(photo: Green Selfie Juice Art)
Some facts about my juicing life: I do not juice everyday. On the days that I do juice, I eat other things as well. Some of those things are chocolate and butter and fresh bread. To the serious juicers out there, I am a blasphemer.
I started juicing because of my love of chocolate and butter and fresh bread. I tried giving them up and failed. I tried only eating them on weekends. Failed again. I tried rewarding myself for eating healthfully with one square of dark chocolate every evening.
I ate the whole bar at 10 am on the first day.
I don’t like rules. Especially when self-imposed. If I say I can’t do something, then I also can say I can do the same thing. So even though yesterday I made the rule of “only one square of chocolate in the evenings,” this morning I made a new rule, “eat the whole bar because it tastes pretty yummy.” The newest rule is the one to follow, right?
Don’t try to understand my logic.
Somewhere I read that if you put more green vegetables in your diet, you would start craving more green vegetables. I didn’t fully believe it because I was eating a lot of greens already, enjoying them even, but my desire for them over the big three (chocolate, bread, butter) never happened.
I started juicing because I figured if I stuffed so many greens and other produce into my diet, there was a higher chance that my cravings would change. And I would feel that even if I was stepping out on my healthy diet frequently, at least a much higher percentage of what I ate would be good for my body.
Odd fact: I have never liked canned or bottled or cartonned fruit and vegetable juices.
But I’ve always liked fresh squeezed orange juice. So I gave the juicing a shot.
Turns out I love juice. Especially ones with spinach and kale and beets and radishes. And lemon and ginger. They taste nothing like Minute Maid or Motts or Juicy Juice or V-8. That’s not completely true. I make one juice that tastes a little like V-8 with the emphasis on the vegetable taste and not the chemical one.
After the first few weeks of juicing, though, I got annoyed. When I made a really tasty juice, it didn’t bother me that it took pounds of (sometimes expensive) organic vegetables to make one batch of juice nor that I spent a lot of time prepping beforehand and cleaning up afterward, but on those experimental days, when the juice tasted so horrible that I had to pour it down the drain, my irritation level grew.
I considered stopping just about the time I realized that I hadn’t eaten much chocolate, butter or bread in several weeks. Were my cravings changing?
In bed one night, I was turning these thoughts over in my head. Then, I saw a picture of a turkey made out of pieces of apple, kale and spinach, and an idea was born. The next morning I cut up my fruit and vegetables and made a picture of a turkey. It made me smile. Sometimes I am far too easy to please.
I juiced the turkey.
The next day, I made a caterpillar out of beets, kale, ginger and grapefruit. Caterpillar juice! And the next day, the sun over a field out of spinach and carrots and lemon. Sunny day juice! Apple, mint, cucumber, kale shaped into a man’s face became it’s-not-easy-being-green juice!
When I started posting my juice art on social media, otherwise nice people started suggesting that I must have too much time on my hands. What they couldn’t understand was that I had both solved a problem (juicing was helping me but also had become a chore) and had found a way to make myself and other people happy (Random people were messaging me or stopping me in the street to say that the bunny juice made them laugh out loud or the hippie juice was really groovy.)
The reasons why I love juicing:
- my cravings have lessened
- I’m getting more nutrients into my body
- I’ve found a new creative outlet
- I get to make people smile
- and, usually the juice tastes good.
Fresh juice, clearly, is good for me. It probably could be good for you too.
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