Do you believe you can change your tastebuds to crave real food? I never believed my tastebuds could change before I started juicing. After all, how could I possibly give up my favorite processed foods (I’m talking about you, brownies, cupcakes, pretzels, ice cream — need I say more?) and opt for “boring” fruits and vegetables instead.
How It All Started
One night a few years ago, I found myself watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix, a documentary about Joe Cross who was facing a number of challenges with his own health. He decides to take control of his health and life by changing his eating (and drinking) habits. I was moved by this journey I decided I needed to order a juicer. So I did — that night. Some of the best things come into our lives suddenly and quite unexpectedly, when we least expect them. I consider juicing as one of those special things for me. In fact, it was the first step (of many) of my journey to better health and wellness.
I told all my friends and family that I had started on a 7 day journey that was about to change everything. I’m pretty sure they figured it was just another phase I was going through. After all, I found myself telling everyone everything I had learned about juicing and how they HAD to get a juicer — right away. I have to admit even I wondered if my juicer was just another impulsive purchase that ended up eating more room on my kitchen countertop?
Juicing: Day 1 of Many
The day my juicer finally arrived, I decided that I would start a 7 day juice cleanse. Yes, either go all the way or go home, right? Wrong. Bad idea. Never again. Literally, one night I was indulging on a box of crackers, cheese (various kinds), brownies, and ordering pizza (after all, I had to have my one last hoorah!). The next morning, I started the juice cleanse.
What I immediately loved was the taste of the juices I was making. How could something that tasted so good for you actually BE good for you? However, my body and mind soon started to rebel. I had been doing okay all day until evening struck — I could no longer function. I couldn’t talk or think straight. Ask me two plus two and I would have probably replied two. All I had all day was one juice after another, and water. I felt like crap. I realized my body was going through a detox but was it supposed to be this terrible? After day 2, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore.
Learning + Moving Forward
Looking back, I realize the dangers of going from one extreme to another in a matter of 24 hours. I decided maybe this was a phase after all and started to avoid my juicer (and wonder what I was going to do with this gadget I had just spent so much money on), but then something amazing happened. A few days later, it dawned upon me that perhaps I could start my day off with a juice. Or maybe it could be something I did on the weekends when I had a little more time on the weekends. After all, I loved the taste of the juice I was making and thought perhaps I needed to give this whole juicing thing another shot, but maybe in moderation this time?
One day turned into a week which slowly turned into months and well over a year. I now juice on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s everyday of the week, other times it’s a few days in the week, depending on what my body is needing. Juicing sets a solid foundation to the rest of the day. I find myself craving the taste of cold-pressed juice instead of a can of soda. I crave water and I no longer have those daily cravings for cupcakes. My fridge is now always stocked with fresh vegetables and I get excited to go to the farmers market and find myself mesmerized by the beautiful green produce.
Where have these vegetables been all my life?