It is our pleasure to introduce you to Sarah VanHorn! We found this local health foodie on Instagram. We noticed that she is utilizing some of the QC’s local establishments for her awesome health recipes and we thought it would be a great idea to connect with her! We hope to provide her with a platform to share her story AND her recipes!
I often post juices to my Facebook and Instagram pages. Juicing has been a huge part of my healing, so now I offer juice cleanses for others! I do receive a lot of questions about juicing, so this is me addressing those ????
We will start off with WHY juicing is such a viable option in your newfound holistic approach to health! Juicing allows your body to absorb nutrients better and gives the digestive system a break, since there is no fiber to break down. Our bodies are constantly working for us and the more we allow them to rest, the more time they have to help us repair! Juicing allows us to consume over 2- 3 pounds of veggies in one juice! Realistically, not many of us can consume that many raw veggies in a day! Veggies you wouldn’t eat on regular bases, toss them in! I always add lemon as well, this helps the juice last longer (a little trick)!
When I first started, I had a cheap Breville juicer. There is nothing wrong with this or even using your blender & a strainer. I was realizing, though, my pulp was coming out wet. I would run it thru multiple times & I was going thru produce so fast! At the time, I was managing a health food cafe creating juices, and the juicer we had there was filling up a 32oz glass with the same amount of produce I was using on 16oz at home! I then discovered there is a difference between a regular juicer and a cold pressed juicer. The Omega J8006 is my favorite juicer. (You can find it on Amazon.) It is a cold pressed juicer which means it extracts juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don’t produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. You’ll notice the pulp comes out a lot dryer and less produce will be needed for essentially more juice.
Start with a base. This should be produce that extracts the most liquid, like celery, cucumber, oranges, apples, carrots, etc. Next, you want to focus on colorful and flavorful produce! You can even add herbs, like cilantro and parsley. I always say to listen to your body; what is it needing at the moment? Then choose your blend from there. I always recommend organic when you’re juicing, especially when produce is not being peeled. The farmer’s market is a great spot to pick up local produce at a great price! Sometimes they will even offer you a lower price when you keep buying from them in bulk.
With juicing, you can do a juice cleanse where you only consume juice that day, a juice fast where it is multiple days of just juice & water (always tons of water!) or you can juice & just do raw foods to gently cleanse your system. Detoxing with any cleanse or when starting juicing is normal it’s been about 2 years of me juicing and I still get migraines, bloating, acne, fatigue. Make sure to be gentle with yourself and listen to your body!
We, at QC Find now, appreciate Sarah sharing her experiences with us! We hope that her healing methods continue to take her in a positive direction. Stay tuned for some more recipes from Sarah for you to try your own hand at holistic healing OR to just try some new healthy foods!
For all Sarah’s favorite local places to shop for ingredients, please follow THIS LINK!
Disclaimer: We at QC Find Now and Sarah, are not licensed medical doctors or any other formally licensed healthcare professional, practitioner or provider of any kind. You should not use this information for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. Please read full disclaimer.