Know Your Why

In an interview by Suzanne Boothby for Nama Juice’s newsletter, “It’s so important to know your ‘why,'” says Meryl Fury, MS, RN, a registered nurse for almost 30 years, working with underserved populations, whose personal mission is to make healthy habits accessible to everyone.

“Once you say it the first time, ask yourself why again, and keep trying to go deeper,” she explains. “So many people can find a reason that is deeply important to them, and it’s usually not just to fit into a dress, but something like to see a grandchild walk down the aisle or to raise your children without the burden of dealing with health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure.”

The “why is super important and it can change over time,” she encourages.

Whether it’s you or someone you know eating a standard American diet, Fury recommends starting by adding one more serving of vegetables a day, whether that’s a salad, juice or topping your favorite food like pizza with some extra vegetables.

“Just add one,” Fury says. “And then make it two. Start with one meal. Something not too threatening and keep adding from there.”

Fury is also president and CEO of Plant-Based Nutrition Movement, a Chicago-based non-profit with a mission to educate people about nutrition to sustain the health of the planet.1

Another way to sustain your health for the long-term is to drink more juice. If you’re getting bored with the same old green drink, it might be time to mix it up and get more creative in the kitchen.

Start with a little inspiration from whatever is happening in your life to inspire new flavors and ingredients.

Feel a cold coming on? Juice more citrus and vitamin C-rich foods and add a kick of ginger.

Wish you had more energy? Pick a super green juice full of chlorophyll. This plant pigment found in green vegetables is part of the process of photosynthesis, which creates energy and research has found it can help give us energy too.2

You don’t have to get fancy or complicated. In fact, you can easily boost your juice with simple ingredients to help you feel your best.

Let’s explore.

AN ENERGY BOOST
Many people want to maintain their energy throughout the day without major slumps. It’s a great goal that can easily happen as you add more plants to your diet.

“I don’t often have people tell me that they’re feeling dips in energy when they start eating a more healthful diet,” Fury says. “Usually what they tell me is, ‘Oh my goodness, I never knew that I could feel this much energy.’ In fact, the research shows that people generally start feeling more energetic and want to start taking more walks or start a whole exercise program once they get more appropriate nutrient levels in their diet.”

It’s also no secret that the use of computers, smart phones, televisions have pulled many adults and kids from the natural world, which research has found to be a major energy zapper.3

“It is increasingly normal to spend little time outside,” according to the 2017 report.

Fury encourages going out and walking in nature as a way to naturally increase your energy.

“Absorb and be part of nature,” she says. “Go spend time in the woods, a nearby lake or river, or just a park. If that’s not an option, take a walk around the block. Not all neighborhoods are safe so walk places where you feel safe or walk in groups or with a friend, if that’s what’s most appropriate, but start working to build your energy.

She says building your energy is just like building any muscle.

“If you can only do one walk around the block one time, that’s fine.” Fury says. “If you can go two times, go two and weeks later, you might work up to five, and then eventually 20.”

One ingredient that can naturally up the ante in your wellness routine is wheatgrass. Besides being full of energy-giving chlorophyll, it provides a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals such as vitamins A, C and E, along with iron, magnesium, calcium and 17 amino acids.4

Wheatgrass pairs well with pineapple in this Sweet Wheatgrass Wellness Shot or try a shot of wheatgrass juice with an equal amount of coconut juice.

** The above is the contribution of Meryl Fury to the article https://namawell.com/blogs/journal/boost-your-juice-simple-ingredients-with-major-benefits

Contributing Writer: Meryl Fury

Meryl Fury is President and CEO of PBNM.org.  She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree in Nursing.  Professionally, she has specialized in public health and underserved populations. Personally, she is mad about healthy eating. She enjoys everything about whole-life health, especially working with older people who can greatly benefit from the healing power of whole food plant-based eating. Meryl is the founder, and CEO of Balance Forward Health and Wellness, LLC, which focuses on playfully supporting people who want to attain vibrant health over the entire lifespan. You can read more about her on her website at www.balanceforwardhealthandwellness.com.