My Journey of a Thousand Miles that Began with a 3 Day Reboot



Name: Paul Urfi
Age: 44
Location: United States
Reboot: 3 days

What Health Issues apply to you?
High Cholesterol, Obesity

Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes

How did you learn about Reboot?
A coworker of mine (who had started their own journey back to good health and lost a bunch of weight) mentioned the documentary to me. 

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I saw a picture of myself (the “before photo and I didn’t recognize the person in the photo. I felt horrible, both physically and mentally. I knew I wasn’t performing at my best and I was starting to see and feel the effects that my lifestyle was having on my health and well-being. I was run down – even after a good night’s sleep I never felt great or seemed to have enough energy. I had numerous aches and pains and honestly felt much older than my age. My waist had grown to 43 inches and wasn’t stopping. I was cranky, irritable and just not a happy camper. I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin anymore. My doctor had me on medication to lower my cholesterol, clear my sinuses and was concerned about my blood sugar. 

I snored like a freight train and he suggested that I might want to consider a sleep study and a CPAP machine. I could see that I was on a path to ruin. I realized, after watching FSND, that my diet was the first logical place for me to start making changes. My diet was horrible… lots of processed foods, fast foods and I could probably count the number of servings of fruits and vegetables I ate in a week on one hand. I certainly wasn’t consuming FRESH fruits and veggies regularly either. Here’s a great example of what I was doing to myself. I figured out that on a daily basis, I was consuming at least 500 calories and over 6g of sugar just from peanut butter. Factor in all the other poor food choices I was making and it wasn’t a shock that I looked the way I did. 

How did the experience go for you?
I firmly believe that completing the 3 Day Reboot changed my life. Not just for the obvious health benefits, but because it gave me a small win that I was able to build on to make other significant changes in my life. I told myself if I could just make it through 3 days, then I could do anything. I won’t lie, it was tough for me at first – mentally mostly. I was reliant on food for so much more than just sustenance. I had to completely rethink my relationship with food and the Reboot helped immensely with that. 

Once I started paying attention to the food that I put in my body, things began to change for me. More important than just the types and quantity of food was the quality of the food. It wasn’t just about the calories (although they’re important), it was about the nutrients. I realized that even though I may have been consuming enough calories on my old diet (ok, too many), I was literally starving myself to death from a nutritional standpoint. My body was never going to get the vitamins and nutrients it needed for optimum health if I didn’t change my diet. Of course watching calories was important, but once you give your body the nutrients that it craves you’ll be surprised how easy it is to eat less. 

Throughout my experience (and even today) people ask me how I did it and my answer is always a disappointing “the watch what you eat and move your feet” diet. Most people know that to be true but don’t like the answer. There isn’t a “magic pill” and you don’t need to follow some complex food ritual to achieve results. I learned that going back to basics could help me achieve my goals. Once I completed the 3 Day Reboot, the ball was rolling. I incorporated juicing into my daily life and that helped me improve my diet overall.

As the pounds started to drop off I felt inspired to start exercising. I just walked at first…nothing crazy, just a little every day. I got a pedometer and started tracking my steps. I set some goals for myself; 10K steps a day. Pretty soon the pounds started dropping off faster. I was inspired! I joined a gym and began doing cardio and strength training workouts 3 days a week – something I still do today. Not long after that I realized that in order to keep my heart rate up I had to walk faster and faster which eventually lead to running. Once I started doing that I got the crazy idea that perhaps I could actually run a 5K… I ran my first 5K in September and just completed my 4th. My next goal is a 10K and then a half marathon. All of this because I decided that I could possibly do a 3 Day Reboot. The journey of a thousand miles does indeed begin with a single step. I’m still amazed myself. 

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
Ultimately I’ve lost over 70 lbs. (32 kg) in the past year. It’s the first few pounds that I saw drop off during and as a result of the Reboot that inspired me. It was that first small win and how I felt that provided the spark of change. It’s said that we won’t make a change until we’re aware that there is a problem or that there is another (better) way. The Reboot showed me that there was in fact a much better way and that I could feel and be better than I was.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Many.

