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  • oh_alex

    1 month ago


    Hi lovely juicers, I'm on day 4 of a 30 day reboot and it's really tough right now. I'm just knocked out on the couch..weak legs, brain fog and hungry hungry hungry. I made my son a few scrambled eggs yesterday and it seemed like the most precious wonderful food I had ever seen in my life :)) Hope this gets better soon

  • Soose

    1 month ago

    Hang in there, oh_alex. You're going to love the feeling of freedom you're going to have as you are healthier! Amazing things are coming your way soon!

  • Buckmaster

    1 month ago

    Hi Aex, in my experience hunger is a sign that maybe the juices are not made per the recipe? Joe's mean green and green lemonade are very good at preventing hunger...if made just as written.

    When in the early stages of a reboot I grab a glass of water and drink it all down when I hear my stomach rumbling. A few minutes later it will be gone.

    As Soose said...it will get better as you keep on juicing!

  • Soose

    1 month ago

    For the first days of a fast:

    Another hunger preventative: 1/2 cup broth. I've just figured out how to make myself small individual servings of plain onion broth.

    Single plain onion broth (4 individual servings):
    Split a 12 oz package of frozen chopped onions four ways (or chop your own, 2/3 cup x 4 servings)
    Split one 4 cup carton of veggie broth amongst servings.
    (Add accompanying seasonings if desired, celery, garlic, Bragg's Aminos.
    Store the 4 servings in pint jars in the fridge until needed.
    Cook in microwave on high until onions are clear. Strain if desired.

    And yet another hunger preventative: Bloat the stomach during the first days with carbonated water to prevent the hunger hormone from being released. I forget who was discussing this last Summer -- Zootal? Mothleg? I add ginger root juice and a bit of stevia to seltzer water. Gets my ginger root in.

    These won't stop the detox uncomfortableness. But they can get you past the mindless ravenous hunger caused by the release of that hormone.

  • Vladimir

    1 month ago

    The following is just my experience and not meant as a discouragement, but my last reboot, about 18-21 days, I was constantly hungry even on the last day. I seem to be missing the "hunger switch off".

    I don't have any statistical data as to how many people experience it, but don't expect the hunger to switch off in 3 days, just because for some people it did.

    Yeah, cooking for others while juicing is a painful sensory-overload experience :)

    I was able to learn from my mistakes from last reboot, and this time, the day before starting the second juicing, just cooked chicken meat for next 15 days for my Husky and froze it. No more -daily- half-day torture of chicken smell, portioning the chicken and resisting. Meat from freezer has no scent, and somehow, my Husky eats it instantly, instead of fresh one staying on platter for half day.

  • Soose

    4 weeks ago

    Aside from the case Vladimir relates of having to be immersed in cooking for someone else -- [ Smart Move!Vladimir, cooking the dog chicken ahead for your reboot! ] - - and maybe there are other situations I"m not thinking of right now... Aside from that, I think could there be something that could be fixed to relieve unending hunger during a juice fast.

    After a few days, the body is supposed to translate over to burning the fat stored and something is interfering with that process? (Does the faster actually have any fat to burn? ) After 15 days we're supposed to add protein and there's that or some other nutritional deficiency going on? The fasting person is not drinking enough juice in the day for their nutritional requirements to be met so the body is craving? (We see that a lot here, fasters not drinking enough juice and water. And I've seen some say they have to add a tad of salt.) Other ideas?

    I don't know enough to really comment but something is triggering the hunger hormone? Don't take anything I say here by itself -- just been watching all last year. And read comments from others who have researched. Might read Dr. Jason Fung online about fasting. I need to read his stuff.

  • Soose

    1 month ago


    Drinking my first carrot/beet juice of the day, plenty in the fridge for today and tomorrow. Life is sweet!



    Be well and juice on!

  • Soose

    1 month ago


    The new storage system (in my fridge) and the routine I suggested to my family is working so far.



