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QuickTip: Using Your Juicing Windows To Learn

posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:39 AM by Israel Torres   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 9:02 AM ]

Depending on how much I am juicing for the night it could take up to a couple of hours to get everything washed, prepped, juiced, measured and cleaned for 24 - 36 cups of juice. 

In the beginning I used to listen to my iPod and random music that I liked. Recently I started to listen to audiobooks more  including non-fiction, fiction, self-help, podcasts, etc... which is not only enjoyable because I love to read books but most of the time I just don't have the time to sit and read books in the conventional fashion; so an audiobook will certainly do on whatever slices of time I get to use them. This includes driving to the office and back on top of my juicing windows. Using time for learning something is always better than just wasting it away!

Audibook - Worm: The First Digital World War by Mark Bowden and read by Christopher Lane

QuickTip: Juice Artifacts

posted Nov 5, 2012, 6:53 PM by Israel Torres

Here's what remains from a normal juicing session pictured in four parts - sans the juice itself. 

1. These are a few leaves from the bundle of Spinach I juiced. They are bound to fall about.
2. These are the little strings of pulp that come out of the juicer and into the bin.
3. This is annoying foam that I usually get through the straining process.
4. This is the additionally strained pulp that slipped through the first masticating phase.

What results is a smooth "particle free" juice where you don't end up chewing your juice. Served best chilled :)

QuickTip: Juice in Batches

posted Aug 2, 2012, 8:53 AM by Israel Torres   [ updated Aug 2, 2012, 8:57 AM ]

For a busy work week (especially making two services for each batch) I find it easier to manage my juice fasts by making my juices in batches. Every evening I perform the following:

Make juice for that evening (dinner)
Make juice for the next morning (breakfast)
Make juice for the next afternoon (lunch)

I put these juices in airtight containers and then put them in the refrigerator - theoretically they can last up to 72 hours like this, but I drink them within 24 hours easily. It takes about an hour but I am always relieved the following day when they are all ready to go. Once I got into the groove it seems very natural.

All ready for the evening and the following day!

QuickTip: Juice That Core!

posted Jul 19, 2012, 3:34 PM by Israel Torres   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 3:35 PM ]

When I started juicing I had the preconceived notion that I needed to toss my apple cores - perhaps some type of tradition that stayed with me. However when it comes to juicing - especially in a masticating juicer where the produce needs to be prepped (sliced up to fit in the feed tube - I use an apple divider by the way) - versus that of a "whole apple" wide mouth centrifugal juicer - the apple cores also store succulent and nutritious juice. But what about the seeds and stem? Worry not, as any decent masticating juicer will discard anything that isn't juice out of the pulp chute. So juice that core!

QuickTip: Calculating Everything!

posted Jul 18, 2012, 5:54 PM by Israel Torres   [ updated Jul 18, 2012, 6:10 PM ]

Interested to see how many calories you are drinking?... and why it matters?... and really depends on variables including yourself... Everyone is different after all!

To calculate the calories in your juices start by going to and typing in your recipe (note: calculate in ounces and pounds instead of how many leaves you are using - things like carrot sticks, celery sticks, etc are OK) 

Here's an example calculating how many calories are in this very simple recipe:
  • 5 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lb of kale
On Wolfram's site start like this:

press the = symbol on the far right and watch the magic happen.

First off you'll notice on the browser's address bar you get a save-able link that you can save to your favorites, or keep in a log somewhere, also since it is a link you can share it with others that will see immediately the same results you did.

The link looks like this (and you can click it):

First you'll notice what WolframAlpha is assuming - you can make these assumptions clear by using the vernacular indicated in between "Use" and "Instead" - this will help get as accurate as you possibly can.

Next you'll see how WolframAlpha interpreted what you typed in - this is good to make sure what you typed is what you meant.

The next screen has all the nutrition facts you are familiar with as compared to packaging you see on the store shelves.

It's also said that you should take 10% to 15% off to account for the removal of the pulp since you are drinking pure juice (for example I especially strain my juices). You can also calculate this with WolframAlpha thusly:

So as you can see the original result in calories we got was 385, so we subtracted 15% to get the new total of 327.25 calories.

As you scroll down the page there are many more granular pieces of information but that usually isn't too interesting for the scope of this QuickTip. Feel free to peruse and experiment! :)

So you now know how to calculate your intake smartly! No more relying on sites that guess what you are eating or just using WolframAlpha in the background anyway!

