When I left for NY, I sort of knew that I wouldn’t love it the way I loved LA, and that I would never want to live there for an extended period of time. Still, I wanted to give it a go. I also wanted to redirect my career, which I did. I’ll spare you the mundane details, but I’m back in my home state, working and learning about all things health and wellness.
Since I’ve been home(ish), I’ve gotten into cold-pressed green juice. (yes, it’s trendy as fuq. Whatever). Note: I’ve been consuming vegetable laden juice for ages under the assumption that it was good for me, but I never investigated why. Here’s the deal, cold-pressing is a painstaking process that involves an incredible hydraulic machine. Produce is ground to a pulp, then shot into a mesh bag where it is squeezed, with tremendous pressure, until almost every viscous drop seeps out. Individual juices are later blended, creating some of the most pristine, nutrient-rich juice formulas you have ever tasted. Amazing. Centrifugal juice fountains (a fancy term for at home juicing devices) are fairly inexpensive, and user-friendly; however, they are messy, difficult to clean, and require immediate consumption. Plus, you can’t yield much juice using blades alone. To put that into perspective, it takes about twenty pounds of parsley to make about a half-gallon of parsley juice.
Let it be known that I got into juicing at home with a Breville, and I still use one! It is great for juicing dense produce like carrots, beets, and pineapple, but it doesn’t effectively process leafy greens like kale, spinach, and chard. Pro tip: leafy greens are packed with good-for-you things like vitamin C, folic acid, and anti-oxidants, yet most American diets lack them. Why is this? Well, despite being healthful, these vegetables tend to be slightly bitter. Not everyone can go from zero to kale. Next, at home juicers cannot process nuts; the cold press can. Almond milk is ubiquitous, but have you tried cashew milk. It’s absolutely decadent! Finally, the hydraulic press creates minimal heat exchanges, and air exposure, which allows for more vitamin, mineral, and enzyme retention. Hello micro-nutrients in my belly! Find my favorite locally made cold-pressed juice here.
Anyway, I’ll be posting a lot more about nutrition (and dieting) in the coming months, so stay tuned. I’m so excited to be on this journey, and I look forward to sharing it with you. xx