Hi Krys! Thanks for the invite and apologies for taking soooo long to accept! I'll be reviving my old thread in the next few days as I enter the new year with a renewed healthy focus. Hope all is well with you and your Mum :-) Ben
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As I near the end of Day 25, I have totalled up all of my "grocery" receipts for my juice-only Reboot. Today I purchased enough to get though the next four days (I have a 4-day juice rotation) so my monetary outlay is actually for 29 days.
My total is $252.15... or $8.69 per day. And it's not even "farmers market" season around here (NIagara Falls, Ontario) yet!
While I have been buying some organic, it is oddly difficult to get around here, so most of my purchases have been conventional produce (thank goodness for the water, vinegar, lemon and baking soda wash!).
When I think back not very far, I could easily spend $8.69 per day on absolute garbage food, on top of what I had eaten in 'good food' already through the day. Yes, I could be a bit of a binge eater (and always on the crap: bakery buns, donuts, chocolate, candy). Overall, my budget is probably in better shape now than it was a month ago.
Who knew my budget (or at least part of it) could be rebooted as well? :-)
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30 days down, 30 more to go!
While I can't say I "feel fantastic", I do feel slightly better than what I had come to accept as "normal", so that is some improvement. But I am sleeping better than I have since... well... I can't remember sleeping well, so this is the biggest positive for me.
I've lost 25.3 pounds. For those who may have seen my early posts, my Mum is doing this as well and she's down a bit over 20 and seeing a number on the scale she hasn't seen since she was in her 40's. For a point of reference, *I* am now in my 40's LOL
Here's to Day 31... (and dare I dream for another 15 pounds gone...?)
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I have had my juicer for 31 days and after the first week or so, there was a white-ish film building up on most of it: the inside of the plastic top, the juice jug, the nutri-disk and ultra-fine mesh, the metal part that funnels the juice... nothing I did was able to get it off.
I called Breville and was told: "we've never heard of this before". Funny, but I have seen other posts on here complaining of the same thing.... http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/forums/topic/cleaning-juicer/
After being grilled about: "do you put it in a dishwasher because that can damage it?" and answering "I don't even OWN a dishwasher", I was asked if I have hard water... again no, I have no other buildup anywhere and I drink my tapwater because it is just fine.
I was asked if I tried soaking it in vinegar and water and told the gal: "I have tried a sponge with dishsoap... I've tried regular soap, I have soaked it for 4 hours in vinegar and water, I have soaked it for 4 hours in vinegar, water, lemon juice and baking soda... nothing works."
Then I was asked to send pictures, which I did. And I wish we could post pics here so that others could see.
This is their oh-so-wonderful reply, typo and all (regarding a $300+ juicer that is only a couple of weeks old)...
"The situation described may be caused by some acid fruits or vegetables., or some types of detergent may have caused this issue. This can be normal depending on the type of produce, and is not considered a defect and would not be covered u8nder the warranty.
"We do not have any other suggestion as this may be permanent."
MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY PRODUCE??? What the heck am I supposed to put in a juicer if not produce?!?
To anyone considering a juicer... I would say do not pay the outrageous prices for Breville... they do not offer any support and clearly build a product that is not superior if it can not withstand twice-daily use (and washing) for a week, which is when this began to occur. Buy the cheaper juicer so at least you're not out of pocket a boatload of money.
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I am still in shock.
When I began this (along with my Mum who lives with me) on 17 April, 15 June seemed soooooooo far away. It was not an entirely easy journey, but it was certainly easier than I expected. To all those who are early into a reboot, stick with it... you will be so glad you did!
Although I never plan to do 60 days again, I fully intend to do 10 days every 3 months or so, just to give my body a break from solids and to repair any ongoing damage.
What have I gained from this experience?
? Within the first week I began sleeping better than I ever have. Since I was a kid (pre-teen) I have not slept well for one reason or another. Oh sure 2 nights ago I had a crappy night, but overall, the vast majority of my nights are filled with restful, rejuvenating sleep.
