Experience:

Reboot With Juice

BY: Emma Procter
If you’re feeling below par, sluggish, or struggling to lose those extra kilos, a juicing fastcould be the answer according to documentary maker and health advocate Joe Cross
Health fads come and go but every now and then an idea comes along that is so revolutionary and effective that it catches the public – and medical experts – off guard.

And such was the case when Australian flmmaker Joe Cross decided to flm his experiences when he juice fasted for an intense sixty days as he travelled across America.

During this journey – titled Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Cross transformed his life, overcoming obesity, negative lifestyle habits and a variety of health conditions. He also lo

Since the documentary of these events was released, Cross has been promoting the health benefts of juicing globally – with millions taking up the challenge.

WHAT MAKES JUICE SO SPECIAL?

Juicing removes the insoluble fber from vegetables and fruits. While fber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fber allows for increased absorption of specifc health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fber persists into the juice.

By removing the fbers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have diffculty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefts vegetables have to offer.

THE MAN HIMSELF

Media outlets across the world have been clamouring for interviews with Cross, especially since Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 hit Netflix recently.

Here is an excerpt from a recent US interview he did about his incredible journey to health – and worldwide fame.

HOW DID YOU COME TO MAKE FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD?

The minute I was out of school I dove headfrst into the world of fnance as a trader on the Sydney Futures Exchange. I’m a bloke with a lot of energy and a big voice, so I ft right in. The rush of trading was exhilarating, my career took off, and I started becoming almost totally focused on my work. Now, fnance has a lot of rewards but it’s also an exceptionally high-stress environment. So, I started playing as hard as I was working to manage the stress. For me, that meant tons of processed foods, alcohol, cigarettes, and very little rest.

Just before my 40th birthday, I looked in the mirror and was shocked by what I saw – I was almost 100 pounds overweight, with very little energy and a chronic autoimmune disease that could only be managed by daily doses of strong prescription medication. The energetic fellow of my youth was nowhere to be found. And I fnally had to take responsibility for my choices. I realised that the lifestyle I had been living – which basically rejected Mother Nature’s gifts, full stop – could bring about an early death.

So, I decided to do a radical shift – I called it a Reboot – and do nothing but consume the fresh juice of fruits and vegetables for a period of time. And since I’d always wanted to make a flm, I decided to document my Reboot – maybe some school or other would show it to a few thousand people and my story could help someone. Never did I dream that it would go on to be seen by millions of people worldwide and ignite a movement.

YOUR CURRENT FILM IS FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD 2, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT IT?

It an exploration of what happens after you Reboot. Sometimes, ironically, the period of absolute change is the easy bit. It’s living healthy in an unhealthy world that can be tough. So, I interviewed both experts and real people, and shared my own experiences to really hone in on what the most important behaviors are for wellbeing – and they are simple. Nutrition, exercise, community, a spiritual practice of any sort, proper rest – really simple, right? But simple and easy are not exactly the same thing and this flm explores that.

WHAT IS JUICING AND WHO CAN IT HELP?

Juicing is consuming the liquid from vegetables and fruits that are put through a juice extractor – so the fbre is removed. It is not blending, which is basically pulverizing the produce and consuming it, well, pre-chewed if you will. Smoothies are not juice, for example, and I think there is a lot of confusion around that topic these days.

Anyone benefts from adding a big green juice made with 80 per cent veg, 20 per cent fruit to their day. It allows you to receive all the benefts of two pounds of produce which would be awfully hard to sit down and eat. But juicing is fast and easy and packs an amazing nutritional punch.

TELL US ABOUT ‘THE REBOOT WITH JOE’ JUICE DIET

Since I’m keen to get everyone to eat more plants, I’m happy to say that my book is a New York Times best-seller. It’s a very simple plan with tons of great recipes to get people engaged in juicing and plant-based eating. I wrote it as a response to the many people who contacted me to know exactly what I consumed during my Reboot. But it includes plans of varying length, so you can do a 3-day plan to kick-start your system, or a longer reboot if you need a more comprehensive change.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TOP SECRETS TO ACHIEVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?

Consistently caring for yourself, and having a community of supportive people in your life. And if I could add a third – it’s picking yourself up and going on after you’ve had a slip. No one ever got healthy through self-recrimination!

HOW DO YOU THINK COMMUNITY SUPPORTS FITS INTO MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?

Community is crucial and can come in all shapes and via many conduits. It could be family, co-workers, friends or online. I’m proud to say we’ve got an amazing online community (of people all over the world, supporting each other.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT EMBARKING ON PLANT-BASED DIET?

Learn about it, plan for it, do it and enjoy it!

Find out more at www.rebootwithjoe.com

GETTING READY TO JUICE

Select your juicer. Refer to Joe’s Juicer Buying Guide on his site to purchase the juicer that is right for you.

Prepare your grocery list. Before making a trip to the store or market, make your grocery list so you know exactly how many fruits and vegetables to purchase.

Save time. Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready to go.

HOW TO MAKE A JUICE

Wash produce thoroughly. Unwashed produce can be contaminated with bacteria so this is an important step in the juicing process.

Line your juicer’s pulp basket. If you have a juicer that has a pulp basket, line it with a plastic bag for easy clean-up.

Cut or tear produce to ft through the juicer. Just before juicing, cut any produce that might be too large to ft through the juicer whole. Once you start cutting vegetables they begin to lose nutrients so it’s best to cut just before juicing, but if you really need to save on time, you may want to add this step to your preparation.

Feed produce through the juicer. If your juicer has more than one speed, don’t forget to down-shift from high to low for softer fruits. Most juicers come with a chart in the instruction manual to help guide you on speeds. Usually hard produce like apples and beets are on High and soft ones like spinach or cabbage are set to Low.

Rejuice your pulp. Once produce has been passed through the juicer, check to see if your pulp is still damp. If it is, pass it back through your juicer and you’ll be able to get more juice from the leftovers!

Drink up and juice on. At this point, you should have a fresh juice ready for you to drink! Drink it as soon as possible because once it’s juiced it starts to lose nutritional value overtime. If stored properly, it can last up to 2 days max but remember that there are no preservatives in fresh juice so it can go bad quickly. If you prefer it cold, pour over ice.

Now it’s time to clean your juicer. Carefully scrub your machine with warm water and soap and place on a drying mat. Check the owner’s manual to see if your juicer is dishwasher friendly for an even faster clean.

TIPS FOR STORING A JUICE

Make a double batch. Make more than one juice, have half right away, and then store the rest for your juice later that day or the following day. This will help ensure you get the most potent juice possible for at least one serving.

Store in the fridge. Juice will keep for 24-48 hours in the fridge (72 hours is maximum time suggested). If you are traveling bring your juice in a cooler.

Keep in airtight container. Store your juices in glass airtight containers for best results.

Fill container full. Fill juice to the top of your preferred container to prevent oxygen from getting in which can deplete the nutrients.

Freeze. Freezing is also an option but less desirable than refrigeration. If you do freeze your juice do it immediately after juicing. Thaw in the refrigerator and drink within 7-10 days of freezing.

Store in the correct environment. The juice should be stored in a dark, cool environment away from heat and light.

IMPORTANT: Before starting a juice fast diet it is important to consult your doctor to ensure it is safe for you to do.

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