November 14, 2013

The First Rule of Juice Club. ~ Kate Bartolotta & Bryonie Wise

The first rule of juice club is don’t talk about juice club.*

The second rule of juice club is that juicing is a gigantic boost of yin. It’s expansive. It’s gets our creative “juices” going. The same is true for raw foods in general.

So, after this lovely burst of yin, it’s good to settle in with some things that ground you. As you do, find ways to keep that juiciness in your daily life, nutritionally and otherwise.

Since the weather is only going to keep getting colder for most of us reading for the next few months, juice those greens, but savor those hearty bean soups too. Experiment with different teas. Roast root vegetables and Brussels sprouts. Drink mulled cider by the fire. Enjoy all of it.

This is how we live:

We yin and we yang. We are moved to flight and soar, and we touch down when we need grounding. This writing we have been doing is about how we nourish ourselves, but only a sliver about that is about food. Having juice “every damn day” is a metaphor, as much as it is a wonderful health practice. What would life be if we didn’t “seek to live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life”? And a deliberate life isn’t all green juice, just as it isn’t all cupcakes. It isn’t all “happiness” and rainbows, it’s the quiet solemn moments too.

It’s all of it.

We are not static animals. We are made to move; we shift and change like sunlight, peeking through the trees; like the ocean waves—we are tidal. People like to talk about finding balance, but really…balance isn’t somewhere we ever get to. We never arrive. People talk about falling in love, like it’s something we can fall out of. People talk about going on diets, like taking care of ourselves is something we should turn on and off.

Enough already. Be in love with life; every single minute of it.

Be in love with your body and do things that make it feel like Walt Whitman talked about when he said “I sing the body electric.” Make crazy mixed-up living elixirs of wild greens. Eat watermelon and blackberries with your fingers. Dance around naked.

Do that. Do what makes your body, your heart—your life—electric.

And then, because not all moments call for electric, be in the space between those times. Not everything is the zing of juicing and the searing high of falling over laughing.

The quiet calm is also good; the soup, the bread, the tea sitting in silence with a cat asleep on your lap.

Be in Child’s pose, on and off the mat. Be still. Love that moment too.

If you want some tips on getting started with juicing, and some inspiration on how to channel that extra creative juice on to the page, here are all of our juicy posts in one spot:

Time to Shake the Dust.

Clearing the Temple.

Juicing, Angst & Unicorns.

All Good Things Are Wild & Free.

When to Be the Wolf & When to Be the Moon.

Occupy your Heart.

Brain on Fire: Elixirs to Get us through Mercury Retrograde.

How to Have a Juicy Weekend.

10 Tips for When Your Brain Has Melted.

Getting Unstuck from the Inside Out.

WTF Would Gwyneth Do?

 How to Love a Girl Who Juices.

How to Juice Every Damn Day.

It’s Okay to Be Cranky.

And So We Begin Again.



So that’s it: You are electric, so treat yourself sweet and kind—listen to your heart and let it lead the way.

(And juice, every damn day.)



*Just kidding! Talk it up. Share it up. Check out the ongoing Facebook Group and chat with us about your favorite ways to make life juicier.


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Editor: Bryonie Wise

Photo: Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, 1944


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