Friday's Fixin's: Juice

Juicing has never been my favorite thing. There. I said it.  I’ve always perceived it to be tedious, messy and (especially for all of the work) not so tasty.  Also (it must be said) whenever I drink green juice, I always seem to spend the rest of the day burping.  Gross.

However, juicing is incredibly healthy. And thanks to FBC, I’m all for finding as many sources of health as I can right now! Juicing provides vital nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for our bodies to repair themselves, strengthen the immune system and for cell regeneration and growth. The antioxidant effects of juices help detoxify the body and help eliminate the toxins, fats, preservatives and chemicals that a diet of processed foods leaves behind. Juicing also makes foods easy to digest and thus, easier for the body to receive maximum benefit from the food.

Okay. Okay. So the pro’s seriously outweigh the con’s!

Yet another Silver Lining to my experience in San Francisco (there have been so many!) is meeting Adina Niemerow.  She is a holisitc chef, nutritional counselor and author of the book Super Cleanse.

 

 

For the last 13+ years, Adina has explored the healing powers of food and found herself in the “food as medicine” movement.  She has cleansed, studied, cooked, schvitzed, prayed and meditated with holistic leaders. “So much of the food we choose to eat fogs our life force and weighs down the body in dis-ease,” she says. Ahem, I certainly agree with that!

We had a great talk about the benefits of cleansing and agreed that I’m not ready for a cleanse yet.  I need to finish my treatments and heal from them (as much as I can) first.

However, at the end of all of this nonsense…probably a couple of months after my last treatment when I can finally get myself off of the horse tranquilizers that I’m still taking for sleep, I plan to do a huge cleanse.  My poor liver, kidneys, adrenals…not to mention my brain are sooooo overworked and exhausted from the toxic onslaught of the past 8+ months.

In the meantime, however, she suggested some juices that I might actually enjoy.  Not likely, I said in my head. Nice attitude, huh? I’ve obviously had some BAD green juice experiences! But I agreed to try them for the health benefits that I so desperately need.

Well, low and behold, I looooooove everything that she has suggested.  Good gracious.  They are delicious AND I don’t burp all day (Silver Lining!).

I now start every day with Heavenly Green Juice. It gives me a serious, no holds barred jump start to the day (SL). The chlorophyll in each sip is calming, immunity-boosting, and cleansing for your blood.  It’s best to use a juicer (but you can use a blender).

Enjoy!

Heavenly Green Juice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head celery 9about 4 large celery sticks)
  • 6 leaves rainbow chard or beet greens
  • 1/2 apple, cored
  • 2 cups pea sprouts
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Chop the first 5 ingredients into pieces small enough to fit into the feeder tube of your juicer.
  • Juice the fruit and vegetables, starting with the celery and ending with the cucumber to ensure that you get as much juice as possible out of the sprouts.
  • Stir in lemon juice.
  • Add water as needed to make a 16-ounce serving.

 

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  1. says

    Really never thought I'd say this . . . I think I'll try this green concoction – it actually sounds pretty good :-)

    Again it has been a while since I have been able to spend much time on my computer so am catching up…again.

    You sound fantastic!

    Diana

  2. Kim says

    This is what you do for me:

    "A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'universe', apart limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something seperated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

    This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desire and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty."

    Albert Einstein

    Thank you, take care and happy, happy weekend – juicing!!!

    Kim

  3. says

    I love juicing but hate cleaning the juicer. I have some great tasting "green" juices on my blog. On a side note, I read your blog daily. I was diagnosed with FBC at 30 years old when I was 8 months pregnant with my third son. I delivered my baby at 36 weeks and had surgery 4 days later to remove the cancer. After the mastectomy I was told it never became invasive. I was relieved but my heart immediately went out to those that don't get such favorable news.
    Thank you for sharing your stories. I am in such awe of your strength, honesty, and courage. Your stories, quotes, and humor help so many.