Hey folks! Today begins Day 2 of my juice cleanse. Just to give you a short recap of yesterday, I didn’t expect to have any side effects that normally coincide with juice fasting… but I was oh so wrong. I felt great throughout the day, but ended up getting slightly irritable last night, then went to sleep early. Honestly, I’m not sure if it was the juice or the fact that I woke up at 4am yesterday. I’m feeling great again this morning, and now I’m just hoping this feeling lasts throughout the day.
Thank y’all for writing in (remember, you can always ask any question by leaving a comment or contacting me here)! Yesterday, I received a few questions from folks asking how it is possible to get enough protein while juicing, or even following a vegan diet for that matter. Take a look at the chart below – there are so many easily juice-able veggies out there!
How much protein do we need?
Protein needs depend on a few things – age, size and activity level. The standard method to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in pounds by 0.37. This is the number of grams of protein that should be the daily minimum. Using this method, a person weighing 150 lbs should eat 55g of protein per day (150*0.37=55); a 200 lb person should get 74g (200*0.37=74).
Do athletes need more protein?
Yep, you guessed it! Those engaging in endurance exercises or heavy resistive exercises benefit from additional protein in their diets. The current recommendation is for these athletes to consume 0.54 to 0.77g of protein per day for each pound of body weight. This meaning a 200 lb athlete may need to consume 108g of protein per day (200*0.54=108).
Special Note for Taste: When juicing all these healthy and hearty veggies, bursting at the veins with protein, I recommend adding one apple. No matter how many veggies you put into the juicer, one tiny apple really rounds out the taste. Drink up, veggie lovers!