– I am no longer on any medications.
– I’ve lost 9 inches off my waist.
– I now wear a size L shirt instead of a XL or XXL.
– I sleep much better and I don’t snore (much to the delight of my wife)!
– I just feel better – my spirits are up and emotionally and mentally I feel like I can take on the world again!
– My skin is the healthiest it’s ever been. I’ve suffered from cystic acne my entire life. That problem has completely gone away.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
Taking that first step. Once I started I kept reminding myself that it was achievable and I had a lot of support from family and friends. After the Reboot, as my diet began to transform, I didn’t beat myself up for any slips or “less than perfect” days. Each day was a new opportunity to make the best choices for my health that I could and that’s the bar I set for myself.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I still juice at least once or twice a day. Since starting this process we’ve joined a food co-op and visit the farmers market weekly. As a result the food available to myself and my family is much more nutritional and of higher quality. We cook more. I avoid dairy, alcohol, fast foods, refined white flour, refined white sugar, processed foods, and grains in general. I use fresh ingredients whenever possible and generally try to eat stuff that doesn’t have a label.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
The Reboot and juicing changed my life. The number of ways are almost too numerous to count but at the top of the list are weight loss, overall health and an improved sense of well-being. I never miss a chance to tell people my story if they ask. Juicing is now a part of my life and is always front and center in that story. It’s been the foundation for my daily food choices and will continue to be as long as I have any say in the matter. I tell people that even though I’m only in my 40’s I’m actually training for my 70’s and 80’s. The choices I make now will have a direct impact on my quality of life in future years. I had to make these changes in my life now. I want to enjoy my golden years with my best friend – my wife, I want to walk my daughters down the aisle and I want to spoil my grandchildren rotten (eventually). 

My bucket list is long and I’m going to need to be healthy and active if I want to get to all of it.

Do you have a success story to tell? Share it here.

 

Mark Lost Weight, Gained Energy & Stopped Meds



Name:  Mark Beddoe
Age: 47
Location: United Kingdom
Type of Reboot/Number of Days: Juice only Reboots (Several but never more than 7 days)

What Health Issues apply to you?
Gout, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, IBS/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obesity

Did you Reboot to lose weight? Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?        
An old colleague, who had transformed themselves via juicing, suggested that I watch the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I was morbidly obese and other diets hadn’t worked in any kind of sustainable way. Seeing the transformation that a colleague had achieved and watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead seemed to all make sense. It was a no brainer and something that I had to try for myself.

How did the experience go for you?
I completed a 5 Day Reboot. Days 2 to 3 were difficult with the dreaded detox headaches but it was actually easier than I thought it would be.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
In that first Reboot (5 days) I lost about 9 lbs (4 kg). Since then, I have incorporated juicing into my daily life and I Reboot every 3 to 4 months or so. I lost over 80 lbs (36 kg) in 12 months and I’m still going!

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Yes! Since incorporating juicing into my life I have abundant energy. My eyes and skin are clear and I feel very alert. My blood pressure and cholesterol are fine and I recently stopped having to take any medication for gout.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
The toughest part of everyday was when I got back home after a day at work. I was usually feeling quite hungry by this point. A large glass of water or an herbal tea was usually enough to get me through to the next juice of the day.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I juice for breakfast & lunch every day Monday to Friday. In the evenings I eat a predominantly plant- based healthy meal. I stay away from dairy, refined white flour, refined white sugar and processed foods. On the weekends I am a little more flexible depending on what is happening socially and I usually share a typical Sunday lunch with my family. Juicing has been incorporated into my life forever!

What is lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
My lasting impression is that juicing has been the best thing that I have ever done for my health. So much so that I want to share the benefits of juicing as far and as wide as I can. I truly believe that juicing has given me my life back. You can follow my healthy journey on Twitter @exploreJuice!

