Sonia Terboss Launches Spajuicebar After Battle With Cancer
Juicing is kind of a big deal these days.
What was once a tenet of a wellness lifestyle on the fringe of eating and drinking society, is now popping up all over the place.
And it's not just the booming yoga scene that is consuming the brightly colored liquids, regular (unfit) people are starting to realize the benefits of drinking the nutrient-dense drinks.
South Florida has just received yet another cold-pressed juice delivery option, Spajuicebar.
Developed by Sonia Terboss after winning her battle with breast cancer, the company is all about encouraging customers to "find their light" through vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes.
Earlier this month, Terboss introduced the Spajuice website, which offers a variety of cold-pressed juices (squeezed with a Norwalk juicer) available for home and office delivery. Each one is delivered in thermally insulated packaging.
The Fort Lauderdale-based company sells an assortment of individual juices and cleanse programs aimed at targeting specific lifestyles and health problems.
Cleanses start at around $64.99 for a one-day. Individual juices are $11 a piece.
The juices are currently 100 percent organic, with a large focus on sourcing local ingredients. Terboss buys some produce from Marando and Alderman Farms. She is working on launching products based on readily available local fruit, such as star fruit, bitter orange, and guava, eventually.
Terboss does warn that in the future, some products may not be completely organic, due to availability; however, if that is the case, she fully intends to include notes on the labels indicating the presence of non-organic ingredients. She promised that no matter what the cost, the dirty dozen will always be organic.
With titles like Calming, Morning Boost, and Tasty, the website describes the healing power and vitamins of each juice and every product comes with a positive affirmation.
According to Terboss, the goal of the company is to help customers create a more healthful lifestyle.
"I'm sharing my lifestyle, actually," she says. "I started with affirmations while I was drinking juice during my cancer treatment. It's about finding your inner power."
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, Terboss tried to keep her spirits up as she underwent traditional methods of treatment, undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation.
"I connected to my inner guide and learned how to help my doctors in healing my body," she says.
While it may sound like some hippy BS, it worked. Terboss began integrating a juicing routine into her treatment, consuming 32 to 64 ounces of fruits and vegetables daily. Just before her lumpectomy, she noticed her tumor was getting smaller; he doctor acknowledged the change in size, as well. Rather than undergo chemotherapy as recommended, Terboss opted for radiation treatment and a juice regiment. As she went through the stressful process, she said she was getting compliments on her hair and skin from friends.
"As I'm going through this everyone was telling me that I looked great," she says. "I was overcome with emotions, you think you're going to die. I wasn't paying attention to everything; I just knew I needed to feed my body."
Terboss is now cancer-free and she wants to spread the positive lifestyle of juicing. To her, it's not about just a quick cleanse, she encourages customers to incorporate juices into their daily routines, whether paired with a meal or as a meal-replacement.
"It's all about you nurturing you, finding your inner light" says Terboss. "
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