Q: What are plant based foods ?A: At moju we are gluten free, dairy free, 99% vegan and 100% vegetarian . Plant based foods are foods made with love from plants, legumes, whole grains and fruits.
Q: Where do we get our ingredients?A: From as many local farms as possible. We are always as organic and local as possible Here are just a few local people we use:
- Back Roads Granola
- Sienna farms
- Harrows farm
- Silverbrook farm
- Boston honey company
- Q's nuts
- Soluna tea
- Redfire farm
- Winter moon roots
- Corner stalk farms
- Barbara's back roads granola
- Vermont maple siracha
- Taza choc
- Stillmans farm
- Wheatgrass from life force growers
Q: Who should cleanse?A: Everyone and anyone, new and experienced, can partake in our juice cleanse! Cleansing is a great way to hit the reset button on bad eating habits and gently detoxify your digestive system, from the inside out. Our juices provide the essential vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals you need to rebuild healthy tissue. With that being said, we don't recommend juice cleanses to pregnant women, children or anyone with serious health conditions.
Q: How long should I cleanse ?A: Our juice cleanses range from 1 to 5 days and the appropriate length varies from person to person. Longer cleanses provide a deeper detoxification while shorter cleanses are a great way to flood your system without vitamins and nutrients. If this is your first time cleansing, we generally recommend 2 or 3 days so that your body is able to experience the impacts of a liquid diet. You can always adjust as you go, and add additional days to your cleanse based on how your body feels.
Q: Can I exercise while on a juice cleanse?A: Yes, but be gentle. You're body is still getting a lot of nutrients but your caloric intake is likely lower than your usual. We recommend low impact exercise like walking or yoga -- the added effect of deep breathing to help you maximize your cleanse. Listen to your body and see how you feel. If rest is what you need when on your cleanse, take it!
Q: What should I do if I get really, really hungry while I am cleansing?A: Eat! Your cleanse is intended to promote detoxification of your internal organs through a liquid diet. This gives your digestive system a chance to take a break from digesting food and work on digesting long term build in your intestinal lining. That said, if you are really hungry, you should eat! We recommend keeping it simple and consuming foods that are whole and raw. Avocados are a great way to add some healthy fats to your diet while on a cleanse. Salads are also a great supplement. Again, listen to what your body needs!
Q: How will I feel during my cleanse?A: Cleansing has a different impact on everyone! Many people who have tried our cleanse have been surprised by how filling the juices are and how much energy they have. That said, detox symptoms are totally common and normal. These symptoms might include, headache, naseau and fatigue. The more prepared you are heading into your cleanse (i.e., eat whole foods and drink lots of water -- not beer & wine -- before you start), the better you will feel!
Q: What is the best way to prepare for a cleanse?A: a. Make an extra effort to hydrate throughout your day (at least two liters/day). Drinking water helps set the stage for a smoother cleanse because it allows your cells to eliminate toxins more easily, decreases tiredness, and reduces food cravings.
b. Before your cleanse, avoid the following foods: Alcohol, nicotine, caffeinated and diuretic drinks, meat & poultry, dairy & egg products, fish & seafood, sugar, refined carbs and processed foods.
c. Before you cleanse, incorporate the following: steamed veggies, salads, fruits, smoothies, fresh juices, gluten free grains (i.e., quinoa and millet)
Q: What should I do after my cleanse?A: By the same token that you should ease your your body into a cleanse, you should also ease your way out of a cleanse. Continue to drink lots of water and keep your diet simple -- eat lots of veggies, salads, juices, smoothies, and gluten free grains!
GENERAL JUICE FAQs
Q: How many calories are in each juice?A: All of our juices are 100% organic, nutritionally dense, and loaded with natural vitamins, minerals antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The calorie content varies from juice to juice but we try to focus more on the nutrient content rather than the calorie count. Fruit-based juices and nut milks can contain more calories as opposed to vegetable juices, which tend to be much lower in calories and sugar.
