I used to juice every single morning, but then I quit. I started back after 3 years of not juicing. Here's why I stopped, why I started back and the benefits I'm seeing!
First, I want to say, if you're trying to decide between juicing or smoothies, I recommend going with smoothies. Even though I started juicing again I still drink smoothies.
Smoothies contain more nutrients, one in particular that many people are lacking, which is fiber!
I wrote about some of the differences between the two here.
The Juicing Trend
Over the last year or two celery juice has become very popular! You might have heard of the Medical Medium, who started this celery juice craze and he shares countless success stories from it on his Instagram page, which are incredible.
I first heard of the Medical Medium back in 2016 when he was a guest on the TV show I worked on at the time. This was when I was healing my PCOS, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The main thing I noticed about it was it help tremendously with getting rid of bloating that I used to suffer from a lot.
Why I stopped juicing
I actually stopped when I got pregnant with Rowan. I had terrible morning sickness during my first trimester and I couldn't stomach celery juice.
I couldn't even do smoothies at that time…almost all foods made me nauseous.
I also felt since I was pregnant, after I was told by 3 different doctors I wouldn't be able to get pregnant naturally, and I didn't have any other signs of PCOS, I didn't really need to drink celery juice every single day.
Once I was out of my first trimester, I focused more on making sure I drank smoothies because that provided me and my growing baby with much more nutrients that we needed.
Now we drink both! Rowan's not a fan of just celery juice, but he does like this juice recipe.
What made me start celery juice again
Lately I've been under a lot of stress. It's all good stress to have, but I've got a lot to juggle as I take care of Rowan 95% of the time, while running my own business and I have a few big projects in the works.
When I stress, sometimes my digestion gets messed up, even though I'm pretty regular since I eat plant-based… sorry if that's TMI.
I also started breaking out on my face again so I knew I needed to switch things up.
Changes I've noticed
I've officially been doing celery juice again every morning for the last two weeks, and I've definitely noticed changes.
My face has cleared up! Stress and my period usually cause a little breakout, but that hasn't happened since I've been juicing again.
Another noticeable difference is I'm back to being as regular as ever! Again, sorry if that's TMI.
But one of the ways to know how healthy you are on the inside is by your bowl movements.
This is a whole other post in itself (definitely let me know if you want me to do one), but you should be going every single day, and it should be soft to firm consistency.
I drink my celery juice in the morning and then I have to “go” shortly after, and again later in the afternoon.
Keeping things moving keeps you healthy!
How I juice
I consume 14-16 oz celery juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This is extremely important for your body to absorb all the nutrients.
I just love this juicer! It's by far my favorite juicer and SO easy to clean.
You don’t want to mix other foods or ingredients with celery juice as it will change the effects so try to wait at least 20 minutes before eating anything else after you drink it.
Another tip is to drink the celery juice immediately before it has time to oxidize, which reduces its powers. This means, once you juice, consume it within 20 minutes!
If you don’t have time to drink a glass of juice in the morning on an empty stomach, drinking one in the afternoon or evening is fine too. Just try to make sure it’s at least 2 hours from your last meal. This will ensure that your stomach is empty again.
It’s also important to use organic celery as pesticides have been shown to endocrine disruptors.
If you've seen benefits from drinking celery juice I'd love to hear! If you have any questions, let me know.