It was the start of summer 2013. Through some online research on juicing, I came to know of Charlotte Gerson. Charlotte is the daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, a physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, a dietary-based alternative cancer treatment. The Gerson’s believe that the the human body is a “natural healing mechanism” meaning when one allows the body to heal itself, it will. When I discovered this, I was ecstatic! Until that point, no piece of information or person I read about had ever knowingly claimed that our bodies are “natural healing mechanisms.” I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. I read on their website that they had an institute in San Diego where they welcomed volunteer workers so I called my Mom and we made plans to head down to San Diego to volunteer at the Gerson Institute. I knew this was going to be an incredible experience and I looked forward to it.
At the institutions kitchen, mother and I had the opportunity to work below the lovely and knowledgeable Chef Eric Freeman. It was here that I came to understand the importance of the proper ways to wash and prepare a vegetable and fruit for juicing. We were taught the proper way to prepare leafy greens (soak the greens in a bath of water and an iodine to clean off any molding bacteria. Then rinse the greens and allow them to dry in a colander). But the most interesting skill I learned was how to prepare apples for juicing. Chef Freeman taught us to discard the seeds from the apples! He explained that the seeds are not to be consumed and it is very important to discard them all. I was very surprised to learn this as all juice places that I've seen in Los Angeles never remove the seeds off the apples they throw into the juice machines. This realization made me think about why some people are sensitive to raw foods. Could the lack of knowledge about nutrient inhibitors be why some people’s stomachs do not agree with fresh juices? I think so. That is one of the reasons I believe that juices should be simple, with less than 3 ingredients in any one juice. I also believe natural foods that are removed of their nutrient inhibitors should be eaten with foods that have a similar molecular structure so the digestive system is able to absorb the nutrients efficiently.
I’m proud to use the knowledge I gained at the Gerson Institute in my gift basket business. My edible gift baskets are the best gift baskets in Los Angeles because they are prepared with care, thoughtfulness and an idea of specialness. Each organic juice is carefully made with the upmost respect to the fruits and vegetables and the juicing process. We feel so grateful to live in a world where food is abundant. We believe that food is special and each ingredient is a miracle all in itself. Our intention when creating each gift basket is to show our respect and appreciation to the food we are blessed to work with while creating a unique and healthy gift.