You can also calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate - basically how many calories you are currently burning in various states) using this link:

Just insert your information in the wizard presented and you will get your best estimated numbers!
Starting with the Basal Metabolic Rate you can gauge your estimated expenditure this will help in calculating what your intake should be around and what you need to survive comfortably (without hunger pangs, headaches, bowel issues).

Lastly is calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index) - think of it as a guide to where you should be for your statistics.

Start by clicking this link:

Again enter your data into the wizard
and you will get your BMI results and be able to have something realist to aim for as an achievable goal. :)

So to summarize - Calculate your Caloric Intake by seeing how many calories the recipe you are using total to. Subtract your resultant BMR (Caloric Expenditure) to see how close you are to actually losing calories per day. Finally use this process to reach your estimated BMI... the trick then is to maintain this once you have achieved your goal and not regress and have all your hard work be wasted! It has worked wonders for me and I am sharing the love!

QuickTip: Ensure Juicer Efficiency and Longevity

posted Jul 18, 2012, 10:10 AM by Israel Torres

Produce such as apples (depending its origin) may come stamped with small adhesive stickers - usually stating brand, type, batch, origin, etc. I recommend after washing your produce to remove these stickers as I have found that if you don't the stickers tend to clog up masticating juicers especially at the pulp chute. These stickers may put an additional strain on your motor so you are in essense helping yourself by saving time taking your juicer apart to find the source of the clog or jam as well as extending the lifetime of your juicer.

QuickTip: Birds of a feather flock together

posted Jul 17, 2012, 7:59 AM by Israel Torres

Interested in joining the world of juicing, starting a juice cleanse, or even a long term juice fast?

For questions, answers, varying experience and experienced opinions I certainly recommend hanging out online with like-minded individuals for guidance, support, networking and even friendship. The juicing community itself is surprisingly pretty small to what I think it should be so finding active groups may be a task in itself. 

I was lucky enough to find reddit’s r/juicing forum sometime early on during my first 60-day juice fast and I am now one of the three moderators. Come on down and help us help you, or share your experiences with our community. :) (currently with 1,945 readers)

... another group I recommend is LinkedIn's Juicing for Health (currently with 166 members)

For a strucutred clinical environment with a personal touch I recommend Farnoosh Brock's Prolific Juicing with quite a few folks who’ve walked the juicing path and have much to tell and talk about

In any public online forum remember to keep netiquette in play and always be ready learn something - always do some basic research before asking your questions and then ask away; usually someone will chime in and others soon follow - be patient if you don’t get an instant answer sometimes folks are just busy even though they want to help you out. Once you’ve built up your experience and have had some online face-time you too can start helping others when familiar questions arise :)

Happy and Healthy Juicing!

QuickTip: Organization Is Key!

posted Jul 15, 2012, 12:44 PM by Israel Torres

I find putting work into organizing an infrastructure key to a successful juicing lifestyle. I put things that can last outside in ambient temperatures on inexpensive stackable organization bins I found at walmart (Mainstays Mini Stacking Bins, 3pk). Here I put citrus (oranges, grapefruit, lemon, lime), apples (red and green) and tomatoes. In my refrigerator I keep things that can't last too long without refrigeration such as greens (kale, chard, spinach), beets, cucumbers, carrots, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, sweet peppers, habaneros, etc. Keeping things simple helps the organization flow and also allows you to keep fantastic inventory of what is needed and helps set pace of what is being consumed.

Here's how my counter space looks at any one time

Here's how my refrigerator  looks at any one time

QuickTip: Whole Foods Grab-N-Go

posted Jul 8, 2012, 7:23 PM by Israel Torres

Whole Foods not only has a juice bar where you can order popular juices and very custom juices; they also offer pre-made juices which they make that day and have set on ice throughout the day. From pure orange juice to popular juices such as Dr. Oz Green and Choppers they are ready to go in 16oz to 32oz disposable containers (16oz pictured below). Very handy and convenient. The best selection is available in the mornings as they get depleted throughout the day by other shoppers. 

QuickTip: Feeling Hungry?

posted Jul 4, 2012, 1:20 PM by Israel Torres

Does it suddenly feel like your day is running long and you need to eat something? 
This just means you need to drink more.

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