Occupation: Bartender and Soon-to-Be Yoga Instructor
Location: Montauk- Born and Raised
This is Why I MJF:
Every since I started juicing, I knew there was something real there. I know it seems like a new trend, but people have been doing it forever. I have been doing it for a while and can attest the amazing, life changing benefits.
I began juicing a few years ago because I was looking to get healthy and change my lifestyle. I started bartending at an early age- first at the Memory when I was 15 then onto the Surf Lodge and then the Gig Shack and Ruschmeyers. With that comes a lot of fun- and a lot of drinking and eating so much bad food, so late at night. Basically, a lot of really unhealthy habits become your daily routine.
A few years ago, I got to 200 pounds and I just looked at myself and was like: no. I wanted to make a drastic change and didn’t quite know the first step so I started juicing. I went head first right into a cleanse. I loved it. Even got myself an old school Jack LaLanne juicer. I was never addicted to caffeine; in that I never would go out of my way to find a coffee but now I was going out of my way to get a juice. When you’re on the right track with juicing, it is amazing and you just feel great.
From there, I knew I had to start working out and eating healthier. I played lacrosse in college so I knew what I had to do to get in shape. It was about doing it and just going for it. So, like I mentioned, this all started with a cleanse. First, I jumped into a 3-day cleanse then two weeks later I came back and I did a 10-day long cleanse.
And, from there, I started working out. And wanting to work out. I would sweat in ways I never had before- balls of sweat came out and I felt so much better. I had more energy. I used to stay in bed until noon or later every day- sluggish. Then I found this new routine and I was a different person. Juice/smoothie by 8 am and out the door to workout. When I was living in Key West, I basically lived off of 3 juices a day for 3 months. When I put my mind to something, I want to be good at it- really good at it. Being healthy was no different.
I’ve done a few more juice cleanses, but now it’s really about incorporating juice into my everyday life. It’s important to find the things you like to do and that make being healthy easy and enjoyable or else it can be nearly impossible to keep up with. Especially in a resort town like Montauk. Here, we have 4 months to have fun and make money and it can be really hard to stay motivated. You’re always in motion but going nowhere. Or you are looking for a fast solution to being healthy and there isn’t one. So you end up resorting to eating McDonalds… but for what purpose? You get no joy or satisfaction out of it but you’re tired and your options are limited so you give in.
Then I come home and see Montauk Juice Factory. Since day one, I have been all about MJF and continue to show support. It is now my hometown juice company. I believe in community and I definitely believe in good health. Why wouldn’t you support a local business that is helping Montauk make a step in the right direction? I see this as a sign of changing times for a more positive Montauk with better choices and a deeper awareness.
I read a quote recently that really resonated with me and captures all of this so well: “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”
Your body is the most important thing you own. You have to respect that. And not only respect it but find something that helps you go after living a full and healthy life with passion.
To me, yoga goes hand in hand with juicing. I started practicing yoga last October and I loved it but had no idea how much it would change my life. I’m now going to Bali in November to get my yoga teacher training. In fact, I am being sponsored by a company called Liforme. Kind of surreal. I know that without juicing, I never ever would have started my yoga practice. I have been juicing for 2 years and practicing yoga for 1 year and I have already seen so many huge changes in myself and my life. The good kind- the kind that make you feel alive and enthusiastic about it.
We are inspired by the amazing people who we meet everyday. We’ve discovered each of them has a unique and powerful reason they choose to invest in themselves and their health. We are stoked to share these stories because our mission is to not only deliver the most nutrient-dense, righteous juice on the planet but also to leave people and places better than we found them. This is why we MJF.
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