Victoria Green, qualified juice therapist, reveals how juicing boosted her energy levels and helped her “participate fully in life again”.
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Victoria Green: My first juice was on a holiday in New Zealand in 2005. It was so tasty that I bought a blender and borrowed an old juicer my mum had when I got home. I tried a couple of recipes but didn’t really get in the habit of juicing though I’ve probably had a smoothie most days from then on.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Victoria Green: After my last pregnancy I started getting gallstone attacks. They would have me doubled over and crying in pain. They hurt so much I was sick. I was also anaemic and had pretty much zero energy. I was told I had gallstones and a poly-cystic liver and the recommendation was to have my gallbladder removed. This didn’t feel like a solution to me, just a way to stop me wanting to complain. If something isn’t working in your car you don’t so just remove it, you fix it. I am a wimp and the thought of an operation was a little terrifying but my main concern was that I didn’t think an operation would fix whatever was going wrong in the first place. So I looked for alternative remedies. I turned to food because food, drink and the air we breathe are the only things our bodies have to work with. I made some horrible drinks, to begin with, and had to hold my nose to get them down. One day luckily the juicer broke and I got a ‘Juice Yourself Slim‘ book [by Jason Vale] with my new one. That led me to read more about food and ultimately train and qualify as a Natural Juice Therapist.
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Victoria Green: I’ve followed all the Jason Vale detox programs and food plans in ‘7 lbs in 7 days‘, ‘Juice Yourself Slim’ and ‘Turbo Charge Your Life in 14 days‘ and ‘Keeping It Simple‘. I’ve also completed the Budget Juice Reboot plan. Mainly I try to keep as close to natural as possible. My breakfast is always hot water and lemon, a ginger shot, plus a juice or smoothie.
“The best thing is the amount of energy I have”
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Victoria Green: The best thing is the amount of energy I have and my desire and willingness to do things. I was so exhausted before that everything was a chore – including just getting out of bed. I couldn’t get through the day without a nap. I also feel lighter physically and mentally and obviously not suffering anymore pain is a massive plus. I don’t know whether whatever was wrong is fixed but it certainly doesn’t feel like a problem anymore. I’ve also lost just under 4 stone so that’s a bonus.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Victoria Green: Being able to juice whilst away from home. I tend to take the juicer & blender on holiday when we go away and even bought a cheap blender when we went abroad but I’ve stayed in London in hotels that are just too small to make juices. If I can’t juice I might make a couple to take with me in a freezer pack and will take fruit, nuts and maybe bio yogurt so I have choices and don’t feel I have to eat something I don’t want.
“I no longer feel like I’m ageing, I feel like I’m getting younger”
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Victoria Green: It’s helped me participate fully in life again. I no longer feel like I’m ageing, I feel like I’m getting younger. It’s also provided me with a way to help others achieve health easily and enjoyably.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Victoria Green: I once made a Super Chute Juice [Jason Vale recipe] and left it in a flask too long before drinking; well, tasting. It put me off beetroot for a while and I’ll no longer save juices with beetroots or leafy greens in. I have to drink them straight away.
“A persons state of mind is crucial for health and well being”
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Victoria Green: Both but for me, I would say diet & nutrition. other than walking I couldn’t even contemplate moving before my diet changed. I tried jogging and couldn’t even get 2K without stopping. By the end of this year I will have entered races totalling 60K, I’ve run my first half marathon, done all the training and there doesn’t even seem to be any effort involved.
I have discovered though, that a persons state of mind is crucial for health and well being. For me that trumps both exercise and nutrition.
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Victoria Green: Whatever I feel like in the moment. I like to be outside so often will run, walk, play chase, skip, do headstands. I also enjoy cycling, Zumba, Pilates and interval training.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Victoria Green: A smoothie for breakfast, a juice mid to late morning (when I get hungry), another juice or salad, fruit or nuts in the afternoon and then a healthy meal for dinner (e.g. a raw dish, homemade soup, wild rice and homemade veg dish, fish and steamed veg, sweet potato and salad or salad and squash – if it’s cooked I’ll have a small juice or some fruit with it too).
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Victoria Green: No. I don’t put any label on it but I have barely any dairy, less and less meat and fish (though I do still enjoy fish now and again) and I try to have a lot of raw food and whole-grains.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Victoria Green: They are just something we naively train ourselves to cope with because we believe we are supposed to enjoy them. I haven’t had caffeine for over 3 years and don’t miss it. I occasionally have alcohol but don’t drink much when I do and don’t feel I have to – to socialise, relax, unwind or enjoy myself.
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Victoria Green: Buy ‘Keeping it simple’. Having some delicious juices to begin with really makes it easy to stick with. Also knowing how they help the body is fascinating.
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