Almost 20 years ago, my brother, sister and myself bought our parents a Magimix Le Duo juicer for their wedding anniversary. Little did I know at that time how this gift was going to change my life in so many ways.

Even though it was our parents’ juicer, it was used by the whole family. Whenever we were all at home for dinner, we would regularly get the juicer out and create a fruit bowl recipe. Basically throwing in whatever fruit we had along with some vegetables from the fridge. It became a kind of family ritual. There was always a good vibe when we had juice and I have happy memories of juicing together.

When I went travelling after university, I remember visiting my first ever juice bar on Oxford Street in Sydney, Australia. Their climate meant that there were juice bars all over the place. I remember being unsure about what to order when the guy in front of me went for a Carrot, Orange & Ginger juice. I liked the sound of that so decided to get the same. It has been one of my favourite juice recipes ever since!

Moving down to London in 2000, I fell out of the juicing habit and wasn’t always getting my 5 a day. Being in my 20s, consuming an optimal diet wasn’t something I gave any consideration. Instead, drinking, smoking and late nights seemed more of a priority.

After visiting Japan for the 2002 World Cup and falling in love with the country, I decided to quit my job in IT and move over there and teach English.

The Japanese diet is, in general, much healthier than the standard U.K. diet. They eat less processed foods; less meat; and more fruits, vegetables and seaweed. There is no such thing as the 5 a day campaign in Japan. Statistics in Japan suggest that Japanese people typically consume around 13 servings of fruit and vegetables a day!

From December to March is the Japanese mikan (mandarin orange) season. They are sold in 10kg boxes at supermarkets for really good prices, but there are only so many you can eat! That’s when I remembered our family juicer and thought it might be a good idea to re-invest in another Magimix! Drinking a daily juice at breakfast time had a noticeable effect on how I felt – and I liked it.

As I continued to increase the amount of juice I was drinking, I invested in a Hurom Slow Juicer which seemed to make a richer juice than my centrifugal Magimix. Drinking more juice was improving my mental clarity and quality of sleep. I was becoming more and more convinced of the power of fresh fruit and vegetable juice.

Then in 2013 I visited New York to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival. There were juice bars all over New York City which made me realise how popular juicing was becoming all over the world.

Living in Japan had taught me the importance of diet to both physical and mental well being and as daily juicing was part of my life, I decided to return to Scotland to share my juice recipes.

At Juice Fiend, I make 100% raw, cold pressed juice on a Norwalk hydraulic press juicer. This machine makes an amazingly high quality juice containing no pulp. If you are looking for the highest quality juice and don’t have the time to make it yourself, Juice Fiend may be just what you need!