    At lights out last night, I remembered to ask the important question: "Is the juice set up for [day after] tomorrow?" Of course, it was, because I'd just done that during the day. lol But if we miss at night we still have time to set it up in the morning.



    I set up a clear fridge bin for the juice. All the jars fit in one for now. I will make the labels and put a separator in there between days so inattentive people have a key. I really need space for the third day; might run across a diff sized bin eventually. Going to let this work for a bit and then might tweak it.



    Love it when something works out!



    If I didn't say, My dh took his second servings for each day this week to work yesterday morning. He drinks one before gym workouts in the afternoon, or after, each day if he can. He is using the work freezer and fridges instead of ours for his back-up juices. Relieves space here. At home he gets fresh juice in the morning, and if we can we'll send him fresh juice to work, but if not he'll have that backup.



    No juicing for me today! While I miss it -- yes, I enjoy juicing :) -- it's a relief to know we will not run out of juice!



    Be well, and juice on!

  • Kimberly

    1 month ago


    So I ordered an Aicok cold slow masticating juicer... it should be here today, so tonight/in the morning?, I should be able to BEGIN to ADD juicing to my already horrible diet (for lack of a better word that means "how I eat at this moment in time"). Yes, I will also be changing my eating habits AFTER my reboot... right now, as a finicky eater, hahaha, I will be testing recipes...



    Anyone... ANYONE with good GREEN recipes... please feel free to share them with me. I do not like vegetables and MOST fruits - I know, I'm weird. But... I have taught myself to like a few veggies, because they're good for me, and I know I can teach myself to like juicing, also. PLEASE SHARE YOUR RECIPES with me! All juicing recipes welcome, not just the green ones!



    Thanks! and thanks for all the good information!

  • Soose

    1 month ago

    Hi, Kimberly. Ignore this at will -- it's not recipes. Maybe I'll overwhelm you. Apologies ahead if so, and ignore me.

    I guess we started with sweet limey green smoothies, and a mild green like spinach and plenty of fruit. The recipes we started with were in a book on -- green smoothies, lol. I'd never thought of putting romaine lettuce -- which I saw as only a salad veg -- into a smoothie! I was unfamiliar with a lot of greens other than for salads and the Southern overcooked greens which I can't make myself eat. We had a friend when I was in my 20's who would eat and crave raw parsley. Well, now I do, too, in my juices and foods. Gradually we discovered and have been spreading out into the greens world a long time. Still have a long way to go.

    But I think you're talking about all veg and produce, not just greens. No matter...

    I am not just going to start throwing recipes at you first. Because while everyone here has one they like and think you should try, in the end, I don't think there are magic recipes. We each need to fit our juices to our own tastes, and I've seen so many reject a recipe that is exactly what the next person here craves.

    May I suggest rather than waste a bunch of produce the first time you try this, that when you start, you could juice your items all in series instead of into one big bowl. I mean, separately into a series of glasses. Then, take a glass and spoon, and start experimenting with combinations, one teaspoon at a time. For some, adding lemon to a juice recipe is the magic ingredient and they then add more. For some it might be a ginger root... or berry... try a recipe in miniature first. See if that leads you a bit.

    I remember we do have some recommendations in a thread here about how to modify a juice's taste. Someone asked how to "fix" a juice that had an ingredient they just could not get down, and were dismayed at producing so much juice they could not drink. Several people had really good suggestions. It's been awhile. I'll try to google.

    What's encouraging is that our tastes DO change. It takes a little time for most of us. Take heart, and remember Phil in the FSND movie -- he had a truck driver's diet and believe me that is TERRIBLE. And look where he went with it. For most humans, our bodies will adapt. And you will one day find yourself craving fresh produce; salads; juice; fruits. Seriously.

    Hang in there and keep trying! I think don't worry too much if you have to skew your juices to something like carrot juice for now -- unless you're diabetic and need to limit sugar. Organic carrots are VERY sweet. Or whatever juices you can accept and find you like. The reason I suggest starting with carrots is that I think carrot juice was the basis of some earlier juice programs, and they worked. (An occasional poster on this site comes back and reminds us that all you need is carrot juice, lol. So it must not be unsafe for most! ) Or start with apple juice and gradually add some greens to it, some ginger... something like that. I'm just telling you one approach not to do it that way.

