Juicing As A Family Tradition

By Charity

"One of the most vivid memories at the tiny house I was born in is sitting around our yellow and metal kitchen table with a glass of murky green water...I grew up waking to the sound of my mom juicing as early as six in the morning. This juicer should be considered a family heirloom because it is still operating after 20 years and has made a deep impression on me and my siblings on what it takes to pursue good health."

For as early as I can remember, my parents demonstrated the value of acknowledging the natural healing remedies found in whole foods. Growing up, however, our socioeconomic status would have suggested that my family could not afford to eat healthy. I was personally familiar with food stamps and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program as a very young girl. But even the financial lack did not take away from the rich value system we were taught, which was to honor living things and the healthy gifts they bring. 

One of the most vivid memories at the tiny house I was born in is sitting around our yellow and metal kitchen table with a glass of murky green water. In the 90’s, my parents were big believers in the nutrients of bee pollen and barley powder. Although it was an act of love at the time, we were not allowed to leave the table until that green barley drink was gone. Drinking barley water and eating bee pollen was not so pleasant - I should have just been sent out in the hay fields to graze with horses. It was like drinking a healthy dose of grass...

Thankfully, my parents’ understanding of healthy supplements expanded to include more flavorful beverages over time. I grew up waking to the sound of my mom juicing as early as six in the morning. Carrots being converted into pulp and liquid - delicious! This juicer should probably be considered a family heirloom because it is still operating in the family after 20 years and has made a deep impression on me and my siblings on what it takes to pursue good health.

Juicing became such a big part of my family culture because of one man’s story who used it to reverse his chronic illness. For as long as I was around the house, my mom would drive out to the local grocery chain to meet the distribution trucks unloading the day’s delivery. They would load in our car a 30-pound bag of carrots. Yes, this was our normal. For a handful of years we only juiced carrots. But now when I visit, I’m usually greeted with a vibrant glass of juice that has hints of cilantro, jalapenos and pineapple. Gone are the days of drinking chunky barley water . . . this new stuff is fantastic.

An awareness of the nutrients in our grown food is knowledge and appreciation I am so thankful to my parents for building this culture into our lives. Between the two of my parents, smoothie blends and creative vegetable juice concoctions are traditions passed along to the family. Juicing is a practice we have embraced to complement our sports, fitness, mental and emotional health. It is such a fantastic way to unlock the deep nutrients from our produce. Juicing enables the nutrients to be digested much faster and reach our bloodstream more quickly. When sourced from places with rich soil, we can be assured that a fresh glass of juice will make a difference in our health - and especially our skin!