FAQ – What about Diarrhea?

Diarrhea:
Diarrhea is defined as having an increased number of bowel movements in a 24-hour period from what you normally would have. This particularly includes increased frequency of soft, loose, or watery stools. Diarrhea during the Reboot can be a result of: (1) rapidly increasing the fiber content in one’s diet, (2) the introduction of digestive enzymes released in the juicing process, (3) following a liquid diet, and (4) an underlying tendency toward diarrhea/frequent stools (including history of irritable bowel syndrome).

Q: How can I improve my digestion after the Reboot?

A: Here are some tips to help slow your digestive system to a comfortable pace again:

• Drink plenty of fluids (diarrhea can compromise your body’s fluid and salt stores)
• Drink electrolyte rich fluids including broths and unflavored
coconut water.
• Dilute fresh juice with filtered water (try 25% water, 75% juice – if this is not helping, go to
50:50)
• Drink most of your fluids between meals (during the eating portions of your Reboot) rather
than with meals.
• Avoid very hot or very cold food or beverage items; choose foods and juices that are room
temperature.
• Keep a journal of what foods (fruit or veggie ingredients/combinations) bother you or seem to trigger loose bowel movements. This can help you point out the particular foods that
make your symptoms worse.
• Limit gas producing veggies in your juice (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and in your meals
(bok choy, onions, garlic)
• During the eating phase of your Reboot, include baked apples and pears, bananas, avocado.

Remember – while you can expect to experience some bowel irregularity during your Reboot, if your symptoms persist or are severe, please consult your physician.

FAQ – What about Constipation?

 

Q: What can I do about bowel irregularities during my Reboot?

 

A: It is not unusual to experience either constipation or diarrhea during the Reboot process. Read these tips below to help alleviate symptoms and keep your digestion on track.

 

Constipation:
Constipation is defined as difficult, incomplete, or infrequent bowel movements. Drastic changes to ones eating pattern can cause the rate of digestion to slow for some people. Common culprits that can trigger constipation during a Reboot include:

• Lack of hydration
• Rapid increase in fiber intake
• Decreased physical activity
• Underlying tendency toward constipation (including history of irritable bowel syndrome)

 

Start with the 3 Ws: water, walking & wheat grass juice. If this doesn’t do the trick check out these tips:

 

• Drink 6 ounces of warm prune juice in the morning. You may add lemon for taste.
• Increase your morning hot herbal tea/lemon water portion to at least 16 ounces – if you
already drink this amount bump it up to 20-24.
• Increase your total daily fluids – aim for 96 ounces total per day.
• When you are in the eating days of your Reboot choose a hot breakfast (i.e. Cherry Cinnamon Apple Bake, Baked Apples/Pears)
• Eat regular meals/drink juices at same time each day – including weekends.
• Add papaya to your juices/fruit dishes (papaya has natural digestive enzymes that may help with constipation). Try eating or juicing papaya first thing in the morning. If constipation is problematic for you, even during the juicing phase of your Reboot you may try a few slices of whole, raw papaya on an empty stomach in the morning.
• Try wheat grass juice.
• Bump up the magnesium-rich veggies in your daily routine – juicing and eating days (i.e. spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, avocado)
• During the eating phase of your Reboot, add high fiber fruits/veggies like dry figs, stewed prunes with lemon, artichoke, fresh peas, pear, spinach, winter squash, avocado, carrots, apple.

 

Try this recipe:
Apple/Prune Sauce
Ingredients
1/3 cup unprocessed bran
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup mashed stewed prunes
Directions
– Blend all ingredients and store in refrigerator.
– Take 1-2 Tablespoons of the mixture before bedtime, followed by 8+ oz. water.
– Make sure to drink the water or it will not work.

 

• Give yourself enough time at home to move about and get ready for your day before heading out. Create a morning routine. Take a walk 2-3 times a day (these can be short walks).
• Try yoga, tai chi or Qi Gong as a daily practice.

 

If these measures prove inadequate to address your bowel regularity – please add a smoothie blend to your day of juicing. It is recommended to have this blend at lunch. The blend includes whole fruits and vegetables to provide you with fiber to assist in alleviating constipation.

 

Gradually increase the fiber in your diet by following the recommended preparation process before your Reboot. Be sure to also drink more water as you prepare for a Reboot.

