Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Interview with the Juice Lady

Cherie Calbom
"The Juice Lady"

I've spent some time now trying to regain my health after an extended illness. I recently found a book that inspired me to start juicing. I watched my nephew as he got into juicing. After juicing a boatload of carrots, (this is the part where my horse,Wendell, pays attention) my nephew reasoned that he was never made to eat huge amounts of carrots in one sitting and threw out his juicer. I read Cherie's book, Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, with my nephew's theory in mind. Cherie's book convinced me that I could get a huge amount of nutrients from the juices, more than I would ever consume if I had to eat all of those vegetables. So, off to the store to get a juicer. After much research online, I found a very good machine that I could afford. 

I juiced, juiced, and juiced. Did I tell you that I juiced? The first glass of spinach, apple, carrot juice was delicious. I went about my day and realized that I hadn't snacked, and I had a good amount of energy. I tend to be a person who burns the candle at both ends- translation: does too much. Energy is something I haven't had any extra of in a long time. I juiced some more. Then more. By the middle of the  third day I realized  that my thinking was clear. I'd been a long time feeling foggy brained. There wasn't anything I could do to feel like I was really present each day, but with the fresh, healthy juices, I'm very alert and clear headed. That was a few months ago, and I'm still juicing. If I miss a day, I feel bad so quickly that I know this has to be helping. I have lost weight. I wasn't doing this to lose weight, but I am about to go down a size in my jeans. I'm wearing those clothes  that sat in the closet waiting for me  to do something clever like this. It feels great. I know I still have a way to go with detoxing, but I'm way ahead of the game already!

First, I read this book:

Then I read this book:

Then this:

Her newest book was my last one to read. Here it is:
This book is wonderful!

There are other books and some neat information on her website.


1. After healing from a brutal attack, you went on to become a Nutritionist to help others. Did you have an interest in wellness, health, or nutrition before your training?

Yes, I had studied nutrition to heal my body for many years before I went back to school to get a Master of Science degree in whole food nutrition.

2. Many of us were raised with advertisements influencing our food choices. Foods have become complicated and the way they are raised or produced is something that would shock our ancestors. Doesn't "taking control of our diets" mean that we should go back to basics?

We're bombarded with conventional produce that is sprayed with as many as 60 different pesticides. GMO foods,which have been shown to be highly damaging to the body, dominated crops such as soy, corn, alfalfa, sugar beets and canola. These foods make their way into the majority of our packaged and fast foods. Taking control of our diets means that we should go back to whole foods that are organically grown with no manipulation of the seeds. That means that we need to prepare most of the food we eat.

3. The core of many of your books is juicing. I guess that's why you have the moniker "the Juice Lady". Please tell my readers why it's more beneficial to juice than to eat the unjuiced version of the food.

Both versions of consuming whole foods are good, but juicing is highly beneficial for several reasons. 

  1. It's broken down into a highly digestible form that's easy for the body to use. It's like a pre-digested food. Many people have quite compromised digestion due to eating many processed foods through the years. Some people absorb very little nutrients from what they eat. Juicing has helped many people restore their health due to its highly absorbable nature.
  2. You can juice parts that you normally would not eat such as stems, leaves and seeds.
  3. You can juice more than you can eat. You can juice more, that you can blend.
4.The 'Living Foods Revolution' advocates raw foods. The less foods are altered, the healthier they are.
Is this a transition that one should do gradually?

You don't have to do this gradually, but most people prefer to add more raw foods into their diet at a gradual pace.

5.Many people who advocate raw foods discourage not only cooked foods, but meats. You advocate (and I agree) the correct meats. Please tell us what protein choices are best.

I'm not closed to animal proteins as many raw foods advocates are. I write about which ones are the healthiest choices- grass-fed, organically raised. If a person is vegan, they have to be very aware that they are getting enough protein from beans, lentils, split peas, nuts and seeds.

6. What's a good percentage of raw foods to cooked in a diet?

Strive to make 60% or more of your diet raw foods.

7. As a professional chef and wife of a farmer who raises foods you'd approve of, I believe that farms and farmers' markets are superior to grocery stores for many reasons. Do you agree?

I agree that getting foods fresh from the farm or the farmers' market is superior because there's less storage time, less handling, and less possibility that the foods will be poorly treated before getting to the consumer. The fresher the foods, the more nutrients contained.

8. How long does it take most people to notice a change when they start to juice? I lost my brain fog in less than three days.

Most people notice within days of juicing vegetables that they feel better, that their mind is clearer, they have more energy, they sleep better, and they have a better mood.

9. I love coconut oil. I know it's healthy and I've read multiple sources that say it helps with weight-loss. Have you seen good success with those who use it?

I have a book on this subject- The Coconut Diet. Many people have used that diet to lose weight. The liver likes to burn the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil. It raises metabolism. It also helps to kill yeast.

10. If you could recommend just one of your books to help someone regain their health, which one would you choose?

My latest book, The Juice Lady's Living Foods Revolution has excellent recipes- juices, green smoothies, and raw foods. It also has considerable information on health, detoxification, weight loss, and adrenal and thyroid health.

Note: I was not given anything to do this review. The opinions here are my own and, if you've read my blog before, you know that I'm very opinionated- but nice about it :)  I was not approached by the author to do this interview. I contacted her when I saw the good things that are happening to me. Cherie Calbom is a super nice lady. I liked each of the books that I read. The first one pictured and the last one will be on my shelf soon. The coconut diet seems like an excellent book. I have used coconut oil prior to reading this and I really like it.

Cherie- Thank you for allowing me to interview you. I truly appreciate what you are doing to help people. My husband always says, "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything." 
Blessings, Cherie!


  1. Thanks-this was so informative! I've been on the fence for quite awhile about a juicer-think I'm closing my eyes and jumping over!! Asking for the book for Christmas-how convenient its that time of the year!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!~~Rain

  2. You know how much well I think you know how much I love reading about diet and how it can help you before you go to the doctor. I think if given the best nutrients you body just works better.
    This is great and I like that you interviewed the author.
    I am also glad you put the books on your blog today.
    I will be looking into them.

  3. I loved this interview! Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing this great information! I am going to definitely check out these books. :)


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