Joe Shares an Update on Phil Staples

G’Day Rebooters,

I am proud to announce that Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 is now available worldwide.

There’s not one word that describes the ups and downs of making a full-length feature documentary film. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 has taken just over 18 months, from 200 hours of footage and a massive team effort, to bring together. Usually, if you ask a filmmaker, they will tell you that the big relief comes after the film has been released. And I would have to agree with that. However, in this instance I think there is one person that is more relieved about the premier last night, and that is the star of our 2011 film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Phil Staples.

You may remember Phil as the truck driver that I met while I was traveling from the east coast to the west coast in the U.S. I’ve often said publicly that with respect to my journey, nobody really cares about a rich white guy taking pills. But when somebody who is just trying to scrape by, effectively living in the back of his truck, can turn his life around and affect change, well that’s something.

Documentary filmmaking is about transparency, honesty, and integrity. If you cross or break these principles you will not only let the audience down but you are letting down the countless number of people who worked so hard to bring the film to life. When we started filming Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 I was under the impression that my good mate, Phil Staples, was continuing to be a success story in his own eyes. When you read his personal account on MindBodyGreen, you will learn what I learned — the truth of his actual circumstances.

It didn’t take long for feelings of compassion and sadness to replace disappointment. It also became obvious after a very frank and honest conversation between the two of us, that when Phil was connected, he thrived, and when he was disconnected, he sank. This disconnection is not only unique to Phil, millions of people around the world feel more alone and more disconnected than ever. And for a vast majority of these people, placing their health as a number one priority, is nowhere near on their radar. And so what begins is a vicious cycle of self-loathing and depression, and in many cases finding friendship and connection in processed food. I for one, have spoken publicly about my own connection to sugar when I was bullied in the playground. I had no friends, but sugar wouldn’t let me down.

So if you have a moment and you’re interested in hearing from Phil, and his side of the story, and what it’s like to be the poster boy of success and deal with what he’s gone through, take a read at his letter. I’m extremely proud of his courage to share his journey with you. Phil has inspired thousands, if not millions of people. And as I said to him just the other day, now it’s time for this community to inspire him. I’d appreciate it if you could drop him your best wishes in the comments below.

Read Phil’s story in his own words.

Juice on,
Joe Cross

Juicing vs. Blending: Everything You Need to Know

One of the most common questions people ask me is “Joe, what is the difference between juicing and blending?” Now, you might think the difference is obvious – but it turns out there’s a lot of confusion about the two, and many people believe they are juicing when in fact they are blending. So, let’s clear things up!

When juicing, the machine extracts the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains), leaving behind the pulp. When blending, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders pulverize the whole produce to make a smoothie.

What can make this confusing is that these machines all use different names. If you see the term “Nutrition Extractor™”, for example, how do you know if you are juicing or blending? Simply ask yourself the question: is the machine removing the pulp? If not, it’s not juicing!

But Joe, which one is better?

The short answer is, I love both.

I look at it this way: we all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in our diet, whether we eat, juice, or blend them. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all good!

Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

When you juice you are removing the insoluble fiber – the pulp. Don’t get me wrong. Fiber is good for you. It keeps your digestive tract healthy and it slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients and some nutrients stay in the fiber. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70% of the nutrition right into your glass [1], and without the insoluble fiber your body absorbs 100% of these nutrients.

Take a look at the ingredients you use next time you make a Mean Green juice for example, and imagine eating that as a huge bowl of salad at every meal – you’d be chewing all day! Even in smoothie, that’s a lot of produce to consume.

Still concerned about fiber? One of our Reboot nutritionists, Claire, has written a great post explaining the facts about fiber and juicing.

On a Reboot, which is best?

You have two options when selecting a Reboot plan: juice only, or juice plus eating an exclusively fruit and vegetable diet. Both are great, and which you choose will depend on your goals and your current state of health. You can read more about these options and the different Reboot plans, or find more information in my book The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet.

If you are Rebooting for health reasons, or have modest weight loss goals, an eating Reboot may be a better option. However, if you are Rebooting because you have moderate to high weight loss goals, a juicing Reboot is a better option. When you juice only, you tend to lose weight more rapidly.

I’m frequently asked “Can I use my blender/Vitamix/NutriBullet on a Reboot?” You can, but if you do so you are doing an ‘eating’ Reboot: the plan you follow will be different, the juice recipes will need to be modified (they are a created for a juicer!), and the results you see may also be different.

Still confused? Watch me make a juice and a smoothie in the Reboot Kitchen. You’ll see what the difference is!

And to further help you understand the differences between juicing and blending we’ve put together the following Juicing Vs. Blending Infographic. Here’s a sneak peak (click on the image to see it in its entirety!)

[1] Nutritional yield analysis conducted via independent laboratory testing. See for more information and to download the full findings.