Juice up and spin your way to a healthy 2015
By Megan McDermott — Photographed by Jazz Martin
It’s time to think beach body! Though it can be difficult with that Boston chill endlessly knocking at your door, get motivated because Melina Dipaola is opening her e.t.c. juicery and indoor cycling studio. Healthy and beneficial for those winter blues, get ready to feel good and look great this season.
Some people are scared to try something new. We see fad diets come and go, but juicing seems to have had a huge impact on people trying to get healthy today. What are some health benefits of juicing?
Juicing, in my opinion, definitely isn’t a fad. People have been juicing for centuries and it is still going on; that alone proves it is here to stay. I would say, however, that it has definitely been more glamorized in the recent past, and marketed as a quick fix. It is definitely more beneficial to implement it in an overall healthy lifestyle program, in my opinion.
Drinking fresh juices, especially those that are cold-pressed and completely unprocessed, has a myriad of benefits: The insurgence of alkaline nutrients, live enzymes and antioxidants that this juice provides is really difficult to get from other methods. The amount of produce to fit into a juice would be extremely hard to eat as whole foods (very fibrous, filling, and expensive) so this is an easier and delicious way to get them in.
In addition, the cold-press method that we use breaks down the fruits and veggies to their most easily digested form, so those vital nutrients and enzymes are entering the bloodstream in the most absorbable and lively form, able to be sucked right up by the cells. You can feel the difference, especially with the green juices, which are my favorite.
Another benefit is the alkalinizing nature of the juices, which balance out the prevailing acidity in most people today, helping to create a homeostasis in the body.
It seems everywhere you look there are places popping up that are catering to the juice industry. What makes e.t.c. different from other juiceries?
The place upon which I delved into this industry is a sincere one: when I was 5 years old, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and my parents immediately sought alternative treatments that might help me (acupuncture, holistic treatments.) THAT was what launched me into a life dedicated to health and wellness, and of course, juicing! My parents bought a regular juicer (back in ’95 we didn’t really know about cold presses vs. regular juicers and whatnot) and started creating alkalinizing drinks for me at home. This was definitely one of the major components of my recovery, and I carried this notion with me as I got older and began pondering a career path. I became obsessed with all of the great juicers in New York and LA and wanted to create that culture here in Boston. So the passion has been there since day one.
There had definitely been an influx in juice places in the area over the past year or so. I actually started e.t.c. experimentally while I was still in college, because I wanted to be at the forefront of the movement.
I made the plunge by purchasing a custom cold hydraulic press with the money I’d accrued from years of bartending. Luckily over the period of time since, I’ve been able to put lots of experience under my belt for the opening!
Another major difference (and a very important one!) between e.t.c. and other juiceries lies in the method of production: we hydraulically press all of our juices and do not pasteurize or high-pressure pascalize (HPP) our products. It is easy enough to simply juice some produce and shove everything down a grinder; cold pressing is a different beast. Regular juicing with centrifugal machines and blenders are better than not juicing at all, but the heat that this method generates oxidizes nutrients and destroys many of the vital enzymes of the produce, resulting in an elixir much less beneficial than that made with a cold press.
The cold press method, while much more laborious, uses multiple steps to grind and then press the produce with literally tons of force, minimizing heat and oxidation, retaining the sanctity of the fruits and veggies while extending the shelf life.
Many juices found in grocery stores and some online stores process their juice using HPP, a method of essentially vacuum sealing the juices. While that is an apt method for extending shelf life for up to two weeks and thus expanding outreach to a wholesale level, it kills enzymes in the process. To me it breaks the integrity of what it means to be a raw, fresh product.
We are constantly looking at labels and counting calories. What beneficial ingredients do you use in your juices?
Our green juices are very low in glycemic index, with the majority of the juice being from veggies with only a small amount of green apple to sweeten it up a bit. All of the juices are 100% fruits and/or vegetables with no added fillers, sugar or water. Generally the most beneficial components of cold-pressed juices are the more alkalinizing agents such as leafy green
vegetables and citrus fruits.
The body absorbs bad toxins everyday, whether you’re eating processed foods or grabbing on the go fast food. Which juice cleanse do you suggest using to begin this healthy lifestyle journey?
The great thing about having a local juice place is that you can grab healthy juices on the go, not just confine yourself to the world of cleansing. I like to look at juicing as a lifestyle component and holistic practice instead of a one-size fits all regime.
If people are apprehensive or nervous to try a cleanse, I recommend starting off with a few juices a day as supplementation, just to really get that insurgence of nutrients, or start off with a 1-2 day cleanse to make it manageable. People who are already immersed in the lifestyle usually have no problem with a 3-5 day cleanse. Regardless of goals, I really feel that everyone should at least supplement with these juices.
Indoor cycling is a great workout. Can you explain how it helps your body?
While many workout styles can get you in shape for beach season, indoor cycling is a lifestyle. Once you enter an indoor cycling class, the atmosphere is catered towards physical enhancement, mental stimulation, and even meditative qualities.
From a physical standpoint, indoor cycling activates a myriad of body parts at the same time. You are working the core, legs, and even your arms all while zoning out into a captivating musical experience that allows you to push yourself beyond your limits. One of the major benefits to a cycling workout is the ability to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. High intensity exercises such as cycling raise heart rate and keep it elevated, which has a direct correlation to caloric expenditure, glycogen depletion and ultimately, fat reduction. Muscle growth in the core, legs, and arms will result from the resistance of each movement.
That all being said, one of the main benefits of cycling is that it is highly accessible; that is, a conditioned athlete and an overweight beginner can ride alongside one another in the same class, because it is very much a self-directed workout that can be catered to any individual, regardless of age, gender, fitness level, and most injuries.
It is also a workout that is becoming more widely accepted in the male world: I take cycling classes with my 53 year old father as well as my boyfriend, and both acknowledge the challenge and effectiveness of the workout.