It’s not very often I come across a product that completely wows me, but that’s exactly what happened when I was introduced to Juice PLUS+.
“I found that missing piece in my health and wellness.”
But let me start from the beginning. From a fairly young age I was a little obsessed with fitness. It started with my parents getting me swimming lessons when I was 4 years old, then gymnastics, martial arts, track & field, volleyball and eventually I discovered the gym. I was in my twenties when I realized that staying active and working out was not enough. I shifted my focus to overall health and wellness. I thought I was doing great, eating lean proteins, taking my vitamins and continuing with my training at the gym. Turns out I had no idea how complicated eating healthy and getting the right nutrition can be. I tried to eat local, fresh food and avoid most processed items, but unfortunately regulations on our food quality are so limited, that there just isn’t a way to guarantee the nutrients you’re getting or what poisons you might be putting in your body. Everyday we are exposed to marketing and clever labels to “trick” us into buying what we believe is healthy, but quite often it really is not.
I was 31 years old when I got quite sick. It took months to figure out what was wrong with me, and eventually I was diagnosed with non-ulcerative colitis. I was told that nobody knows what causes this condition and that there is no cure. They said that my body would never be able to absorb nutrients properly and my condition would get worse with time, but with medication I can keep my symptoms in check and minimize the pain. That was not good enough for me. After speaking with my doctor and doing an insane amount of research I learned that the food we eat everyday can indeed cause what I was going through. So, I tightened up my diet even more. It was not an easy or quick process, but I learned what triggered flare-ups in my system and learned to avoid those things. I was able to get my condition mostly under control without the meds. Having said that, I still struggled to get proper nutrients in my body, especially since most of the things, like raw vegetables and grains, were the things that cause flare-ups and hurt me the most.
2 years ago, I was introduced to cold-pressed juices, which I found quite helpful, but at $8 – $12 per drink, it got very expensive very fast. So again, some research and learning, I bought my own juicer and started a new regiment of making fresh green juice for us. Within a few weeks I started feeling the benefits. I had more energy, my sleep quality improved, even my skin and hair started looking healthier. I would still get the occasional upset stomach, or cramps and my digestive system was far from perfect, but better than it has been in years. I could tell that my body was getting more vitamins and minerals than ever before. I recommended to all our clients that juicing is the way to go.
Even if you don’t have any digestive issues, let’s face it, most of us these days do not get nearly enough vegetables in our diet. We all lack vitamins and minerals. We eat too much processed and fast foods, but again, even when we try to eat healthily, it’s just tough to get all the required nutrients.
Most of our clients come to us to lose weight, therefore needing to reduce their caloric intake, making it even tougher to get the recommended daily intake of most vitamins and minerals. Juicing became part of our “Eating for Success” guide. Unfortunately, not too many of our friends and clients jumped on board, and it didn’t take me too long to figure out why. Juicing takes a long time, for the most part doesn’t taste that great, it’s rather messy, and just like with the cold-pressed juices can get quite expensive to purchase good quality organic produce especially off-season. It took me almost 2 hours to make 2 days worth of green juice for Clint and I including the prep and clean up. Most people work at least an 8-hour day. The last thing they want to do when they get home is spend 2 hours juicing or even worse, attempt to get up 2 hours early to get their juices done.
I’m lucky enough to often have time in the middle of my day to pop over home and make a couple juices. Still, it just took too much time, and as a business owner, there are many other things I thought I should be focusing on during those hours. My other issue with this process is that regulations in Canada are not strict enough when it comes to our food, so you never really know how “organic” things are. You might still be exposed to pesticides and other chemicals if an organic farm is close to one that is not. Even locally grown product sometimes takes days to make from the farm to the grocery store, which means it’s not at its optimal ripeness and finishes the ripening process on a truck. Our food lacks the necessary nutrients. No wonder we have so many people, including myself getting sick. I knew there had to be a better way. I was not done looking.
Enter Juice PLUS+. Juice in capsule format! Amazing! I did my research and decided this was worth trying. Juice Plus is not a vitamin supplement, but rather it is whole food made into concentrated powder, providing you with the nutrition your body needs for optimal health. Juice Plus+ is better than organic, it is NSF certified. It is expert-tested and expert-approved to ensure the best nutrition. Within a couple of weeks of taking Juice PLUS+ Orchard, Garden and Vineyard Blend, I could tell my body was liking the capsules. No cramps, no pains, my digestive system was starting to work the way it’s supposed to. After taking it for just over a month, I have never felt better! Clint is quite happy to get his veggies in capsule form too, he was never a fan of the green juice taste.
I have never been this excited about a product before. It’s an amazing addition to our lifestyle. No more juicing, no more mess, no more yuckie taste, just a few capsules once a day and I’m set. As an owner of a fitness facility, I am constantly approached by salespeople and companies that want me to distribute their product. For those who have known Clint and myself since we opened Elite Training Facility know that I would never promote a product that I don’t believe in 100%. There are thousands of “health and fitness” related products out there that I just can’t stand behind. Just because something can make us money does not mean I will promote it or sell it. On the flip side, when I do come across something impressive, I can’t wait to share it with everyone I know, so I decided to become a sales rep for Juice PLUS+. I am super thrilled to have joined an amazing company.