? Beyond just watching FSND, I have read and watched quite a bit of Dr. Furhman as well as 'Forks Over Knives'. The knowledge I have taken away from all of these has empowered me to take that last step in changing how and what I eat and I am now committed to a 90-95% whole food, vegan diet. I feel as though I still need some wiggle room for the occasional meal out when I can not be 100% sure how things are prepared, or for the couple of times a year a friend may offer me a steak from the moose he hunted in the fall. But overall, my cupboards and pantry look quite different from 60 days ago and this is something I will take with me for the rest of my life. Mum too...!
? And I have reaffirmed to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. Last October I completed the Niagara Falls International Half Marathon in just over 3 hours (and following a severe back injury, I was once told by surgeons I may never walk unassisted again) and now I have done a marathon of sorts with juice fasting. I am stronger than I think...!
What have I lost throughout this experience?
? While nowhere as acute as Joe's condition, I have ballted an autoimmune skin disorder since my late teens. For reasons usually unknown to me, I break out in hives. Years of steroid creams and a few pills have failed to have any real effect other than symptomatic relief. When I began my reboot I had a particularly nasty patch on my right hand, to the point the skin was looking and feeling scaly from the constant eruptions. After a few days of juice only, they began to disappear. In the nearly two months that have since passed, I have not had one single breakout of hives - something that is unheard of for me. I'm not going to say "I'm cured" just yet, but if I can go from every couple of weeks to every couple of months, that will be a massive improvement!
? And yes, I have lost some weight. On 17 April the scale flashed up at me with 188.7 (a number that was already lower than my highest of over 250 - I don't know for sure because like so many, I refused to get on a scale after a certain point). This morning (dawn of Day 61) after 60 days of juice fasting, the scale flashed 148.2 <-- a loss of 40.5 pounds. I have NO memory of ever weighing less than 150 pounds. At 12 I was just over 150 (no fear, I was 5'8" and fully developed already so I wasn't some tiny kid) and that is my 'lowest weight' memory. Or at least it was... until now!
Thank you to everyone who has written an encouraging word, commiserated, laughed, snickered, etc. over these last two months. You folks here are a large part of what kept me going.
To everyone starting, or midway through, a Reboot - you can do it... you WILL do it!!
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My 60-day juice-only Reboot truly changed my life. More important than the 40.5 pounds I lost (and yes, I did regain right around 7, as I had expected, but things seem to have leveled out now) were the lifestyle changes I have made around food. While not perfect, I am learning all about, and enjoying, a 90%+ vegan, whole food diet. Some of that learning has involved the pitfalls of vegan and/or gluten free foods... many are l-o-a-d-e-d with fats/oils and sugars (and piles of wheat in regular vegan food).
Over a few days last week, I fell into the "bad food" trap more than once and I had begun to feel terrible. Really terrible. So I am back on the juice. Yesterday was mostly juice and a few nibbles (carrots and home made hummus, a very small salad), but today is back to juice only. And I can't believe how quickly I felt better! Even this morning I woke up with that sense of "I could kick some butt today" that I had once I got over the initial hump of the Reboot :-)
My post-Reboot plan had been to do a 10-day stint every 3 months, but now I am leaning more to a 3-day juice fast every month. Plus, if I feel I need it, toss in a day of juicing, to reassure my body that I have not forsaken it :-)
Never, ever in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would feel this way about food and what I put into my body, or be so keenly aware of even small amounts of "crap" having such a negative impact on me.
I hope everyone else out there is enjoying their experiences, I just felt like sharing...
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Finished my 60-day juice-only Reboot just over three weeks ago and while I have enjoyed eating solid foods again (with a dramatic switch to almost entirely vegan, whole foods), I find my days are not the same without juice.
I still drink 1 or 2 Mean Green each day, but sometimes that is not enough.
So far, each week, I have found that I begin to feel less than wonderful and end up doing a day to two days of nothing but juice again. And then I return to feeling as if I could take on the world!
