I’m coming at you guys with a post I’ve been crazy excited to share for a while now. This post is incredibly important to me because a lot of research, heart, passion and prayer is fueling it.
Today I want to talk to you guys about fruits and vegetables!
Wait…come back! I promise this will be worth the read. Okay, so vegetables may not sound exciting but if you leave a grape out long enough it turns to wine and we can all get excited about a fruit that has those kinds of magical powers, right?
I’ve mentioned in a few posts that I’ve partnered with a company that is passionate about getting more fruits and vegetables into people’s diets. That company is Juice Plus+ and I’m so proud, excited and honored to be a part of their team.
I blogged about Juice Plus+ over a year ago when I first began taking it. At the time, I chalked it up to being a cool supplement. However, after conducting some deeper research and reaching out to a doctor and a nutritionist during my pregnancy, my entire perception of the product changed. Juice Plus+ isn’t a vitamin. It isn’t a diet pill. It isn’t medicine. It is simply whole food nutrition. There’s nothing complicated about it. It is organic fruits, vegetables and grains put into capsules (or gummies).
If you’re taking the Orchard and Garden blend, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting nutrients straight from the following foods into your diet…
|• Apple • Orange • Pineapple • Cranberry • Peach • Acerola Cherry • Papaya • Carrot • Parsley • Beet • Kale • Broccoli • Cabbage • Spinach • Tomato • Oat Bran • Brown Rice Bran
And if that’s not enough for you, you can add the Vineyard Blend to get the following berries into your diet each day…
• Concord Grape • Blueberry • Cranberry • Blackberry • Bilberry • Raspberry • Red Currant • Black Currant • Elderberry
So everyday, no matter what I eat I’m getting nutrients from all the above fruits/veggies when I take my Juice Plus+. Of course there is no substitute for eating fruits and vegetables but taking Juice Plus capsules does help bridge the gap between what we should eat and what we actually eat.
Very few of us consume an adequate serving of fruits/veggies every day. When we do put vegetables on our plate, we usually cook them to death, draining them of their nutrients. I eat a ton of spinach, broccoli, peppers, squash and zucchini but I cook them all in butter and I don’t consider them edible until they are wilted. Of course, it is better for my body than french fries but I’ve robbed myself of so many vitamins when I sauté my peppers in an Asian salad dressing for 20 minutes (←so good btw, you should definitely try it). Furthermore, how many of us truly eat a well rounded serving of fruits and vegetables each week? I reach for the same things at the grocery store – I shop on autopilot these days. Bananas, apples, strawberries and blueberries. Today I grabbed peaches just to be adventurous. If I get a real wild hair, I’ll grab a plum. But an elderberry? Or a papaya? That’s just crazy talk. I would have to google what those look like and how to eat them and ain’t nobody got time for all that. Juice Plus+ helps add the nutrients of those fruits/veggies I would never eat back into my diet. So cool, right?
Since taking Juice Plus+ I’ve noticed a difference in my skin (fewer breakouts), my digestive system (do I need to get specific?) and my husband. Dave isn’t a veggie lover, but since taking Juice Plus+ I’ve noticed him reaching for more vegetables at dinner. He will actually eat a salad loaded with fruit. He doesn’t turn his nose up to all things green (except brussels sprouts – he still won’t touch those). Dare I even say…he craves vegetables sometimes. Okay, so that may be a stretch, but I have seen a difference in foods he’s willing to try since he’s been on JP. Tonight we had veggie burgers topped with avocados served with a side of zucchini, squash and strawberries. If I served that to Dave a year ago, he would have ordered a pizza. Tonight he wolfed it down.
Before you close out of this window, I want to share one more thing…a message that has been on my heart for a while. Each day when I check into all the various forms of social media I am inundated with posts/pictures/status updates/ads/etc of people talking about fitness. A big part of this is due to the circles I run in (←pun ♥). I love reading about people’s fitness journey. I find most of it inspiring and commendable. However, a good chunk of what I read makes me cringe. Obviously, I love sharing workouts and talking about running. They are some of my favorite parts of life. However, fitness is just 1 part of living a healthy life for me. Fitness isn’t my life. My run this morning didn’t make me healthy. When I see people documenting every single workout (typically with that infamous post workout selfie – classic) and talking about how they only consumed ‘x’ amount of calories and they use some hashtag about getting healthy I literally cringe because that isn’t healthy. Sure, it may be a great way to lose weight and if that’s your only goal then rock on. But it isn’t healthy to be so consumed with the way you look. It isn’t healthy to be consumed with a number on the scale. It isn’t healthy to be obsessed over being a size 2. And I hate to break it to you, but just because your meals are ‘portion controlled’ doesn’t mean you’re eating healthy.
You can be fit and be unhealthy. You can be so obsessed with your body that you’re failing to focus on relationships that matter and that’s unhealthy. You can consume 1500 calories a day and be unhealthy. You can run a half marathon but live on wine and chocolate. That’s not healthy (its awesome if you can do that, but not healthy). You can be a size 4 but be very unhealthy. Health is about longevity. It is about lengthening your life. It is not about being skinny. It isn’t about running faster or farther. And that’s one of the main reasons I love Juice Plus+. They are passionate about helping people get healthy. Not fit. Healthy. They want to lengthen lives. Prevent cancer. Prevent heart disease. Prevent strokes. And they realize that those things have more to do with what we fuel our bodies with than the number on the scale. They want to help you eat right, not so you can get smaller and run faster (although hallelujah if those things happen in the process). They want to help you eat right so you can instill a healthy mindset in your children. So you can be around to watch your grandchildren grow. So you can change the quality of life for our generation and the generation to come.
If you’re interested in joining the Juice Plus+ team and spreading a healthy message in your world, learning more about the product/company or finding out how your child can get it for free, I would love to hear from you. You can purchase Juice Plus+ by clicking here or contact me for more information! I know so many of you are fitness freaks (its why we’re friends) and I would love to partner with you in spreading a healthy message to our world!
One final note: I endorse very few products on this blog. If you go back and read previous posts, I think you can count on 1 hand posts that have been sponsored by a company. I have turned down opportunities to work with companies over and over again because I don’t ever want CnC to turn into a string of food/fitness advertisements. When you come to this site I want you to read something genuine. So, as I tell you about this company/product I hope you know that I care about what you read on this site and this is something I’m convinced would benefit you and your loved ones. It is something I couldn’t help but share. I want to challenge you to run. I want to encourage you to workout. I hope I inspire you to be fit. But more importantly, I hope CnC motivates you to pursue a healthy life.
P.S. My husband just walked into the living room with a Juice Plus+ shake mix as opposed to a beer. He said he was in the mood for dessert so a JP shake sounded better. The stuff contains quinoa, pumpkin, chickpea powder and alfalfa sprouts among other things. Proof that JP has changed my husband.