In the Reboot Kitchen: Pucker-Up Parsley Juice

In the Reboot Kitchen: Pucker-Up Parsley Juice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 16 oz. (500 mls)

Ingredients



This tart and veggie-heavy green juice offers bold flavors like lemon, parsley and horseradish. Horseradish root is part of the cruciferous family, like cabbage, wasabi, broccoli and mustard and offers many health promoting phytonutrients including sulfur-based anti-cancer compounds, folate and nutrients that assist the liver in detoxification. Horseradish root has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is even mentioned in Greek mythology.

For maximum potency, keep the root intact and do not slice until you are ready to consume or juice it. Horseradish root can be found at most health food stores. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way! Start off with one slice then add more to your juice if you wish.

Ingredients:
1 bunch parsley
2 lemons
1-2 thick slices horseradish root
2 cucumbers

Directions:
1.) Peel lemons.

2.) Wash horseradish root and slice.

3.) Wash cucumbers and parsley.

4.) Juice all ingredients and serve over ice.

Enjoy!

 

Check out our newest feature: Juice Bar Locator



Good news for all my mates out there who have trouble finding a juice bar in your area! We are excited to announce a new feature on our site, a Juice Bar Locator,  that congregates the juice bars closest to you on a map. All you have to do is enter in your location and you’ll be walking out the door to your neighborhood juice bar.  It’s helpful for when you’re at home, at the office, and traveling so you can always have a juice in hand.

Check out our Juice Bar Locator and Juice On!

Joe

7 Ways to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau



Ever wonder why those first few kilos or pounds easily come off then all of a sudden the weight loss comes to a screeching halt? You ask yourself, “What I’m I doing wrong?” The answer: Nothing. It’s normal!

Unfortunately, when the plateau hits many people give up and convince themselves they have a slow metabolism or something is wrong with their new healthy lifestyle changes and then they QUIT.

Don’t despair! This is a normal part of any weight loss cycle. If you talk to most people who have lost a significant amount of weight and reached their goal, they have likely experienced 2-3 weight loss plateaus.

It’s important to understand the leaner you become the slower the weight loss will be. The desired changes are occurring, and within a few days or a few weeks weight loss will resume at a normal healthy pace.

Age, weight, length of time you’ve been overweight, and gender all influence the frequency and length of time a plateau can last. Other factors that influence weight loss plateaus are increased visceral fat such as a fatty liver and other organ and visceral fat. As your body replaces the organ fat with healthy tissue this will also be a period where weight loss may not occur. During weight loss insulin and leptin sensitivity will be improving as visceral fat is replaced with healthy organ tissue. This is a very important step for long-term weight management. Here is more on blood sugar control while Rebooting.

I often see immense improvement on blood tests while the patient has no immediate weight loss changes. Reductions in cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, insulin and elevated liver enzymes will return to normal levels while there may be no weight loss for a period of time. As the dietary changes improve the metabolism, the weight will then follow!

There are a number of excellent suggestions given in our weight loss plateau guidelines and here are a few extras:

  1. Change your style of exercise. Just like our bodies can grow accustomed to our eating plans they can also be accustomed to our exercise plan, so if you always walk try running for short intervals, riding a bike or going for a swim.  Light weight bearing exercises can also give the metabolism that extra boost.
  2. Learn to relax. Stress can have a negative impact on your weight loss as cortisol a stress hormone can slow weight loss down.
  3. Think healthy rather than thin. Remind yourself of all the wonderful good you are doing for your body and your long-term health. The weight will follow.
  4. Try new juice recipes and ingredients.  Give yourself a broader spectrum of nutrients if you are drinking the same thing too often. Always keep the vegetable to fruit split 80% to 20%.
  5. Increase your juices and whole foods. Taking in too few calories can slow your metabolism down, but increasing your nutrients and calories may give the metabolism that extra kick that it may need.

    Your body can adjust to your new eating and calorie intake after a few weeks to a few months so you can shake it up a little and have a few days where you increase your intake. This is called calorie recycling or zigzagging when you increase consumption for a day then reduce again for 4-5 days to avoid the starvation mode.
  6. Visualize and see yourself at a healthy weight. Mind over matter. Think, believe and visualize yourself healthy and at your desired weight.
  7. Be patient. Stay strong and motivated and know that just because the scale isn’t moving as fast as you want it to, your body is achieving greater health which in the long run means a more sustainable weight loss goal will be achieved.

