Juice on. Juice on. Juice on. This has been my motto for the past five weeks. I juice every single day and I do so without fail. It has drastically improved my mental clarity, ability to focus, and all around physical goodness. Because juicing has had such a positive impact on my life, I cannot even consider life without it on the daily. Its just not an option for me anymore.
This may not seem like such a conundrum if I did not have a strong calling to take a trip every once in a while. This is about juice on travel.
How Was I Convinced That Juice Would Change My Life?
A more appropriate question is probably who convinced me to take this juice journey. His name is Anthony Williams. Williams is the author of Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself And The Ones You Love With The Hidden Healing Powers Of Fruits & Vegetables. I met him in a Tarot card slash Psychic slash crystal slash mineral slash book slash aura reading type shop in Sedona, Arizona last summer. You know the type of shop I am talking about. I went there to get my tarot cards and aura read, which was great, but I walk out of that place having met the man who would change my life.
Please note that sometimes when I write and speak, I use certain words that have certain established uses (i.e. the actual meaning of the word) in a manner that is different (or just plan incorrect) from that established use. Ugh? What I’m talking about here is the fact that I did not actually meet Anthony William. More like I was introduced to his writings and I bought is book.
In Life Changing Foods, he discusses many foods and how they can help us physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I will do a book review in a related post, but here I want to highlight celery juice. For our purposes here, the only part from the book that we need to highlight is a tip from the author:
“To press the reset button on your body, juice celery by itself. For the full effect, drink a full 16 ounces of fresh celery juice daily.” (emphasis added)
Here is the takeaway. If I want to see results, I need to find a way to make and drink fresh celery juice every day.
What Does It Take To Prepare My Daily Juice?
It took me a few days to get into the rhythm of juicing, but now I have a system down. I buy seven bunches of celery every Saturday (and fourteen cucumbers for afternoon juice). Each morning, I get up about twenty minutes ahead of my normal schedule so I have time to chop, juice, and clean the juicer.
The first thing I do is to assemble my juicer. It is a heavy beautiful monstrosity – an Omega horizontal masticating (cold press) juicer. I’ve had it for about five years and find it quite productive for juicing just about any type of vegetable, root, or fruit.
The Real Question – How do I maintain juicing on the road?
Now that we are all on the same page with the issue, we need to start resolving the problem. All issues begin as problems. As we create solutions to our problems, we start viewing what once were problems as fully resolvable issues. The question then remains whether the solutions are simple or too complicated to actually carryout.
In the case of juicing on the road, I must find a solution. Even the most complicated solutions still mean that I can continue juicing. So, if that’s the case, I’m just going to cowboy up and do it!
I have not actually done this yet, but as far as I can tell, juicers have a few main options:
- Bring Your Juicer From Home
- For a lot of us stuck on the juice, this is simply not practical for the all-travel solution, but we may be hooked enough to carry this one off. This option works just fine for a car trip so long as you have a place to plug in at your destination. It can be taken in the car, on the bus, on the train, and even on a flight.
- If your mode of travel involves a flight, please check the TSA and airline rules. Juicers do not have blades so there should not be an issue, but TSA may not like the motor showing up on the x-ray without being able to determine what is inside. The best way to fly with your juicer is to pack it well and check it. I do not suggest that you bring any juicers on an international trip. You confront an unnecessary security risk, a potential power problem when you arrive, and I have to question where you intend to buy celery for sure when you get to where you’re going.
- If your mode of travel involves wheels, you should be able to go anywhere with your home juicer. For me, I think it’s just too bulky, heavy, and outright inconvenient to haul, so this option is not great for me, unless I am visiting my parents when I usually bring everything, but the kitchen sink (including my own food).
- Buy A Travel Juicer – I have not seen any dedicated travel juicers that I am considering purchasing, but there are juicers that are more amenable to the road (and the airport) than larger home juicer models. I have my eyes set on the z-star manual juicer. Yup, that’s right, I said manual. No heavy motor on this one to push out fresh juice. Stay tuned for my review after using a hand crank model.
- Make Your Juice At Home
- If you are going on a weekend trip, you have an option to make your juice at home and carry it with you in a cooler packed down with ice. Obviously, this option does not work for air travel or longer duration trips. Remember the juice needs to be fresh. It really should be consumed within twenty-four hours, but it will be fine up to seventy-two hours.
- The two most important things to keep in mind if you are going to make your juice is to 1) fill the bottle or jar to the top and seal it to prevent early oxidation (a mason jar will work perfectly) and 2) keep your juice as cold as possible to maintain freshness.
- Buy Juice At Your Destination
- High Pressure Processed (HPP) juice is available for purchase at grocery stores and some convenience stores. It is cold pressed juice that has been high pressure processed to maintain a longer shelf life. It is nutrient filled, but usually tends to contain a high level sweetness due to the higher concentration of fruit juice. Although it is not impossible to find a single vegetable HPP juice, good luck with that. They almost always come in blends.
- Cold-pressed juice can also be purchased at juice bars and restaurants that have a juice niche. If they do not have a single vegetable option on the menu, do not forget that you can make an off the menu request.
- Use Your Host’s Juicer
- Maybe you are staying with friends or family. Call ahead and check in with them to see whether they have a sufficient juicer for your needs. If not, consider giving them a juice as a thank you for hosting me gift.
We Do The Best That We Can
At times we can exhaust all of our options for the things that we want in life and still not have found a workable solution. For example, I do not think that a backpacking trip involving ten European cities and a jaunt to Morocco and Egypt will involve cold-pressed celery juice, but you do what you can. An interruption in your juice lifestyle does not equate to a license to destroy your journey in full body health. Or does it?