Last Tuesday evening it felt like the travel gods were against me as I tried to travel from Surrey to King’s Cross for a lesson in juicing and a body conditioning class. As a big fan of juicing I was really looking forward to attending this event and learning more about juicing, and to have a go at body conditioning. Luckily I made it there just on time and was really excited to see all the fruits and veggies lined up ready for us to use!
The evening started with a talk by Derry Temple. Whilst I’ve done juice fasts previously, I didn’t really know too much about the positives and negatives of juicing, so I found this really interesting. Whilst everyone was tweeting away with all they learnt, I was scribbling notes down like a student, knowing my pathetic phone battery wouldn’t last tweeting and my journey home!
Positives: Full of antioxidants to clean up the free radicals floating around your body//increased absorption of micro-nutrients as the juicing ‘pre-digests’ all the food//lets you get your eight a day, the optimal number of fruits and veggies you should be consuming, not five as is commonly thought!
Negatives: Removes the fibre from the fruits and veggies which is needed to control weight, regulate blood sugar levels, and satisfaction levels//it’s not a whole food, lacking in protein and fats//can contain high levels of fructose which overloads the liver and changes into fat
The biggest thing I learnt was to be aware of the amount of fruit you use in your juicing mixes because of the fructose. I had no idea that fructose can change into fat, which almost goes against the idea of juicing or even doing a juice fast, where you want to lose weight! Derry advised using more veggies than fruits in your juices, which I’ll definitely be doing going forward.
I also learnt about the ‘clean 15’ and the ‘dirty 12’ which is the fruits and veggies you should and don’t need to buy organic depending on the amount of pesticides they can absorb. I try to buy organic where I can, but it’s good to know where I can save/splurge my pennies.
After the talk on juicing we got to put everything into practice using some super duper fancy juicers from Philips. My Mum has a Philip’s juicer, whilst mine is one from gumtree. After using the Philip’s ones, I seriously want one, they made juicing so much easier! With my juicer I have to chop everything up into manageable pieces, but this took carrots, apples, and even limes whole (with skins on)! This would seriously speed up my juicing time and cut down on my prep time, which is always a bonus!
In my juice I had: cabbage//pineapple//strawberries//carrots//ginger//lime//beetroot//cucumber
and it tasted pretty delicious! I made sure to save some for work the next day and it made a great substitute for my usual morning coffee.
After creating our juices we were split into two groups to take part in a body conditioning class. As I was in the second group I spent the time before the class chatting to fellow bloggers, and had a really interesting chat on going sugar free and how much fructose really does impact our hunger levels and bodies. It was certainly thought provoking and made me think about how much fruit I eat! Unfortunately I had to leave before our group had a chance to go in the fitness class, knowing how long it would take me to get home from King’s Cross! The photos and reviews I’ve seen on other blogs made it sound good fun so I was gutted to miss out on it.