“Juicing changed my life. It brings me such joy when I can share my passion with others and see it positively affect theirs as well.”
BELMAR, NJ — Since I opened Nourished.by Nature more than five years ago, I frequently get asked why I decided to open a juice shop. It was born from a desire and a passion to help spread awareness of the importance of what we use to fuel, nourish and heal our body.
My journey started a long time ago and when in my eyes, I was a “healthy person.” I ate home-cooked meals, veggies, fruit, meats and foods with not too much sugar.
But my overall well-being was not well. I suffered from constant gut issues, irritable bowl, indigestion, stomach ulcers and excruciating pain after heavy meals.
What’s more, my immune system was shot. I constantly had throat infections as a teenager and was hospitalized several times for stomach viruses and the flu. I had my tonsils removed in high school. I had a chronic battle with yeast in my body.
It wasn’t until I did the research and started to connect what I ate to what I felt. In college, I slowly cut out meat and dairy from my diet and wouldn’t you know, I got better.
When I started to add juice to my diet it was a game changer. I had my own juicer in my college dorm apartment and would make disgusting juices that I would choke down daily. It helped me so I continued to research, learn and change my health one juice at a time, one meal at a time. I lost weight, gained energy … and felt better.
Off all medication for my stomach. I was no longer getting sick, my immune system was so strong. Fast-forward several years later ... when I lost my job in the corporate world and had to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I was inspired by my mother who said, “You love juice and know so much about it, why not start your own business?”
So I did, and I haven’t looked back. The reason I am so passionate about my business is because I want to help people feel good again! I have been there — in a place where I felt trapped by my own body, knowing I couldn’t go on feeling this bad and knowing that something wasn’t right.
I want people to feel empowered that they can make a change in their overall wellness by simply consuming food that supports their body — instead of making it work overtime.
Your health is your wealth ... period.
If you haven’t already, check out Nourished.by Nature and feel free to ask me anything.
P.S. I am not a doctor. This is simply my story. Please consult with your doctor before making any life changes if you are on medication or ill.
About the Author
Cassandra Quarantello is owner of Nourished.by Nature, an organic cold press juice company located at 801 Main Street in Belmar. All of its raw cold pressed juices are made on site from the finest fruits, vegetables and herbs. They are unprocessed, never heated, pasteurized or high-pressure processed (HPP).
In addition to juices and one- to seven-day juice cleanses, it offers vegan nut milks, lemonades, teas, pressed juice ice pops, among a host of other freshly made beverages and snacks.
Nourished.by Nature’s main entrance is conveniently situated around the corner of Main Street and Eighth Avenue in Belmar Plaza, behind Beach Haus Brewery.
It also offers delivery to most of New Jersey and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
Nourished.by Nature is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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