Hello Juicing Friends!
Welcome to Best-Juicing.com! My name is Rika Susan and I am your friendly juicing coach here. My aim is to teach you all about juicing fruits and vegetables, from the very basic howto's to the benefits of juicing for almost every body system.
In addition, I will share a wide variety of healthy nutrition tips and news with you over time. And, if you are struggling with weight loss issues, we can tackle them together in a healthy, sustainable way! As long as you are part of this juicing community, you can know that you are not alone in your quest to live a healthier life.
Just remember our logo here: It's Not A Diet! It's A Juicy Way Of Life!
This is not about another passing fad or a quick fix. This is about adopting healthy nutrition habits you can benefit from for a lifetime. I am here to guide you, one small step at a time.
But, let me introduce myself first. I live in a small seaside town in sunny South Africa's scenic Western Cape (see the picture below), about an hour and a half from Cape Town. No city-life for me! I love the ocean, the mountains and I need to have trees and birds around me.
This stunning picture of Kleinmond - -where I live - was taken by a friend, Christo Kok. Thank you, Christo!
How my interest in juicing for health came about...
I have been juicing for almost 2 decades now. My interest in juicing began many years ago when I was diagnosed with extremely debilitating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME.
ME is a neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, the immune system, cellular energy metabolism, etc. In my case it mainly causes unremitting, total exhaustion, frightening problems with my brain function, muscle and joint pain and for the past 3 years constant and severe nerve pain throughout my body.
I have been living with the illness since 1979. Due to it, I have very specific nutritional needs and juicing plays an important supportive role in my diet, making things a lot easier for me.
The ME affects me so severely that I have been basically housebound for more than 30 years, yet I feel extremely privileged to be able to reach far beyond my physical boundaries with the help of the Internet. What an amazing tool this can become for folks facing physical limitations and challenges!
I may not be able to step outside our home here, yet I can still make a positive contribution to the lives of folks from all over the world! It still amazes me that this is possible. And nothing thrills me more than receiving emails from people in the USA, Australia, Indonesia, Britain, etc. This is an ever-expanding circle.
Living with a chronic illness means facing many challenges and losses. I am still learning to come to terms with the absence of so many of those life-experiences other folks often take for granted. However, I believe that while we may not be able to choose our circumstances, we can ALWAYS choose our reaction to them. I choose to view my ME-journey as a learning and growth experience.
ME has indeed become a teacher in so many respects. I am grateful that it has given me the opportunity to learn more about faith, love, patience, endurance, trust, hope, etc. than most folks get to learn in a lifetime!
There are countless precious gifts hidden deep inside this journey, gifts I might have overlooked or missed out on if the ME has not been part of my life. I would like to share 6 of these with you...
1. Total dependence on my loving Heavenly Father
My Heavenly Father is the one constant presence that carries me through every day, no matter how many challenges present themselves. I have learned to be totally dependent on Him for every step I take. ME leaves no room for illusions about self-sufficiency or self-reliance.
I simply can't rely on own strength, because there is none. My life has been stripped of all the things that so often succeed in crowding God out. I see this absolute dependency on God as a precious gift the ME has given me.
And, even though physical healing hasn't come yet, I KNOW with absolute certainty that God is answering my prayers and the prayers of friends and family in other, more important and lasting ways. I KNOW with confidence that He is doing his transforming and Christ-conforming work in my life. I KNOW that He is sovereign and in control and that this is all part of His perfect plan and purpose for my life.
But, make no mistake, this isn't easy by any means. It remains a daily struggle. I am just grateful that I never have to face the struggle alone.
2. My Supportive Family
I am privileged to still have both my parents in my life. They have been taking care of me with the most amazing patience and love over all these years. What a tremendous gift and blessing!
My brothers and their families are a great support. I am also blessed to have the precious gifts of having two precious, loving, hugging, laughter-generating god children.
I have learned to treasure family and what they bring to my life.
3. The blessing of a positive mindset
The third important gift is being blessed with an optimistic outlook and a positive mindset. I am constantly working on developing and nurturing this. That this aspect should get attention each and every day, is non-negotiable.
I make sure I am in a positive frame of mind before I go to sleep every night, no matter how exhausted I am. I do this by listening to an inspirational book on cassette, finding an encouraging message on the internet or by enjoying a relaxing music CD. This routine enables me to wake up feeling positive and ready for the challenges of the new day. It truly is the thought that counts!!!
I firmly believe that being disciplined regarding this practice, contributes significantly to the fact that I don't struggle with depression - understandably a very real issue for many people with ME.
This Viktor E. Frankl quote is one of my favorites. He writes in Man's Search For Meaning that "Everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way..."
4. My sense of humor
Being able to laugh and to focus on the lighter side of life, isn't just important to make things easier for myself and the people around me. It has been shown to have real physiological benefits as far as the release of pain-relieving endorphins and other helpful hormones are concerned. Without a doubt, this has important healing implications!
5. Loving myself
With an illness like ME, all the basic stuff involves such a massive effort that it is easy to slowly begin to neglect oneself. As a result of the inactivity brought about by the illness, it so often happens that folks simply give up on weight management and personal grooming.
I am grateful that I learned early on that it is crucial to continue to take good care of myself, not just on the inside, but on the outside too! It is vital for my morale.
In fact, anyone with a chronic illness needs to take personal care seriously. Do it for yourself, first and foremost. Do it even if you are not going to see anyone else. And if you can't manage it on your own, try to get a friend or a family member to help you. The importance of this aspect should never be underestimated!
6. Noticing and appreciating the little things
I have learned to gain intense pleasure from small things, those things many 'healthy' folks don't even notice anymore. I can find intense happiness and joy in the smallest of things, from watching a sunset, looking at the smile of my god child, enjoying a beautiful rainbow, feeding the birds, or listening to a moving piece of music.
We are human 'beings', after all. 'Being' has to do with taking the time to notice the countless little 'miracles' that are around us every day of our lives.
Right, time to get back to juicing...
Here is what I would like to do for you. I want to help you with...
Juicing helps me to get all the vital nutrients my body needs daily, even when I don't feel like eating. Juices are super-easy to assimilate, without energy-draining digestive processes being involved. In fact, it can be extremely helpful for a variety of digestive issues
It has increased my intake of fruits and veggies significantly. I would love to show you how to do the same!
Do you need to lose weight?
Weight loss doesn't need to equal punishment! If you are looking for a starvation or fad diet, you won't find it here. I believe in adopting a healthy, sustainable, common-sense approach to losing weight. You can do this while still enjoying your meals, by getting some healthy exercise and by using juicing as a tool to help you to reach your goals. I will help you to learn how to make smarter food buying choices and to discover how reading labels can contribute to weight loss!
I will be sharing some fabulous juicing for weight loss recipes with you and you can even make use of the most delicious smoothie recipes!
Here's to delicious juicing and healthy living!
Your juicing coach