Juice cleanse. While those two words spoken individually are not undesirable, when said together they have a tendency to make people look very uncomfortable. Some people are really into it, some people are strongly against it. That’s why I was so surprised when I proposed a group one-day juice cleanse, every member of our edit staff was on board (albeit some way less excited than others).
To take it back a bit, I had a run in with a table of free samples at my local Wegmans: Colorful juices from a small juicing company called Garden Of Flavor. They seemed harmless enough, so my daughter and I had a few tastes, and we were both quite pleased. They were actually good enough that we bought a few bottles to take home with us; something that we very rarely do. Usually we’re more just into getting free samples, and then we quickly scamper away before the company rep gets a chance to tell us too much about the product.
So I brought up the 1-day juice cleanse idea with the rest of the staff at Organic Life, and was received with a long awkward pause in the conversation. Some people were staring at me with blank expressions; others were pretending that they didn’t hear. So I pushed a bit further.
One editor raised her hand saying “I would love to do if it’s before next weekend. I have a wedding to go to, and I want to fit into my dress!” Boom. One person bought in.
Another editor rang in with “yeah, I’ve done these cleanses before, I’m game.” Now there were three of us who were willing to give it a go!
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I knew it was a hard sell for the other three editors, as they have been vocally anti-juice in the past, but eventually they conceded to peer pressure from those of us who were in.
Our veteran juice cleanser on staff reminded them that the point of a juice cleanse was to help push the reset button on your bad habits. “It’s easy to get into a rut of eating shit and having boozy weekends because you’re stressed,” she said. “A juice cleanse can help break the cycle.”
I promised them that we were going to use raw, cold-pressed juice from a very eco-conscious company, whose juice checks all of the boxes that one might typically look for: USDA certified Organic, NON-GMO, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, BPA-Free bottles.
We were a bit taken aback by the BPA-Free plastic bottles, wondering why they decided to go that route as opposed to glass bottles. The reasoning for the plastic is because all of the juices at Garden of Flavor go through High Pressure Processing, which according to Hiperbaric.com “is a cold pasteurization technique that consists of subjecting food, previously sealed in flexible and water-resistant packaging, to a high level of hydrostatic pressure up to 87,000 psi.” This process helps extend the refrigerated shelf-life and maintains the essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes in the juice without having to cook or flash pasteurize it. If they used glass bottles, they would shatter under such high pressures. I’m sold.
So with the 6 of us at a perfect 50/50 split between optimists and pessimists, we ventured into the world of juice cleansing. Join us on our journey.