5 Reboot Challenges & How to Face Them

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

On the first few days of a Reboot, especially a juice-only Reboot, it’s common to feel off before feeling great. Common symptoms include feeling lethargic, fatigued, sluggish, achy, foggy, etc.  But don’t worry, there are specific ways to troubleshoot and minimize these side effects or prevent them.  For more information on how to overcome the physical symptoms related to Rebooting like bowel irregularities and headaches, read about them here. Generally, this sometimes rather rocky transition passes within a few days.  In fact, many say the first 3 days are the hardest, but they don’t always have to be, or at least not-so-hard.  With proper transition into your Reboot these bumps are more like blips in the road.
What you should know before Rebooting is that the challenges aren’t always physical — they can be mental and social too. Here are some of the most common non-physical challenges that you face during a Reboot and how to succeed when they arise.

  1. Navigating Family Meal-time and Social Events
    • Don’t go in hungry. Drink a full glass of juice or snack on a salad or veggies within an hour of your event.
    • Sip juice while cooking dinner for family members.
    • Engage kids and partners to help with cooking while you’re juicing.
    • Cook ahead of time and freeze meals.
    • At events, focus on connecting with others and less on the foods and drinks.
    • Enjoy a fun beverage; one of Joe’s favorites is sparkling water with fresh lime.
    • Bring juice or a festive veggie/fruit dish to share like these party favorites: Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”  and Easy Guacamole
  2. Getting through Work Dinners, Lunches and Other Meetings
    • If  you’re on a juicing + eating Reboot, seek out Reboot-friendly menu items ahead of time online. Look for salads and vegetable based soups.
    • If you’re on a juice-only Reboot, drink a juice right before going, OR explain to your coworkers what you are doing and bring the juice with you. You never who that conversation might inspire to try their own Reboot.
    • Sip herbal tea or hot water with lemon. 
  3. Preventing Isolation
    • Connect to a community like the one on our website that connects you to Rebooters across the globe where you will see successes, challenges, and everything in between from people just like you. You can post specific questions in our Ask the Nutritionist group as well.
    • Get out and move. Walking  is not only amazing for weight loss and immunity but also for mood and connecting with others while you’re out and about.
  4. Avoiding Moodiness or Irritability
    • Hydration is often an underlying culprit during your Reboot.
    • Beware of sudden caffeine withdrawal. Try 1 cup of green tea or black coffee without guilt when absolutely necessary.
    • Electrolyte imbalance can also contribute to moodiness – be sure to include 16 oz of unsweetened coconut water a day and adding in 8-16 oz of regular, organic vegetable broth can make a big difference. Try making your own from your juicer pulp!
    • Low Vitamin D can also be at play. Talk with your doctor about a blood test and supplements.
  5. Fearing Food after a Juice Only Reboot

 Ready to Reboot?!

Learn all about how to get started and best tips for success here. We walk you through exactly how to make your Reboot experience healthy and enjoyable plus you can download our free plans with menus, shopping lists and more.

Looking for a coach and group support?  Try one of our Guided Reboots for 15, 30, or even 60-day specialty groups.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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