My Disease Was Ruining My Life but Juicing is Saving It



Name: Tiffany L. Stokes
Age: 33
Location: Rahway, NJ
Reboot: 1 week of juice only followed by eating and juicing fruits and vegetables

What Health Issues apply to you?
Autoimmune Issues, Arthritis

Did you Reboot to lose weight? No

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I learned about Reboot after a friend told me to watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. After watching the film, I went on the website and started to explore the possibility of juicing.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
Towards the end of June of this this year, I started to notice that it was becoming difficult to do certain things. The biggest thing I noticed is that I was having a harder time getting up from the floor or standing up after kneeling down. Not only that, eating was becoming difficult because my throat became swollen and it was difficult to swallow. Over the next month or so, it became harder to lift my arms as well as my legs. It got so bad that it was hard to get in and out of the car. I had to sit down first and literally lift both of my legs into the car. Although I could drive, it even became difficult turning the car wheel.

I had some blood work done and was sent to see a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist had other blood work done and while waiting on the results, she sent me to an ear, nose, and throat doctor about the trouble I had swallowing. Once the blood results came back, I was sent to see a neurologist. These 3 appointments all occurred in the same week in the middle of August.

Besides blood work, I also had an EMG done (which tests for muscle and nerve damage) and a muscle biopsy.

In the end, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune inflammatory disease called polymyositis that causes muscle weakness. It also causes trouble swallowing, which is what I was also experiencing. My muscle weakness is from my neck all the way down to my legs.

This disease was ruining my life. I’m a 33 year old single mother of a 7 year old and life was becoming difficult. It was hard to do simple everyday tasks. I would barely lift my arms above my head. I couldn’t sit on the floor because I could not get up by myself. It was hard to even stand up from the couch. I fell a total of 5 or 6 different times in different locations and each time I had to get assistance standing up. I even had to call the police once because I fell in the middle of the night. This is how bad it got. My feet and legs seemed to stay swollen, no matter how much I elevated them. They were so swollen that it hurt to walk.

And on top of that, because it was difficult to swallow, I was steadily losing weight from not getting the proper nutrition I needed. I weighed 118 lbs/54 kg, I’m 5’3”, and although it’s not a bad weight, I’ve lost a lot of muscle, so I actually look sick. Not a look that I like.

There is no cure for polymyositis, although it can be treated….with Prednisone. I knew that that was the medication that I was going to be put on and also knew from my research that it was not one I wanted to be on long term. I was put on 40 mg of Prednisone a day.

After watching, FS&ND, I just became completely inspired from Joe’s story. No, I wasn’t going for weight loss, but what inspired me was that he was completely able to reverse his disease and to get off of Prednisone completely, just from juicing and eating right.

I knew that something I was eating was causing my inflammation. Although I had adopted a plant-based lifestyle almost 2 years ago, I had still been consuming dairy on occasion, either through cheese pizzas, junk food, or not paying attention when eating out. I had even eaten things like pepperoni, bacon, and sausage. Cheese was my vice because I was so addicted to it.

I was desperate. I was just put on Prednisone but also knew that I needed to get the right nutrition on. Why not Reboot since it was hard to swallow solid food anyway? I don’t like taking medication and although I have to take this, I was going to do everything I could to make sure I get off it as soon as possible.

I went through the Reboot with Joe site, looked at and priced different juicers, and decided to take the plunge. I ordered my juicer, ordered the books so that I could be successful, and a week after being put on Prednisone, I started juicing.

How did the experience go for you?
The experience has been great! I absolutely love drinking fresh juices every day. I stopped buying store bought juice over a year ago and fresh made juices are nothing compared to what is sold in the store. I even make a juice on occasion for my daughter when she asks for it.

I was surprised at the fact that I was not hungry, even during the first couple of days. I didn’t even have any major detox symptoms, which was amazing. I figured with all of the dairy and meat I had right before I started that I would have a lot of detox symptoms. I had very little!

Due to my weight loss from the illness, the first week was the only week where I only drank fresh juices. After that, I started eating fresh cooked greens to help with gaining some weight and not losing more than I already have.