    I think if you really hate the taste of a particular fruit or veg before it goes into the juicer, you're not going to care for its juice alone. Unless the hate is borne of a texture issue, that is, instead of taste.

    Then tell the forum here what you've found that you can tolerate and ask for mild suggestions to add some very mild greens and other veg to it. There are some very mild greens. Romaine. Spinach. Start small and gradually you'll be piling the greens in. But you can temporarily consider putting greens in a smoothie or even using dehydrated greens and juicing all the other colors if green's a problem.

  • Vladimir

    1 month ago

    Just like Soose said, it's not about recipes. Hell, I paid for the Guided 15-day reboot, and stayed with recipes for only about 3-4 days, then just said screw it, and started experimenting by myself. Yet, still lost 35 pounds, totally not following "recipes".

    I love tomatoes, and guess what - the 15-day reboot didn't have a single tomato nor red/green/yellow peppers in it !!! I had about 3 tomatoes plus 2 peppers per day on average (almost every juice).

    I bought the required amount of kales (which I found out I hate), but then replaced it with romaine lettuce. So, don't buy too much of each veggie, and keep substituting till you find something acceptable.

    The only thing you need to watch out for is the 80:20 veggie:fruit ratio. The less sugar, the better, obviously. You could totally not loose any weight, if your fruit ratio is above 20% - and while this ratio is very individual, just try to keep fruits at minimum. Maybe first few days, just to get used to it, raise that ratio, temporarily - as long as you understand, it's just to get you acclimated to the taste (and not really expect to loose any weight in that transition timeframe).

  • Soose

    1 month ago

    Very good points from Vladimir. And I hope some others will pipe up. I wasn't thinking but that 80:20 would be really important to get you used to just having more veg in your body... at some point, I promise, your body will just take over and start craving what it needs, which is all those nutrients with all the building blocks and nutrients it needs to transfer stuff between cells and get its detoxing done and ... just EVERYTHING to be healthy.

    Yeah, don't get stuck drinking too much fruit. But we'll be here, rebooters and juicers, along the way and as you say a bit later, "But I haven't lost any weight," someone is sure to pipe up and say, well no wonder, look at the fruit... and some will say this and that... people here kept me on track all last year... so helpful. So don't go away. Keep trying.

    (Let us know when you get your juicer!)

    Hey, Vladimir, it's hard to imagine they do not have a tomato juice recipe or salsa type or V8 in the guided reboot! Wow. So glad you adapted for yourself to what you need and like so quickly.

  • mizmo

    1 month ago

    for one day's worth of juice I always do about 3 - 4 big handfuls of power greens, 2 cucumbers, 5 big carrots, 5 green apples, handful of celery, 1 inch cube ginger. I peel carrots and cucumbers, then slice into a third, and slice them lengthwise in half again. I add the carrots to the greens and cucumber. You'll get more juice from your greens and cucumbers if you put something hard (like carrots) with them. there's a youtube channel called discount juicers.com and he teaches you all kinds of juice combos and how best to use your juicer. I'd say he's a guru of juicing. I've learned a lot from him.

  • mizmo

    1 month ago

    that was meant to post for kimberly

  • Soose

    1 month ago


    Good Morning, Juice Buds! Welcome to new rebooters, too. I will read up the posts I've missed the last 3 days after I post my own update.



