Make your own recovery your first priority in life.~ Robin Norwood
I often talk of healing. Mostly cause I’m a healer and believe we all have a chance at healing any and all scars that we may carry with us-physical, emotional or spiritual.
Today I have the special pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite bloggers and ofcourse a dear friend Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living! Just like the Title to her blog she is indeed prolific in all she does. So, when she told me she was working on a Green Juicing Guide I literally did a happy dance and jumped sky high. Not only was I excited about the new guide, it was the actual topic of green jucing that made me so happy.
Green Juicing has been one of the modes of treatment I use to heal people I have the pleasure of helping. I ofcourse couple it with many other modalities of energy healing. But, I do know the exceptional benefits of green juicing. I have seen the most dramatic positive healing results with green juices. The detox effect is just the tip of the iceberg!
As I have been going through Farnoosh’s Green Juicing Guide, all I could think was “WOW”! Its simple, readable, enjoyable, lovable and oh so do-able. Even though I am really already very into green juicing, this guide was a pleasant reminder and eye opener for me. I loved every page, every recipe and seriously my new gravatar with the smiling me you see on the blog is all cause of MORE green juices thanks to the motivation from Farnoosh.
I’m gonna probe and provoke Farnoosh a bit about the Green Juicing Guide. Enjoy this yummylicious interview and do CLICK HERE for details on how you can get the Guide for yourself:
- Me: What inspired you to create this amazingly comprehensive Green Juicing Guide?
Farnoosh: Zeenat, thank you so much for having me here to share the love of Green Juicing with your lovely community.
So I got turned on to green juicing by accidentally watching a Jack Lalanne infomercial and my curiosity was raised to the roof. I was at the time trying to lose weight, get back in shape, and reduce the stress of my corporate job. And anything new and healthy was really catching my attention, so that was the start.
Then I got my first juicer in 2007 and started the experimentation and I was shocked at how delicious vegetable juices were and how transformational they felt to my body, both on the inside and the outside. It was easy to get hooked!
I was happy and satisfied, and had less cravings for bad food. I always felt hydrated; it worked much better than water. And the best part was that initial detoxing, getting rid of waste and bringing your organs and cells back to life. Plus, great skin! What woman isn’t crazy about that?
- Me: When was the first time you ever had a green juice and which one was it?
Farnoosh: So the first time was actually my very first juice that I made at home in 2007. I had been reading a lot about what to make as a simple juice but it is still one of my favorites: Carrot, Apple, Celery and I may have added a lemon in there. I do now. It was delicious. It was refreshing, and very filling.
Since then, I’ve developed many favorites and if you are starting out, I think a carrot-apple base with a green vegetable – kale, spinach, celery – makes a delicious juice. Just for fun, you can add a lemon and a tiny piece of ginger to make it more interesting.
But you know the reason I really got hooked is because of the amazing benefits of juicing to my body. I lost about 15 pounds or so and have kept it off, with lifestyle changes over the years of course but no doubt, thanks to green juicing for a big part. And I can guarantee you that my digestive system runs like a perfect machine mainly thanks to green juicing. Trust me, it can do wonders for you if you stick it out a few weeks or months.
- Me: Which is your favorite green juice, you know the one you can have anytime of any day and why?
Farnoosh: Favorite green juice, now that’s a hard question. I would really say it depends on what mood I am in, what time of day, whether it’s before or after workout or just where I am in general. I do love a few vegetable juices a lot: Beet juice, spinach juice, kale juice, carrot juice, and citrus fruits. One of the most amazing discoveries was how orange and spinach go so well together. I know it doesn’t sound like it, but I’ve had some delicious orange-spinach juices lately, so that will be my favorite for the purposes of this interview :)!!
Seriously, though, your taste buds change over time, and the seasons and the weather also have an effect on what kind of juice you crave a lot. It’s really a fun journey. The one advice I give everyone, new or intermediate to juicing, is to always ALWAYS, listen to your body. It will tell you everything you need to know. Your mind on the other hand may already have these wrong preconceived notions that a green juicing is yucky and strange, but let your body decide. Give it a chance.
I share a lot of free tips and advice from my experiment on my juicing newsletter if you want to learn more: Click Here
- Me: Which Green Juice recipe do you suggest for the enhancement of heart and soul?
Farnoosh: Oh what a beautiful question, Zeenat. What is a good green juice for the heart and soul? You know, I really believe that just drinking fresh vegetable-fruit juices in itself opens your heart and makes your soul happy. That may sound strange, and this coming from an ex-engineer, believe me it sounds strange to me too but it’s true, I have felt it. I feel more connected to Mother Nature and to a healthy lifestyle when I drink these green juices, and so in that regard the recipe is not so much the question as the freshness of the vegetable juice.
For example, I never ever use canned or bottled juices because most of the time, they have been pasteurized and other additives have changed the original taste of a juice that should’ve been consumed immediately after being juiced. I would rather not have any juice until I can find it in fresh form and without any other ingredients other than the actual vegetables and fruits.
If I were to make a recipe for the enhancement of the heart and soul, it would be a really dark green juice with a heart of gold. I would say: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard for the rich dark leafy vegetables, with one large apple for the sweetness, a few carrots for the rich orange color and creamy taste, and a lemon for a bit of zest and vitality.
How is that? Would you be willing to try it? Remember not to listen to your mind telling you “Oh that can’t possibly taste good!” or some other version of a non-truth that it splatters all over the place. Just go on and experiment it and come tell us how it REALLY tastes. You won’t be disappointed!
- Me: Who will benefit from this awesome Green Juicing Guide?
Farnoosh: If you are brand new to the idea of juicing and know nothing about it at all, this is a perfect guide for you. If you are uncertain and worried about how your body will react to it or if you have dabbed into it and now just want some delicious juicing recipes, then this guide is also ideal for you because I have included my 10 best recipes, each with specific best-uses, benefits, modification just for you, and preparation steps. And if you are an intermediate or advanced juicer, I have included some advanced topics that I believe you could benefit from, plus you can always add more recipes into the mix so that should be fun too.
In the guide, I share with you my knowledge, and tips to use and worst mistakes to avoid from 5 years of green juicing! And no holding back, I give you the good, the bad and the ugly of green juicing – don’t worry, it’s not that bad, but every change comes with some adjustment and I want you to make smart and informed decisions the first time around as you learn how to awaken and heal your body and return to your vitality.
Zeenat, thank you SO much for this interview and for letting me share the LOVE and benefits of green juicing with your lovely community. Any questions, I will be delighted to answer them!
Me: Thank you Farnoosh for sharing so beautifully. I loved your responses and I’m sure the readers will too. I’m immensely enjoying the recipes from your superb Green Juicing Guide. Thank you for all you do! This is a masterpiece you have created for sure!!
To learn more about Farnoosh Brock and her work please CLICK HERE.
Stay Tuned: Next week I’ll discuss how we can free ourselves from negativity once and for all! Till then have a wonderful weekend.
With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor