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 always stocked with fresh produce so I eat at home more, I grow my own sprouts, detox every day, set monthly intentions, and get excited to go to the farmers market. Small habits lead to huge changes.
Where have these vegetables been all my life?