How to Love a Girl Who Juices. ~ Kate Bartolotta & Bryonie Wise

Via on Jul 20, 2013

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It has been fun writing this series and wrestling with the craziness of July and Mercury Retrograde. I love collaborating with Bryonie, and we thought it would be fun to pay homage to a popular theme on elephant as we wrap up.

As an aside, I know some people take issue with the word “girl” in these homages to Rosemary Urquico’s Date a Girl Who Reads. In fact, when I wrote “How to Love a Girl Who Writes” there were a few commenters who were downright angry at me. Of course, I’m a woman. All of us beyond age 16 or so are women. But what about that irrepressible part of you that’s just you, that girl part that often gets stifled and set aside as you grow up?

That part of you that bubbles up with exuberance and delight at the things you are passionate about? The girl part. I still have that—and I hope I always will.

So how do you love a girl who wants a life full of juice?

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If you find a girl who juices, hold her close (but not too close in July, during Mercury Retrograde, because it’s a million degrees out). Bring her dandelions—greens and all—and mint to add to her concoctions. Let her tell you all the things tumeric can do for you and what she can tell about your health by looking at your tongue.

What is it about juiciness that’s so appealing? A girl who juices knows that life crashing down on us doesn’t kill us. The times that stretch us and take us to our limits don’t break us and don’t have to make us bitter. The things that would seem likely to crush us just serve to rid us off all but what’s essential.

Chances are, if you love a girl who juices, after a long, hot day, she may try to coax you into a bath, to soak with either apple cider vinegar or Epsom salts; don’t fear—you won’t smell like a salad, but you will come out of the tub feeling more alive then you have in years. It’s almost as if she’s reached into your heart and hit the reset button.

A girl who juices knows that sometimes, before we can go out in the world, we have to dive, deep down inside and settle what’s within.

If you love a girl who juices, she will tell you which fruits are yin and will bring you out of your funk, and which will ground you when you’re feeling scattered. She’ll bring you cold delicious plums when you’re overheated, and dark luscious kale when you’re being a grump. She will make you watermelon salad for dinner, and feed it to you with her hands.

IMG_9025If you find her lying on the ground, don’t be alarmed. She knows that there’s something about lying in the grass looking up at the sky that we all need sometimes. She might take to wandering in the woods, and when it’s hot she might just jump right in the lake. Juicy days require extra water, after all, but she’d love it if you came with her.

Keep her close, this girl of yours; it’s likely she is made of the sun, moon and stars. She will feed you raspberries from her finger tips and share with you the secrets of her heart. Likely, a girl who juices will be fierce with her intentions and she will run and leap ahead with zest—there will be times, too, when she comes crashing down. Offer her, in moments like these, something that will quench her soul.

A girl who juices will want to explore the deep jungles of life and pick coconuts from the trees themselves. She’ll sit with shamans and mystics (and learn that love is the only thing in this world that can save it)—and she’ll match her breath with yours, as you move your bodies, side by side, mat to mat, sweating that which no longer belongs into the earth below.

She’ll speak her mind, with kindness first, and if it feels like her words are stuck, then ask a girl who juices if she’s a girl who writes, too. Chances are, her words have worked their way through her finger tips, a jar of  juice to fuel her thoughts.

If you love a girl who juices—whether she’s your lover, sister, friend or mother—you are blessed. For she knows that the most delicious parts of life are meant to be shared, and that after all the difficult things in life try to crush us, our sweetness and juice is what’s left behind.

 


Follow the moment-by-moment details of our juicing adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter with #kandbjuicecleanse.

Have any great juice recipes that make your heart beat quicker? We’d love to hear them!

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Photo: via Pinterest

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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7 Responses to “How to Love a Girl Who Juices. ~ Kate Bartolotta & Bryonie Wise”

  1. Offer her something that will quench her soul: brilliant!!

    I've loved this little series that you two have done. You've woven your styles and words together seemingly effortlessly. Love!

  2. Cindy says:

    I understand I do not have to take this on, but I shall: It is OK to call us girls. That is what we are. When we nurture our souls, we are girls; when we speak to our daughters, we are girls; when we find our place, among the libbers or the the right wing, we are girls.
    Please let go of those who cling to syntax and vocab choice. Love the idea, and move on.
    Thank you…from all of us that can see beyond the silly alphabet of synonyms.

  3. Jeremy says:

    I really expected this article to go in a different direction… Like financial advice on how guys can afford a women who spends the exhorbatent amount of money that juicing costs. Maybe a long lair of all the things we guys will have to cut back on for a good hug.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Juicing doesn't cost much, my friend. My bet is that if you just ask for a good hug, you might get it. ~ Bryonie

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