I noticed that the more juices I drank, especially green juices, the more I craved green leafy vegetables. I either want to drink or eat some type of greens every day. Even though I have always liked green veggies, I have never liked them as much as I do now!

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
I am not sure if I lost any weight. If I did, I may have lost a few pounds during my first week when I only juiced.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
I noticed a great deal of healthy and physical improvements during my Reboot.

The first thing I noticed was the swelling. My feet had been swollen for over a month with very little to no relief, no matter what I did. Within the first 3 to 4 days of juicing, the swelling in my feet went away…and never came back! I was so happy that I could walk without pain.

I have 2 floor lamps and for about a month I was so weak that I could not even turn the light on or off. I had to either get my daughter to turn it off or unplug the lamp to turn it off. By the end of my first week of juicing, I was able to turn the light off!

Over the next few weeks, I noticed that I had more energy than I did before. Slowly I was able to lift my arms more and more. Prior to me juicing, I couldn’t lift my arms past the first shelf in my cabinet. Within 2 weeks of juicing, I was able to reach the second shelf a little easier, although I had to use some force to get anything on there. Now, I can put things on the second shelf a lot easier than before.

Prior to the Reboot, I had a hard time turning the wheel in the car, getting in and out of car, and closing the car door. Now, I can get in the car a lot easier. I still have to lift my left leg into the car, but I can reach the open car door with little difficulty and I can turn the wheel without a struggle now.

My strength is still pretty weak, but I am able to lift some things like grocery bags that I could not even lift before. If the bags are too heavy, I can’t lift them, but I can carry them with my arms by my side. My daughter has to still help me when we go grocery shopping.

I just started physical therapy, so I know between that and the juicing, I will slowly build my strength up.

Although I am taking Prednisone, I know that all of the improvements that I have and continue to experience is from me juicing. It takes a month for the medication to start working and I was only on it for a week when I started juicing. This shows me how powerful drinking fruits and veggies are!

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
There were really no tough parts that I experienced during the Reboot. I had a great experience and did not suffer from any real detox.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I continue to drink freshly made juice every day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. One of those is always a green juice. I make my juices for 2 days at a time, and drink them through the two days.

I also eat more green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, beet greens, or any other type of greens that I can get. I eat other veggies as well, and fruit, but leafy greens are not more of staple than before.

I was already eating a plant-based diet and now I have no desire to ever eat dairy or meat again. I believe that those foods were making me sick and I refuse to eat them again.

I always have some type of fresh greens to either cook or juice each week. I make tasty fresh juices for my daughter so that she can get her nutrients in but have something that she likes.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
Juicing is saving my life! That’s my lasting impression. If it weren’t for me embarking on this wonderful journey, I honestly don’t know where I would be right now. I will always keep juicing as s part of my daily ritual.

Not only that, this experience has taught me about caring for my body. I was already interested in eating better to live better, but going through this ordeal has awakened a new love in me to help others. I am now going to be studying to become a Certified Health Coach. I won’t push any one idea on someone, but I will tell people how juicing saved my life! This is something that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

My Big Wake Up Call Led to Big Weight Loss



Name: Adam Harding-Jones
Age: 48
Location: Wirral, England
Reboot: Ongoing – juices and one meal in evening
What Health Issues apply to you?
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, IBS/Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obesity

Did you Reboot to lose weight? Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?        
I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and then met Joe at an event in Liverpool earlier this year. It was Joe’s words of inspiration that made me go home that day and start the change.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
My health was poor and l was very overweight.  After a health scare in December last year that had me in the hospital for a week, I finally understood l needed to do something about my weight and general well-being. The doctor said l was probably Type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure, fatty liver, DVT and blood levels that are all over the place. l knew l needed to do something, l just didn’t know what until l met Joe. His words hit home. I knew there was no turning back.

