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  • LisaG

    4 weeks ago


    I want to get serious about this for the next month to shed a lot of unwanted lbs more quickly. I just got my birth photos back from my doula yesterday (my baby is 14 months) and i was appalled at how heavy I had gotten from pregnancy. My weight gain really shows in pictures. I would like one chin only, please. lol It is really hard to shed the amount I want to lose with healthy food and moderate exercise only - it is SOOO slow and takes time and prep and as a mom of two young ones and a business owner, I am finding little time to focus on the initial weight loss that i want. i figured juicing would be a good plan for 30 days. I also have diastasis recti, the separation of my abdominal muscles and pelvic floor damage from both my pregnancies/births so i am trying to heal that. I am doing a program that specifically focuses on that recovery and for 4 weeks, I am not supposed to exercise heavily as it can negate the work done to heal the abs. So this is a perfect time for me to focus on the juicing without heavy exercise. I will likely juice for 2 meals a day and eat a small, healthy, balanced meal for dinner with my family, like grilled chicken or salmon and veggies, maybe a small sweet potato or something. Question though - should I put fiber powder in my juice (like Miralax) and what kind of supplementation would be helpful in terms of missing nutrients?

  • SunnyRain

    3 weeks ago

    It really helps if you juice only. That way your body doesn't digest food and it has a lot of energy to heal and to establish a balance.

    Also - if you juice a lot of different veggies, you aren't missing any nutrients, you should be getting huge amounts of nutrients. There is also a website, where you can put it everything you juiced and it tells you the nutrition value of your juice and how much of a daily value of a certain vitamin and mineral you got from a juice.

    https://juicerecipes.com/build/

  • JesBcas

    3 weeks ago

    I am on day 14 and have lost 10 pounds. I am only juicing (though i have had about 3 veggie only meals) and i feel great and am not hungry. I think it is ealier to only juice because i dont have to think about food and then ear too much (one of my biggest problems was eating too much, i love to eat). I dont thing you need any supplements because there is so much good stuff if you are juicing a variety of veggies. I do wonder of you need a little extra protein to help repair your musles though, or add in more of the things that have higher protein. There are a lot of charts online that can tell you how much protein is in the veggies you like. Good luck! You got this!

  • Erica_N

    4 weeks ago


    I think the hardest part of this for me isn't not eating, it is drinking the juice. I absolutely hate it. I have tried so many recipes and combinations. The best I can do is something that I can get down without gagging. I love that I am getting closer and closer to a healthy weight, but I find the juices simply disgusting.

  • WorldWide

    4 weeks ago

    Hi Erica_N,

    Eventually your taste pallet will change. How far along are you?

  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago

    May I suggest adding some coconut water to dilute the intensity of the juice? I, too, sometimes have trouble getting them down, and would rather "go hungry" than drink more juice... but I find the coconut water really helps. And it's full of great nutrients (potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc), electrolytes and healthy, natural sugars for energy.

  • LisaG

    4 weeks ago

    I don't find them disgusting per se but they taste REALLY similar. I seem to throw in whatever I have around so maybe I should really do the recipes instead of a free for all? Does that really make a difference in taste?

  • SunnyRain

    4 weeks ago

    I was doing that too. Adding too much produce at once. Then it just tastes the same and yucky! This time around I tried doing recipes and it's a completely different world! And every other day I found a recipe which I just love and can't get enough of. It's really hard to juice if you hate juices. So you really must to everything possible to find the right juices for you. And I suggest trying with less sorts of produce in one juice.

    My all time favourite: 3 handfuls of spinach + 1 apple + 1 lemon. Amazing. You can also add romaine and cucumber to it, and it's still very good.

    Another great one: 1 huge sweet potato, 4 carrots, 1 apple, 1 orange, a bit of cinnamon.

    And it really makes a difference in taste if you don't just pick up everything you find in the fridge. It's like eating real food. We also don't just throw 7 random items together and call it dinner. It's the same with juices. Some things go great together, some don't. Some taste awful, but if you add something elso to it, than it's completely drinkable.

    Joe has 1 great book with recipes called 101 Recipes, you might want to check that out too.

