One Thing I’ve Learned About Juicing and Doing What Matters

Sometimes the hardest part about juicing is just doing it.  I’m not talking about making juice.  That part is easy.  Wash and cut fruits and veggies, push them through a juicer, and drink.

What I’m talking about is the commitment to keep going day after day.  All things worthwhile take effort, nurturing, and commitment.  Health, exercise, relationships, education, creativity and doing your life’s work all require this.

It takes effort.

We all know this but we don’t always make the effort.   So why is it that we tend to give up so easily?  We experience resistance.  Our mind begins to contradict itself.

Does this quote by Seth Godin remind you of anything in your life?

“We say we want one thing, then we do another. We say we want to be successful but we sabotage the job interview. We say we want a product to come to market, but we sandbag the shipping schedule. We say we want to be thin but we eat too much. We say we want to be smart but we skip class or don’t read that book the boss lent us.”

Seth Godin calls this the lizard brain, the resistance in the back of our head that tells us to slow down in order to avoid danger (or often success) and keeps us from being great.  And it doesn’t go away, it will always be there. The lizard brain is afraid for us to be healthy, lean and full of energy because that is outside its comfort zone.  Our job then, is to learn to quiet the lizard brain or ignore it.

That can be a daunting task.  But here’s one thing I’ve learned about juicing and doing what matters. 

Do the important things FIRST.

Wake up and make your juice in the morning before you do anything else.  Don’t give your mind a chance to resist.  When given the chance your mind will tell you it’s too much work or convince you to do it later (which really means not at all).

Juicing in the morning gives you many benefits.

  • quieting the lizard brain
  • a sense of accomplishment
  • quick boost of nutrition and energy
  • motivation to juice/eat health throughout the day
  • the power to claim your greatness

Your turn.

What greatness is your lizard brain keeping you from?  How will you overcome it to do the things that matter most?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Carey,

    What a great post! You and Seth are right on about the lizard brain. Mine doesn’t want me to shine too brightly because then I’d be visible, and it definitely doesn’t think that’s safe.

    I’m overcoming it by getting the support I need to take care of whatever part of me doesn’t feel ready to embrace my next level of greatness. I’m practicing asking for help…and it keeps coming! It’s awesome how the right people keep showing up!

    Thank you for addressing this often overlooked topic as it relates to health.

    Julia

  2. Just like anything it can get tedious – especially the clean up – I found these great airtight juice pitchers at Bed Bath & Beyond and I make a full container then drink on it all day – with my schedule it helps a lot

    1. Hi Culsz,

      Did you buy these pitchers recently? Can you tell me the brand? My husband and I are staring a 10 day cleanse and he will need to take his juice to work.

      Thanks!!!

      Tracey

  3. Hello Carey,
    I was sent to your page by Drew, and what a great page you’ve got, full of information and support.
    I have been gradually preparing myself for juice cleanse. I started today and it has been harder than I thought. Having to cook regular food for my family and purchasing beautiful fruits, has made it a great challenge on day 1. I feel like eating a little bit of everything, cravings are not easy. However, I’ve done good so far. I’ve juiced twice today about 20 oz. every time and now for dinner I will end my day with some coconut water.

    I do have one question: When doing the cleanse, are you supposed to drink only the green juice or can you do other juices as well?

    Thanks for all the info and keep posting!!

    Ana

    1. Hi Ana,
      Thank you for reading my blog. I’m a mom, too and I know how hard it is to have to cook food for the family during a cleanse. It helps to be prepared with a juice ahead of time. You can sip on that while cooking. During dinner you can actually pour your juice in a bowl and eat it like a soup. Tomato based juices work great!

      Physical cravings should start to diminish, but sometimes the psychological cravings can creep in because we are conditioned to eat food every few hours.

      Drink a variety of juices, for two reasons. First, you need to get a variety of different vitamins and minerals, and second because you’ll get bored of only one juice.

      Hope this helps!

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