There are times when worrying about getting a blog post done seems downright silly. Times when it is hard for me to wrap my head around photographing or writing about food.

Like today.

When I woke this morning to the scenes of the devastation in Japan, I was overwhelmed. Japan is close to my heart- I have been there four times- and seeing what happened in the earthquake and tsunami was absolutely horrifying.

I cry every now and then but I don’t completely break down all that often. When I do, however, it’s not pretty. Today, the feelings of sadness from this event, as well as from sad things that have happened around me in recently, came pouring out. Sadness about an old friend who passed away suddenly this winter. Sadness about friends who are struggling in their marriage. Sadness about my best friend’s daughter/daughter’s best friend who, as of the last few months, cannot walk and doctors still do not know why. Sadness about my father in law whose health is failing. While I was at it, I even cried a few tears because sometimes the everyday realities of parenting make me sad.

I am not sure why I am telling you this. Just want you to know where I am at, I guess.

It’s honestly not in my heart to post a recipe right now, but I have to because I am the host of weekend herb blogging this week (see the bottom of this post for more details). Thankfully, I’d previously written up this recipe and snapped these photos; there’s no way I could have done it today.

carrot apple ginger juice photo

I think it’s important to remember that even when you’re down; when you feel like you don’t have control over things that are going on, things that might be terrible; in other words, even when everything else seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, you still have to eat and drink, you know? And it’s best not to drown emotions (sorrow, frustration, anger or whatever the emotions may be) with a plateful of cookies…

Even when you can’t control much else, you can control what you put in your body. Fresh juice is good stuff. Full of vitamins and minerals. Nourishing.

I’ve been enjoying variations of this carrot juice combination for more than 2 decades. You need a juicer to make it. I’ve owned many over the years, but this is the one I have now and I highly recommend it.

Ingredients:

* 4 large organic carrots, tops trimmed off and cut into pieces to accomodate your juicer
* 1 medium red apple (I like Fujis), peeled if not organic, and sliced into pieces to accomodate your juicer
* 1 chunk of peeled fresh ginger (the size of your thumb if you love ginger; use less if you're not a huge fan)
* 1 small whole organic Meyer lemon, cut in half

Directions:

Process ingredients through your juicer. Stir to combine, then serve right away.

carrot apple ginger juice image

If you are interested in participating in weekend herb blogging, you can find more information here.

You can send your entries to winnie AT healthygreenkitchen DOT com
with WHB#274 in subject line with the following info:

* Your Name
* Your Blog Name/URL
* Your Post URL
* Your location
* A photo: 400px wide

Your entries need to be received by:

* 3pm Sunday – Utah Time
* 10pm Sunday – London Time
* 11pm Sunday – Rome Time
* 9am Monday – Melbourne DS Time

I will post the round-up on Monday.

 

16 Comments

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    Suzanne Collier — March 11, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    The devastation and sadness is overwhelming. You’ve summed up my feelings very well, too.

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    Alix Brown — March 11, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    hey winnie ~ it is overwhelming sometimes, and when we let our guard down, everything we’ve been holding in comes pouring out. and sometimes that alone is just what we needed: allowing ourselves a moment of catharsis. at least when you are handed lemons (or anything else) you make something delicious for the rest of us so we can be distracted and feel comforted before the floodgates open. big hugs, a

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    Brooke — March 11, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Bless you dear. It’s a tremendously sorrowful thing, watching the devastation in Japan. Still, all of that badness will be swallowed by an outpouring of goodness. It’s times like this that the pure kindness of human nature shines brightly.

    Prayers for you, for your friends daughter, for all those in Japan who are without homes and families and loved ones tonight. May peace enter the quiet sadness of your soul. XO

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    Liz the Chef — March 11, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Funny, I’ve been tearful all day too…Four weeks ago right now Larry was having a heart attack. You’d think I’d be overjoyed to watch him recover. Instead, I’m a roller coaster of emotional ups and downs. Maybe I need juice!!