    I have been missing because I had to go onto an antibiotic Friday morning. (aack!) I was just starting to read some lovely stuff here, too (welcome back Buckmaster!)... and about to reply. Well, that med knocked my socks off so to speak. Bad timing because I was also just about to juice, and we were totally out of juice. :(



    (We do not juice "on demand" but in batches -- right now, Sunday and Thursday. Last Summer, daily pretty much, alternating green/orange. Other colors included. )



    But all is well now. Yesterday (Sunday) was devoted to replenishing the coffers with juice. We were totally out because for good reasons the person who was going to help me juice had to cancel both juicing sessions last week and I was too wrapped up to do it myself, and then when I started the antibiotic, I had to cancel the makeup session. My dh bought some Suja and my son bought some store smoothies. (Those are SO SWEET!) And we had some frozen juice that was good.



    We have upped our juice production again because I am going to at least double my juice consumption this week. I was drinking two servings / day, and am going to drink at least four, maybe more based on my quart in the three hours I've been up today! Plus some onion /garlic soup broth. Not sure yet about the salad mid-day; depends on how I feel. (For newbies, I am post-reboot. Eating but still juicing. ) I want my immune system to recover from the antibiotic as quickly as it can. My dh and I estimated our juice needs and we based the 30 lbs on that. We won't juice again until Thursday.



    Anyway, I devoted all yesterday to making carrot juice, and now I have too MUCH juice because not only did we get 9 quarts made in the centrifugal (from 30 lbs carrots plus celery cukes beets to accompany it and cut the sweetness), but dh came home and pressed out the pulp for a surprising yield of another 8 quarts. (Pressing can yield anywhere from 25 to 40% more for me. Some depends on how quickly you juice and we were whizzing thru the carrots! lol)



    I am trying to estimate usage this morning so we can freeze some for later in the week and the future. That frozen juice sure saved us this time. Will again. Saturday, we had juice in the freezer but none thawed.



    We need a new routine to get the juice out in time to thaw safely in the fridge, at least 24 hours? My brother has taken all the food safety commercial type tests and he says that's safe. (We don't have enough ice or attention span to keep monitoring an ice bath, and it's not needed for freezer-to-fridge. It's needed for cooling down cooked foods before refrigerating, I learned. )



    I do not know how long previously frozen lasts in the fridge, so am starting out by assuming one day to thaw, one to drink. We'll get a routine going but it's kind of hard to project when you might be stuck without juice due to an emergency. Hmm.



    I think we'll just check every night or morning, then make sure we always have at least two days of juice in the fridge. I think, two bins or trays of the right size, 4 quarts, labeled "Drink" and "Drink Next Day." (Can anyone think of better label names for me? What would you call them? My guys need labels, lol. )



    If I know we're going to juice the next day, we'll leave space for that and won't thaw. And if we produce enough juice for up to three full days, as is our norm, that's fine. (Anything else has to be frozen.) But if juicing day gets interrupted, that'll give us leeway to thaw in time -- before we're out. If the juice for the second day and beyond has to come from the freezer to the fridge at that time, then we'll be set! There. Helps to think and talk these things out. :)



    So be well, and juice on!

  • Greenvision

    1 month ago

    How about "today" and "tomorrow"? (For juice labels.)

    Your industry is impressive!

  • Soose

    1 month ago

    Today and Tomorrow. Works. I was just thinking, when we fill it at night, that "today" becomes tomorrow, etc.... don't mind me, I got up too early this morning and my head is still not awake. lol Hmm, I think I like the variation "today" and "next day". Thanks!

    Greenvision, I don't know how much you have read of my posts but since starting the reboot, others have noticed the various strategies and systems I've run on about interminably as I worked them out here... lol. I know it can seem way too organized or complicated to others. ( Last year I was trying to cope with three of us drinking so much volume of juice at once. Demand has gone up, down, up... The situation changes and I have to find a way to manage, even though my son and husband do all of their part in making it work. )

    Just to reassure anyone reading that it does NOT have to be so complicated! My friends are known to tell me to keep it simple.

    Some here may remember AZJoey (will have to try to check in on him). They were juicing for two and just brought everything home and juiced every single piece of produce into one two gallon fridge dispenser, and drank it. Then did it again... it worked great! I was impressed with the simplicity.

