I found the website It Starts With Juice on Instagram. I was reading about how raw vegetables could heal and detox everyone. I was on the path to heal Jovan and I found raw juicing interesting. I considering juicing with Jovan so I could find out how I would feel.
When Jovan's autism was newly diagnosed I was giving him organic store-bought juices that contained fruits and vegetables. I was shocked when I read the juice bottle's list of ingredients. The sugar and sodium levels were high and unnecessary! I was overloading Jovan on sugar. It wasn't until he was seven when I realized that I needed to begin making his juices from raw veggies on our own at home. When our family started the ketogenic diet I was in awe as I learned about the greens and fruits that had excess sugar. Sadly, I learned I was actually hurting my son by giving him fruits. The juices were converted into sugar. The worst thing I could have done for Jovan was give him sugar because sugar feeds the gut's bad bacteria. I researched which juice items would give Jovan the highest health content and the lowest amount of sugar and found the answer was pure greens. Berries were the only type of fruit we could give him due to their high antioxidant content and low glycemic (sugar) levels.
Jovan's Daily Juiced Veggies:
- One whole celery stalk
- One whole lettuce
- One bunch of kale
- Two to three inches of tumeric and ginger
- One lemon
- One bunch of celery
- One bunch of parsely
Another Juice Recipe:
- One bunch of collards
- One bunch of chards
- One bunch of spinach
- One bunch of cilantro
- One whole cucumber
- A few leaves of fresh basil
Another Veggie Juice Blend:
- Two bunches spinach
- One whole celery stalk
- One bunch of asparagus
- One grapefruit
(I also add fermented garlic and tumeric)
I researched the benefits of each vegetable and it's sugar content. I have been blending our juices for the past three years. I now find that I feel healthy when I've consumed two-three juices each day.
Jovan even asks for his juices now (with his limited non-verbal cues). It's really amazing how the body will thrive on the nutrients it needs. These juices really don't taste good in my opinion. Their texture is very thick, but they keep me full and healthy. We also add MTC oil to the juices which breaks down the veggies and makes the juices a lot more nutrient-based. But everyone in our house truly has at least one juice serving per day. Our days have a good solid start because it's the first thing we consume in the morning.
I sometimes add green apples and cucumbers in my blended juices which helps detox, but I do not give them to Jovan since his diet is very strict and sugar is not allowed. Although green apples do have a lot less sugar than red apples, we still adhere to Jovan's sugar-restricted diet. I suggest that those who are interested should check the sugar content of fruits to determine which veggies and fruits are healthiest to add to the blended juices.
I have seen documentaries that describe scenarios of people with cancer who have healed themselves with these vegetable juices. I also read about the life of the person that does the "it starts with juice" and she mentions that she cured herself from cancer by juicing. Research has shown that cancer is caused by sugar. I always suggest that others read and research. God knows I do :-).
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
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