I have a question. I started drinking green juice spinachc, cilantro, ginger, parsley and lemon) about 6 months ago, and it has made a HUGE difference for me and my digestion. My question is, should I count the calories coming from the juice towards my daily total, or not so much, so that there is room for more fruit? Thanks guys!
I count all greens in my total, as I estimate approx 20% of my cals on average are from greens.
Reading your blog posts, it appears to me your juices are made with a tiny quantity of greens cp to my intake! I can't see it making much difference to your calorie total, what do you think?
From previous posts it appears some 811rv-ers count greens cals, some not.
I think Doug G recommends counting greens, mainly to ensure we get enough.
Juicing is not ideal and can mess up your digestion but for someone with serious digestive problems, juicing greens may be the best option. Here are a couple of quotes from Dr. D on juicing and greens.
With a few exceptions, it is preferable to consume the whole food rather than to extract part of it and drink it. Drinking fruit or carrot juice without the pulp being present to slow the absorption rate of the nutrients can spike the blood sugar and throw your blood chemistry out of balance. It is far better to consume the whole fruit. One exception is fresh-squeezed citrus fruits, since a significant portion of the pulp is generally retained with the juice. The other "exceptions" are to blend fruits such as melons, and to make smoothies out of various fruits like bananas and strawberries. Liquefying the entire fruit in a blender turns it into a juice or a thick smoothie, while keeping the entire nutritional package together. Blending whole tomato, celery and orange together makes a thick, tasty, salad dressing.
They are not following 811 at that point. I have not seen long-term fruitarians succeed, and have seen huge numbers of them fail (and too many die) over the almost four decades since I first started my dietary journey. My thoughts? DON'T do it. And certainly don't associate fruitarianism with 80/10/10. In my book, I recommend eating 2 to 6% of calories from green, leafy vegetables. This amounts to 40 to 120 calories for a person eating 2,000 calories (which, by the way, is very unlikely to be enough food for a person doing enough physical activity to be healthy). Forty calories is roughly a medium-sized head of lettuce. That is the absolute minimum I would suggest, and two to three times that is far more likely to provide adequate nutrition. People who eat more than 2,000 calories should adjust accordingly.