Cold Pressed Juice

As I try to stick to my health and fitness goals, I’m always interested in learning about new health practices, whether it be food or fitness related.

I’m fortunate enough to work in an environment where just about everyone strives to be healthy in some way, shape, or form. It’s a great little network we have in which we share fitness tips and yummy healthier choice recipes (and a great network for sharing fashion finds too!).

A few coworkers (and friends of mine) have tried juicing as a way to loose weight and rejuvenate their bodies from the inside out. I’ve heard about this in the past, but it’s become the huge “it thing” lately and so I decided to check it out online. I found that there were quite a few juice bars that recently popped up around Toronto, and that one, Greenhouse Juice Co., had opened last January just down the street from our office.  I decided to venture in and see what all the juicing fuss was all about.

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It’s quite a cute little shop they have! Very simple but still warm and inviting. They have a sample bar where you can try a shot size amount of juice before you buy and a fridge that looks like it’s storing a rainbow (of juices).

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Pro’s:

Con:

Below are the juices (and milks) I’ve tried. My favourite ones are indicated with an ‘*’.

 

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Product images sourced via www.greenhousejuiceco.com
Top row left to right: Almond Milk, Deeps Roots, East of Eden*, Gold Rush*
Bottom row left to right: Pink Milk, The Giver*, Wake Up*

 

As a bonus, when you return 10 empty bottles you receive a free 250ml juice and a pass to the Roots Yoga Studio.

While I believe that cold pressed juices could be quite beneficial to one’s health by giving our bodies a break from products filled with chemicals and dyes, it’s not something I personally would use as a meal replacement.  It’s more so a nice way to wake-up my insides and give them a good stretch in the morning.

I usually treat to myself to a bottle of cold pressed juice once in a while to start my day, rather than having a cup of coffee. If I could afford it, however, I’d have one each morning!

I have not received any commission for writing this post, nor do I have any material connection to the brands and products mentioned.  All views and opinions expressed are my own. 

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Health Conscious Kick

I’ve been telling myself (and others) that “I need to get back to the gym” and “back to my healthy eating habits” for the past several months.  And I say “get back to” as I moved in with my (incredibly wonderful) boyfriend last summer and the gym facilities at my previous residence VS my current, differ immensely. This made it quite difficult to stay motivated and keep up my gym regime. Aside from that, we both love to cook and so we’ve been cooking some fantastical weekday dinners that often take us into a late dinner hour, which turned out to work against me as we were recently invited to a Bat Mitzvah.

Knowing that these types of affairs can be quite debonair and over-the-top, I was on the hunt for a new dress. Now, I knew that I had gained about 12 lbs over the past several months, as much of my clothing doesn’t fit like they used to or at all anymore, and that I would probably have to buy a size up. Sadly, after a few shopping trips to the mall I didn’t find a thing that I felt amazing in. This was the kick on the butt that I needed.

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When I shared this weight gain with friends and family, they immediately responded with “But you’re so tiny! You look fine!” I know I’m petite, but regardless of what size you are, a 12 pound weight gain is noticeable to the person wearing the new pounds.  My bust is bigger, my hips and thighs are fuller, and I’ve gained about 4 inches on my waist. Don’t get me wrong, I am VERY happy to have the extra weight, I just want to tone it up a bit.

Since having my body confidence crushed just a smidgen (and losing a close family member to cancer), I’ve buckled down and am aiming to work out at the gym for 30 minutes, 3-5 days a week, and am making a serious effort to be mindful of what, how much, and how often I eat – everything in moderation. By no means am I following a fad diet or becoming a health fanatic, but I am determined and committed to doing what I feel is right for me and will get me to my health goal – which is ultimately to feel healthy from the inside out and have some toned limbs.

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I have two weddings to attend this summer and will need (fine…I want) dresses for both – I intend to have better luck shopping this time around! Hopefully you’ll follow me as I try my hardest stick to my health commitment. I’ll post recipes (and any progress) along the way that I hope you’ll enjoy too!

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All About Timing

“Q: When is the perfect time? A: Who can say, but probably somewhere between haste and delay – and it’s usually most wise to start today.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

So, I’ve attempted this blog thing a good handful of times and up until now,  I never really understood why my blogging experiences always fell flat and fizzled out after a couple of posts.

All of my past blogging attempts had a couple of things in common – they were the result of desperation to earn extra income and always the product of acting in haste.

Here I am again, writing my first blog post on my latest blog. But I feel good about it. Really good about it. I think the reason this venture will actually stick is because my focus and intentions are quite clear and honest, I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive family, friends and boyfriend to boot, and most importantly, it’s FUN!

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Blogs contribute in a huge way to the information that can be found online on just about anything! When I’m looking for a recipe or instructions on a DIY project, my search will more often than not, lead me to a very helpful blog post, and I want to be a part of that. I want to be a part of that online community so that I can share and help others on their search, whether it be for a great brownie recipe, an awesome winter stew, a chic DIY design project for the home, or the cutest accessories trending the shops for the current season. That’s it. Sharing and caring is what it’s all about this time around.

I hope you have fun reading my posts and that at the end of them you can take something of value away from it for yourself in some little or big way.

 

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