It’s been a whole day chalked full of fruits and veggies, and boy do I feel drained. Anyone that tells you they feel great after there first day of juicing is lying to you, and you should probably stop going to them for advice. After reading the FAQs on the Reboot With Joe site, I felt fully prepared for day one. The night before I looked for a good beginner juice from JuiceRecipes.com, and made sure my juicer was set up and ready to go. My juicer of choice is the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Express (It was gift to me as a housewarming present). The juicer is smaller but makes a solid 32 oz of juice at a time, and the clean up is really simple.
In the morning I started out with the beginner green which consisted of Apples, Celery, Oranges, Spinach, Lemon, and Ginger Root aka 6 things I would rarely eat separately and would have never imagined go together. The whole juicing from cutting up the ingredients to cleaning the juicer took about 23 minutes, but I imagine the time goes down with experience. At first sip I knew this would be one of my regular juices that I could drink every single day. The juice was sweet but not too sweet, and the apples really masked the taste of the spinach and celery. After drinking my first juice I felt great… for about 30 minutes and then my tummy started getting mad at me for putting foreign objects in it. After you drink the juice you will need to drink 16-24 oz of water as it will also help with getting full, especially during these first few days. Around the late afternoon I starting feeling a little cloudy and sluggish, which I was expecting but still couldn’t imagine what it truly would feel like. I had to go to the store to return a red box DVD (against my will), and as I was driving there it seemed like every fast food restaurant on the block was taunting me. Going anywhere during the first few days was going to be difficult, but driving by anywhere that makes or carries food just makes it worse. Overall I would say on a scale of 1-10 (1 feeling the worst and 10 feeling super cracked out awesome) that by the end of my first day juicing I felt like a 4.
Knowing that it would hard to wake up the next morning I decided to try making my juice the night before. You can make juice and keep it for 24 hours refrigerated (you can even freeze it), but it may taste slightly different than drinking it fresh. Making all my juices for work the next day took about an 45 minutes, but this I considered a breeze compared to potentially cutting off a finger while slicing veggies first thing in the morning. After making my juice I went to lay down and I slept like a baby, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. I wonder how I will feel during Day 2…
The day has finally come. Today is the day I take my life into my own hands and accept responsibility for the things I’ve done. No I didn’t kill anyone, but if I keep up I could end up killing myself. Why now? Why after all these years did I finally decide today was the day? Keep reading…
My whole life from the time I was a baby until today I have been chunky. During my adolescent years my parents would always write it off as baby fat. Even when I was 25 they would say I was just a “late bloomer”. They were in denial that their child was overweight, and what’s worse is that I took their comments as acceptance for my lifestyle and an excuse for being fat. Throughout the last 10 years I have tried to lose weight with calorie counting, Keto, Vegetarianism, even Medifast. I would lose a good 40 pounds and then give up and get some pizza or fries. I truly eat like a picky 7 year old and only seem to put things in my body that are fried, processed, or covered in sugar. The idea of eating fruits and veggies would make me cringe. This brings me to where I am today, a 5’11 28 year old women who has a good 150lbs to lose.
A few weeks ago I watched the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” and it changed my outlook of food significantly. Watching Joe Cross go 60 days without pizza, fast food, or anything I considered a normal meal was mind blowing. Only juicing for 60 days Joe lost over 80 pounds, and his body looks great. He was active and doing things I would never dream of doing right now. The best thing about the film was not so much Joe’s journey but the story of a man Joe inspired while on his reboot, Phil. Phil was 429 when he decided to start the reboot and lost over 100 pounds in those 60 days. Since then fill has lost a total of 204 pounds and is a completely different person. After finishing this film I knew this is what I wanted to do to help lose weight and get my life back. It would be real hard for me to go back to my old eating habits after having just fruits and veggies for the next 60 days.
I have done a ton of research on juicing and how to do it safely, so please don’t assume it’s just another fad diet. I plan on Juicing my meals and snacks for the next 60 days (or less if my body tells me to). During the reboot I will be doing light exercise like walking, swimming, and little lifting if I am up to it. After the reboot I will still juice my breakfast and lunch, but incorporate solid veggies, fruits, and meats such as poultry and fish (I don’t enjoy red meat very much so I will have it sparingly). I know the first week will probably be the hardest, and I will be tired, irritable, hungry, foggy, and have a few headaches. Yesterday I made my first trip to Costco and the looks your get when you have a cart full of fruits and vegetables are hilarious. I plan on blogging about each day including what I had, how I felt, and any changes I noticed. After my reboot I will update weekly so you can hear about the rest of my weight loss progress and my new balanced lifestyle. If you are someone who has juiced before and have any tips, or are curious about this and have questions please comment below.