  • JesBcas

    3 weeks ago

    Oh no, that dosnt sound fun. Have you tried adding spices to help? Cinnimon is good, and i think it reminds me of sweerness. And a little chilli powder can add spice to distract from the veggie taste. i do think your pallet will eventualy reset though. Heres to hopping that happens soon!

  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago


    I'm finishing up DAY 6 (of 50). My head is still a little groggy and my eyes are still dry & bloodshot, but I'm feeling more myself. And I'm already down 7 pounds, so that's nice. But I had a thought – I don't want to get too excited about "when I'm finished fasting" or "how much weight I've lost" because I've realized that juicing has to be a lifestyle for me now. Even when I finish this fast, I plan to juice fast at least one day a week and do a 3 - 5 day reboot every month. And perhaps a longer cleanse once or twice a year.



    I have to stop looking at my life in terms of binging/gaining weight or restricting/losing weight, but rather find a balance that keeps me lean, strong, healthy and happy indefinitely. And while I suspect that I will have to be mindful and vigilant to stay on track with healthy eating my entire life, I am so done with all the wasted energy I spend on the love / hate relationship with my body and abusing myself by overeating sugar. It's time I live my life to my fullest potential. Joe is a great example that we all can do it, not just the fast, but also create a healthy relationship with food - one that is permanent.



    Thank you all for your shares - the wins and the setbacks. Reading these posts is truly inspiring.

  • DylanMattina

    4 weeks ago


    Newbie on day 3 and really LOVING JUICING!

    I was so inspired by Joe's video that my girlfriend showed me a few days ago I went straight at it.

    I wish I had found Joe 3 years ago when my obesity (455 pounds) became a life or death situation. I elected to have Gastric Bypass surgery and it has done wonders but juicing is a HUGE piece of the healthy living / weight loss puzzle for me now.

    The past year has seen some very difficult times for me in many ways but mostly health-wise. The one good thing has been my decision to get healthy and to lose weight. I weighed in at a Doctors appointment today and to me surprise I weigh 269 pounds!!! That is the lowest I have been in over THIRTY YEARS!!!

    I want to get to 245 pounds as I am 6'6" tall. I also started walking more and going to LA Fitness working out with the guidance of a certified trainer. I am LOVING LIFE once again and juicing has me inspired to go further, do more, and make it happen!!!



    Dylan Mattina

    New member in Southern California, USA!




  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago

    Welcome Dylan - it sounds like you are totally in the groove on Day 3. Your transformation is amazing. I have no doubt adding juicing to your diet will help you shed the little remaining weight. You got this!

  • DylanMattina

    4 weeks ago

    Thanks Kristin. I just wish I had discovered Joe and juicing sooner. Having the bariatric surgery has caused some unwanted side-effects but I believe that juicing is the answer for me. Any advice for this newbie???

  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago

    The best advice I have is to read a couple pages worth of postings on this site/ group. Everyone has shared so many stories, overcome so many obstacles and given so much great advice - any questions or concerns you may have will be put to rest. Wishing you continued success on your fast!!!

  • JesBcas

    4 weeks ago


    How much juice does everyone drink durring one day? What else do you drink?

  • WorldWide

    4 weeks ago

    Started with 1 gallon / 4 liters a day. This is important to make sure your body is getting a lot of nutrients and enough calories. After around day 15 or so, there are days when I only drink 3 qts. / liters. I also drink 32oz of water in the morning + herbal teas throughout the day.

  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago

    In addition to the juice (I don't keep track of how much - I just have a lot on hand and drink it as I want it), I enjoy herbal tea, bottled coconut water and a little sparkling water. As a treat I'll cut open a fresh coconut and drink the water. YUM! (I am not sure how readily available fresh coconut is across the country / world... I live in Los Angeles and most grocery stores sell them and you can order one at most Thai, raw food or vegetarian restaurants.)

  • ALEXARN

    4 weeks ago


    On day 3: having a hard time preparing and serving appetizing meals for my family and not being able to eat them! Also having a hard time detoxing from red meats, dairy, sugar, and especially coffee! I really want to stick with this as I have 95# to lose. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • Erica_N

    4 weeks ago

    Oh, gosh, I know how that feels! Last night I made roasted chicken, sauteed carrots, and fried garlic potatoes. It all looked so delicious. And of course there was ice cream for dessert. It's really hard not to grab a few bites, but when I get on the scale in the morning it is totally worth it.