Surely I can't be the only person who feels as though she's only a hair's width away from mainlining the stuff *haha* Let's get together and either start a 12-step program, or find a way to hook up an IV line :-D
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I completed a 60-day juice-only Reboot in the middle of June and lost 40.5 pounds, getting down to a weight I hadn't seen since I was 12 years old. I felt fantastic. I knew I could take on the world. I was committed to changing my eating lifestyle to 95% vegan (knowing sometimes I would not be perfect). I was strong. I was a changed person.
Then it all went to hell.
I have spent the past 2 months cycling between good days/weeks and horrible days/weeks. Maybe it is harder to break 40+ years of bad food habits that I thought. While I did not get back on the scale in the last week and a bit, I know by the way my pants fit today, that I have likely regained close to 15 pounds.
Vegan, whole foods are not a "free pass" to eat as much as I want... even "good" food can be bad if the old habits do not change.
Starting tomorrow I am committing to 14 days of juice-only (a cantaloupe-carrot or orange-carrot for breakfast but then Mean Green for the rest of the day) in the hopes that I can get myself back to the place I was... or thought I was.
I know I am not the only person to face this struggle. The film made it look as though Joe had no struggles after his Reboot, and maybe he didn't, but I know there are others like me who falter.
We are still strong. We can still do this. We are still awesome. We still deserve to be happy and healthy!
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As Day 29 (of 60) draws to a close, I must confess to cheating. Although, if the item 'eaten' turns to liquid before it is swallowed, is it that bad? :-\
I took Mum on a trip to NY state earlier today in the hopes of finding some of the Celebrity Apprentice ice cream flavours at Walgreens. We found them, and we bought out the store. Right now in my chest freezer are 16 pints of Magic Swirtle and 7 of Maple Macadamia. One thing I must say: a pint of super premium ice cream lasts 4-6 weeks, easily, in my house. It is not one of my trigger foods, so I have no worries about it becoming a bad habit once I am no longer doing juice-only.
But... I couldn't resist. I h-a-d to know what they taste like. So I took a small spoon and scooped out what might have been ? of a teaspoon of each.
And ate them.
And now I feel guilty.
I need to let it go and recommit myself to juice-only for the next 31 days...
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Today my Breville Duo arrived and I spent a load of cash at the market, but came home and FILLED my fridge with veg and some fruit.
My Mum lives with me and at 68 years young, she has decided to do this as well - we are committing to a 10-day juice fast, but if we're feeling good we may go longer.
Since I start work at 7am, I have to prepare juice the night before. I've heard that using mason jars, filled to the top, is okay for overnight/a few hours. Does anyone have an opinion?
Have a batch of Mean Green (think we'll have to play with the proportions of greens to apple, I probably used too little apple... especially when I saw Joe put two whole ones into one batch and I only used 1/2 of one) and a Sunrise Citrus (carrot, grapefruit, pear, red pepper) for the morning. There is no way I can do Mean Green before the sun is up LOL
Has anyone found a really good, EARLY morning juice? I am/we are open to suggestions :-)
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Joe tweeted that his talk at the Toronto Convention Centre this afternoon is open to the public... Mum and I just juiced for the trip (thank goodness for mason jars and ice packs) and will be heading up to see him.
What fabulous motivation on Day 4 :-)
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Most of my juice recipes come from this site and a couple of them contain cabbage, either red or green.
As I get up before 5:30am, I have to make my juices for the morning, lunch, etc. the night before and store them in mason jars. This is not usually a problem.
Except for anything with cabbage.
Has anyone else experienced this??
Last night I made up "Blush Juice" and "Crisp and Clean Green" and when I taste-tested them before putting in jars, they were fantastic! By the time I drank them 18hrs and 24 hrs later, they were really not so good. I want to say it is almost like the cabbage has fermented, or something.
All of my other juices are fine.
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Thank you for taking time to answer all of these questions :-)
I've gone through the first 5 pages or so and can not find a similar question, but I apologize if this is a reapeat. I really wish we were able to search these board topics...
Went to check with my MD yesterday just to be sure he had no concerns. I am generally healthy and he gave me his blessing but he is concerned with B12. As there is no vegetable/fruit source, should I be talking a supplement? And if so, will it mess up my reboot?
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we can always start over
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