Mimi Kirk started experiencing health problems at age 69, and instead of selling her luggage and taking up sudoku, she took matters into her own hands. Mimi adopted a raw vegan diet and started juicing like crazy.
I know there's a lot of controversy in the health community about juicing. You lose the fiber. You take in too many calories too quickly. It's heroic and unsustainable. It's too expensive.
The truth is, there's very little clear scientific evidence about the effects of juicing – and by that Mimi and I both mean green juicing, not just grapes and apples with the occasional carrot or beet thrown in for hue.
And the truth is, Mimi looks and acts more like a 40-year-old than the almost-80 she is. (Note to self: that sentence was terrible; cross your fingers nobody else notices.) And I know a lot of other people who swear by a mostly- to totally-raw diet that includes a tall glass of fresh green something or other at least once a day.
Mimi has already been a Plant Yourself Podcast guest, and I was eager to have her back on the show following the publication of her latest book, The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing. In addition to recapping her journey from illness to health, we cover:
- the why, what, and how of juicing and smoothie making
- recommendations for inexpensive and top of the line juicers and blenders
- how to start juicing
- the multiple benefits of gardening
- why Mimi gets herself to exercise even though she'd rather not
- juicing mistakes to avoid
- how to eat healthy when traveling
- and much more…
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Mimi's book: The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing
Some of Mimi's favorite juicers (buy through my amazon link and I get crazy cash that I can use to buy tons more books, plus some useless and weird stuff that I'll never tell you about):