Sara Ding, a health coach and founder of juicing-for-health.com, suffered from toxemia, a poisoning of the blood from poor choices of food resulting in excessive accumulation of toxins. She reclaimed her health through a change of diet which includes drinking fresh juices. We manage to ask Sara some tips on juicing, ways to improve our health and how to be inspired to stay fit.
1. Hi Sara! Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi, from one Sara to another! I wear many hats, foremost a wife, mother, daughter, webmistress, author, health coach, nutritional consultant and natural healer. I own a very comprehensive website about juicing: juicing-for-health.com, and just published a book titled “Juicing For Health”, under MPH’s Masterclass Kitchens Series.
2. You recently wrote “Juicing For Health”, what inspired you to do so and what was that experience like?
Through my website that is growing in popularity, MPH Bookstores, a Malaysian publishing house, approached and offered me a contract to write a book about juicing. I have always wanted to write a book on health, so l seized the opportunity when it presented itself.
As I already have most of the information in my head, I just needed to put them all into paper, or in my case—on the computer. I set a goal for myself to complete the book in three months and I did. The most challenging part of the book was photography and I’m just grateful for my sponsor Kuvings Malaysia who helped me through the entire photoshoot.
When the book was finally published in September, I saw that it was beautiful and I felt a great sense of accomplishment. This has really inspired me to write another book and I will be working on that next year.
3. How would you describe your view on health and how do you achieve it?
Health, to me, is not the absence of sickness, but having vitality and a passion for life. Many people take their health for granted, and eat recklessly, not thinking about their health consequences.
Having gone through extreme bad health myself and having reversed all the symptoms, I am very careful now not to ever go down that path again.
There are certain harmful foods that I definitely avoid to prevent the harm and damage that they can cause. I periodically go on gastrointestinal cleanses and juice feasts to ensure that my intestinal and internal health are in tip-top condition.
4. Could you share with us your morning routine? What is a typical day for you?
My day usually starts the night before. Whatever time I go to bed, sometimes very late, I’ll be sure that I get at least 8 hours’ worth of sleep or until I feel rested. As I work from home, I have the luxury of sleeping in sometimes, kids are all grown up!
In the morning bathroom routine, I’ll diligently work on my skincare regimen. As I now live in Canada, it gets very cold in the morning so I like a hot cup of herbal tea, depending on whatever herbal tea I feel like—chamomile, spearmint, dandelion root, fennel or parsley, but always with slices of lemon, ginger and a wee bit of honey for taste.
As I now live in Canada, it gets very cold in the morning so I like a hot cup of herbal tea, depending on whatever herbal tea I feel like—chamomile, spearmint, dandelion root, fennel or parsley, but always with slices of lemon, ginger and a wee bit of honey for taste.
Some days I like to have a hot bowl of oats with ground black sesame seeds and chlorophyll powder. Then I topped it off with whatever fresh fruits I have with a drizzle of maple syrup.
When I have my bottled juices that I juiced up the night before (I usually do my juicing in the evening and store them in mason jar bottles), I’ll take it out from the fridge and leave them to warm up to room temperature. When I’m done drinking my hot cup of tea or had my oatmeal, I’ll take my fresh juice (about 500ml) to my home office upstairs, drinking it while at work.
I start my work day with a quiet time of bible reading, devotion and prayer. This gives me daily focus, guidance and inspiration for a successful work day.
5. What words do you live by?
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way” has always been my motto in everything I do. When I want something, whether it’s for my health, or business, or with my family life, I set a goal and set out to achieve it. When there’s a will, I don’t allow myself excuses. “Don’t know” and “cannot” don’t get in the way, because there’s a goal, and there’s a will.
6. What are your go-to juice? If there’s only one juice you can recommend to our readers, what would it be?
I have many go-to juices depending on what I think my body needs. But, if I have to recommend only one juice, it would be simply a combination of beetroot, lemon and ginger root. Although some people may not like or tolerate beetroot, starting with a small amount and gradually working their way up is a good way to benefit from these three best, easily available food items.
If I have to recommend only one juice, it would be simply a combination of beetroot, lemon and ginger root
Reason I choose beetroot is that it is a very important food that is cleansing, supports the liver, is anti-inflammatory, regulates blood pressure, and provides energy. Ginger root is anti-inflammatory and corrects digestive disorders. Lemon is high in antioxidant content, holds both of these ingredients together, enhances the nutrients absorbability, and enrich the taste of this juice combo.
