Lisa, a trained breastfeeding counsellor knew me when I was obese, sick and killing myself with my fork. We actually met on a family holiday back in 2008 when I was at one of my heaviest weights. Having seen my change she was inspired and now, having seen a positive impact of juicing in her own family, encourages breastfeeding mums to incorporate at least one juice a day into their diets.
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Lisa Henderson: Watching your progress and success from the start was the inspiration for us to start juicing. We started juicing in 2012.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Lisa Henderson: I was pregnant with awful morning sickness and not able to eat a lot. I knew ginger helped with nausea so I thought if I juiced with it not only would I get the benefits of ginger but probably a whole lot of nutrients I didn’t even know about!
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Lisa Henderson: At the beginning we used Natural Juice Junkie recipes and Jason Vale recipes as well and our own experiments!
Neil Martin: Did you have any medical conditions prior to juicing?
Lisa Henderson: We were both slightly overweight but we had no medical conditions as such. I was pregnant.
Neil Martin: Was weight loss one of the reason you started juicing? If so, what other diets had you tried and how successful were they?
Lisa Henderson: Losing weight was a motivation for juicing and although we haven’t stuck to a specific regime, we have tried to have at least one juice a day instead of a meal.
Neil Martin: Since juicing, how much weight have you lost?
Lisa Henderson: I have lost approximately 2 stone (28 pounds) and quite a few inches!
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Lisa Henderson: The way I view food has changed and I’m very aware of the nutritional value of what I eat or drink.
I juiced the whole time I was breastfeeding my daughter and I am certain it had such a positive effect on her.
She is almost 2 and her food choices are almost solely raw food and green juices.
“As a trained breastfeeding counsellor, I encourage new mums to incorporate at least one juice a day into their diets as it is the surest way to get pure nutrients into their milk”
While breastfeeding my energy levels were high and I had no problem making enough milk to feed a big, hungry baby.
As a trained breastfeeding counsellor, I encourage new mums to incorporate at least one juice a day into their diets as it is the surest way to get pure nutrients into their milk.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Lisa Henderson: Not using my juicer is the biggest challenge! It is so easy to have a piece of toast in the morning rush and not use the juicer!
The easiest way for me to be inspired again is by reading the Natural Juice Junkie blog and all the success stories.
All the successes people have spurs me on and all it takes is one juice and I’m back up and juicing!
“Our 2 year old will do anything for a green juice”
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Lisa Henderson: As a family we are more aware of what we eat and drink. We make informed choices when shopping or eating out (mostly) and we can see the effect on our children.
Our 4 year old’s favourite snack is apple and our 2 year old will do anything for a green juice.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Lisa Henderson: Luckily I’ve not had too many things go wrong but ‘kitchen sink’ juices are not a good idea!
I find if you have too many ingredients in your juice it just doesn’t taste right and can be very unappetising! These juices generally end up going down the kitchen sink!
Neil Martin: Any juicing tips you have picked up along the way?
Lisa Henderson: If a juice doesn’t taste right, put some lemon in it! Lemon is the greatest ingredient ever!
Always clean your juicer straight after you’ve used it, don’t leave it until later!
Neil Martin: What resources (books, websites, movies, etc) have helped you on your journey and why?
Lisa Henderson: Google is one of my biggest resources – for recipes, success stories and inspiration.
The documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead was a big motivator for me after I had “fallen off the wagon”!
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Lisa Henderson: I think these two go in hand in hand but I think if you have the diet and nutrition aspect going you can’t help but feel better and once that happens you want to get out and exercise, you just can’t help yourself!
“Walking is amazing and once I’m out there I love it”
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Lisa Henderson: I walk a couple of miles a day (with both children in a pushchair).
My partner works abroad for long periods which means joining a gym is out of the question.
Walking is amazing and once I’m out there I love it.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Lisa Henderson: I am not (and never have been) a three meals a day person and I tend to graze through the day.
I make sure I have at least one juice though and try to make sure the fruit bowl is full! Generally our main meal will consist of fish or chicken and vegetables with brown rice or pasta.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Lisa Henderson: We are not vegetarian although we would love to be! A raw food lifestyle is very attractive to me.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Lisa Henderson: I enjoy both (in moderation) and feel that if you want a drink – have one. However if you are pregnant (or trying to conceive) or breastfeeding then obviously both of these are out of bounds!
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Lisa Henderson: Don’t even think about it, just do it!! It is the best thing you could ever do for yourself.
Neil Martin: If you were stuck on a desert island with a working juicer and blender and an unlimited supply of just 6 ingredients, what would those ingredients be?
Lisa Henderson: Pineapples, apples, ginger, lemon, kale, beetroot! I am going to assume there’s an unlimited supply of coconuts 😉
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