Q: What type of juicer do you use and why do you love it so much?A: We use the Norwalk juicer which was invented by Dr. Norman Walker, a world renowned researcher on health and nutrition. The Norwalk juicer is combines a two-step process. In the first step, the fruits and veggie fibers are triturated down to the cellular level of raw foods to enable the maximum extraction of nutrients. In the second step, hydraulic pressure extracts the nutrients from the pulp provided by the triturator. The result is raw, fiber-free juice that contains more nutrients than any other on the market. This juice can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream with the nutrients actually feeding your body cells within ten to fifteen minutes. And all this with no effort on the part of your body for digestion and assimilation.
Q: What's the difference between a cold-press juicer and a centrifugal juicer?A: Centrifugal juicers work by using a flat cutting blade at the base of a rapidly spinning strainer, pushing the produce through tiny holes in the strainer. Heat, static electricity, and large amounts of air are drawn in, and nutrients and enzymes are destroyed as oxidation occurs. In contrast to the rough extraction and high speeds of centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers operate at lower speeds and gently compress fruit and vegetables to squeeze out the juice. Although cold pressed juice is typically more expensive, it is extracted through a much slower and thorough process that produces a more nutrient dense juice.
Q: What is high pressure pasteurization? Does Mother Juice use HPP?A: High Pressure Processing (HPP) uses pressure -- as opposed to heat -- to make juice last longer. The process stabilizes potentially harmful pathogens by applying intense pressure to packaged juice and extends its shelf life to several weeks. If companies sell juices in their own stores or juice bars, they are not required to treat it at all. However, if they sell it elsewhere (like Whole Foods), they are, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
We do not use HPP because we believe that juice is best served fresh. Juice treated with HPP is not going to be consumed fresh. HPP juices have likely been sitting around in the storeroom, shipping truck, and supermarket shelves for a long time before you drink it. While enzymes are not destroyed or killed in the HPP process, vital and good companion bacteria are destroyed. Whether it sounds creepy or not, bacteria make up much of everything we eat. They play a role in good nutrition. Enzymes cannot be killed, but they can be altered and thereby denatured. Truly raw juice is filled with necessary and naturally-occurring prebiotic and probiotic organisms. Truly raw and unprocessed juices taste better, are the purest form of nutrition, and spoil on their own with no unnatural delays -- as fruits and vegetables should.
Q: Why doesn't Mother Juice make juices to order?A: We make our juice every day of the week, every day of the year -- it is always fresh! However, we cannot juice to order because the juicing process we use is time and labor intensive and we don't want you to have to wait for juice!
Q: How is raw juice different then the juice in the grocery store?A: Grocery store juice contains preservatives, is heat processed, and has been sitting on a shelf indefinitely. Most of the time, they have added sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup, and contain very little actual juice. These juices retain a minimal amount of their initial nutrient value and are essentially fruity sugar water. Fresh cold-pressed juices, on the other hand, are prepared fresh daily using a special cold pressed process with minimal exposure to nutrient-damaging heat, light, and time. They contain all the live enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals with no additives – just as nature intended.
Q: Why does the juice separate in the bottle?A: Only additives can prevent the natural settling process and we don't use any in our juices. Before drinking, be sure to give your juice a good shake!
Q: What is the difference between a juice and a smoothie? Is one better than the other?A: They are both great! It depends what you are in the mood for. Juices contain only the juice extracted from fruits and vegetables -- there is nothing added to it. If you are looking to flood your system with vitamins and nutrients quickly, juice is the answer -- your digestive system doesn't have to do any work to absorb the vitamins and nutrients into the bloodstream. Smoothies, on the other hand, contain whole fruits and vegetables blended with additional liquids (i.e., nut milks) and superfood boosters. They are higher in calories than juices and are a great option if you are looking for a meal replacement or something more filling than a juice.
Q: Where will I get my protein?A: This may come as a surprise, but your body does not need as much protein as many you might think, nor is meat the only vehicle for protein. Many whole food calories (e.g., raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, and algae) can provide your daily protein intake.
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