Melissa Mc Kenna

LIVE THE JUICE LIFE. 健康果蔬生活.

Apparently spring is the time when we are supposed to let our body emerge from winter hibernation. And Melissa, yoga teacher, health advocate and founder of Juice by Melissa, an organic cold pressed juice cleanse and super-food café located in Beijing, has a very clear idea about to make this happen.

春天,万物生发,人的身体机能从沉静的冬天模式切换到苏醒模式。作为一名瑜伽老师, Melissa是健康绿色生活的先行者,也是“Melissa果汁”店的创办人。这家位于北京的小店,专职于有机冷压排毒果蔬汁的供应,同时给大众提供健康小食等。要问如何唤醒沉睡的身体,问Melissa就对了。

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She believes the key-factor is having a balanced life or  – to say this in her own words – a juice life. Key practices of the juice life should entail a nutritious diet, self-motivation and detoxification through juicing.

在Melissa看来,平衡的生活方式非常重要。用她的话说,拥有一份健康果蔬生活:丰富平衡的饮食,通过饮用果蔬汁自我激励和身体排毒。

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In her small cafe there is all of it: yummy and healthy vegan and dairy-free dishes, smiling staff and encouragement words written on the wall (Oh kale yeah!)  and plenty of cold pressed juices. I met up with her to know more about the lifestyle she is promoting with so much passion and motivation.

在她的小店里,以上这些随处可见:美味健康的绿蔬,脱脂或者低脂食物,摆放在各处的冷压果汁,时刻对你微笑的店员,当然还有店里墙壁上的暖心留言。我约了Melissa想了解更多这种生活方式,以及为何她会如此投入的去推动和营造这份事业。

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How did this juice adventure started?

It started as a small company selling juices online. I was drinking home-made juices all the times, and people would ask me where to buy them – from me, I would answer, and started producing and selling them! What began as give-aways at my yoga studio quickly turned into a high demand delivery company; orders were flowing and customers were flocking. At a certain point I realised people wanted more than just juices – there was an actual need of a new and healthier lifestyle. So the juice concept evolved and we opened the shop: here people can find food, coffee and a nice environment where to spend time with friends and by themselves.

跟我们说说你创业的动力吧。

起初,我们只是家网上销售果汁的小公司。一直以来,我自己会在家做果汁;后来不断有人问我,哪儿能买到。我就跟人家说,那就跟我买吧。就这样开始了,我开始制作果汁,提供给需要的人。一开始,来我的瑜伽工作室的人会免费拿到果蔬汁。后来大家需求越来越大,公司逐渐发展,我们开始拿到很多订单,客人数量持续增长。渐渐地,我意识到,人们需要的不仅仅是果蔬汁;他们更期望能拥有新颖、更健康的生活方式。于是,果蔬生活的理念落地了:在我们的店里,人们可以选择与友朋相聚,也能享受独处的慢生活。我们还提供健康的食物和有机咖啡。

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Do you think people understand your efforts in promoting a healthier lifestyle?

I think so! My mission is to educate people and to let them understand why it’s so important to be active, healthy and aware of the food we eat. To spread my message I aim to provide an educational environment that focuses on teaching the ways of the juice life through workshops, seminars, and private consultations. Also, we want the juice life to build within our juice store, serving as an inspirational health hub to all. Through positive motivation and by following our recommended daily practices we can all live an healthier life.

你觉得你提倡的健康生活理念可以被大家理解吗?

是的。我希望能通过行动告诉大家,倡导和践行积极、健康的生活方式,以及保持对饮食的自觉非常重要。为了能普及这个观念,我希望打造一个全方位的健康环境:通过工坊,论坛,以及私人咨询等渠道,向大家传达果蔬生活理念。不仅如此,我还希望能在这家店中践行健康果蔬生活,为大家的生活带来乐趣和灵感。通过积极的生活激励,以及践行我们推荐的健康生活方式,每个人都能拥有更加健康的生活。

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Is juice cleanse really good for your body?

