When summer rolled around, I had every intention of becoming a raw vegan. Let’s just say that plan failed, but what I did stick to was my new juicing routine. Juicing was never a task I thought I would like. I’m definitely guilty of buying those expensive juices at raw food stores, and feeling so proud of myself for drinking it. Drinking those juices felt… energizing. But drinking a juice as a meal replacement just seemed too drab for me. I loved eating food, and I didn’t want to stop.
So I committed to making juices in the morning. First, I had to find a juicer, and luckily my friend let me borrow hers. Then I had to figure out what vegetable and fruits to buy. Once I had those all in place, it was time to juice. With trial and error, I eventually found a flow to my morning routine that included the art of juicing. Because it wasn’t just the juicing, it was the preparation beforehand, and the cleanup afterwards. I thought to myself, “I get why people would rather just buy Starbucks and eat a protein bar on the go.”
Juicing is a process, and one that takes time and dedication.
I also came to the realization that even when I thought I had purchased enough produce, it would still only produce a small portion. Plus, with a small fridge, I wasn’t able to hold a lot of produce at once. That meant more grocery store trips, and shopping for groceries is on my list of things that I hate doing as a functioning adult. There were many mornings, more than I’d like to admit, that I chose to forgo my juice. I couldn’t justify the time spent on making it.
After the first couple of times juicing (and showing it off on Instagram) I got hooked. It initially was that “high” that came after drinking juices on an empty stomach. I felt like I just drank a whole cup of coffee. That’s how much energy and motivation I gained. I love getting to experiment with different fruits and veggies and the color combinations they make. I even searched on YouTube how to clean my juicer, because I knew that I needed to take care of the tool that provides me with this newfound “liquid gold.”
Juicing at home became something I looked forward to, at least most mornings. My body felt so revitalized that I started craving that feeling. It made me realize why people actually go fully raw. They must be vibing 24/7 because their bodies are running off of pure phytonutrients. Not only did it make my body feel lighter and refreshed, but it helped me feel more positive and motivated. I tend to be one of those people who struggle waking up in the mornings, yet juicing gave me that boost of energy that fueled my hope for the next morning.
“Energy in the form of crystalized light.”
Juicing has truly made a positive difference in my life. Recently I did an energy healing session via zoom. The healer randomly asked me, “Do you juice?” I said, “Yeah, I’ve been juicing in the mornings. Why?” They said, “Your guides are showing me a glass of golden light. They say that juicing is really good for you. It’s helping you on your healing journey. It’s like energy in the form of crystalized light. So keep juicing.” I was shocked, to say the least. Never did I expect my new self-care habit to turn into something that my spirit guides approved of. It felt like they were cheering me on from the stands. Talk about moral support!
I don’t see myself stopping this habit any time soon. It’s been a process to learn the ins and outs, but I’m grateful I have access to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and my friend for letting me borrow her juicer. If you’re interested in getting a juicer yourself, check out Offer Up and Facebook Market Place for juicers that may be used, but are super affordable.
My go-to juicing recipe:
4 stalks of celery
~ Wash all ingredients.
~ Roughly chop into smaller halves.
~ Place fruits/veggies into juicer.
~ Consume juice within 10–15 minutes for maximum nutrition benefits.
Don’t let juicing scare you. With anything new, there may be some hesitation, but I can assure you that juicing is so worth it. Especially with the summer heat, it can be nice to give your stomach a break from digesting, and hydrate instead. Try it even for just a week and see how you feel. Think about it as a time to practice self-care, with Mother Nature giving you a hand. I promise, you won’t regret it!
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