How did the experience go for you?
It went well and I noticed the changes very soon. I cut out alcohol and dairy products as well as fast food and processed meats and meals. Yes it was hard at first but as the weight dropped off I started to feel better. I set myself some short and long term goals: Go to gym, get and ride a road bike and join a club, do tough mudder. These seemed a long way off with the scales touching nearly 30 stone. Well I had to start somewhere. I started at a gym and with some treadmill and indoor bike work I started to see the benefits.

With a combination of juicing and exercise I knew there was no going back. My skin was better, I was feeling more positive, and I even had friends tell me how worried they had been and now could see the change.

With more training I knew a tough mudder was to come. This would be a challenge and a test like no other. My family was a little concerned that l may have taken on more than I could chew, but that made me more determined to complete it. So in September 2014, on my dad’s birthday who had passed away two years before from cancer, I DID IT.

Here I am knee deep in water and mud!



How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
I started February 4, 2014 and to date have lost 8 stone/112 pounds/51 kilos in 8 months.

I now have no type 2, no high blood pressure, no fatty liver, no kidney problems or kidney infections, no DVT. I have no problems. Now I run, cycle and compete in tough mudder events.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Very much so! I am breathing much better, doctor told me my bloods have gone back to normal and my heart rate is now one of a normal person, skin is clear and l now do tough mudders and cycle.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
I enjoyed it because l knew l needed this and it may be my last chance. The positive feedback helped give me a focus.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
No alcohol
No bread
No processed food
No fast food
No dairy
Lots of fruit and vegetables

I’ve gone through a complete change which l’m finding easy to stick with.

What is your Lasting Impression of the Reboot experience?
Good health, a positive outlook, and a new group of friends in the community l found through my friend Steve Barney in Liverpool helped me succeed.

I enjoy our beatroot events once a month where we get together and share the knowledge and friendship.

So I’m happy to say that I was able to go from this…


TO THIS…

A Clean Diet Cleared Tanya’s Skin Condition



Name:  Tanya
Age: 29
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reboot:  30 Days

What Health Issues apply to you? High Cholesterol and Eczema

Did you Reboot to lose weight? Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I didn’t know about Rebooting until I watched the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I was 300lbs/136kg in December 2013 and I made a vow to lose weight before my 30th birthday. I started my own diet plan and for the months of January and February but my weight loss was very slow. My friend told me to watch FSND in February and I wanted to start right away but I didn’t have the funds or a juicer to do so. I waited until March and I got a group together and we vowed to do a 10 day juice fast. Well, they did the 10 days and I saw the weight falling off very fast, so I decided to continue and go 30 days. I lost 50lbs/23kg!

How did the experience go for you?
This experience made me make better choices in what I eat, my daily activities, and it also gave me a clear mind on how to handle decisions properly. I now live my life day to day helping others reach their own health goals.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?             
I am 70lbs/52kg lighter!

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
The biggest improvement for me was my eczema cleared up! I am 29 years old, I have never had eczema a day in my life until I was 28. At this age I was my heaviest at 300 pounds. I saw a rash developing and I didn’t know what it was until my doctor explained to me it was eczema. It just itched terribly and when I scratched it, it would spread all over my body. It lasted for about 3 – 5 months. When I started juicing it cleared up!

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
The toughest part was not eating a HOT meal*. Thirty days with nothing hot in my body was far more the worst part of the Reboot process. Especially when you Reboot in the winter and nothing HOT is in your body it was certainly a test!  haha.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I make it a point to eat fruits and veggies every day! I juice for dinner every night, even on the weekends. It’s my normal routine. When I eat, I eat clean. That includes tons of fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and seeds, and chicken and fish. I treat myself on the weekends and I am working out more than I ever did before.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
When you Reboot you give your body a chance to cleanse itself. I Reboot from time to time. I try to stick with “clean foods” as often as possible. This Reboot experience has changed my thought process on what’s good for my body!

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*If you prefer more warming meals during your own Reboot, try our homemade vegetable broths.

