As cooler weather starts rolling in and holiday vacations begin, now is the best time for family movies by the fire or curling up with a blanket and a great book. After all the favorite holiday movies have been exhausted (and all the thanksgiving leftovers eaten), it’s probably the perfect time to find that book or movie to help you focus on the upcoming new year and finding your motivation for a new year’s resolution. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to make 2017 your healthiest year yet, and what better way to start than with a juice cleanse? If you pre-order for next year in December you’ll lock in cheaper prices and we’ll help you give the gift of juice along to a friend or family member by giving you a $5 gift card when you pick up your cleanse! So if you’re still dreaming of mashed potatoes and stuffing, here’s a list of a just a few of our favorite books and movies to get you back on track.
Food Inc is sort of the gold standard when it comes to food documentaries: it covers so many aspects of the food industry and our relationship to food in such a short time that you can’t help but walk away feeling changed. From factory farming to GMOs to the over-processed packaged foods so ingrained in the standard American diet, Food Inc. breaks down all the problems with the way we eat today. With an Oscar nomination, seven other awards and 20 other nominations, this is a must-see for anyone concerned with what they eat and where it comes from.
Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead
This documentary follows the journey of Joe Cross, an “average Joe” struggling with obesity and an autoimmune skin disorder and, like many Americans, taking prescription medications daily. Instead of giving up, Joe decides to take matters into his own hands by juicing for 60 days straight. During this cleanse, he also travels the country to show others what juicing has done for him and to inspire others to do the same- by then end he’s lost 100 pounds, rid himself of his symptoms and inspired several others to take charge of their health. Although they seem miraculous and his journey is inspiring, we juice junkies already knew that there’s no better medicine than juice.
Forks Over Knives
If you’re ready to fully embrace the plant powered lifestyle, there are few movies as inspiring as Forks Over Knives. Two doctors are followed by filmmakers in this documentary that explores the myriad of health concerns facing Americans today and comes to a surprisingly simple solution: eat more veggies. It advocates for a rejection the standard animal and processed food diet, in favor of a whole food, plant based diet. Doctors Campbell and Esselstyn argue that this could be the the prevention and the cure for ailments from “heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even several forms of cancer” (https://www.forksoverknives.com/synopsis/.)
If books are more your speed, we’ve got a couple we keep handy:
The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, C.N.
This book gives you exactly what it says it will: a solution. For optimal health and beauty there is no shortcut or quick fix, just a commitment to giving your body the right foods. Kimberly promises clearer skin, stronger hair and nails, weight loss and heightened energy, all just by eating right. This is a like healthy eating 101 textbook all broken down into an easily digestible (pun intended) and fun to read book that doesn’t require a biology degree to be deciphered. She breaks down the what, when, and how of eating for beauty and health. The book finishes off with plenty of recipes and meal plans to give committed veg-heads fresh ideas or make starting a complete diet overhaul easy as fruit-filled, plant-based pie.
Juice: Recipes For Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well
Our friends at The Pressed Juicery put together a beautiful collection of juice recipes and cleanse ideas we love. It begins with a couple chapters on the benefits of juicing for the body. then dives right in with 75 different easy to follow recipes that can be made at home with a juicer or a blender. As if the mouth-watering recipes aren’t enough to draw you in, the pictures are so vivid and refreshing you can’t help but crave fresh fruits and veggies whenever you open it up. We keep this one around our shop and it makes the perfect coffee table book to keep your goals in your sight and on your mind.
This is only a tiny fraction of all the information available to encourage anyone on their juice journey. The only thing juice junkies love more than juice is sharing our plant powered passion with others! We hope we can help you get inspired, get cleansed and get your friends hooked with you in 2017!