When I picked up the 10-chapter, 281-page Healthy Juicer’s Bible, I was expecting a plethora of theories, overviews, and notions. But much to my surprise, it didn’t take Farnoosh Brock (the author) more than a few set of pages to prove me wrong. And every page after that is filled with eye-opening information after eye-opening information. In fact, the book was so captivating that I took it with me on a trip to St Lucia (I usually never travel with books)!
This is not an essay to praise Farnoosh, in case I set the tone that way. No, rather, I will give you very concrete examples as to why the Healthy Juicer’s Bible is a must-read.
Who Should Read the Healthy Juicer’s Bible?
Whether you are a health nut (like myself), or just beginning to venture on the healthy side of life, the Healthy Juicer’s Bible is your absolute best friend. Farnoosh did not leave any stone unturned; I mean nothing was left for guessing. So with my highlighter in hand, I was already marking up a passage on the very first page I turned after the “Acknowledgement” section. Here’s what I learnt on that page and I quote “…the juicing business required putting a vegetable [or fruit] through the chute of a machine called a juicer, extracting its fiber and pulp in the process and drinking what’s left, the liquid juice”. That very line taught me the difference between juicing and making a smoothie (the first one entails removing the pulp, while the second leaves the pulp in). Learning something completely new in the first pages of any book is not usual, so suffice to say that from that point on, Farnoosh had my full attention for all 10 chapters of the book. So let’s dive in chapter by chapter shall we?
1. Why Juice? Irresistible Benefits and Your Own Reasons (pages 21 – 48)
One thing I like about this chapter is how Farnoosh establishes a special connection with the reader by revealing intimate details about her own personal life experience. A lot of people would appreciate that openness. She then goes on to reveal “20 irresistible benefits of juicing”, some of which I had no idea about, for example benefit #5: “Juicing helps your body to return to a healthy alkaline state. The pH balance of human blood needs to stay with a certain range and many foods, especially on the unhealthy side, are extremely acidic, so your body has to work hard to neutralize their effects and return to the desired state. Juicing helps move you in the right direction and closer to your ideal alkaline state.” Each of the 20 benefits is worth knowing.
In the chapter, Farnoosh also establishes a mind trick you can do, to achieve the desired healthy results you need from your juicing experience. You may want to lose weight through your juicing process (and you will), but don’t call it weight loss…instead she wants you to call it something else…something much more important than just weight loss. On page 43 she shows exactly how you can be your own worst enemy and on page 47, she gives you 10 mantras to learn and repeat to foster a positive mindset.
2. Juicing Explained: What Juicing is and is Not (49 – 65)
I mentioned earlier that Farnoosh Brock made it a priority to explain from the very onset, what juicing is. In this chapter she does a deep dive of what juicing is, why you should never touch packaged juices, the differences between juices and smoothies, and the reasons that may prompt you to make either a juice or a smoothie.
Some people may have the preconceived notion that juicing involves downing tasteless, or bitter liquid holding down your nose. In this chapter Farnoosh refutes that notion. Here’s what she says on page 61: “I would never recommend that you down a glass of anything that tastes intolerable just because it’s good for you! One of the reasons juicing is so much fun is because it gives you countless – and I do mean, countless options. You can create your own recipes to the end of time and tweak them until you get it just right.”
3. How to Start Juicing: The Bare Essentials (66 – 89)
In this chapter, Farnoosh discusses the bare minimum you need to have if you decided to start juicing tomorrow. You need the intangibles AND the tangibles. She explains in details what they are. She also gives a thorough overview of the process to select a juicer that’s right for you. She goes into dollar amounts and rotation per minutes. Here’s just a taste of it on page 73: “A masticating juicer uses a part called an auger. This auger turns at 80 to 100 RPMs, which is a lot slower than the centrifugal juicers that turn at 10,000 to 15,000 RPMs. This slow auger works like a screw. As it turns, it crushes the fruits and vegetables. It squeezes them against the outside wall of the juicer. The auger motion then forces the juice out one way and the pulp the other way”.
I mean, the level of detail Farnoosh goes in throughout the whole book is to be applauded. But she also makes sure not to get lost in the weeds of things. She always uses the details to explain or expand on a particular topic to allow the reader to remember more easily.
