3 delicious juicing recipes for a healthy body, mind and soul.
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
Coming from a family that had very strong roots in the eastern district of Mayurbhanj, Odisha I was accustomed to being around rolling hills, lush greenery and the overpowering calm of nature. It inculcated in me an understanding of the power of spices and herbs which I observed being used by the local tribal farmers given the abundance of natural resources in the state. This is where in my home, The Belgadia Palace, amongst sprawling orchards and my grandparents organic garden I first began to understand the importance of living a more mindful and conscious life and often came here to become disconnected from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Yoga made me aware of the lifestyle I wanted to live and this included small steps such as being conscious of my eating and drinking habits, helping me have a phone-life balance, learning how to disconnect while travelling and most importantly being aware of the small toxic elements in my life that were causing me stress and anxiety. A common symptom of growing up in the digital age with constant stimulation and need to operate from a place that is reactive to everything you see and hear with mediums such as social media constantly having you comparing your life to others.
Some might suggest that yoga, nutrition and mental health may have no symbiosis, no reason to be directly linked. Yet a movement is growing and many dieticians, nutritionists and therapists are encouraging people to grow and obtain natural products to replenish their body, mind and soul with among other things quick and easy to make herbal drinks sourced from your local grocery or supermarket.
A juice I start my day and yoga practice off with is what I like to call, “turmeric dream”, the lemon gets the liver going, helping it to produce digestive juices that boost the detox pathways. Turmeric is great for gut health, but it is the curcumin found in turmeric that is the key to this recipe, a compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
1 stalk of celery/cucumber
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp ground turmeric
To recharge my body for the second half of my day, I follow a simple stomach cleansing drink to soothe my stomach and energize my mind to avoid the afternoon lethargy.
Recharge Juice Recipe:
· 1 cucumber, sliced
· 2 celery stalks, chopped
· 1 lemon, peeled
· 2 apples, cored and sliced
This juice helps a lot with soothing your system whilst boosting your energy without caffeine and sugar which are two main causes for stress and anxiety. Everything you consume should leave you feeling fresh and filled with positive energy rather than jittery or unfocused, especially if you have a corporate job that forces you to be on a desk for long hours with no exercise and fresh air!
The third drink I like to make myself on weekends when my life is more slow and I get to take the day off is a metabolism booster, which not only keeps the calories off but also with the high water content of cucumber and celery, keeps me hydrated and fuller for a longer period of time. With unhealthy snacking and the ease with which we reach for processed foods, are mood is often unbalanced and temperamental, making sure we can mix simple breathing exercises with hydrating juice cleanses is a sure shot way of keeping that smile going throughout the day!
· 2 Cucumber, sliced
· 5 Stalks Celery
· 1 Apple
· 1 cup Coriander
· 1 Lemon, peeled
· 1 Red Pepper
· 1 kale leaf
Juice everything together, pour into a glass and enjoy!
Always remember, your surroundings are a reflection of You. Declutter your life and start with your immediate surroundings. Whether that means you start your day with some deep breathing exercises, yoga or make the bedroom a no go zone for electronics or you limit your time on digital devices, these simple habits can go a long way in relaxing your body and mind.