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11/16/2010 11:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Healthy Weight Loss: Get on the Juice

What do Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds and I all have in common? All left handed? No, although two of us are. Biblical middle names? Close, but still only two of us. And while we all may struggle a bit with the media, that's still not the answer I'm looking for. No, the biggest thing that we have in common is that we've all been "juicing" it for years.

Now, while I admit our cocktails of choice may consist of a very different set of ingredients I feel we probably do it for very similar reasons.

In life, just like in sports, we are all looking for something that can give us an edge, something that helps us stand out, improve our performance and maybe, just maybe, rewrite history.

If you follow sports, baseball in particular, it seems that over the last several years we have marveled at the athletic prowess of a few individuals in particular who seem to have a propensity for the ultimate fan pleaser, the home run. These are the stars among stars and we worship them as if they descended directly from Mt. Olympus to show us just exactly what the perfect swing looks like.

Then invariably the rumors start; "So and so is juicing it." But we, the fans, don't want to believe it and so we universally accept the first round of denials. "No, no I would never use steroids. Sure my head has gotten four hat sizes bigger in the last two years, but I just happen to come from a long line of big headed people." Cut to a poorly photo shopped picture that shows a family that could all give the "Jack in the Box" guy a run for his money.

But then sure enough, just after a record is broken, possibly for most home runs in a season, or maybe of all time, the truth comes out. Yes, these home run goliaths were, in fact, chemically enhancing themselves and therefore ultimately get stripped of their achievements.

Well, I'm here to say that I have found a way to chemically enhance your game, (and by game I mean life) and get a lot of the same benefits (strength, energy and unbelievable focus) with none of the negative side affects.

What is this magic potion I refer to? Juicing! Actual juicing of vegetables and fruits. While it might not improve your ability to hit a small white ball that is hurtled at you at close to 100 mph I find that it's a great way to get in the daily recommendation of five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables.

And while we've all heard that we should be eating five to seven helpings of fruits/vegetables each day, guess how much we are currently eating? The national average is less than 1 serving a day. Is this because there just isn't enough time in a day? It seems like everyone is so crazy busy that the idea of preparing that many different things for a meal is terribly daunting. And so most of us go without. That's why I love juicing so much.

My current mixture of choice is carrots, cucumber, celery, wheatgrass, beets, an apple and half a banana. Juice them together and you have a powerful 16-ounce potion. In the same time it takes to drink a coffee, I'm getting seven helpings of fruits/vegetables in one drink first thing in the morning. That way, I know my nutritional tank is full. My energy is high but not manic, my mind is alert and focused, and most of all it is easy. Personally, I am lucky to have a cute little juice store right on my street, but investing in a juicer and making your own can not only keep costs down, but will allow you to experiment and invent all sorts of your own personalized magical potions.

When I started juicing people noticed a huge difference in my energy. Many other people experience the same health benefits that I have.

So get in the game. See if juicing works for you. Visit us at www.completebalance.com for more tips on weight loss, getting the right nutrition, and how to knock your overall health out of the park.

Going, Going ... and It's Gone!!!

The Baietto Brothers