I’m 40 And Drink Juice…The Story of Green Vegetable Juice Health Benefits

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How Green Juices Transformed My 40-Year Old Body | KansasCityMamas.com

I turn the big 40 this year.

(Seriously, I’d make the 40 bigger if I could because that is how it feels.)

And for those of you who have already turned 40, thank you for warning me. You told me it was harder to lose weight, I would sleep less, have horrible PMS, my skin would look duller, and I would experience aches and pains I never had before.

(If you are under 40 and haven’t heard these warnings from your older friends/family members, considered yourself warned.)

For me, the worst of these new ailments was the horrific PMS (mood swings, heavier periods, night sweats) and the inability to sleep. (PS…if you are guy, you can just stop reading now. Thanks for your time, but I will now feel uncomfortable about this conversation.)

And while you can purchase a cream to make your face look better and not eat Oreos and run an extra mile to keep your weight in line…not getting a good night’s sleep is a hard thing to fix.

I contemplated going to the doctor and getting drugs, but truth be told, I really wanted to find a homeopathic remedy to “what was ailing me”. I met with Dr. Google and started doing some research.

What I found was overwhelming evidence that I, in this almost 40-year old body, was not getting enough fruits and green leafy vegetables. And that SHOCKED me because I thought I was a healthy eater. But I wasn’t. I did not have the vitamins needed to run at full capacity.

This seemed like an easy fix. Find a couple of green smoothie recipes, rev up my Blendtec and have a smoothie everyday. And it worked. I did sleep better and my PMS symptoms subsided. But, I had an issue, I didn’t like drinking smoothies. Even in my Blendtec, that could blend a whole fish, I felt like I was drinking a salad instead of smoothie. And even when you know something is good for you, if you don’t like it, it is hard to stay dedicated.

My good friend, Johnna Perry from In Johnna’s Kitchen recommend some green vegetable juice health recipes. To be honest, I blew her off at first because I thought juicing was weird. I’d seen Facebook Updates from friends who were on 3 or 5-Day Juice Cleanse (which I thought was code for “I’m trying to lose weight”). I’d seen their green vegetable juice health recipes that looked like a nasty concoction of lawn mower clippings and an apple. I wasn’t sure the juicing lifestyle was for me.

But, I got desperate. After a week of not sleeping through the night followed by the worst period of my life, I was willing to try anything. And anything came in the form of a Woot Sale of a refurbished Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed Juicer for $119.00. I decided that $119 would be about the amount I would spend on a doctor’s appointment and prescription, so what did I have to lose.

Johnna sent me a couple of good beginner juice recipes and I took the plunge. And, surprisingly, I made a damn good green juice. Like really, really good. And I was hooked.

While I’m not a hard-core juicer, I do drink juices between three and four times per week. It is hard for me to articulate the difference between juicing and smoothies, but this graphic I think does the best job. (Courtesy of CrazySexyJuice.com)

Juicing vs Blending Graphic

Juices are an instant infusion of vitamins to your blood stream that give your digestive tract a rest, while smoothies are more like a meal because of their pulp and fiber. Both are good in their own way, but they are different.

But drinking juices or making smoothies can get expensive (see my favorite recipe below…it’s a lot of produce people) and be inconvenient. That is why I’m thankful for my Door To Door Organics delivery. Door to Door not only helps keep me on track with my juicing. I’m guaranteed a delivery every week (so I can’t use the excuse that I’m too busy to go to the store) and I can customize my order or add items on that enables me to make sure I’m using everything that is delivered. In fact, they have a Smoothie and Juice Detox in a Box, so you can make your own at home.

Plus, I have an exclusive Door To Door Coupon Code to get almost 50% off your first box.

How is juicing going long-term, you might wonder? Let’s just say it has transformed this almost-40-year-old body and I know when I’ve fallen off the wagon. When I drink my juice, I sleep better, my mood swings are less erratic and my PMS symptoms are more manageable. (And when I forget to drink juice, my husband is the first one to make it for me.) Plus, I have more energy, am more alert, and feel better overall. I have always been a proponent of local farming, farm to table, and cooking from scratch, but you can now add juicing to that list. I will continue to do it for the long term.

