Cleanse your body from the inside out with this cool and fresh Cucumber Lemonade Cleansing Juice. Just a few ingredients, a couple minutes, and you’ll be sipping on a freshness that will allow you to clear your mind and your soul.
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You know, I don’t talk about my personal life a whole lot here. I’ve learned that there is a line that sometimes needs to be drawn when it comes to running a business. I usually do a fairly good job at staying on the semi-professional side of that line.
But today, I have to do it. I have to talk about it. I have to cross that line and let you in.
It’s been almost a week. A week since the tragic Orlando shooting. A week since almost 50 lives were lost. A week since an entire community was rocked to its core.
And not just any community.
I came out when I was almost 24. Older than most people in the gay community. Because of that, I felt lost. I felt alone. I felt like I had nowhere to turn.
I didn’t know anyone in my life who was gay. I didn’t know anyone else who would understand what I was going through. I tried finding like-minded people on Myspace (oh, Myspace). I tried meeting lesbians on dating sites. But when it came down to it, there was only one place that helped me to really feel normal and comfortable to be myself.
The local lesbian nightclub.
The Paper Moon, it was called.
The first time, I stepped into “The Moon,” I literally felt a peace wash over me. Washed away were the feelings of being scared, judged, and just odd. Finally, I felt safe. I felt comforted. I felt home.
The Moon became my home away from home on the weekends. It became my safe-haven when nothing was going quite right at home. When I felt like my parents couldn’t stand to be around me because of my sexuality, I knew I at least had family at The Moon.
So I get it. This is what people mean when they say that their Gay Nightclubs are their churches and their sanctuaries. This is what they mean when they say their home has been invaded with the act of hatred and terrorism our country witnessed just last week. It wasn’t just a bar. It wasn’t just a place to go dancing and get drinks.
I can understand that it may not make sense to someone who’s never felt unaccepted in their own homes. Or for someone who has never felt fearful to walk down the street holding their lover’s hand. Or for someone who has never had to experience the stares of judgment while in a public place. They may not understand how important it is to have a safe place such as a local LGBTQ center or a nightclub. They may not understand why this recent shooting is hitting home for so many of us in the community.
But it is. Oh so hard.
Just the week prior, I was celebrating Salt Lake City’s Pride Festival with my wife by my side. We were happy. We were comfortable being ourselves. We felt safe.
We enjoyed a rare night out dancing at a club surrounded by love and joy. Never did I feel unsafe. Never did I feel scared for my life. Never did it occur to me that a mass shooting would happen in a setting like that and to a group that has progressed so far in the last few years. I thought we were over this. I thought the hate was on its way out. I thought the fear was past us.
But in reality, it could have been us. This could have happened in our own city during our own Pride celebration at our own night club.
Now that this shooting happened. Now that I see my community still being targeted. Now I am terrified. The thought of going out dancing is absolutely terrifying, and I’m not sure how to get past those fears.
I know one thing to be true. I’m holding my loved ones closer. I’m stripping my life of things that don’t matter so I can focus on those that do.
More love. Less hate.
More breathing in the good and exhaling the bad.
More time to reflect on the positive. Less time focusing on the negative.
And just like a mental and emotional cleanse, it’s times like these that make me more aware of the need for a physical cleanse. Only taking in fresh foods and drinks. Only letting the good into my body.
There is no better cleansing drink to sip on than this Cucumber Lemonade Cleansing Juice. It refreshes my body. It clears my mind. It gives me the clarity to sit and reflect on my life and the love that I’m surrounded by. It helps me to just breathe deeply in hopes that I will heal from this tragedy. Hopes that I won’t live in fear for long. Hopes that my heart won’t hurt as deeply as it does for long.
My heart truly hurts for those directly affected by this tragedy and the entire LGBTQ community, and for our country, as it is a very scary place to live right now.
Sip on, my friends. A cleansing toast to all. A toast to brighter days ahead.
- 1 large bunch parsley (about 2 cups leaves, stemmed removed)
- ¼ fresh pineapple
- 2 lemons , peels removed
- 1 cucumber
- 1 ” piece fresh ginger
- 1-2 Tbsp honey (or 1-2 drops stevia)
- Puree all in a hi-speed blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately.
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