Juicing With the Moon in Mind
A juice detox isn’t a stroll in the park. You experience emotions you probably haven’t felt since your last break-up. You want to cry when your boyfriend starts sniffing the juice creations in the fridge that you slaved over for 45 minutes: cutting fruit, peeling cucumber, counting sprigs of parsley (and you actually cry when he actually takes a sip of it, because this means you’re short on juice sustenance for the day). It’s not for the “faint of heart,” my fellow yelpers would warn, but seeing that my wedding is only 40 days away and I’m 7 pounds away from my goal weight, I had to dive in cold turkey.
The idea didn’t come out of the blue. I had handfuls of inspiration and motivation from all peaks and angles. A couple of weeks before I went on this craze, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely ladies of Moon Juice Shop at Moksha Festival in Topanga Canyon. I had made my way through all the booths, and Moon Juice was my final stop. I was so excited and was welcomed gracefully by Helen, their marketing manager. The overall energy surrounding the tiny, blue booth was exquisitely positive, warm and inviting. Instantly, I knew I had to visit them at their shop in Venice Beach, CA. So I did.
I met with Helen in Venice Beach, and she told me all of the fascinating things Moon Juice had accomplished. The founder and owner, Amanda Chantal Bacon wanted this shop to be one of a kind. Her revelation came from…you guessed it- the moon. [Amanda says, “The fact that we are on this planet that is more that 80% water and that our bodies are more than 80% water and the moon’s gravity is pulling the water—I think that is so part of our daily life. I was up in San Francisco and it was one of those things where you are just relaxing not thinking about it. A truck came down from the beach and drove under the fog and had a beautiful mural—this oil painting on the side of some crazy hippie bus with the moon in the night sky.”]
I wish my revelations came from such exotic places. She simply wants her customers to experience the freshest, cleanest source of vitamins and nutrients as possible from plants. It’s the only juice store in California to be certified CCOF organic, which is the highest level of organic grade that involves an application, review, and inspection of all organic produce coming in to the store. After this process is completed, the creations are in order to proceed.
Each fruit and vegetable is pressed hydraulically, assuring that the fruits and vegetables won’t oxidize or burn, which in magical effect, is able to concoct the finest type of juice with maximum amounts of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. Juicing naturally gets rid of unwanted and unnecessary toxins, and provides a healthy, clean feeling during the juicing process. I have ‘juiced’ before, but definitely not like this. I was definitely not as informed last time as I was this time around. I learned that turmeric has anti-inflammatory qualities and that cardamom has properties that can minimize body pain. This was crucial to my knowledge. Not too long ago, I was experiencing bodily aches, joint pain on my wrists and ankles, and severe fatigue. I didn’t know what was going on, so naturally, I made a doctor’s appointment. Weeks later I found out I had rheumatoid arthritis (something a 23 year old shouldn’t be experiencing)-at least that’s what I thought. I later found out that rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.5 million adults in the United States. When Helen started explaining how different juices can ameliorate certain pain and improve our bodies, I was all ears. She highly recommended the Raw Food Bible and A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases ; And, the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy : a Summary of 30 Years of Clinical Experimentation by Maximilian Gerson or Gerson Institute for more information on living healthy and improving my lifestyle. I immediately went home, and started creating my own batch of turmeric infused juices. Some were delicious; some had me questioning my creative abilities.
Turmeric immediately caught my attention, so I went forward and decided to create my own anti-inflammatory potion of delight. I started thinking of other items that I consumed on a daily basis, and thought, I couldn’t make a juice without bananas. Honey would be my other contender. Helen explained the benefits of honey and bee product containing all 21 amino acids. She had me taste “Golden Milk” at Moon Juice and it was divine; a wide opening experience. A heavenly, earthy creation made simply from unpasteurized Almond Milk, Turmeric Juice, Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Raw Flower Honey.
Banana, Honey, Almond milk, and Turmeric were my final juice creations. The turmeric was subtle; the juice was simple, and easy to create.
Helen suggested limiting my use on bananas and adding figs instead. This will be another concoction I will create soon enough.
My second adventure didn’t turn out to be as mind blowing as my last one. I started experimenting with a vegetable and citrus concoction. I used elements that weren’t very familiar with my everyday diet; which is why it probably didn’t settle well with my body. Kale being the protagonist here, left for an overpowering taste. I added a lemon (with rind), a lime (with rind), a cucumber, two oranges, and a partridge in a pear tree. I’m cringing just remembering what it tasted like.
You get the picture. Experiment with what you use on a daily basis, but don’t be afraid to try new ingredients!
Here are a couple of book recommendations and websites Helen believes you might find useful. You never know what superb qualities your next fruit selection will have.
Vitamins, Minerals and Spices by Dr J. Anthony von Fraunhofer
Raw Food Bible by Craig Sommers
A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy : a Summary of 30 Years of Clinical Experimentation by Maximilian Gerson
Dr. Clarks Healthy Recipes by Clark Hulda Regehr
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices: What’s Missing in Your Body? by Dr. Norman W. Walker