Why I Fell For Green Juice and Why You Should Too

love and juice: what it's all about.

 

We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be able to bring green juice to Montauk. It has long been an obsession and a life changer for all of us at MJF. Our energy levels, health and appearance were so significantly changed by the power of green juice… and we loved the convenience of drinking it at anytime. It quickly took over our morning coffee on our way to work and for those sketchy energy drinks when we needed a pre going out pick me up.

Here’s a short list of why I fell head over heels for the juice:

 

1. Green means vitality.

The awesome green color in these vegetables comes from chlorophyll, which is actually like sunshine in a liquid form! Plants harness the sun’s energy in photosynthesis, and we can cash in on all that powerful energy and vitality when we ingest these plants. They are high vibrational and plants make us feel ALIVE! I seriously will feel a nutrient buzz after one of these babies that is like a plant based high.

 

2. My body and diet were seriously lacking. 

We can all use a little nutritional boost- no matter how healthy we eat. I thought by eating mostly plantbased food with grains and seeds that I was doing right by my body. It is a great start but, sadly, most fruit and vegetables are grown in a soil that’s depleted compared to what it used to be years ago, so they don’t contain as many nutrients as they once did. It’s worth adding a concentrated and easily absorbed boost to your day as a true, real food multivitamin supplement. I always feel like it’s a shot of phytonutrients right to your bloodstream.

 

3. My life was stressful and busy and stressful and busy….

Stress and pollution happen to us on a daily (hourly, minutely?) basis. This causes inflammation and literally wears down on our bodies and energy levels. We now need more antioxidants and alkalizing greens than ever. Being on the run and having no energy used to make me want to reach for a coffee or diet soda or an afternoon chocolate bar- all of which used to further zap my energy.  My body was getting depleted and it was a vicious cycle. Too tired to eat well, to tired to work out, grab a quick fix, feel worse. Adding a green juice or smoothie to my day provided me with both that instant pick-me-up and a lasting energized and uplifted effect.

 

4. Green juices are the true breakfast of champions.

I love brunch, I hate breakfast. If you’re someone like me who isn’t particularly found of breakfast or feel like they don’t have time for a “complete and balanced breakfast” a juice or smoothie first thing is an easy go-to. It requires less processing and chewing and sitting and cleaning, yet provides you with plenty of nutrients to start your day off on the right foot. Especially when you can grab and go right from our MJF fridge, there is actually no prep or dishes to clean 🙂

 

5. I want to stick it to the man. The health insurance man. 

Disease prevention is the best form of insurance. There’s no better health insurance than preventing disease in the first place. Do your part to avoid having to pay hefty medical bills later and dealing with the emotional strain by providing your body with plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods, such as leafy greens, berries, avocado and coconut oil. “Pay the money to your farmer now, instead of to a hospital later” is one of our MJF mantras.

 

6. More greens means less room for other bad stuff.

As the truth about the industrialized, processed and factory-farmed meats and dairy products and processed sugars and chemicals and dyes that belong in a horror movie not on a grocery shelf begin to come out, many of us are making a choice to eat less of these foods. Instead, we’re reaching for other nutrient-dense sources of calcium, protein and fat. Greens are one of the best plant sources of calcium, magnesium and iron, and even contain a nice dose of protein. For real! And, greens don’t have to be boring. There are a limitless combination of things you can add to your greens to boost the benefit or the taste. The feeling after you juice is all the proof you need to want to swap out that vending machine snack for a bottle of goodness.

 

7.  I’m always on a quest for optimal health. I wanna live long, feel awesome, and- I’ll be honest- look goooood. 

Humans are living longer and are in constant search of ways to improve our well-being and quality of life. The quest is on for a more natural way of life. We’re a generation fed up with company’s claims for anti-aging, weight loss, quick fix, chemical laden bs solutions that come in forms of man made pills and potions and shots. We are educated and informed and we are truth seekers in search of optimal health, and not ready to settle for anything less. I believe the green drinks boom has happened as a result of this immense motivation to be the best we can be. Fully radiant and operating on all cylinders, just as nature intended.

 

green juice madness

Much MJF love,

Madi

 

 

Superfood Supastars: The Beauty of Coconut Oil

 

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Coconut oil is a superfood and does wonders for your health. But it is also a serious weapon in your beauty department arsenal. The list of benefits is abundant but here are the ways you can use coconut oil to stay looking GOOOOD. Naturally.

 

It increases energy and helps burn fat. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
Wait, not just any fat but belly fat… A study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 1 ounce of coconut oil per day lead to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks. No change in diet or exercise: just adding coconut oil.
Reduce cravings. The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. Feel fuller, faster.
Healthy skin, hair, and pearly whites. Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash.
And, last but not least, it helps reduce scars and stretch marks. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil act like a antioxidant- fighting free radicals and reversing damage. Free radicals attack the skin’s connective tissue and reduce their ability to regenerate. Coconut oil combats this while softening the skin.

 

Coconut also does loads more- this is just the beginning. Grab a scoop and see for yourself!

DETOX: An MJF Intro

Cleanse
 

How do I know if I need to detox?

Are you feeling sluggish or out of sync? Struggling with digestive problems, depressed mood, or recurring skin problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? Seasonal allergies bringing you down? Yup, you’re probably ready for a BODY DETOX.   Detoxification is not about dieting or calorie restriction: it’s about resting, cleaning, and nourishing your body from the inside out.

 

How does detoxification work?

The first thing that has to go down is to flush and eliminate toxins. Everyone has them. Even if you generally “live clean”, trust us, toxins can sneak in from a vast number of things including food, lifestyle, household cleaners, personal health care products and the environment. These toxins mess up your whole balance. (Rude.) They need to be removed and this means cleaning the blood and stimulating certain vital organs that aid in detoxification.

 

For example, by removing impurities from the blood in the liver it is like clicking “reset” for your whole body. The liver is where toxins are processed for elimination and, yeah, not-so-coincidentally where all those beers you had at the Sloppy Tuna have to pass through eventually. 

 

Toxins are also eliminated through the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin so it is important to focus on foods and exercises that pay extra attention to these organs during a detox. Cleansing these organs help ensure that impurities are being properly processed and disposed of efficiently in the body.

 

How do I start a detox?

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Fruits and veggies aid in the body’s natural detoxification process.

The cool thing is your body has the most amazing ability to heal itself when given the right fuel. The most important step of a successful detox is to ease up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which are obstacles to your healing process.

 

The main focus is to give your body a break from processed foods, dairy and animal products and focus on eating fruits and vegetables: raw or cooked. By pumping your body with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your organs go from performing like Mario to Super Mario.

 

There are other very important steps to take when detox-ing and guidelines for determining the right detox program for you. We will dig into that and more soon, Montauk Juice Family.