I Stopped Smoking & Started Craving Juice



Name: Jason C.
Age: 43
Location: Jarrow, UK
Reboot: 28 days

What Health Issues apply to you?
High Cholesterol

Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I saw FSND on Netflix and it got me interested. Then I watched it a second time and thought I would give it a try.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
In November last year I lost my job, nearly lost my house and started to smoke and drink heavily. I ate junk food daily and was a mess. I was put on a high dose of depression medication, Mirtazapine, to help me sleep but it worked too well and I was sleeping until 9/10am. Earlier this year I picked myself up a bit, started my own business and things started looking up but my health was still a mess. After watching FSND I thought it was about time to do something about it.

How did the experience go for you?
Well I decided to do everything at once: I stopped smoking, stopped my medication and started the Reboot. The first few days were a real struggle; I didn’t think I would make it but on day 5 I woke up early like I used to at 5:30am full of energy so I went to the gym and did a workout, came home and felt amazing. I did fall off the juicing wagon on day 13 with some junk food but it didn’t agree with me and I found I craved juice.  As a punishment to keep me incentivized, I decided to sign up for a half marathon on the 26th of October. I started a training program for the rest of the 28 days. Once I finished the Reboot I continued juicing twice a day and eating mostly raw, healthy meals.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
I started weighing in at 200 lbs/91 kg, and at the end of the Reboot I weighed 176 lbs/80 kg. Now I weigh a healthy 170 lbs/77 kg.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Where do I start?  I stopped smoking with ease after trying for 20 years, when I started the marathon training I could manage 3 miles with an average mile of 10:50 per mile. Last Sunday I ran 10.2 miles at a pace of 9:15 per mile. I no longer take medication for my depression or insomnia, I sleep a good 6 – 8 hours and love getting up at 5 – 6am to go running or to the gym. My rather large beer gut has disappeared.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?      
The first 4 days were the toughest thing I have ever done in my life, and finding juices I liked.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I juice every day and eat a healthy balanced meal, I no longer crave junk food or alcohol or nicotine. At 44 I am in the best physical shape of my life and wake up every day knowing it with a smile on my face. I will do a juice-only Reboot at least once every three months and encourage others to join me.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
It has changed my life completely. I talk about it to others and have inspired lots of friends and family to try as they have seen the results in the flesh with myself.

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I Lost 75 Pounds & Found a New Way to Think About Food



Name:  Sharon B.
Age: 46
Location: Harrisburg, SD
Reboot: 2 juice only Reboots; 25 days and 30 days

What Health Issues apply to you?
Autoimmune issues, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Obesity

Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I learned about Reboot from watching FSND. I had seen commercials for the documentary and looked it up on Netflix. I watched it twice.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I was inspired by Joe’s and Phil’s stories. It resonated with me. I suffered from fatigue that significantly limited my ability to do the things I used to enjoy doing. I had high blood pressure. I had struggled with my weight since the birth of my first child, 26 years! I knew I had to do something.

How did the experience go for you?     
The Reboot was easier than I thought it would be. I started with the goal of doing it for 15 days and then I would see how it went. My first juice fast lasted 25 days. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the juices. During the fasts, I felt younger, more energetic and alive. Once I began eating again, I found that gluten was a large cause of my fatigue. Every time I ate something with gluten, I felt the heaviness and fatigue that I had experienced for so many years. After the first fast, I continued to drink juices for breakfast and lunch and have a healthy dinner for a month. I followed that month with another month-long juice fast.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
I lost 20 lbs/9 kg in the first 25 day Reboot. I continued to lose weight during the next months while I learned how to eat healthier and did another juice fast. After the second juice fast, I switched to eating a low carb diet. In the 9 months since I did my first Reboot, I have lost 74 lbs/34 kg. I am not at my goal yet but feel and look so much better.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
My energy level is incredible! I got off of my blood pressure medication after losing about 35 lbs/16 kg in 3 months. I was able to begin exercising after 2 months. At first, I was only able to work on the elliptical for about 20 minutes, 3 times a week. I have been able to add strength training and other forms of cardio exercise and am now able to do vigorous exercise for an hour 5 – 6 times a week.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?      
The toughest part was the planning. I am a person who likes to be prepared and I found that it required more time and money to do the shopping. The juicing itself was really not very difficult.

