How did psychology graduate Jodie end up running a juice van? It started when she was working in mental health and got more and more interested in the neuroscience of the brain and whether nutrition could have an effect. The more Jodie delved into it, the more she discovered that there was such a strong link, and the more she saw how food could affect us on a much deeper level.
Jodie says: “Meanwhile, not only was my physical health playing up, but I was also finding it crazy how easily medication was being dished out to patients without anyone even pausing for a moment to consider their diet. I decided I wanted to learn more for my own health and to eventually be able to help others and steer them away from being so dependent on chemicals…. So I took a course in macrobiotics.”
The course taught Jodie about the energy of foods. She says, “It was absolutely incredible… I then started to teach people what I knew. “
What has this got to do with juicing?
Jodie felt something else was needed in order to really inspire people as what she was learning was a bit too far removed from every day society. Thats when she discovered raw chocolate and raw desserts. She told me that was when her love for all things raw started, saying “chocolate convinces me every time!”
Jodie jumped on a plane to the states and embarked on a brief course in LA, whilst sampling all the juice bars LA and NYC had to offer. She was so excited that she just had to spread the word and tried to come up with an idea.
Initially she thought about opening a juice bar, but then decided a juice van might be the best way to get started.
When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
It was after hearing Joe Cross on a podcast, watching his film and then being completely inspired. I decided to embark on a 4 day cleanse and despite it not going as well as I’d hoped, I started to incorporate more juice into my daily life, which I love.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Jodie Walman: The health benefits just sounded amazing and watching other people thrive on juice was just something I wanted to be a part of.
“This isn’t really selling the juicing idea is it?!”
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Jodie Walman: I did a 4 bespoke cleanse that was offered by a raw food restaurant. Unfortunately due to various reasons including [pre-existing] adrenal fatigue I didn’t have the best results.
This isn’t really selling the juicing idea is it?! To me, my program now is about incorporating regular vegetable juices along with my meals.
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?
Jodie Walman: Ok, so I’ve always been quite slim so weight loss isn’t really important for me, it’s more about giving my cells the best nutrition possible and this is why I have juice.
Am I allowed to say I’m more of a smoothie girl?! To make sure I maintain my weight that I’m happy with I blend up thick smoothies packed with superfoods and healthy fats like avocado and coconut, and have these as well as juices.
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Jodie Walman: This may sound crazy but I get an amazing tingling feeling in my face after I have a juice, it just feels SO good like it’s waking me up and keeping me going. I feel like it gives me energy, refreshes me and puts a bounce in my step.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Jodie Walman: I guess the only real challenge has been cleaning out the juicer and working out what to do with the pulp!
“I’d never recommend doing this without proper guidance”
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Jodie Walman: I can’t answer this question without it being juicing/ smoothie making (I’m obsessed with smoothies)… they just make me feel so internally clean and give me confidence that I’m putting the best things into my body.
I’ve gone from sugary cereals to green smoothie bowls for breakfast, I’ve been able to have chocolate ‘milk’ shakes to quench cravings, and it’s just made me so much more passionate about nutrition, showing me that you really don’t need a ‘diet’ to achieve health goals.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Jodie Walman: Doing an enema with the juicing! Yes I know it’s gross, but I was recommended to do it and unfortunately as well as wiping out my bad bacteria it also wiped out the good, so I’d never recommend doing this without proper guidance and a seriously strong probiotic!!
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Jodie Walman: Diet and Nutrition!! (She says trying to avoid the gym…)
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Jodie Walman: Yoga a few times a week, walking, the gym maybe once every few weeks and now manual labour schlepping boxes of vegetables all over the place in the van! Haha.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Jodie Walman: For breakfast its either a smoothie bowl, chia porridge or oatmeal with superfoods, lunch is usually a salad of sorts with avocado and nuts/ seeds and dinner can be anything from homemade bean burgers to vegan curry and quinoa. In between I have either smoothies or green juices.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Jodie Walman: Yes, although an odd egg has popped in every now and then.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Jodie Walman: Well never having been a drinker of either it’s hard for me to comment but if you’re going to have it let it be organic, and the alcohol red wine or sake! I think this question really depends on the situation… I would avoid if I had health problems of any kind and especially if detoxing.
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Jodie Walman: DO IT!! Ease yourself in by adding more fruit initially and then gradually phase it out so you’re mainly on veggie juices. Fruit is a great for the transition period though.
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?
- Cacao is top
And I’d try to sneak in Kale and Reishi when no one was watching
Jodie is now trying to spread the word of healthy living through her Sweetly Simple juice van, showing people that you can be healthy AND still have all those incredibly indulgent chocolate milkshakes but just with a few tweaks, like using pure cacao and almond milk for example!
She says, “I don’t believe in diets whatsoever, and am on a mission to show people that life is not about limitations but about going back to pure, natural, organic ingredients.”
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