Happy Motivation Monday! With all these winter weather advisories, we’re looking for some motivation…Good thing we have Gundalow Juice! We couldn’t help but feature them! Dana Sicko, founder of Gundalow Juice, is an absolutely perfect example of what BMOREtoned is all about and means – she believes that Baltimore deserves nothing but health and wellness, and local support.
Dana founded Nutreatious in 2011 while she was working as a nutrition consultant at FX Studios in Hunt Valley, MD. Many of her clients came to her with similar stories of wanting to be healthy, but not having the time due to work, crazy schedules or a disinterest in cooking. Dana was always cooking healthy treats for her clients and her boss recommended taking the service to the next level by cooking in the clients’ homes. She quickly saw that this was the impact she wanted to make in peoples’ lives: making the healthy life simple in the most delicious way! Dana just founded Gundalow in 2014 and definitely has made a statement here in Baltimore. Check out our Q&A below & get some motivation!
What did do before opening Gundalow?
Before opening Gundalow, I was operating my original company, Nutreatious Personal Chef Services. I received my degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and knew that I always wanted to help change people’s lives through healthy food. Nutreatious was a way to do just that; after an initial consultation of health goals and food preferences, we create delicious meal ideas that fit clients’ lifestyles and completely tailor things to them. Gundalow came from several clients asking for cold-pressed juices that would not only make them feel great, but taste great too. Gundalow became a way that we could bottle the Nutreatious experience.
I don’t really know how it all happened, but I thank my lucky stars every day for my incredible family, mentors and team. Everyone around me was (and continues to be) instrumental in helping create Gundalow Juice, from sourcing, to information gathering, to being there when your vision/dream is driving you crazy. I always think back to one of my friends saying “It’s time to flex your muscles, Dana. Show them you’re strong.” And I think it was the next day that I finally registered Gundalow as a business. My team and our fans are what continue to push me now. My teams are unstoppable – I have never met a better group of problem solvers. And our fans are what inspired so much of this business we believe we are “ambition, fueling ambition“.
Juice really seemed to be the best and most demanded way to keep people healthy with fruits and vegetables, while also being convenient for them. It’s fresh, it tastes great and, as long as you keep it cold, it can go anywhere with you! The incredible amounts of vitamins and minerals in the cold-pressed juice keep drinkers feeling better through tough days. It was a great way to communicate our message of wanting to support other hard-working individuals through great food.
How does the juicing process work?
Basically, we press all of the juice out of the fruits’ and vegetables’ cell walls with immense pressure. This allows us to extract incredibly flavorful juice without degrading the nutrition of the vitamins and minerals in the produce. The juice goes from being the fresh produce to in the bottle in just about 10 minutes!
How do you come up with your juice recipes?
They are usually very culinarily inspired. I love to cook and I am always inspired by what my chefs at Nutreatious are cooking up! Food is such a fun medium and it is always changing. I look to food trends for inspiration too. For example, hot spice is very in right now so we put a jalapeño in our Sailor’s Sunrise and it is delicious! Flavor is always the most important factor in our juices.
Favorite restaurant in Baltimore?
There are so many! I love Yasou in Hunt Valley (I grew up on Milano’s Pizza and I am so glad it’s back!), City Cafe in Mt. Vernon (I love the energy here- it makes me feel so stylish), HomeSlyce in Sobo (they always seem to have disco and funk on when I go) and drinks are always fun at Wit and Wisdom.
On Gundalow’s bottles we see the phrase “Sail Windward”…what does this mean?
To “sail windward” literally means to sail INTO the wind. Starting Gundalow and choosing to go in the direction that we did meant going against the wind. It also meant jumping into a product category that already has a lot of competition. My favorite quote is “If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough.” Going with the wind isn’t scary and it will rarely challenge you, but having the ambition to make the choice to go against the wind is a constant reminder to reach past what you believe your potential to be. I have learned more and grown more through Gundalow in six months, taking the harder way, than I could in five years taking the easy way. I am stronger for it.
First, we believe that you shouldn’t have to give up your routine because you are drinking juice. It is true that if you just drink juice you are not going to get enough calories to properly fuel your workout, which is why we recommend mindful eating while you are on the Gundalow Juice cleanse. Lean protein, heart healthy fats, fresh fruits/vegetables, raw nuts and even whole (gluten-free) grains can be enjoyed on the cleanse. We are all about fitting into your lifestyle and making the cleanse work for you. We only give guidelines, never rules because you know your body better than anyone- who are we to tell you that you not to eat. That is why we recommend eating and keeping your calories at an adequate level, but we do recommend the grilled fish and salad over the pizza when you are cleansing.
What’s next for you and Gundalow?
What isn’t? We already have several ideas that we plan on releasing in 2015 that fit our mission of supporting those who “sail windward” and need something that is healthy, delicious and convenient.
What do you see in the future for Baltimore’s health and wellness industry?
I don’t see many limits for Baltimore’s health and wellness industry. We are surrounded by incredible healthcare systems that make huge international, life changing strides every day and we are home to the most influential sports apparel company in the world. Combine that with the growing number of fitness studios, health food stores/cafes and health brands and I think Baltimore has no choice but to be a key player in the future of the health and wellness industry.
Gundalow Juice is proud to partner with local businesses to distribute fresh-pressed juice just for you. Stop in any of these businesses to grab your Gundalow Juice on the go. Or pre-order your juice package and pick it up from one of these locations:
MAC Harbor East
Humble and Hungry Cafe (located in the Under Armour Global Headquarters)
Charm City Yoga Midtown
Inline Group Fitness