on my weight)
3) Learn to like veggies/fruit (if I get too hungry in the afternoon, my options are the free fruit in the breakroom. I ate a plum for the first time in my life last week)
4) Get more raw veggies. I hate celery. I'm not a fan of rainbow chard (especially uncooked). I would never ever eat a raw beet. I would never eat raw ginger. With juicing, I "eat" a lot of veggies I otherwise would never have eaten.
5) Get more exercise. I have to walk a mile to get my juice at lunch. If I didn't do this, I'd only have to walk 50 feet to the kitchen.
This is a short term thing. I recognize that. I'm not going to be drinking my lunches for the rest of my life. But, I'm hoping that when I get to my ideal weight, I will have become more acclimated to the flavors of fruits and vegetables. I'm also cutting out dairy and meat from my diet as much as possible (so, I'm kind of a vegetarian I guess?). My end goal is to be one of those people that can just eat cucumber slices and carrots with no ranch or bite into a cherry tomato without wanting to barf. I learned to love black coffee, I can learn to love fruits and veggies.
I guess I see juicing as kind of a way to take a break from food and try and get a grip on yourself before you step back in and start trying to "eat normally" as you say. When you have gotten so out of control with your eating habits that you are 50+ pounds overweight, it's hard to just snap your fingers and say "ok, time to eat normally". By that point you don't even really know *how* to eat normally. I think juicing can be a good way to try and "hit the reset button". But, most people will probably just go crazy, juice fast for 10 days, and then come back into food and hit the chinese buffet every day and gorge themselves and just negate all the stuff they just did. So, yeah, I can't really disagree with anything you said…
Things to watch out for when juicing that many people might not realize:
1) Don't put too much fruit into your juice. If your juice is really sweet and syrupy delicious, you have too much fruit in it, and therefore too much sugar. If it tastes like a slurpy… well, it probably just basically is a vitamin laden slurpy. Your juice should be greenish brown, and should be mildly sweet at best. If it's orange or red, you're doing it wrong. I usually drink a few carrots, a few beets, a bunch of leafy greens, a chunk of ginger, a lime, a few very small apples, and several sticks of celery. Even that is probably too much fruit though.
2) A smoothie is not a juice. You can't get the oat milk smoothie with banana and mango and convince yourself that that oatmilk shake isn't just an oat milkshake. Yes, you can drink milkshakes for lunch and cut back on your calories, but that's still way way way too much sugar and you're not really doing yourself many favors health-wise. I mean, I guess it's better than eating a bloddy 16oz steak and a gold potato… maybe.
Looking forward to more posts!
Actually I would consider what you're doing as "eating normally" (except for the cutting out meat and dairy from your diet I guess…) because you're drinking juice for lunch. You're not going on a 10 day juice fast. To me, you're cutting out calories from your diet and getting some more nutrition by having juice for lunch. That's just a diet in my book. That's eating normally. And I'm glad to hear that you're doing that!
I totally agree with everything you both said and that's not just because I'm your mom. I'm glad you're taking healthy steps in moderation, Chris. And yay for a new GM post, Brian!
No it won't
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I think Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is an excellent movie that has inspired many to take action. The action however is probably a bit extreme for most people to finish up on. But if you add a glass or two of juice to your diet everyday, which is not difficult, you will be better off and be on your way to a healthier lifestyle through juicing
Truth is I'm not a fan of fruits & veggies. When it comes to eating them, that is.
But I find juices of some fruits refreshing especially in the morning. I've found some positive changes in health ever since I started juicing. I don't think juicing will 'die'.
You know why juicing is dying? It's the trend. It's just like people prefer fast food more than healthy food nowadays. This trend has already "created" lots of unhealthy and fat people, which definitely needs a little "fixing".
I agree that eating right is the best way to go. I do enjoy drinking healthy juices when I start craving something to eat and it helps stop the cravings. Another reason I like juicing is that I have a hard time getting my seven year old to eat any vegetables. So if I can juice some apples with carrots or some other vegetables then I can at least get some of the those good vitamins and minerals in him. Hopefully he will grow out of this phase soon and start eating vegetables. I was like him when I was young and finally grew up and started eating the good veggies
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I thought this is a perfect choice for losing weight.
Yeah Anne i have tried out this technique and got the better results. Thanks
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