Guest Blogger Melanie K talks to MBAC about how and why Juicing is so good for you...
Hi my name is Melanie, I’m a designer, yoga teacher and I love fresh raw juice!
I have done so many juice plans over the years, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, all giving me different challenges but all having fantastic results.
I was so interested in how this huge mountain of fruit and vegetables could make me feel so different, I needed to know more, so I enrolled on a Natural Juice Therapy course.
I don’t know what I expected, but boy was it hard!
I was thrown into Biology and Anatomy & Physiology for the first time in my life, chemistry and physics had been my GCSE choices.
I learnt so much about all things juice, that I knew I needed to make it a permanent fixture in my daily food intake.
Maximum nutrition for minimum digestion gives our bodies time to do all the other tasks its required to do, and not spend the entire time digesting all the food we regularly consume.
I made the decision that juice was going to be our daily breakfast choice, obviously there are odd days where this isn’t possible, but if a fresh raw juice is available, we are drinking it.
Then when I felt like I needed an extra boost I would have a ‘juice only’ day, or do a full 5 day plan if I felt like I needed a real boost.
I had tried so many different recipes over the years, learning what went well together and what didn’t!
I think most people who have a juicer tucked away at the back of a cupboard have probably thrown in a mixture of fruit and veg, looked at the pond water coming out, taken a deep breath, tasted it, poured it down the sink and placed the juicer in a cupboard never to be seen again!
Its all about finding recipes that taste great and I have put together delicious recipes for you to create in my 5 Day Juice Plan.
In 2020 I was given the time and encouragement to write ‘Vitality with Melanie K’ along with taking my yoga classes online.
My yoga students had been asking me for a few years to put together a juice book as I always served a different juice at the end of my Chakra Workshops, and they were always a hit at the end of the sessions.
I took the plunge, wrote all the recipes along with all the basic rules to follow, and designed the book to go straight to the printers.
Before I knew it I was watching my book coming off the printing press, it was time to spread the word of juice far and wide.
Juicing has so many health benefits, I like to think I follow a good healthy diet but I still feel I need that added boost of juice nutrition.
People always question the sugar, its one of those questions that makes me want to scream!
My answer is always the same
“If all you want is bar of chocolate, donut or a slice of cake, would eating an apple give you that sweet fix?”
The answer is “No” because all sugars are not the same, our bodies react to them in different ways depending on what they are packaged with.
The saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ has been around for longer than all of us!
Refined white sugar is not what you find in fresh fruit and vegetables, simple.
I also hear “But why don’t you just eat the fruit the veg?’
Now I eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables without having juice but the general diet is one of convenience foods.
Juice is a great way to pack in more than your ‘5 a day’ so that you are getting nutrients into your system quickly and easily.
I can’t recommend it enough!
Don’t just take my word for it, those that have completed my 5 Day Plan have all had such wonderful result that they too have incorporated fresh juice into their daily life going forward and have continued their juicy journey.
To tempt your taste buds here is a delicious recipe to try!
Copies of Vitality with Melanie K are £12.50 inc delivery to 1 UK address or a digital version is available to overseas customers only.
All details can be found at www.melaniekyogaandwellness.com