New Years Resolution: More Green Juice

New Years Resolution: More Green Juice

01.17.2014    |    
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Sunday marked a very important day – the beginning of awards season! The Golden Globes signal the beginning of “Best Dressed” lists everywhere, and provide amazing inspirational material for the entertainment, fashion and beauty worlds. I thought about what these women must go through to prepare for the big event, knowing that their pictures are going to be splattered across blogs and magazines everywhere. These images will inevitably end up in cyberspace, forever. Wow…the pressure.

I hear from an insider little bird that in Hollywood it takes two crucial preparations to look fabulous come red carpet time: Tracie Martyn’s facials, (she even has one called the Red Carpet Facial), and juicing, juicing, juicing. I just revealed my new juicing obsession in my latest “How-to Party Prep in 7 Days,” but the one topic I didn’t dive deeply into was nutrition and diet, because they are incredibly personal things! It all depends on your lifestyle.

But, in the spirit of awards season, there is no time better than the present to give you my our person philosophy on juicing.

Juicing can be enjoyed a number of different ways. It can be a daily thing to maintain your overall health, something you do until dinner, or used for routine monthly or yearly cleansing.

My juicing routine is quite simple. For as far back as I can remember, I have been consuming at least one juice a day – every day, without exception. It’s usually the first thing that I put in my body, before starting the day – after water of course. By starting my day with something so intensely healthy, it will start to erase whatever happened the night before, and motivate me to continue my healthiness throughout the day.

Some days I will “juice till dinner,” consuming 2-3 juices from the moment I wake up until dinner. I will snack on raw almonds and cashews, but I find that I’m usually so busy running around all day that juices are the easiest and most healthy way to stay on track. If you do this, make sure you consume enough food blended into your juice (preferably without fiber) so that when you sit down for dinner your hunger doesn’t cause you to overeat.

A full on juice cleanse, eases the digestive process by replacing regular meals with delicious, organic, cold-pressed vegetable and fruit juices, raw coconut water elixirs and silky smooth nut milk blends. Consuming only liquids for a few days frees energizes the body, helping it return to the essential jobs of deep inner cleansing and healing.

Glowing skin, bright eyes, the disappearance of hard-to-lose pounds, as well as a newfound sense of optimism and enjoyment of life are all results that I experience when juicing.

Why is juicing so important? Well, Dr. Oz says that “there are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution.” Sounds good to me.

My favorite Juices are:

Juice Generation: My sister and I love their custom cleanse. I also walk in and order their ‘Hale to Kale’ with added burn and extra ginger almost every day. (Visit one of their NYC locations, or try their Nationwide Delivery).

Melvin’s Juice Box: I love their “Green Light” with added cayenne and extra ginger. It’s just greens, no apple! My boyfriend loves Melvin’s for their ‘Jamaican Green.’ Id say it’s the “downtown” of Juice bars. Also, I always get their cayenne, lemon, ginger and apple shots. Always. (Visit their two NYC locations, or order delivery locally in NYC).

Suja Juice: My new favorite! I’m obsessed with their classic cold-pressed juices…literally all of them. Their owner Annie is the cutest. Each juice is certified organic, non-GMO verified and cold-pressured through a process that allows the ingredients to retain much of their original nutritional value while also extending shelf life and killing germs without applying nutrient damaging heat. Also, Suja’s juice recipes have been handcrafted by Culinary Institute of America trained chefs so that each flavor provides a clean, crisp taste with magical twists. So cool right? (You can purchase these at Whole Foods or locally in California).

Beverly Hills Juice: The original juice bar which opened its doors in LA in 1975! Super tiny and quaint with favorites like ‘Apple Lemon Triple Ginger,’ and ‘Green Genie.’ (Sadly, only available in Beverly Hills).

If you don’t live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, don’t fret! Juice bars are popping up all over the country, like for example in my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. My mom and sister have been raving about Nourish Drink Café. My mom just finished their sold-out 3-day juice cleanse and my sister Kate and niece Lola love their ‘Sweet Greens’ smoothie. Unlike traditional juice bars, Nourish makes ‘blended juices’ adding in that much needed fruit and veggie fiber to your drink. Thank goodness I’ll have somewhere to go for my green juice next time I’m home – gheez!

You can also make your own juices, (if you have the time). There are tons of recipes out there, but I love Tata Harper’s site for her original and delicious juicspiration. Apparently, cantaloupe builds collagen!

Now I’m not going to the Oscars, but yes I am planning a three-day Suja Juice Cleanse in the coming weeks. If I can’t attend the event, I might as well look like I am.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

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