Sunday, January 18, 2015

Reboot - Part 1

“I’m starving!  Let’s go get some kale.” Never thought I’d hear those words come out of my mouth.  Not in 2 million years.  But today they did.  And I don’t even like kale.

The fact is … we are doing a reboot, my Cowboy (formerly referred to as hubby), Babe & I.  

It all started when Peaches (daughter #2) got a juicer for Christmas. She has wanted one forever. While she was visiting she told us about the documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  This is the true story of Joe Cross and his journey from fat, sick, and nearly dead, back to health, simply by drinking juiced vegetables & fruit, 4 – 6 times a day. For 60 days! Rather extreme. But it worked for him and he is healthier than ever, 5 years later.

Now, Peaches is neither fat nor sick, nor nearly dead. Nor is she planning to eat nothing but juice for the next 60 days. But she is a very healthy living individual. And the juicer was amazing! Big thick carrots turned to juice in the flick of a button. 2 seconds! 

We watched the documentary. (I highly recommend it.) That's when the Cowboy decided he needed to try the reboot – which is 10 days, not 60.  Immediately Babe, daughter #3 and live-at-home university student, got all excited about it. So basically, I’m along for the ride. 

The Cowboy is a “Go Big or Go Home” kind of guy so we went all out on the grocery shopping. Two cases of apples – one red, one green - a humongous bag of carrots (and when I say humongous, I mean the bag comes up to my hips). Another big bag of beets. Lots of lemons, cucumbers, spinach … you get the picture. All of this gets zimmed through the juicer in varying amounts and combinations and, voila!  There is your meal.   

We studied Joe Cross’s helpful hints, juicing plans, and recipes online. We invested in a juicer.  We were definitely all in.  

Today is day 3. Some of the juices are delicious. Others we are barely choking down. The Cowboy has lost 5 pounds. Babe's excitement has turned to disenchantment and she asked if she can just make apple juice for the next 7 days. But we are in this for the long haul.  

Check back in a week and I'll fill you in on how it goes. Meanwhile, what have been your experiences with juicing?  I'd be happy to read any comments left below.


  1. (Blog came to my in box. Good.)

    Joy, I've considered this at times. Are you hungry? Do you have cravings? What do you eat if you're out? Are you keeping track of the good recipes? How much was the juicer???

  2. Bobbi, the first couple of days are hard but after that - for me - it wasn't too bad. I'm not hungry most of the time. Although, on my workout days I'm pretty spent afterwards. We have a juice every 2-3 hours or so (about 6 a day). When I traveled to SK on the weekend I made my juices ahead of time for the drive. The hardest part was not being able to munch on something to keep myself awake while driving. If I go out for coffee I have herbal tea or water. Yes we are keeping track of the good recipes. There are so many to choose from! Prices on juicers range widely depending on what kind you get. We went with the Breville Juice Fountain Elite because that's the one Peaches bought herself and she had done all the research beforehand. She liked the 'Elite' because most of the parts are steel. And Breville is the kind Joe Cross used on the documentary. Other people on the documentaries (there are 2) used other juicers just fine. Ours was on sale just after Christmas but even then it was about $250.

    1. Thx for the info. I'm tempted, but then I panic. I'm afraid I'm a foodie-self-nurturer. How could I hug myself without carbs and ice cream? I'll have to pray on this. And watch how you manage, too!

  3. Very interested in hearing how this all pans out, Joy! Like Bobbi, I wondered about hunger. I have started having smoothies sometimes at lunch, but even then, I usually have to munch on a few crackers and some cheese, to feel sated. Another question: what do you do with the stuff that is left of the vegetables after the juicing? Just curious.

    1. Kathy, that's something I've been wondering about too. There is so much pulp leftover! Surely it could be put to use in baking or cooking? I haven't put a whole lot of thought into coming up with an idea. For now we just trash it.