    And I don't know how some of the veteran rebooters here juice on the fly, one batch at a time! I just can't -- seems you'd be washing up all the time. But I may go back and try it at some point.

  • oh_alex

    1 month ago


    Hi all, I'm starting today, last time I did 21days in 2015. Who else is currently doing a reboot in an early stage?

  • Brian!!!!!

    1 month ago


    Day 3 coming to an end. I feel good. Still have some food cravings but not strong enough to throw me off track. I try to keep my tummy full of juices. :) Hope everyone's doing good.

  • Buckmaster

    1 month ago


    Hello all you new juicers!



    LeAnn, KG007, Greenvision, Brian, SU1122, Kimberly, and the list goes on!



    I have ended my juice only reboot and began transitioning to normal food. Normal HEALTHY RAW(mostly) food I should say.



    I want to help answer a few recent questions before I go back on stealth mode until my next reboot.



    1. Apple seeds: do not juice them. I read that 100 crushed seeds can create/become cyanide and poisonous if ingested. Better to core the apple before juicing.



    2. My body detoxifies in about 3 days but everyone is different. I have a very regular digestion rate and others may be slower.



    3. Caffeine is not evil. I drank 1 or 2 cups of black coffee every morning and lost 104 pounds in 2018.



    4. I have used a Breville Juice Pro for over a year. It is super! I did buy a second mesh basket and now use it, but the first one still works fine.



    5. I weigh-in every morning as soon as I get up. This proved to be a HUGE motivator for me. As my weight dropped my commitment was reinforced. But...do understand that weight loss always tapers off the longer you juice...just keep going as long as you feel like you are making progress.



    6. I juiced for varying periods of time (30, 39, 23, 14, 7, 5, etc), then transitioned back to food....GOOD food. The real lesson here is to learn to eat right and to learn the power of raw!



    Good luck to everyone and keep on juicing!

  • Brian!!!!!

    1 month ago

    Thank you, Buckmaster! Maybe the sugar is more of a problem than the coffee. I like coffee and always have it sweet with sugar and milk. I haven't had in 3 days though since I started juicing.

    Good luck!

  • Vladimir

    4 weeks ago

    During Last year's juice-only reboot I had 2 coffees per day, both with milk (say, about those 2 small per coffee).

    I still lost 35 pounds, so perhaps it's just me, but I really find the whole notion if removing coffee during reboot as ridiculous. I don't believe we're not doing more damage by spending week in headaches and being totally miserable from lack of caffeine. Not that juicing isn't miserable in itself, but to remove caffeine means beyond miserable, and really for no really good reason ("detox" from caffeine, really ? what's that gonna benefit during 2-3 weeks?)

  • Greenvision

    1 month ago


    Thanks for this information @Soose. I will check out that forum too because I'm always curious about different juicers.



    I have a question for you: do you leave in or take out apple seeds? I thought I heard Joe Cross say somewhere you can throw in a whole apple, but I just got one of his books which recommends removing apple seeds. I know that apple seeds if finely chewed can produce cyanide in the body, but I read that it would take about 200 apple seeds for a lethal dose. I guess, as I'm typing this, I'm thinking why take any risks? But darn... cutting up the apples! I just want to pop them right in the wide feeding tube. Just curious what other juicers do. I should check the pulp, because maybe, in the centrifugal, the seeds get spit right out?

  • Brian!!!!!

    1 month ago

    I cut my apples in half and take out any seeds I see but in the rush to put them in while the juicer is going I'm pretty sure some seeds made it into the juicer. It's anybody's guess what happened to them.:)

  • mizmo

    1 month ago

    just cut your apples in 4, around the middle, then throw away middle. easy peasy.

  • KG007

    1 month ago


    Hi LeeAnn i am also on day 2. I have been told it takes about 4 to 5 days to feel better from detoxing. better ask the experts though. I think everyone is different. I am still experiencing some headaches and fatigue. I was a big coffee drinker and have gone down to only one cup of black coffee in the am. i am determined like you to get back to good health. Glad your here on this journey.

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