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Can I juice my vegetables?

Answered on December 31, 2013
Created December 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I have a Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

I want to switch to a Paleo diet starting tomorrow and I'm going to the grocery store today to buy some produce/meat/nuts/etc. I'm 15 years old and I'm 235 pounds and 5'10.. I'm pretty sure I have about 30% body fat as well (my waist is 38'). I want to get to a goal weight of about 180 pounds.. Quite frankly, I don't even care about the scale.. As long as I can drop my body fat percentage. I have never liked vegetables at all.. I'm going to buy some almond butter and try eating celery or carrots or something with it.. but I never liked any vegetable besides potatoes. Perhaps it's because I didn't eat vegetables as a child and I always ate processed foods (carbs mainly) so whenever I did eat any vegetable, I never liked them. Perhaps once I start my Paleo diet, as my tastebuds and cravings change, my hatrid of vegetables will also change. However, in the mean time, can I juice my vegetables? I tried a juice cleanse during the summer time a few months ago and I made juices like kale juice/broccoli/spinach mixed with fruits and other veggies and stuff.. I'm sure this would be better than eating no veggies at all if I don't like them..

Any tips, please?

Thanks!

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on December 31, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Thanks. I'm going to the store now.. I'm going to pick up the ones I listed.. I don't wanna mess with some crazy ones I know I probably wouldn't like like the beets (I really wasn't fond of them when I was juicing). I might try the crazy ones once I'm already in the diet and starting to like other veggies and my taste buds change and I lose my sweet tooth for junk and gain a sweet tooth for veggies hehe thanks!!

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on December 31, 2013
at 12:43 AM

I doubt any one eats everything. Give yourself a chance. Asparagus cooked over applewood with some balsamic vinegar is delicious! Brussels sprouts with bacon is a completely different flavor. Spinach with onions,garlic sautéed in brown butter amazing.

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on December 31, 2013
at 12:41 AM

I'd be amazed if celery and with green peppers or carrots were not used. My best friend's Italian grandma didn't call them the 'Holy Trinity' of Italian cooking for nothing (she always called it gravy too)

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 10:08 PM

I don't need to eat all vegetables, right? Like.. I am going to try broccoli, spinach, celery, carrots, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, peppers.. I already like kale juiced. Anyway, if I don't like, for example, asparagus, but I like the rest of the veggies I listed.. I'll be okay, right? I don't need to eat every different vegetable?

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on December 30, 2013
at 10:05 PM

My mom always makes homemade gravy and cooks the meat in it. By gravy, I mean crushed tomatoes with parsley, oregano, garlic, etc etc. However, she doesn't put veggies in it like carrots and celery and such. I am going to try your suggestion. I read Robb Wolfs eBook and he has some good meal plans outlined in there (like eggs w/ whatever for breakfast, meat w/ whatever for lunch, etc). I will go through his meal plans and pick out ones I wanna try or modify to something I'd like, perhaps. But I will definitely try your suggestion.. I know that feeling and have experienced it.

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 10:01 PM

Oh okay! I always top alot of my favorite dishes with pecorino romano (or locatelli for short). Thanks for the info

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 10:01 PM

True! I am an Italian and I always top many of my favorite dishes with grated locatelli.

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on December 30, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Use cheese for a flavor element, not a caloric element. Ditch sliced cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese, etc… Eat cheeses for their flavor… parmesean and blue cheeses, for example.

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on December 30, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Cheese is typically not "paleo". But it is a traditional food for most people of eurpoean ancestry.

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on December 30, 2013
at 02:48 PM

I thought you couldn't eat cheese on Paleo? Anyway, thanks for the tips :) I was thinking of cooking some meat like london broil and throwing some veggies on top that way haha

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on December 31, 2013
at 09:19 PM

i think you will feel hungry since you're leaving the fiber out of the juices. i personally prefer to get my calories from chewing instead of drinking. juicing is an easy way to get a lot of calories in addition to your daily meals.

i don't eat a lot of green vegetables (less than 1/2 cup a day) and i see no ill effects from this. i mainly stick to potatoes and sweet potatoes. i eat about 1-1.5 cups a day of those.

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on December 31, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I say no. The fermentable fibers are a great treasure of vegetables, fighting inflammation, helping heal the gut, and improving mineral absorption. Eat a mixture of raw and cooked, but eat them mostly whole (you can peel them). Also, find out about the many vegetables that are better than celery.

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on December 30, 2013
at 03:26 PM

You can certainly juice your vegetables -- just leave the fiber (pulp) in.

Probably better than jucing, make homemade sauces. Carrots, Celery, Green Peppers, Onions, and Garlic are the base of almost any sauce. Add in things like beets, mushrooms, cabbage, herbs, peppers, fruits (likes citrus and tomatoes) and you can make a thousand difference sauces that you can add to your meat.

But honestly, at your age, learn to like vegetables. Saute in butter or extra light olive oil add a spice (turmeric, cayenne, jalapeno, paprika, etc) and enjoy. You need to learn to enjoy vegetables because they should be the bulk (by volume) of your diet.

Here's another trick. Go hungry. let yourself get hungry, skip a couple of meals. Then eat a 6oz steak with a cup of steamed broccoli seasoned with salt -- guarentee it tastes amazing dispite being relatively bland. Hunger makes real food much more appetizing.

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 10:08 PM

I don't need to eat all vegetables, right? Like.. I am going to try broccoli, spinach, celery, carrots, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, peppers.. I already like kale juiced. Anyway, if I don't like, for example, asparagus, but I like the rest of the veggies I listed.. I'll be okay, right? I don't need to eat every different vegetable?

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 10:05 PM

My mom always makes homemade gravy and cooks the meat in it. By gravy, I mean crushed tomatoes with parsley, oregano, garlic, etc etc. However, she doesn't put veggies in it like carrots and celery and such. I am going to try your suggestion. I read Robb Wolfs eBook and he has some good meal plans outlined in there (like eggs w/ whatever for breakfast, meat w/ whatever for lunch, etc). I will go through his meal plans and pick out ones I wanna try or modify to something I'd like, perhaps. But I will definitely try your suggestion.. I know that feeling and have experienced it.

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on December 30, 2013
at 02:41 PM

It's better than not eating them. However eating a salad is more filling than drinking it for me. My kids who are close to your age have always eaten veggies, but recently they've started to love roasted cauliflower or broccoli with garlic, butter, salt/pepper and red pepper flakes. Simple to make, roast 30 minutes at 400F. You can also sprinkle some parm cheese to make it extra tasty.

Dd33c7472c69b878227c8bcc8d0bee0b

on December 30, 2013
at 02:48 PM

I thought you couldn't eat cheese on Paleo? Anyway, thanks for the tips :) I was thinking of cooking some meat like london broil and throwing some veggies on top that way haha

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