People often question me as to whether or not juicing is healthy. They say that you are cutting way too many calories to be beneficial and that it can't be good for you. They say the same to be about my nearly meatless diet (I do eat dairy and fish). I always search on my own to make sure I feel what I am doing is the right thing. I typically replace 2 meals a day with a juice and eat a normal dinner (I don't do low-fat dinners because that is my preference). See a typical day of juicing for me below.
Sample daily menu:
2 cups spinach
2 stalks celery
2 florettes of broccoli
Nurtitional Information on Breakfast: 249 Calories, 59 Carbs, 1g Fat, 9g Protein, 17mg Iron, 0 Cholesterol
2 stalks Celery with 2 tbsp Peanut Butter (I always add some extra protein to keep from feeling sluggish)
Nutritional Info on Snack: 201 Calories, 9 Carbs, 16g Fat, 8g Protein, 5mg Iron, 0 Cholesterol
2 stalks celery
Nutritional Info on Lunch: 180 Calories, 44 Carbs, 0 Fat, 4g Protein, 10mg Iron, 0 Cholesterol
Nutritional Info on Snack: 105 Calories, 27 Carbs, 0 Fat, 1g Protein, 2 Iron, 0 Cholesterol
Grilled Salmon (8oz.) with Barbecue Sauce
Spinach Salad with Ranch Dressing (I use a good bit of dressing!)
Nutritional Info on Dinner: 602 Calories, 41Carbs, 35 Fat, 28 Protein, 23 Iron, 82g Cholesterol
Total Nutritional Info for the day: 1335 Calories, 180 Carbs, 54g Fat, 57g Iron, 82g Cholesterol
My BMR (you are never supposed to eat below your BMR - even when dieting) is 1381.5. I am pretty much on target and with juicing you really are full. The fruits and veggies are loaded with water and fiber and they stay with you much longer then processed foods. They flush you out to get rid of the bloated feeling. In my opinion I eat much healthier when juicing and it is much easier to eat more food while staying within a healthy calorie and fat range. I also find that I don't gulp the juice down and move on to a snack but that it takes me longer to finish and therefore I feel full longer and don't feel the need for as many unhealthy snacks during the day.