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    drbabs — March 11, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Sending you a big hug, Winnie. The earthquake and tsunami are devastating … sadness raises more sadness. It’s generous of you to share yourself with your readers.

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    Kankana — March 11, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    I have been to Japan about 5 to 6 times and when I saw the news I was shocked! we can’t do much when mother nature gets mad at us. The Tsunami was so bad that it even effected santa cruz, not Tsunami .. but the waves were too high and it effected few boats .. and there was a warning going on .. not to go to San Fransisco area .. and I stay 40 mins driving distance away from SF.. I guess we are safe for now and we really can’t much except to pray and hope for the best!

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    Ethan — March 12, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    Winnie, thanks for sharing and I hope you made it through the rest of the day alright. I visit your site for wonderful recipes and pictures, but also because I can sense you’re a good person (from how you write, to the care you show your chickens and of course to your family).
    I often struggle with how much of my own personal life to share on my blog because I have relatives that read it from time to time and sometimes I just want to keep some things to myself. But with that said, thanks for sharing, today was a difficult day for everyone and I have you and your loved ones in my thoughts.

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    Janie Bryant — March 12, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Winnie. Sometimes it helps to get your thoughts said. There certainly is a lot of sadness in the world today and we all have issues in our own lives. Keep focusing on the positive and all the good things you are doing. l! Much better to make that wonderful juice than binge on junk food!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 12, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I understand what you mean about being overcome by sadness all at once. I think sometimes we try so hard to keep it together and be strong that we forget the value of feeling our emotions and they have a nasty way of sneaking up on us later. I think you need to feel the sadness in order to get through it, we all have times like that when we just need to let it all out.

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    Foodwanderings — March 12, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    I wish things get better and this carrot apple ginger juice, even if it cannot fix things, it’s definitely cheery and a boost of some vitamins and good health to continue with what life dishes you. Thanks for sharing Winnie!

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    janet — March 12, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    It takes guts to post something like this… but trust me, everyone goes through times like this… times were life seems overwhelming and we are just a speck of dust on the Earth. Good for you for spinning a positive to it: yes, you still need to eat, and eating well is a great way to recover. Your juice looks delicious. I only wish I had a juicer. :)

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    brii's Mac — March 15, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    dear Winnie,
    I’m glad I chose your recipe, the be the first to try from the WHB roundup.
    I do understand your feelings, when it becomes overwhelming crying helps feeling better even if it doesn’t solve anything.
    I lost a dear friend only one month ago, cancer, but she is just the last in a long row.
    sometimes the pain is so strong it actually hurts.
    your juice will be a good reason using my old juicer again.
    thank’s for your words.
    baciuss
    brii

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    Heather Davis — March 16, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    It’s really good to remind people to eat healthy whatever mood we are in. It’s too easy to reach for the “crap” as a way of rewarding ourselves for feeling down. When really all we are doing is making it worse. I must rememeber that more often!! A few times in the last few days when I have been really fed up, I have remembered what is going on in Japan and my mood shifs quickly. What right do I have to be fed up when I have so much, and at any time it could be taken away. We need to live in the moment and not take so much for granted! It’s all so humbling. Hope things get better for you. It’s hard sometimes not to be affected by what is going on around us. No one likes to see other’s suffer, especially friends. Take care x

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    deeba — March 20, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    Japan has ruled my world ever since the horrific events unfolded…it’s almost surreal, and difficult to believe the unfair scale it’s hit Japan with. Then again, a blogger friend mentioned that her friend in Japan says they get respite form visiting food blogs, so I continue to post. Must try this for the kids…looks just right in every way!

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    noni shampoo — September 3, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    winie, thanks for sharing with us
    carrot apple is my fav though :)
    cheers

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    cmp klorofil — September 3, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    nice to know this valuable information
    Even when you can’t control much else, you can control what you put in your body. Fresh juice is good stuff. Full of vitamins and minerals. Nourishing.