Anytime you fast, or anytime your eating habits are different from what people would expect from you, questions are going to be brought up. General opinion perceives it as something stressful for the body – but in fact with 6 juices/day you get all the nutrients you need and at the same time your digestive system gets to rest as there are no fibres. I see it as a resting time for your body to heal. It changed my life, it helped me having an healthier relationship with food. I want to share this with as many people as possible and yes – juice cleanse is extremely good for your body.

果蔬排毒对身体真的有益吗?

是的。任何时候只要你的饮食习惯与大家期望的不一样,或者你节食,都会引发人们的质疑。人们普遍觉得果蔬排毒对身体是种负担。但实际上,如果每天饮用6杯果蔬汁的话,可以给身体提供足够的营养;同时,因为果蔬汁中不含纤维,可以让消化系统得以休息。我认为这恰恰是一个身体休养生息的时间。得益于此,我的生活也改变了。它帮助我与食物之间建立起更良好的关系。我希望与更多的人分享这份改变,感受果蔬汁排毒给身体带去的欣喜变化。

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When you juice cleanse, how does your day look like?

I normally do a juice cleanse once a month. I wake up early and do a gentle yoga routine for around 20 minutes, I take a shower with apple cider vinegar to alkalize my body and then I drink the first juice of the day. Then I drink another one every two hours. I also like to get lymphatic drainage massage to improve my body circulation and to take a hot bath. To ensure proper digestion I make sure to drink the last juice of the day 2 hours before I go to bed, and I am normally  in bed already at 9. I take my juice cleansing day as a spa day for my soul and my body.

跟我们描述一下,果蔬汁排毒的一天是怎样的。

通常我每个月会进行一次果蔬汁排毒。早起后,我会先做瑜伽热身,大概20分钟吧。冲凉时我会用苹果醋,以便给身体补充碱性物质;然后开始饮用第一瓶果蔬汁。之后,每两个小时喝一瓶;我还喜欢给自己做一下淋巴排毒按摩,增强身体循环,然后洗个热水澡。为保证良好的消化,必须在入睡前2小时内喝完最后一瓶果蔬汁。通常在9点前我会上床准备睡觉。每一次的果蔬排毒都是身心的一次净化。

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Where does the inspiration for what you do come from?

When I was living in NY before moving to Beijing at a certain point of my career I felt a huge void as I no longer had time for sports. I knew I needed all natural energy to keep me inspired throughout the days so I turned to an up-and-coming fad that people were raving about – organic cold pressed juicing. And I was inspired by this new concept which helped me so much to balance different aspects of my life – and when I moved to Beijing I decided I wanted to recreate the same healthy and inspiring environment!

会从事这份事业的缘由是?

来北京之前,我一直在纽约居住。当时工作特别忙,感觉整个人很空,完全没有运动的时间。我觉得自己需要自然的力量支持自己,而当时特别流行,很受大众欢迎的就是有机冷压果蔬汁。这种理念给我的启发很大,帮助我平衡生活的各个不同方面。搬来北京后,我决定重建这份健康的生活方式。

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Do you think it would have been easier to start the same company in the US rather than in China?

Of course it would have! For a foreigner, even preparing the paperwork to set up a new company is painful and stressing. But what kept me going was that people were so warm and we got amazing feedback about what we were doing. And I’m sure part of it was because mine is actually the first cold pressed juices company to open in Beijing and also because of the extremely toxic environment we live in in China. People crave things that make their life healthier – here much more than anywhere else!

如果在美国成立相同的一家公司会不会比在北京要容易?

当然!对于一名外国人,光是要准备新公司成立的文件就头疼死了。还好,我们遇到了很多热心人,给了我们很多积极的反馈,也支持我们坚定地走下去。之所以觉得困难,因为我们是在北京注册的第一家冷压蔬果汁公司;另一部分原因,我觉得是北京严峻的生活环境。人们对健康的生活非常渴望,住在北京的人们感受尤其强烈。

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We just ate this fantastic lotus-wrapped tofu. What can you tell me about this recipe?

