I’m talking Green Juice, not steroids. Just making that clarification right off the bat. (Pun Intended)
Okay, seriously… Juicing is transforming my life. If any of my readers don’t know my story, it goes something like this… “I had a rough childhood, not many things gave me a sense of self worth, I’ve struggled in my relationships with men, my body, and food” I’m going to guess that I’m not alone in my feelings or experiences.
Again, most of you know this, some of you don’t; I’ve been up and down in weight and I’ve been in and out of relationships for abouttttt 10 years now. I am a big fan of personal growth and self actualization so naturally, I knew that part of my journey was to learn lessons in big ways about relationships and food so that I could first help myself, and second, help other people. Guess what people.. I’m learning, I’m growing, and I want to tell you about it!
When I graduated college and started my new job over a year ago, I had choices; go to bars, date the same idiots I’d been dating, or take control of my dating situations, get clear about the type of man I wanted in my life and start a new path. I can tell you more about manifesting a man in another post, but either way… I found him!
This man came with 98% of the qualities on my list, plus a few bonus features. He came with a juicer. Now, I understood the concept of juicing, we had one growing up, used it one time to make carrot juice that I thought was nasty and we put it in the cupboard to collect dust forever more.
My man had a different story about juicing, telling me all the health benefits; how it’s like a high, an energy surge, a great way to start the day, a meal replacement, pure nutrition, aids in weight loss and on and on. (Plus you get to be creative with recipes, a personal love of mine) So I said “Hell yeah, bring your juicer over to my tiny-ass studio apartment and we can start juicing”
I tried it, thought it was great, but I still needed to eat food. I mean come on, juice is juice, man. A few months go by, we move in together… and the juicer becomes a part of my daily routine. As a spiritual woman, I was slowly guided to give up my addiction to caffeine, I started noticing that I would get headaches when I had too much. (I’d also get headaches when I had too much sugar but I was hanging on to that vice for dear life) Once I released the caffeine, it became clear to me that there were other things I’d be better off without… Things like excessive alcohol and eventually processed, refined sugars.
I began having green juice every morning for breakfast instead of a bagel or muffin or nothing at all. It occurred to me that my path of clean eating + spirituality was something I needed to do not only for myself, but to help teach the world. Through the process, juicing has given me a routine, a jump start to my day, a way to get vitamins and nutrients that I would have otherwise missed out on. I also believe it has helped me let go of sugar in a huge way. Instead of seeking out nutrients I’m lacking by eating more food, I satisfy cravings before they happen.
This is the same concept as drinking water throughout the day in order to avoid dehydration. If you give your body the nutrients it desires and requires in the first place, there would be no need for cravings, or at least very little. Eating sugar and carbs all day and expecting to be satiated is like drinking coffee all day in order to quench your thirst. Not gonna happen. At the end of the day, you’ll be strung out, irritable, and still thirsty.
I encourage anyone who has a juicer that’s collecting dust, hasn’t been used since January 13th, or have been contemplating buying a juicer for some time…. Do it! There are also lots of places to buy pressed juice now.
Today, I’m proud to say that I’m down 13 lbs, still have a ways to go, but I’m celebrating the little victories because a lot of small right actions lead to big miracles.
The Wandering Gypsy’s Green Juice Recipe of the Day:
1 Bunch Organic Kale
1 Organic Lemon or Lime
1 Large Organic Mango
1 Thumb sized hunk of Organic Ginger Root (Peeled)
1/2 Bunch Organic Flat Leaf Parlsey
2 Organic Carrots
1 Organic Cucumber
- Watch the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”
- Check out Kris Carr’s juicing journey “Crazy, Sexy, Cancer”
- Juice organic when possible: breaking down the pesticides and chemicals in conventional fruits and veggies make it easier for your body to absorb them and could likely to get you sick, or give you a headache
- Juice mostly veggies… Juicing fruits can give you a sugar rush
- Wash produce thoroughly, peel citrus fruits, take out seeds
- Get a high quality juicer (or find a boyfriend who has one)
*Disclaimer, I am not a health care professional, you should probably consult one of those if you plan on going on any sort of juice cleanse or diet. However, I do have a degree in Food Systems and Technology so it’s not like I’m talking out of my ass about a subject I know nothing about.