7. What is the one juicing advice you will tell someone to never do?
Beginners tend to always overdo when they learn about the immense benefits of fresh juices. I always suggest to start with a small amount and work your way up depending on how your body responds to the juices. Every body is different.
When you start to introduce fresh juices into your diet, listen to your body. Never drink more than your body can handle. Over-drinking fresh juices may have an adverse effect on the body when it’s not yet ready to take in the excessive amount.
When you start to introduce fresh juices into your diet, listen to your body. Never drink more than your body can handle.
8. What is your favourite short-cut in juicing?
Juicing can be a lot of work and effort. I wish there was a short-cut too, because there are days that I simply don’t feel like juicing. When I don’t drink juices, I make sure that I have other healthy drinks on-hand, like my herbal teas, chlorophyll, beet iron or high antioxidants drink (supplements) or my Ganoderma coffee (yes, coffee, but of the healing kind!). I believe to always drink something healthy every day. If juicing is too much effort, a healthy alternative works too!
9. What books or other resources would you recommend to improve their health?
I read a lot of books on nutrition and natural healing. I will give three suggestions here:
a) “The New Optimum Nutrition Bible” by Patrick Halford — This was one of the first few books I read that taught me about keeping our nutrition at an optimum level. It is a >500-page book and I read it cover-to-cover even before I went to Nutrition School. It gave me a headstart about Nutrition and it’s a book that I still refer to till today. If I could have my way, this book should be taught in ALL schools! Get the latest edition.
b) “The Inside Tract” by Gerard Mullin and Kathie Swift — For healing of ANY diseases, we need to go back to the root problem that stems from our gut, the digestive tract. This is a very comprehensive book that deals with healing of the gut to get back on track with healthy living again.
c) “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse” by Andreas Moritz — I like all of Moritz’s books and this one is outstanding! Just by reading this one book gives you so much knowledge of the workings of our body, much more than you will ever learn at a Nutrition school. I read this cover to cover a few times and still find new things to learn each time.
One thing that I’ve learned over and over again, and this is so important, is to keep our gut healthy. A healthy gut is a healthy immune system.
10. What’s the biggest health lesson you’ve learned?
One thing that I’ve learned over and over again, and this is so important, is to keep our gut healthy. A healthy gut is a healthy immune system. Recent studies have shown that our gut is our “second brain”, and keeping our gut healthy also means keeping our brain and mental performance sharp and alert. And we want to keep it that way for as long as possible.
11. How do you keep yourself inspired to keep doing what you do?
I have learned a long time ago, to set goals. I set realistic goals, draw up my vision board and stick it up where I can see it every day. I keep working to achieve my goals by doing something every day towards that goal. It can be as small as just simply reading an article that is helpful and in line with what I’m working towards.
Although I have failed many times, I keep challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone. It’s not easy, sometimes it’s scary. I ask myself what’s the worst that can happen? Keeping up with my motto that I live by, I know that if I keep on keeping on, I will achieve what I set out for myself.
If your health is important, you would drop less important stuff in your life and work to heal your body. I agree that healing takes a lot of time and effort, but once you put that as your priority, everything else will fall into place.
12. What advice do you have for people who want to improve their health but have limited time and resources?
For people who have limited time and resources, I say let’s get back to the basics. It’s like when the bath tub is over-flowing, the first thing to do is to turn off the tap.
Likewise, my advice to anyone first of all, is to STOP putting poisons into your body! Poisons/toxins come hidden in the form of processed foods, flour, sugar, table salt, fried foods, fast foods, cured meats. You get the idea.
Having done all that, drink plenty of water—that doesn’t cost much time and effort. Many of my clients stop having symptoms when they simply give up any one of these harmful foods, so never underestimate what toxins can do to the body.
I don’t believe anyone has limited time. We all have the same 24 hours. It’s a matter of priority. What is important to you? If your health is important, you would drop less important stuff in your life and work to heal your body. I agree that healing takes a lot of time and effort, but once you put that as your priority, everything else will fall into place.
13. Any words to encourage someone who already live a fairly healthy life by eating whole foods but unsure about incorporating juicing in their daily life?
If you’re already living a healthy life by eating whole foods, then I say to keep on doing what you’re doing that’s working for you. I promote juicing for health, to people who have ailments or chronic diseases that needs rapid healing.
14. What message do you wish to make through your book?
I would like to see people take their own health into their own hands, by knowing what NOT to eat that poison their bodies, and knowing what to eat to HEAL their bodies. My book, Juicing For Health, sends out that message.
Now, are you inspired to start juicing? Try one of Sara’s recipes called the Fat Burner which could help you reduce fats and cellulite.