Now, I feel like I am eating in a way that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I am not on a diet, I have changed the way I eat. More importantly, I have changed the way I THINK about food.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I have continued to eat healthy, focusing on healthy proteins and vegetables with small amounts of fruit and nuts. I have continued to exercise, increasing the intensity and length over time. I have increased my water intake to about 100 oz. per day.

What is your lasting Impression of the Reboot experience?      
The Reboot experience was invaluable for me. It helped me change the way I think about food. It gave me the initial success that I needed to believe that I could be successful after many years of trying to lose weight. Because of how great the juices make me feel, my focus shifted from just losing weight to gaining health. It also just abolished my cravings. I don’t long for sweets and breads the way I used to. People comment on how much willpower I must have and I have to tell them that after my Reboot, it is really pretty easy to make healthy choices.

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From Junk Food Vegetarian to Juice-Loving Vegan



Name:  Chris Swirski
Age: 39
Location: Guilford, CT
Reboot: Juice Only; 20 day, 10 day, 10 day and 5 day

What Health Issues apply to you?
High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Obesity

Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I saw Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead a while back and researched more info online until I found the Reboot with Joe website.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
For 22 years, I was a ”junk food” vegetarian. I drank alcohol too often, overate and relied on pharmacies and doctors to ”cure” my ailments. By 38 years old, I was overweight, constantly sore and suffering from fatigue on a daily basis. I woke up one day and decided to change my life. I remembered watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Joe’s story was what really inspired me to research body detoxing and juicing further.

How did the experience go for you?
Back in March (2014), I set out to try only a 3 Day Juice-only Reboot but I felt so good, I just kept going for 20 full days. I have since done two 10 Day Juice-only Reboots. During all 3 Reboots I learned so much more about food, digestion and nutrition, that my life was completely transforming around me. I started my own blog called, ”Beeting the Odds”, where I share my story, food and juice recipes and general guidance on curbing bad habits by retraining your mind.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?             
Before I began my first Reboot back in March (2014), I weighed in at 210 pounds/95 kg. As of today, July 31st (2014) I weigh 145 pounds/65 kg. So I have lost 65 pounds/30 kg in about 5 months.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Oh yes, several. I have so much more energy and stamina. My joints are no longer sore all of the time. I can ride my bike 25 miles and play drums with my band all night without being completely winded afterward. My skin looks clearer, more vibrant. My overall mood has completely changed from being somewhat sluggish to wanting to get out there and do more. And any minor problems I may have had with high cholesterol and high blood pressure have dissipated.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
Well, to be honest, it was not as tough as I originally thought it’d be. Once I got over the initial first 3 days, it felt like this was what I was meant to do all along. Of course, coming into the last week of my first 20 day Reboot, I was really craving solid food but it was different this time…I wanted healthy foods instead.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I have at least 1 juice and/or smoothie every single day. I went completely vegan after the 20 day Reboot. I’ve adopted the same juicing schedule from my Reboot (about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours) to my everyday eating and minimized my proportions. I exercise more often. My caffeine and alcohol addictions have been curbed to the point where they are a rare treat. Refined sugars and white flour do not exist for me any longer. Basically, I have changed my eating lifestyle completely.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
I recommend it to anyone who asks me about my transformation. I can’t say enough good things about Joe’s story, juicing and Rebooting. It has been one of the most pivotal and crucial changes I have ever experienced in my lifetime.

New Palate, New Plate, New Life



Name:  Tom Meng
Age: 43
Location: Zurich, Switzerland / Vienna, Austria
Reboot: 16 Days – juice only 16

What Health Issues apply to you?
High Blood Pressure

Did you Reboot to lose weight?
Yes

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I have a Netflix account and I started watching a whole series of programs that included Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Super Size Me, Food Inc., Food Matters, Fork Over Knives, Vegucated, Gerson Therapy, and 7 Pounds in 7 Days. Juicing caught my imagination, and I said “Hey, that’s easy, why not try that out” I have not looked back since. But it was FSND that got me started. So Thanks Joe!