Juicing is an investment, but worth every dollar. And now that I’m at my half-way age mark, I would rather spend the money on eating good food vs spending the money on standardized medicine in the future.

How about you? Do you believe in the green vegetable juice health benefits? Can you tell a difference in the way you feel?

Kelly’s Favorite Warrior Juice Recipe

Ingredients

1 cucumber
2 stalks of celery
1 green apple, cored
1 valencia orange, peeled
1/2 inch of fresh ginger, peeled
5 stalks of chard or kale

Directions

1. Place ingredients in juicer in the order above. Stir and drink immediately. Makes approximately 16 ounces.

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Comments

  1. Kris says

    I do believe in juicing. I think it’s awesome. I’m not doing it right now, needed to lose a good amount of weight so au went back to tried and tru low carb high fat eating. But as I lose, I plan to add juicing a back in. I have a juicer as well as a vitamin. I prefer the judging but sometimes I feel I need all the fiber as well. Good on you for doing juicing.
    • says

      I still drink smoothies every now and again. But usually as a meal replacement (for breakfast or lunch). But the instantly good feeling I get with a juice is hard to beat…it is a little like a drug, only natural.
  2. Kris says

    Wow, spellcheck failed me there, didn’t it! Lol. I have a Vitamix. I prefer juicing is what I meant. Sheesh! But I do love my Vitamix.
  3. Bianca says

    Hi Kelly. I found you on pinterest and reading your article about the symptoms of being in the 40s makes sense to me now. I’m 45 years old and had no idea why I have restless nights, aching lower back every morning, bad mood swings and pain all over my body. Now I know is part of being in my 40s. I have always heard green juices were good for you but never tried them. I’m like you, try to avoid medicine as much as I can. I will definitely invest in a good juicer and MAKE my juices a few times a week. Do you have any other recipes you can share?
    • says

      Hi Bianca – The warrior juice is my go-to juice…however, I have messed around with carrots, sweet potatoes and pineapple too. The best advice I received about green juices is to make it a 3:1 ratio. Meaning three green items to every one fruit. As long as you keep that ratio, you’ll keep the calories down, the vitamins up and the health benefits up. So if you have a favorite fruit, throw it in there…just remember to keep the green stuff in there too. Good luck!
  4. says

    My husband makes me a similar version of your green drink several times a week with his Vitamix. His version is kale/spinach, 2 apples, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, juice of half a lemon, and ginger. I like it over ice and it is so refreshing. I definitely feel better when I drink it regularly.

    Don’t be afraid of 40. I’m finding it’s my best decade yet and I turn 45 later this year, although that is still tough to admit…lol.

    • says

      Kristia – I’m embracing it. It scares me to death, but I feel like the person I am today is such a better version of the person I was 20 years ago. Wisdom is a good thing. :)
  5. Marie Butler says

    My husband and I are juicers! To get the fiber, we add a couple spoonfuls of the pulp into the juice and stir.
  6. Kim B. says

    We juice here in our house. We started to help deal with the intense pain from Lupus and other chronic pain conditions. We have a beautiful Breville as well.
    We juice the following: 1 green apple, cored
    3 carrots peeled, 1 cucumber, 3 med to lg beets-peeled, rinsed and halved. 14″ of Ginger. Bunch of oarsley. Bunch of kale. You can add fennel and a lemon. Or add a splash of lemon juice at the end.
    The benefits are amazing!!

    We also juice 1 green apple, 2 carrots & 1/4 ” of ginger for nausea. Works great!!

      • Kim B. says

        The beets are a little scary at first. Make sure you wash and perl them under cold water running in the sink. Otherwise the stain terribly. The beets offer the digestive track some help, as well as cleansing toxins and pain relief.

        I highly suggest adding it to your juice at least 2x per week if not more. We juice 2x per day, 7 days a week. :-) Yes it is a lot, and we forget, we faulter and we CAN TELL A HUGE DIFFERANCE!!!
        We have bern able to cut pain medications in half with juicing and healthy/clean eating.

        :-)

        Thanks Kelly!!

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