4. Let’s Talk Ingredients (90 – 108)
In chapter 4, you will learn a lot about what to juice and what not to juice. There are certain things that simply don’t produce any juice extract. You want to make sure to keep them on a watch list so that you don’t purchase them when you go to the supermarket for your juicing trips. On the other hand, there are a whole lot of other ingredients that make a juice sexy. Pages 97 and 98 list these ingredients out by major categories (fruits, herbs, plant, and vegetables). Then there are the super ingredients, ingredients Farnoosh believes form the foundational base of your juice. On page 103, you will learn about 3 key ingredients that can turn your glass of green juice into a powerful healing drink!
5. In the Kitchen: Getting Ready to Juice (109 – 127)
All the preparation and talk have naturally brought you to this chapter, where you will learn about the art of storing and cleaning your vegetables. You will also learn about setting up phase for the juicer, which includes washing, peeling (if need be) and cutting the ingredients that are needed for your recipe.
On page 111, Farnoosh reveals the number one thing you should do once you bring your fresh fruits and vegetables home from the supermarket. Then she goes on to shell out 7 suggestions on how to take care of your produce to extent their lifespan (page 113).
6. The Recipes and the Benefits (128 – 173)
Here, Farnoosh wants you to ease into juicing strategically. First, get your palate comfortable with fruit juices, then move on to a blend of fruits and vegetables, and finally start experimenting with pure vegetables (the most potent form of juicing). I consider this chapter the heart of the book as it details specific recipes: 11 in the fruits section, 15 in the blend category and 20 recipes in the vegetable category. It also helps that each recipe has a name associated with it, to help you guess the type of effect it has on your health!
7. The Aftermath: You’ve Juiced. Now What? (174 – 194)
One of the big questions in the post-juicing stage is whether you can store your juice or not? Some experts advocate that you must drink it all right away but is that approach practical with your busy life? In this chapter, Farnoosh Brock sheds her insight on how long you should store your juice (if at all). She also explains what particular type of container you should use for this purpose.
What about all the pulp that’s leftover from the juicing process? Well, it can be used to do 12 different yummy things, all explained on pages 183 through 187.
8. How to Improvise: Making Your Own Recipes (195–214)
In this chapter, Farnoosh wants you to be a bit adventurous and to listen to your taste buds. How do you do that exactly, you ask…Well she explains it on page 202. The last paragraph on page 204 is worth all the money you have at the bank: Four detox and healing galore ingredients! You will find out what they are.
You will also learn which ingredients do not mix well together. This is key because it will save you a lot of headache if you already know what not to combine together. For example, prune juice does not go well with cabbage or garlic. In this chapter, you will see any other combinations that you would want to avoid.
9. Pushing Past the Resistance to Keep Juicing (215 – 240)
When you start a new healthy habit, you are excited at first, then that initial excitement progressively fades. This chapter will teach you how to keep that initial juicing motivation going strong and long. You will see the excuses you give yourself to stop juicing, and you will learn how to overcome them through the power of positive affirmations. I mean you thought this book was just about juicing, it expands into psychology, biology, physics, etc.!
10. Upping the Ante: Juice Fasting, Baby! (241 – 278)
For those who want to take the juicing journey a step further into fasting, this is the perfect chapter for you. The chapter explains what juice fasting is and why one should do it. It also answers certain questions such as a) how long should I fast b) can I add protein powder to my juices during the fast? Etc. Fasting comes with many health benefits; they are highlighted on pages 248-249. But fasting can also have some downsides. They are all discussed in this chapter as well.
If you are on the sideline or just confused about the juice fast process, Farnoosh gives you a hand holding walk through on how to plan your fast recipes and schedules as well as how to break the fast.
If I have to give Farnoosh Brock a grade for The Healthy Juicer’s Bible, it will have to be a solid A for the following reasons:
- The content was written in layman terms. I hate reading books that are full of theories and big words and void of any meat-on-the-bone. Forget the bone, this book is all meat!
- The chapters follow each other in a very natural pattern. Once you’re done with one, the next chapter is a natural progression of the previous. It may sound like the right way to write a book, but unfortunately, not all books are put together in that fashion.
- Finally, The Healthy Juicer’s Bible is esthetically pleasing to the eyes, rich in color photos and a hardcover that uses the colors green, red and white with a finesse that makes you just want to grab it.