So the World’s Biggest Juice Detox has finished and the results have been spectacular. With around 14,000 people registered from 35 countries the world is now tens of thousands of pounds lighter and significantly healthier than it was just 8 days ago.
I’ll cover the results of both my juicing week and of the people around me who participated in another blog but today I want to answer a question I’ve been asked by a number of people watching the juicing week from the wings.
It seems everyone automatically assumes that it’s going to cost a small fortune as you have to buy fruit and vegetables. But let me ask you how much you normally spend on your weekly food shopping? And how much do you spend on take aways? What about alcohol? Snacks at the petrol station? It all adds up.
Of course, if it’s your first introduction to juicing then you need to invest in some kit to begin with so there is an up front cost. But the whole point of juicing is that it becomes a part of your lifestyle and that your juicer is used regularly. It’s also about investing in your long term health and well being.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
What do you need?
There are so many juicers on the market you would be forgiven for not knowing the difference between them. There are two main types – centrifugal and masticating.
Centrifugal juicers - Prices from £65 – £200
Masticating juicers – Prices from £165 – £475
The juicer recommended by Juice Master Jason Vale is the Philips wide chute 1861 which, if you shop around, can cost anything from £65 to £105, possibly plus delivery. The reason he recommends this juicer is that time and time again it out performs any other juicer he is sent in terms of the quantity of juice it extracts from the fruit and vegetables put through it.
Philips have just launched an new model of this juicer called the Avance model, however it’s price tag is around the £200 mark.
The Blender / Smoothie Maker
Do not be fooled in to buying a blender when you already have a smoothie maker, or vice versa. They are one and the same thing, except a smoothie maker has a tap on it. Someone somewhere in a marketing department came up with a very clever ploy to persuade people they needed an additional piece of kitchen equipment in order to make smoothies when the majority of people already had a perfectly good blender in the back of their cupboard.
You can get one of these for prices between £70 to £90.
7lbs in 7 days Book
This is the book that contains not just the 7 day plan, but an explanation of why it was put together, how to get the best out of it and how to get yourself in the right mental frame of mind to get success. If you consider the whole thing to be a fad, or just about being on another diet, then thoughts of deprivation will prevail. However, if you see it as an opportunity to rid your body of a build up of toxins from eating processed, refined foods and giving it a chance to function properly, then you will have a far greater chance of success.
Prices vary from £4.99 to £7.99
Fruit and Vegetables
The price of fruit and veg is going to vary depending where you shop and whether or not you buy organic. There is no doubt that organic does cost more, but studies have shown that organic fruit and veg contains up to 46% more nutrients than non-organic, which is a significant difference. However, if you are on a budget then buying non organic is the more likely option so just make sure you wash everything before juicing to make sure you get rid of any residue of chemicals, pesticides and fungicides used in the growing process.
The 7lbs in 7 days book contains a full shopping list of everything you will need for the 7 days. I took a very careful record of what I spent last week. I didn’t buy everything in one go, I bought enough for days 1-3 and then 4-7 as outlined in the shopping list. I think you may be surprised to hear that I spent the princely sum of £30 in total. I think you’ll agree that’s not exactly an outrageous amount of money to spend on your weekly food bill … particularly when you consider I didn’t spend anything on meals out, alcohol, snacks, etc. £30 was the sum total… and I had some fruit and veg left over at the end as I hadn’t had every juice on the list every day.
Although you are getting fantastic levels of nutrients in to your body during a week of juicing detox it really does no harm to add an extra punch and give your body a much needed boost of elements that may have been lacking for some time. I will cover the full benefits of wheatgrass, spirulina, power greens and pro-biotics in another blog but suffice it to say they contain a phenomenal amount of goodness and nutrition that will do your body the world of good.
Supplements are available at all good health shops including online from Juicemaster.
The total cost
As prices vary so much depending where you shop I will do a best and worst case scenario
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The majority of this is the up front cost of the juicer and blender. If you already have either, or both, then the cost is dramatically reduced. As I said earlier, it cost me just £30 in fruit and veg to follow the plan for the full 7 days.
Make juicing an integral part of your daily routine and it will soon pay you dividends in terms of health, well being and slimmer waist line.