Juicing – Shop for healthy produce

The more that I juice, the more I realize how powerful Juicing is.

With that said, I want to juice the best possible produce I can find.
Gardening season makes it so easy. I know my own fruits and veggies don’t have any pesticides and aren’t grown with “frankenseeds”.

This Gift of Goodies arrived on my patio one day in July. My “garden angel” must have delivered it. #GRATEFUL
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So, what does one do when it’s time to shop at the “indoor” stores again?

Purchase the healthiest food that’s available, and here’s how:


* 4 digits: The fruit likely comes with a burden of poisons a and was grown in depleted soil.

* 5 digits, first is 8: This fruit is genetically modified, a GMO. It contains genes that were not put there by nature.

* 5 digits, first is 9: This fruit has been grown to an organic standard. Although the standard is not as strict as some produced by the most serious organic farmers, it is certainly superior to conventionally-grown or GMO fruit.

In a nutshell, pick 5 digits that start with a 9!

***BONUS RECIPE*** Enjoy this great recipe for relief of digestive discomfort. It uses lots of “seasonal” produce that’s available in the Fall. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)


Juice on my Friends!

Is Juicing right for you?

Oh so many grapefruit to choose from!

Oh so many grapefruit to choose from!

The benefits of juicing are vast! Ask anyone who juices. If you are looking for a reason to juice, consider this:
Juicing heals! So many ailments including tiredness, insomnia, skin problems, immune dysfunction, weight issues to name a just a few. Who wouldn’t want to juice?
Actually… there are some contraindications to juicing. These include people being treated for cancer. And, people with diabetes need
a doctor’s approval. And pregnant women, and very young children.

Juicing is powerful stuff. One of my dear friends was being treated for breast cancer a few years ago, and her MD told her NO JUICING!
The juice would have detoxed the necessary chemotherapy right out of her body. She is now fully recovered, thank God.
(Epilogue: She did finally get the chemotherapy out of her body recently during a juice cleanse, but that’s another story.)

And, Juice has a lot of carbohydrates, therefore it should be used under a doctor’s supervision if you have diabetes.

Aside from these exceptions, juicing can be done by most of the population. For example, last week we taught a bunch of middle school-ers in Amsterdam, NY about juicing.
They LOVED it! It was their annual Wellness Day, and my good friend, Christine, invited us to come teach. The kids were so enthusiastic. Many said
they were going to ask for a juicer for their birthdays. Others said they had a juicer in the cupboard, but never saw it used. It was so exciting to
see their positive attitudes. No fear at all for them. My hope is that they can bring that enthusiasm home and get their parents juicing too.

Wouldn’t it be great to become so healthy that you don’t need those pills anymore? I have heard so many stories of people lowering their cholesterol, their
weight, their blood pressure. And all within the first 3 months of juicing. I can’t wait until doctors start recommending Juice instead of a prescription!

What Juicer Should I Buy?

What Juicer Should I Buy? I am asked this question almost daily. Truthfully, there is a lot to consider when buying a juicer. Here is some basic information. There are two common types: Centrifugal and Masticating.

Centrifugal juicers are sold in most stores these days. They are affordable, $50-300. I have seen them at Goodwill for $10.  Centrifugal juicers make juice by spinning the  produce at very high speeds. The juice is separated from the fiber with this action. Juice should be consumed within 20 minutes of making it to get it’s full nutritional value.  Centrifugal juicers make juice quickly without much labor. The food chute is generally, not always, large and whole apples can be put in it.  They can be more work to clean up than a masticating juicer.

Example of a masticating juicer

Here is my Champion juicer.

Masticating juicers are often sold at health food stores, but primarily purchased online. Price starts around $200 and can go up to $400. These juicers make juice by grinding the produce and squeezing the juice from the fiber. The motor turns a grinder at a fairly slow rate, which allows the cell wall of the fruit or vegetable to be broken open, thereby releasing maximum nutrition. Juice can be consumed up to 48 hours later with maximum nutritional value if refrigerated in an airtight glass container.  Masticating juicers do require more labor: pushing the produce through the chute takes some arm strength, and the chute is generally smaller. Apples, for example, must be quartered. These juicers are easier to clean up when finished juicing.

I once did an experiment with juicing the same amount of produce with both types of juicers. I did this at one of my classes.  We were amazed to find that the masticating juicer made 2X the amount of juice from the exact same amount of produce.

Buying a juicer is a personal decision.  This information is what I have learned from researching juicers and from teaching people about the benefits of juicing.

I offer Juicing for Wellness and Vitality classes periodically.  I have both types of juicers for the participants to use. People definitely have a preference of one juicer over the other after using both of them. See my Juicing Classes page for information about upcoming classes.

Feel free to write comments or questions. I hope this answered your questions.



A different sort of journeying…

Red Juice for Day 1: Cleanse the Root Chakra

Just the other day, I finished my 7 Day Juice Cleanse Journey. I did this with two good friends. The results have been fabulous! My love of life is at a new all time high. My health and energy level are “tank”, as my 13 year old son would say.  (Means awesome :))  This cleanse is something I knew I had to do, which made it easy to do.  Do you know what your body needs?


Healing Space

Such beautiful art

Recently I was doing a healing session at the home of a friend of a friend, let’s call her Mary.  Mary had her own healing space set up in her house. A beautiful room with windows looking out over her yard in the Adirondacks. On the wall next to her healing chair, was this gorgeous painting by Jane DeRosier.

We all need a place to feel love and healing from our Creator, or the Universe, in our homes.  My space has healing stones, artwork made from wool, and beautiful images on paper, cards and in frames. Oh, and prayer flags which I adore.

Have you found your healing space yet?