Hi everyone! For the next few days, here on the blog, we’re going to take a departure from our usual topics. The reason being that I’m starting (with my husband) a reboot/juice fast tomorrow! Yikes! The thing is, if I’m going to stick with this for 5 days, I need to be held accountable. So, I figured this would be the best way to keep me on track, by reporting back to all of you each day!
If this isn’t your type of blog post, don’t worry, we’ll be back to the usual topics when our juice fast is over!
Let me explain how this all started. A couple of weeks ago my daughter told me about a couple of documentaries that she had watched on Netflix – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Parts 1 & 2. Part 1 follows Joe Cross as he does a 60 day juice fast, or reboot as he likes to call them. Part 2 is a follow up with him a few years later. Both are great to watch, and very motivating.
After we watched part 1, we decided to buy a juicer and do a juice fast. My husband and I both need to lose some weight, and both of us eat badly – sometimes worse than others.
I have been feeling not so great for a few months, and I’m sure a lot of it had to do with what I was eating. I was tired, and my brain was foggy a lot of the time. So, I’ve been trying to eat a little bit better for the last month or so. Cutting out extra sugar, eating more fruits and vegetables, the basic stuff. But I still don’t feel like I have the energy I should. So, that’s some of the reasons why I decided to try the 5 day reboot or juice fast.
Joe Cross explains a reboot as “A period of time where you commit to drinking and eating only fruits and vegetables, herbal teas and water in order to regain or sustain your vitality, lose weight and kick-start healthy habits that recharge your body and get your diet back in alignment for optimal wellness.”
When you use a juicer, you get the most nutrients out of the fruits and vegetables.
5 Day Juice Fast – The Prep
Today, I’m going to share with you how we got prepared for the reboot/juice fast.
Researched reboot/juice fasts – basically this consisted of reading Joe Cross’s website – Reboot With Joe. He has a wealth of information on his site.
Bought a juicer – we ended up buying the same juicer that Joe Cross was using in his documentary. It’s a Breville JE98XL. This juicer has really good reviews. I liked that some of the reviewers came back a few months later and said that they still liked the juicer and that it was still holding up well.
It’s not the cheapest juicer and it’s not the most expensive. But, it had some of the features that I was looking for. Like a separate container for the pulp. My daughter recently bought a Breville juicer too, but hers doesn’t have the separate container. One of the nice things about the pulp container is that you can put a plastic bag liner in it to make clean-up easier.
The cup on our juicer is also bigger than my daughter’s. We can get two servings in the cup, so I can juice once and get enough juice in the cup for both my husband and I.
Bought the fruits and vegetables – It takes a lot of fruits and vegetables! Here’s what our refrigerator looked like after I went to the grocery store and bought 2-3 days worth. Our refrigerator has never looked so healthy on the inside!
First Juice (prepared the night before)
The night before the reboot, I read the instructions for the juicer, and made our first meal for the next day – Day 1. I wanted to get this first one done the night before because I knew it would take me a while to figure everything out.
The breakfast meal was carrots, apples and lemon. This is the amount we needed to do a serving for each of us.
I cleaned and cut everything up as recommended.
You can make the juices ahead of time, but ideally they should be consumed within 24 hours. If you juice ahead of time, it’s recommended to use glass canning jars and lids. Fill to the rim so that there is no air in the jar. Air causes the fruits and vegetables to turn bad quicker.
After the jars are filled to the rim, put the lids on. There may be some juice overflow, so having a paper towel under the jars is a good idea.
Every day I’ll let you know how things are going, how we’re feeling and what we’re drinking. At the end of the 5 days, I’ll also give you some tips and tricks for juicing (there’s a learning curve for using the juicer) and doing the reboot.