What inspired you to do a Reboot?        
Joe Cross. I find him a total inspiration. I like his laid back, easy going approach for a very important and  serious message. In the film Phil was also an uplifting heartwarming story that made me say I can do that. I wanted to live healthier, and weight loss was a secondary goal. So I got going by buying a centrifugal juicer.

How did the experience go for you?
Life changing. Juicing has rebooted my taste buds, making me crave salads, raw vegetables, cutting back meat, alcohol, coffee consumption, etc. It made me realize that after the 16 days, I could transform my life. And I made a decision at that point, to make a commitment to change to healthier eating habits. This meant that even after Rebooting, it was a catalyst for getting my act together. It has helped me with my energy levels, concentration and feeling much more positive. It also made me move to primarily organic foods. Additionally, I continue to juice almost every day. After Rebooting 16 days, I lost 10 kg/22 lbs. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle has meant that I have now reached my ideal weight from 98.5 kg/217 lbs to 78.4 kg/173 lbs. I now exercise regularly without any issues. Physically, I am no longer breathless when I run or swim. Running 10 km is no longer an issue. My concentration levels at work have also considerably improved, and I don’t feel so tired.  The 3 new mottos I live by are Carpe Diem, One Life, Live it Well, and Live Life, Love life.

Today one my favourite juices I love to drink is 3 apples, 6 carrots, 1 kiwi, 1/2 lemon, tumeric (health reason) and a little ginger. I drink this almost daily.

How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
16 months ago I was 98.5 kg/217 lbs. Over that time I lost just over 20 kg/44 lbs. I am 1.81 m and now reached my ideal weight. My goal was to be 78.5kg. I’m now 78.4 kg.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
No more HBP tablets. Now it’s stabilized. My health was seen as average. Now at the age of 43 I just feel like I am 30.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
Nothing. Changing lifestyle made it easy. Key to success is changing lifestyle. Just before the Reboot I did a mix of eating and juicing so I did not go “Cold Turkey”. This made Rebooting easier. Going to work carrying juice around when traveling was difficult.

In my former life, I used to have to have at least 2 hot meals a day. Every meal had to be with meat, chicken or beef, sometimes fish and cooked vegetables. I Ioved eating Italian, Japanese food, pizzas and burgers. I did not have a bad diet, but I just ate a lot. I loved eating, drinking 3-5 coffees a day, eating crisps, drinking lots of apple, orange and cranberry juices from a carton, drinking red bulls, etc. I had no idea of fresh juices, except “squeezed orange juice” from the supermarket. Now I know that those are full of added High Fructose Corn Syrup, and added sugars.

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
Juicing rebooted my taste palate. Sustaining it has meant changing my lifestyle by eating a primarily vegetarian diet. I avoid milk products and eat fish on occasion, and always try to buy organic.

It’s primarily avoiding processed foods cutting out sugars. A shed load of fresh vegetable and fruit juicing and fitting in regular exercise. In this way we can all feel super fit! And we can avoid health issues such as heart disease and cancers.

What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
I watch the video every few months to keep me motivated. The question you have to ask yourself is, how do you sustain a healthy way of life. Rebooting is not a diet, but if we are not careful, you could so easily fall back into the trap of falling off the bandwagon. I Reboot on a regular basis. About every 3 months I will do a 3 or 5 day juice cleanse. I also find inspiration in other health and wellness influencers like Jason Vale, FMTV, Jay Kordich, Cherie Blom, John Gabriel, Charlotte Gerson, and more. I have bought books and apps from these inspiring people. I now juice for health.

So many people have become ill from cancers and other conditions such as Colitis or Chron’s disease, but I have found that simply by taking proactive steps we can do so much. Rebooting helped me on my way, into disease prevention.

Since my Reboot, I have moved from a centrifugal juicer to a masticating one at home, and get much more juice yield. I have joined 1/2 a dozen social media sites which educate me in eating healthy and living a healthy life.