We sampled our Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps: smoked tofu, mushroom, water chestnuts, ginger, garlic and our special spicy soy dipping sauce wrapped up in crisp iceberg lettuce. I love eating lettuce wraps in the summer as they are so refreshing and lite. They are also packed with protein and low in simple carbohydrates aka the bad carbs. And I love them – so good!

我们刚刚吃的这个荷叶包豆腐,太美味了。是怎么做的?

我们刚才尝试的是“辣豆腐生菜卷”:将熏干、蘑菇、马蹄、姜、蒜用我们的特制辣酱油蘸酱拌匀,用脆脆的生菜包卷。我喜欢夏天吃生菜卷,爽口又爽心。生菜卷富含蛋白质,同时单一的碳水化合物(对身体不好)含量低。 噢,我喜欢死这个生菜卷了!

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After this lovely chat with Melissa, I was under her spell. And I decided I would try one of the juices cleanses for one day. I definitely wanted to know what this fuss was about. So this morning at 8 o’clock I got 6 beautifully packed juices and started my detox day. The program is called ‘purification cleanse’ and is made of 6 juices (500 ml each) – and is designed for beginners. Lean Greens, Slim-o-nade, Cashew Mylk, Pineapple Glow and Beet Booster kept me company all day. Now I’ve just finished my sixth juice, my favourite ever – the fantastic cashew milk, with cashew, cinnamon, himalayan pink salt, honey and vanilla – and I am about to go to bed. I’m not hungry – I feel good and light, my mind is extremely sharp and I’ve had a good day. The juices were very good and somehow it felt like a treat to have all these greens and fruit ready to drink. Even if I look forward to having an healthy breakfast tomorrow morning, I’m happy I tried the ‘purification cleanse’ – it feels good to focus on your body only once in a while!

跟Melissa聊过后,我被诱惑了,决定找一天去试试果蔬汁排毒,我好奇会是怎样的效果。今早8点钟,我收到了6瓶包装可爱的果蔬汁。整个过程命名为“净化排毒”,包括6瓶不同的果蔬汁,专为刚开始的人设计。零脂肪绿色瓶、低热量柠檬果蔬汁、腰果牛奶、闪烁菠萝汁、动力甜菜根汁。现在我刚喝完了第六瓶,也是我最喜欢的一瓶——美妙的腰果牛奶,混合肉桂、喜马拉雅锡盐、蜂蜜和香草,现在我要准备睡觉了。尚未感觉到饿意,同时觉得身体很轻,思维活跃,心情也很好。排毒果蔬汁真的不错,而且同时摄入绿色食物、水果,感觉太棒了。尝试净化排毒,提高自己对身体的关注度,过程很赞。

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Melissa, originaria di New York, a Pechino ha fondato una società, Juice by Melissa, che produce succhi di frutta e verdura freschi utilizzando prodotti bio e consegnando direttamente a casa. Il concept e’ di istruire circa i propositi della juice life, organizzando seminari, conferenza e altri eventi social per i suoi clienti. Accanita sostenitrice del bisogno per il corpo di depurarsi attraverso dei percorsi cleans, mi ha convinto a provare per un giorno intero. Sei succhi, molta acqua, una lezione di yoga e un massaggio drenante. Mi sento meglio, più leggera, ho la mente fresca ma… non vedo l’ora di fare colazione domani!

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For the chat at Juice by Melissa I was delighted to wear:

和Melissa的会面,我的搭配:

Striped tee 条纹T恤: Cos

Jeans 牛仔裤: Uniqlo

Sneakers 运动鞋: Converse

Sunglasses 太阳镜: Fendi

Watch 腕表: Casio

 

The picture at Juice by Melissa was taken with my Sony NEX-5T.

在Juice by Melissa的照片由我的索尼NEX-5T拍摄。

For all the other pictures, special thanks to Melissa.

其它照片感谢Melissa提供。

 

Translation by Jasmine Wang.

翻译由Jasmine完成.

 

 


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