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Keith’s Juicy Start to the Day

Juicing is a great way to start the day, and supplement your nutrition naturally. It transforms simple vegetables into a delicious drink and the nutrients are in a natural liquid form making them easy to absorb.  It’s so easy, try chewing 5 carrots, see how long it takes, but put them through a juicer, and you can drink all those nutrients in seconds!  But the really magic thing about juicing is that it is a living food, and when you drink it straight away, it is full of vital energy!

Living energy, or ‘prana‘ in yogic terms, nourishes you physically and mentally. That’s why juice or raw food is so refreshing.  But the great thing is it’s totally calorie free! You feel full and energised but not heavy! Juices are ideal when you feel poorly, as you get a double boost of energy, directly from the juice and that you don’t use digesting it!  Also the prana or vital energy, stimulates your immune system and magically helps the body heal itself.

Keith’s tip: fresh vegetable juice is full of prana or living energy which vitalises you.

There are basically two types of juicer, centrifugal juicers which mash-up the veg and spin it like a dryer so that all the juice comes out, or masticating juicers that squeeze the juice out. The latter are better, as more juice and nutrients are extracted, but much more expensive. Its a bit like comparing a Harley Davidson and a moped. But like a moped the centrifugal juicer gets you there even if you have to park it down the road out of sight. so it’s great to start with and you can pick one up for about £20.

Keith’s tip Buy a juicer and give your microwave to someone you don’t like

My champion juicer

I have a top of the range champion juice (of course). When you switch it on it hums, and I really feel like I know what I am doing. Cheap juicers make a high pitched screech.

Normally I use a base of carrots, as they are nutritious and taste good, a smaller amount of beetroot, you don’t need so much because the flavour is strong.  Then some celery, and apple to really make it taste nice, and a little ginger which gives it a bit of a kick.

Raw ingredients

Ready for the juicer

Keith’s tip: ginger as well as tasting nice is extremely therapeutic, it aids circulation, can reduce nausea and stimulates digestion.

You could also add garlic, which is a great natural antibiotic, and it’s really clever because it only kills the bad bugs! With normal antibiotics the healthy bacteria are wiped out too, leaving you prone to candida which quickly replaces them. Also the garlic smell on your breath really keeps people away from you meaning the infection does not spread.

Finally I added about a teaspoon of flax (linseed) oil which is high in omega 3 fatty acids,  and helps you absorb the fat soluble nutrients.

The bits we don’t want

Don’t try to use the fibre for anything but compost, we have had a few disasters trying to make burgers, high fibre soup even ice cream!


The only downside to juicing is the cleaning! Which defies the dishwasher, where is my juice assistant?


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  1. Nice blog jelly,made me chukkle out loud in the gp surgery browsing on my blackberry. Hey maybe you should get a Blackberry on Orange.OK done punning.

    • This juice is really nice and filling. I have have also made up your 6 taste spice mix now we use it instead of salt, pepper or salad dressing. Thank you. I would love some more juice recipes.

  2. Hi Keith

    Just came across your blog. YOu may remember me from the Dru yoga course in Wales.

    I love the idea of your blog here and look forward to reading more of it.


    • Hi Sean, Great to hear from you. Basically two types of juicer there is the centrifugal ones where the vegetables are cut at high speed and the juice spun out like a spin drier. These are quite cheap from £20 to £100 and do a pretty good job and are great to start with.

      The other type is a masicating juicer which pulps and crushes the pulp, extracting the juice at high pressure. You get more juice from this as the pulp comes out drier, and the quality is a bit better as more nutrients are squeezed out, but they are a lot more expensive from £300 to £500. It’s a bit like the difference between a moped and Harley Davidson, both get you there but there’s a difference in quality and street cred.

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