In my last post, I wrote about how I got started with juicing.
In this post, I’d like to share more about why I continue to juice daily.
Before I share the benefits I seem to continue to reap, I want to share what the process looks like in our home.
We’ve read and heard in all juicing circles that we need to shop and juice organic fruits and veggies. In my very basic understanding, it’s because organic is supposed to ensure the foods have been planted, grown and harvested with far fewer chemicals + toxins. And since juicing shoots all the best nutrients into our bodies more quickly, we need to be mindful of what those nutrients might be laced with.
This is the same sentiment with drinking from and storing foods in more toxic, less safe containers like plastic (Tupperware, Ziploc and most of what food is sold/stored in) and aluminum for long periods of time (foil and cans for most foods).
Here are a few articles (1, 2 + 3) with varying perspectives about the importance of juicing organic vs. non-organic fruits and veggies. It’s costly, sure, but so are the medical bills that come from pumping toxins into your body. Here’s one about the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” for 2019 that is often referred to in articles about safe, clean fruits and veggies.
If budget is a concern for shopping and juicing organic, I’d recommend choosing a few budget-friendly organic options and juicing less frequently or juicing smaller amounts, rather than choosing non-organic produce. If you’re really stuck and can’t see this working for your budget, consider praying about it. God cares about your health and knows what’s in your banking account, you can invite Him into even this.
As we’re still fairly new at this whole juicing thing, we’re still learning and deciding which grocers have the best produce. We often frequent these places:
- Trader Joe’s
- Central Market
- Natural Grocers
- Tom Thumb
in that order…
Quality, price, and selection are most important followed by proximity and customer service. Oh, and their wine aisle – it’s a huge plus if we can get both our produce and our favorite wine in one shopping trip.
We’re still new to the juicing community, so we are really trying almost everything – even leeks! We are also extremely grateful to have so many choices and to be able to afford shopping and juicing organic.
When we started juicing, I would only wash our fruits + veggies with water. Then I began washing them with this Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak and it has been a game changer!
I add a small teaspoon of the soak in the bottom of a bowl with warm water. I add the fruits + veggies and let the Thieves soak do its work. You can purchase your own with my friend Tricia from here.
Up until two days ago, I would do the washing, chopping and juicing all in one sitting, every day. Then I decided to try “juice prep” and spent about 45 minutes cleaning, chopping, and storing all the fruits and veggies we purchased hoping it gets us through 7 -8 days of juicing.
An aside: here’s a soul tending tip…
While you’re doing a menial task like meal/juice prep, add another activity that you actually enjoy (like listening to worship music, a favorite album – I happened to be playing the “Little Miss Sunshine” soundtrack, a podcast, a movie or show you can listen to as background noise, hear a sermon or even play the Bible). Whatever that is, pairing a task that you may not enjoy (this isn’t my favorite part of juicing) to something that makes your soul smile, can be helpful in making this a more efficient and enjoyable task and increase your chances of doing it consistently.
Only a couple of days into it and I’m so grateful for the time saved in clean up and prep on a daily basis, making me an even larger fan of juicing.
I think it’s good that I spend time chopping the goodies down to these sizes because it seems to save the machine from doing extra work. Another timesaver? Leaving the skin on for most fruits and veggies.
I will drink the juice I’ve just made while prepping for the next day’s juice and cleaning the machine too.
Cleaning the machine is my least favorite part, which is why I must clean it while enjoying my fresh juice. Otherwise, the day’s plans will get in the way and it’ll be something I have to find margin for later in the busy of the day; which would be far more stressful for me.
On the days that my husband works outside of our home, I save his juice in the fridge for his enjoyment later in the day. Although the articles I’ve read suggest drinking the juice immediately, he’s shared noticing the difference between when he has the juice in the evening and when he skips and has to go a day or two without it.
After doing all of the prep work and cleaning for about 16oz of juice every day for the last 6 -ish weeks, I’d recommend the once a week session. Plus, ain’t it purty?
THE BENEFITS OF + ONE WARNING ABOUT JUICING
In addition to how pretty the foods look, there are so many other benefits of juicing.
I was thrown into full menopause a short 8 weeks after having my second hysterectomy. And I felt surprised to learn about symptoms in addition to the most common or most talked about ones: hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats. There was also a fogginess of mind for me and my libido was under attack. My sweat was profuse and stinky too. I was so disappointed that this was seemingly the rest of my life after having had two surgeries and an emergency blood transfusion to improve my quality of life.
After joining a Menopause Support Group on Facebook, talking with my general practitioner, my OBGYN, my holistic, faith-based chiropractor and lots of women who have tried many, many things, I was stuck on NOT relying upon medication.
It was getting rough and rougher – on my mind and on marriage – to keep trying to tough it out. I mean, I’d had a natural childbirth, certainly, I could do this menopause thing. But, I was struggling with depression and frustration, feeling embarrassed because of my body odor and flailing my arms in people’s faces to fan myself, when they were sharing their heart or allowing me to help them meet a need. It felt like too much.
After juicing for about 2 1/2 weeks consistently (almost daily), I noticed that my hot flashes had subsided, my sweat lessened and my energy and mental acuity had improved. The keys, I believe, were including a healthy dose of celery in every juice – we’re still not at celery juice as a stand-alone – and staying on top of my water consumption.
My libido has gone from “off” to a 5 or 6 (which is huge!) and climbing. My attitude is more chipper, genuinely, and I’m able to sleep better through the night.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m sold on juicing. Wishing that I’d only began sooner when younger.
One quick precaution, keep it real thing that none of the articles I read tell you, is this…
When you begin juicing consistently, be sure that you are near a bathroom where you don’t mind spending a lot of time. Do you get my drift?
Juicing provides many nutrients and vitamins – which, hooray! But, juicing also removes a lot of the toxins in your body. This is why people often do “juice cleanses”. When you get started, don’t be surprised when your Poo-poouri purchases also increase. Consider yourself warned and then keep going, it does get better.
I don’t consider myself an expert on juicing, but I also don’t believe I need to be one. Two months ago, I was depressed and whining about being attacked my menopause (yes, that dramatic) and now, I’m better. Juicing has been a big part of that.
If you’re in the season of menopause and haven’t tried juicing yet, get started, sweet woman. And if you’re younger and think menopause is a lifetime away, start juicing immediately!!! It’ll likely help with other things happening in your body and better prepare you for the later years of life.