  • JesBcas

    4 weeks ago

    Try to drink your juice and water before you start cooking so you feel full. It gets easier. My hardest habits to break are eating the kids leftovers, and tasting all he food as I cook. Sometimes it helps me to make a juice that is similar to what they have. The other day I looked up Pizza juice recipes. I actually had a pretty good juice with tomatoes and basil that did the trick. It will all be worth it in the end! You can do it. If you do stumble, just brush it off and keep juicing.

  • WorldWide

    1 month ago


    July 30th 2017 - 222 Lbs / 100.69 kilos

    Day 52 and 40.8 Lbs down - 181.2 lbs. this morning 82.19 kilos

    **************** "Trust The Journey" *******************

  • Pook01

    1 month ago


    I officially started juicing 3 days ago, I did have a small meal with my friends last night (baked potato, side salad) because I ran out of time. But I am having issues with time as it seems like all I'm doing is juicing/cleaning the juicer and working. And I just know I'm gonna slice off my finger from the constant vegetable peeling. I'm trying to make juices for two days at a time but I don't know why this is taking me forever.

  • SunnyRain

    1 month ago

    Pook01 - it takes me 60-90 minutes to prep, juice and clean the kitchen to make 1 day worth of juices. If I would make juices for two days at a time, I would need twice as much time to prep and twice as much to juice, and the same amount amount of time to clean the kitchen. So it should take you 2-3hrs all together. It's a lot of time, but if you calculate how much it takes to make a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the snacks inbetween for 2 days, it evens up. I make juices in the evening, before going to bed and I try to start as soon as possible, so that I'm not still juicing past midnight. It's a routine by now.

  • Kristin

    4 weeks ago

    Juicing is a big commitment, especially when you are first beginning a fast and every recipe is new. Going to the store for fresh veggies nearly every other day is time consuming enough, let alone constantly making juice and cleaning the juicer - I get it. What I do is let my friends know I'm starting a juice fast. I pretty much say that I am going to be "off the grid" and that not only means not going out, but less time on the phone, texting, FB, etc. I make an exception for a super special occasion... For instance, I attended a baby shower on Day 3 even though it was rough. I thought I was going to collapse, but I wanted to support my friend on her special day. I've also timed my fast to coincide with my husband's recent heavy workload (pure luck!), so he doesn't feel as neglected by my lack of eating/ drinking and going out with him. Another words, take the time to really focus on yourself, as best you can. I know we all have work and family and friend commitments, but if you let people know what your doing, I find they understand and give you the time and space you need. Sometimes when I tell people, they are happy to meet me at a juice bar! And instead of watching a TV show or film before I go to bed, I prep some juice for tomorrow and get on this website to read the posts and contribute. GOOD LUCK!

  • leila

    1 month ago


    Ok, guys, here's a weird question: does the fiber you throw away after juicing make your trash bin smell like rotting stale poop?? 'Coz mine does.

  • SunnyRain

    1 month ago

    It does start to smell soon, so I try to get rid of it more often now. If I can't or am being lazy during the weekend, I sometimes put it in the freezer. If frozen -it does not smell. And then I throw it away on Monday. :-)

  • leila

    1 month ago


    OMG, Ellie, i can relate!!! I juiced an onion once, together with a bunch of other veggies. I read somewhere that adding onions to your juices is great, as onions have all sorts of nutrients in them. The problem, as i have later discovered, is PROPORTIONS. Lol, i had juiced an ENTIRE onion! The drink wad disgusting! I smelled like onions for the rest of that day. I absolutely HAD to eat something afterward to kill the onion aftertaste, but nothing helped. For the next few days, i couldn't even LOOK at onions. Now, i stick to juicing predominantly the veggies which i can eat raw, lol. However, i did discover that cucumbers and zuccini go very well together.

  • [...]

    1 month ago

    LOL Leila, yes then you know how miserable I was... If you look at the "Fenne-tastic" recipe, you'll see that fennel is about 50% of the recipe... or in my case some onion variety was. So it was about 50% onion juice! Yikes!!!

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