3 Big Secrets You Should Know before Juicing

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Thinking about starting a Reboot or taking on juicing?  If you’re new to juice the process can seem overwhelming.  Questions like, Will I be starving? Will I get enough protein? Will it taste good? may be on the top of your list.  Before you juice you’ll need to do a few housekeeping things like find a local produce shop, get a few sharp knives to prep your produce and purchase a juicer.  But here are 3 secrets you should know before you break out your juicer and juice your first stalk of kale.

    • Drink plenty of water.
      When you’re downing 4-6, 16-20 oz (500 mL) juices a day full of fruits and veggies it probably seems like you’re consuming more than enough liquid.  But in fact, staying hydrated with healthy fluids is a key tip for success during your Reboot.  Drinking fluids in addition to your juices will help with keeping energy levels up, reducing headache, maintaining healthy digestion and reaping the benefits of a Reboot.  Besides plain water, try fresh lemon water, herbal tea, organic veggie broth (try our pulp broth recipe), and coconut water for electrolytes.


    • Get your ZZZ’s!
      Juicing and Rebooting isn’t just about fruits and veggies…While plants are the big-name stars, sleep plays the supporting role that makes it all come together.  Rebooting is meant to be a time of helping your body take a break from many of your daily routines like starting the day with an extra large coffee loaded with cream and sugar.  But prioritizing sleep in our fast-paced multi-tasking world can be a big challenge.  Sleep is essential for helping to support our immune system and metabolism; two goals of your Reboot.
    • You can juice frozen fruits and veggies. 
      Did you know that you can juice those frozen gems stored away from last summer’s garden or farmer’s market?   The trick is to be sure and let any frozen produce defrost before you put it into your juicer.  Frozen fruits can be less expensive than fresh and can offer you more variety when coming up with your next juice recipe.  For example, a bag of organic frozen blueberries in mid-winter is a healthier choice for nutrients and for your wallet than fresh ones.  Be mindful of a few items fresh or frozen that won’t juice – like banana, avocado and mushrooms.


What’s your favorite juicing secret?

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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