Juicing… Does It Work? (Part 1)

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Recently I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead“.  (You’ll have to put in your name and e-mail address, but if you don’t want to be on their mailing list, you can opt out later.  I haven’t received a bunch of e-mails, if that worries you.)  The movie was a little over 1 1/2 hours long.   It was a documentary of a man’s journey from literally being fat, sick and “nearly dead” back to health and how he helped other people in the process who helped others.  His weight loss was amazing, from 325 down to his ideal weight and health.  One of the men he helped weighed over 400 pounds and got down to his ideal weight as well, was phased off of all of his medications and finally felt healthy for the first time in his life.

I was amazed that anyone could go on a juice fast for as long as he did.  He fasted on freshly made fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days.  But, seeing the transformation in him made me realize that there is something to this juicing thing.  There’s no way a person can eat the amount of fruit and vegetables in a day that would be beneficial.  But, we can get additional nutrients through vegetable and fruit juice.  So, adding juicing to our diet to boost our nutrient intake is a good thing.

Why I gained weight

I have had the hardest time losing weight.  Every time I lose, I gain it back again.  But, how did it all start?  Let’s be honest.  My weight gain came from eating too much fast food.   I was constantly on the go and not getting nearly enough sleep… unorganized (with regard to bringing my own food), working with my husband on our business in the evenings, taking care of a home and family, and so busy at work that I would just quickly swing by a fast food place to grab a lunch and eat it at my desk while working.  Sitting at my desk, sitting in the car during a 45 minute commute (each way), sitting at my desk at home, sitting, sitting, sitting.  Then, because I was working late and didn’t have time to make dinner, I would run by the store or another fast food place and bring a pre-made dinner home.  (Not every day, but too often.)  Then I lost my job and our budget was severely cut.  So, I started making more pastas, breads, and other starches to stretch our food budget out.

I gained so much weight and I have not been able to take it off since, with the exception of a few yoyo experiences.  When I first started this blog I had great plans to lose weight, but no matter how hard I tried, I’d lose only a little and then hit a huge plateau.  It was frustrating.  My earlier blog about not getting frustrated was more for my benefit than any reader’s benefit, but I was hoping to encourage others along the way.

What is happening now

Well, this movie has encouraged me.  Right now I’m 80 pounds overweight (at least 80 pounds above where I want to be) and have aching in my joints and pain in my chest.  I wake up in the morning with everything hurting, from my neck to my fingers to my feet.  The joints are all so sore.  I’m told that the pain in my chest is from severe heart burn, not actual heart problems.  My doctor, as wonderful as he is, tends to cover up symptoms using medication rather than discovering the root of the problem and addressing that.  Medication has side effects which cause other symptoms.  I’d prefer to find the cause and deal with that.

One thing I noticed in the movie was how it was helping reduce inflammation.  So, I started juicing yesterday (careful to avoid vegetables that encourage inflammation such as tomatoes and peppers).  Last night I did not have chest pain (from heart burn).  This morning I weighed precisely 3 pounds less than I did yesterday.  So, I’m all in.  I’m now committed to seeing how juicing will help reboot my body and help me address the cause of my health problems.

Let’s do it!

I’m now on day 2 of juice fasting.  A full glass of juice periodically throughout the day works for me and I have not felt hungry yet.  But, I do have to say I am not on a true fast.  I am drinking about 8 glasses of fruit/vegetable juice a day, but am also eating vegetables and fruits to get the fiber and a sense of crunching on something.  Last night when I made the family their dinner, I ate a serving of the vegetables that were being served.  I get the shakes on plain juice diets, but I may not on this because it is freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, not processed and bottled ones.  That may be the difference.

So, I’ll get back to you to let you know about the progress of a fruit/veggie juice fast and how it effects me.  Maybe this will encourage you to reboot your own body.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. habisha says:

    we’ve been juicing in our family for decades. My brother used to be the MC for Jay Kordich, the Juiceman, so we all had juicers for the longest time. Greg still has his; I gave mine to someone who had cancer and needed it more than I did. I want to get another one.

    If you are looking for a good, overall body cleanse, do carrot/apple. I think it’s three carrots to one apple. You can add some celery to it, too. With the exception of the apple, don’t mix fruit juices and vegetable juices together. For some reason the body doesn’t process it the same way and you get gas.

    Best of luck with this regimen. I drink juice in moderation because of being diabetic, but a good star fruit is wonderful from time to time. We just got a whole tree full of Pink Lady bananas (ripe) and I have to do something with them.

    Let us know how it goes. Love you always

    1. Sheree says:

      Thanks for the tips, Deb. Today was a green day… kale, cabbage, celery, cucumber, green apple. I did do a carrot and red apple one as well and an apple/grape one (small glass) as well.

      Love you, too, my friend.

      1. habisha says:

        I have a hard time with only green. I came up with a great V-8. It tastes a bit different without all the salt, but you can add some in at the end. And Pineapple juice straight up is wonderful. The Bromelain in it helps the achy joints. Put a little cinnamon in your apple juice for a cider taste (you can warm it for that Fall smell and taste); it helps lungs and cleanses — and is just wonderfully cheerful!

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