 

Remember – while you can expect to experience some bowel irregularity during your Reboot, if your symptoms persist or are severe, please consult your physician.

FAQ – Where’s the 60-Day Reboot From The Movie?

Q: Is there a Reboot plan for a 60 day juice fast like the one Joe did in the movie?

A: No. We do not have any plans that provide information or daily support for a Reboot lasting 60 days. Joe’s 60 day Reboot was conducted under strict medical observation with a customized nutrition plan. We currently offer 3, 5,10, juice then dinner and 15 day plans because we believe these plans are more achievable and provide the impact your body needs to Reboot.

If you want to try a Juice Only Reboot, more information on that can be found here.

FAQ – How Do I Navigate Social Events?

 

Q: How do I navigate social events while on my Reboot?

 

A: We all lead busy lives full of social events with family, friends and for work. In American culture, social events mean lots of eating and drinking. So, how can you stick with your Reboot and still enjoy a social gathering? Our best advice is plan ahead.

 

For potlucks, bring a veggie dish to share if you are in eating phase of a Reboot. If you are just juicing, bring a large jar or bottle filled with your juice to the party. You may even want to bring extra juice for others to try. Spend a lot of time talking and socializing (and less time around the food or drinks).

 

And check out some more helpful tips here.

FAQ – What’s the Difference Between Juicing & Smoothies?

Sometimes it seems like a case of Red Sox vs. Yankees fans – strong supporters for each team who would never dream of crossing over to support the other side. But unlike baseball, there is quite a bit to be gained from sampling the best of both worlds.

Let’s break down the benefits of smoothies and fresh juice during a Reboot.

Smoothies

Equipment: Blender
Price: There are lots of good ones on the market and most are inexpensive
Process: Load up the blender with clean, fresh or frozen fruits, veggies like green leafys (swiss chard or spinach for example) and liquid like coconut water. Off your Reboot try almond, hemp or soy milk, cacao nibs or chia seeds for fun.
Benefits: Phytonutrients found in the skin and flesh of fruits and veggies. Loads of fiber from the whole fruit and vegetables.

Fiber is important for regulating blood sugar, keeping bowels regular, aiding in hunger control, may help prevent certain types of cancers.

Juicing

Equipment: Juicer/juice extractor
Price: Varies ($99-399)
Process: Push clean produce (fruits and veggies) through the chute.
Benefits: Juicing removes the insoluble fibers (but the soluble fiber remains in the juice). Important micronutrients typically more difficult to absorb become accessible. These nutrients include digestive enzymes and certain phytonutrients.

In the end, including both smoothies and fresh juice can be a healthy and delicious way to boost the amount of micronutrients in your diet.

FAQ – Weight Questions

Q: How do I promote weight loss during the Reboot?

A: The primary goal of the Reboot is to begin a journey of health and wellness for a lasting lifestyle change. For those who are overweight, weight loss is typically a side effect of a Reboot, which for some individuals is great news. For many, weight loss may be a key reason you would like to try a Reboot, as a jump start to a long term weight loss plan. For others, weight loss is just a temporary by-product of the Reboot and not a primary goal.
For more information on how weight loss and your Reboot, click here.

Q: What about weight gain?

A: For some, unintentional weight gain can occur during a Reboot. If this is the case for you, make sure you’re drinking enough water and getting enough juice or fruits and veggies during the eating phase to support your usual metabolism to help keep your weight steady.

Plan to eat 5-6 times a day including fresh juices and raw or cooked fruits and veggies. Don’t be shy – have a salad and a side dish of roasted veggies or have a big bowl of veggie soup plus a big salad. Add in starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, or fresh corn to help you feel satisfied.

FAQ – What Side Effects Could One Expect?

Q: What side effects or symptoms could one expect during a Reboot?

A: A Reboot offers tremendous benefits, but you should also be aware of potential side effects. These include but are not limited to: fatigue, headache, low blood sugar, constipation or diarrhea, increased body odor or bad breath. Most of these side effects are temporary. Increasing your fluid intake can alleviate many of these symptoms and we have a FAQ that addresses constipation and diarrhea, specifically. If any of these symptoms are severe or continuing, please consult with your physician to be sure you manage them wisely. Take care to evaluate how you are responding to the Reboot before driving or operating any heavy machinery.