Let’s talk juicing. Not fancy diet juicing. Not for losing weight, nor cleansing from a particularly rowdy stampede week, but simply for us busy moms.
For as long as I can remember I have suffered from chronic fatigue. Yes, I have done most everything I came across to be healthier to perhaps eradicate it. Unfortunately, there are many theories, but very little help. After living with it for many years, I tried ignoring it.
If you find yourself in the same boat, you know exactly how hard it is to keep up with your children, work, get supper on the table, and the many other tasks that must get done. When I became a mother, I knew I had to figure out a way to get more energy to make it through my days. I ate very healthy, went for walks and tried to get sleep. Still, I found myself exhausted and frustrated at my inability to help myself. I am not one to take medicine, perhaps because I was a sickly child and I grew tired of the routine. It was time to try something different.
I had rejected the idea of juicing simply because I had heard about it as a diet or detox for poor lifestyle choices. I did not feel this applied to me.
Then I discovered what some call medicinal juicing. This caught my attention because I feel that nutrition is at the heart of health (along with our emotional state). I had been eating really healthy for a long time, and while I looked lean and healthy, I was still suffering from fatigue. I had to wade through a lot of information, and some misinformation. The bottom line was, I could get more nutrition juicing vegetables and perhaps help myself!
I was so excited and started using the centrifugal juicer I had received and used during my pregnancy. The drawback to this juicer was that I had to drink the juice right away because of the heat produced during juicing. Which of course denatures enzymes. Regardless, I was happy to juice my veggies and felt better. After a while I began to get bored of the all day juicing, and all the cleanup to go with it. I also wanted something that didn’t denature much of what I was working so hard to extract. The biggest drawback was how poorly it juiced greens, and parsley was the thing I kept reading would give me energy.
We then purchased the Super Angel juicer. It took a while for us to make the change. As you know by now I am skeptical by nature. My goodness, it was SO worth it!
I am able to juice only once every 3 days, enough juice for our family to have twice a day. Cleanup is much easier. It juices greens so well, and I get much more green juice than I ever did. I still get energy from my green morning juice. The only benefit I didn’t expect…my skin is glowing!!! I invest in my skincare and was shocked to wake up a week after juicing with the Angel to glowing beautiful skin. Bonus!
Our 2 year old daughter also drinks the green veggie juice in the morning. She says to me in her sweet toddler voice, “Mommy, it’s good!”
My husband who works round the clock has become dependant on his morning juice to get him going in the morning.
It takes time, but it is SO worth it to have that energy we overtired moms need to do everything we want to do for our children. Can you imagine how happy I am to have energy for our sweet Colette? For my spouse? For my clients? For me?!
These days I only juice two types of juice. The orange one has sweet bell peppers, carrots, apples, and a little beet. The green one has parsley, kale, celery, green apples, spinach and cucumbers. These are my favorites, but you can do your own research to find what is best for you and your family.
I love the Green Goddess juice from Pure Raw Nature, located at the Symon’s Valley farmer’s market. I have heard great things about the juice options at Cru, located in Bridgeland or Holt Renfrew. These would be great places to sample some veggie goodness!
So there you have it, a busy Calgary mom’s take on juicing veggies. Cheers! 🙂