 

Success Story: Allan R. Changes His Lifestyle and Diet after a 5 Day Reboot




Name:
Allan R.
Age: 46
Location: Calgary, AB , Canada
Reboot: 5 Day

Health Improvements: I am a Type II Diabetic and after only 2 days of juicing I noticed my blood sugars lowering. Currently my morning fasting sugars are near normal and more importantly, I did my 6 month A1C blood-work (much more accurate lab testing) with my doctor and he was very surprised and pleased to let me know I had stabilized my blood sugars to near normal and could come off ALL my oral medications. In 4 months of eating healthy after my 5 Day Reboot, I lost 60lbs.

How did you learn about Reboot with Joe?
I found Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead online and watched the film.

What inspired you to do a Reboot?
I had been fired after 10 years in a major retail corporation during a restructuring. I absolutely loved my job and was devastated. As a result, my eating habits worsened. I was shocked when I went  to a regular doctor’s visit and told if I did not lose weight, I would be looking at becoming a Type I diabetic on insulin. My mom passed away at only 52 due to complications with diabetes Type I, and I was 45. This was a wake-up call. I enjoyed seeing Joe inspire Phil to change bad eating habits. I got inspired that maybe I could eat better and feel better.

How did the experience go for you?
It was hard to get going on juicing. Felt foggy, unsure if just juice would fill me up, but it really did.  Once I got past day two, I started to feel better. Lack of caffeine allowed me to start to get deep sleep and I dreamed for the first time seemingly in months. Then I noticed my blood sugars improving. This really inspired me.

Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Beyond blood sugars lowering, I started getting physically active. I now run (creative fast walking to save my joints) six days a week. Recently, I have added resistance training to tone and build muscle. I also noticed my sense of taste and smell enhanced.

What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
Simply starting.  I still cook regular meals for others which drove my newly found senses nuts. Also, cleaning my juicer was quite a pain!

What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
I Reboot every 2-3 months now, when I need a re-surge, or I plateau. I find smoothies in the morning easier to prepare, and to clean up afterward. I exercise daily and make sure I sweat 4 – 6 times per week.

What is your Lasting Impression of the Reboot experience?
I feel better than I have in the last 20 years. When People ask “what have I done” I get excited to share my story. I see Joe made a difference in so many people’s lives, much like mine. I believe in giving back, and I try my best to share Joe’s inspiration to whomever I can. That thought that we truly can make a difference, one person at a time, still holds true.

This experience taught me I truly am what I eat. Lettuce was an exotic vegetable for me in the past . I now have a green smoothie daily. I probably have 2 cups of spinach/kale before most folks have their first cup of coffee in the morning now.

 

Redefining ‘Normal’



I never wanted to be one of those people. You know, the ones who let themselves go once they get married.  I don’t think I did that intentionally; but, I definitely didn’t get myself in check year after year that I gained weight.  I always ate *pretty* healthy, but eating just an extra 100 calories a day can lead to a 10 pound weight gain per year.

That’s about right… 7.5 years of marriage x 100 calories a day = BAM…75 pounds!!!

I was perpetually unhappy.

Dear hubby was unhappy seeing me unhappy.

It was a vicious cycle that needed to be broken.

My only regret is that I didn’t “wake-up” to this fact sooner.

Thankfully I did have an ‘aha’ moment – looking into this sweet face (Babycakes at 8 days old):



I chose to FINALLY be healthy for her.  I wanted to show her what it looks like to have a healthy relationship with food, to use it as fuel for strength (not for comfort or numbing pain).  I wanted her to grow to love her body and KNOW 100% that she is beautiful, loved, and enough.  And heck, I hope someday she’ll be a positive influence in others’ lives as well – friends who will no doubt struggle with these same issues.  How awesome would it be for HER to be a catalyst and encourager in others’ lives to live the happy healthy life too?!

I want her to dance and jump and smile with glee.

I want her to feel the amazement of accomplishing a long run.

And if possible, I want her journey to be easier than mine.

True long-lasting weightloss doesn’t come easy and it can’t come quick.  It has to be a complete shift, a complete lifestyle change, if you are going to maintain it.  You have to redefine “normal.” If you quickly lose 20lbs but immediately go back to eating “normal” again, the pounds creep back on…which is why so many of us have struggled with “yo-yo” dieting over the years. Lose the weight, eat how we did before and gain it back, lose the weight, gain more back, etc.  I’m here to tell you, there is life after a Reboot, and it can be an amazing one!

Our “new normal” includes:

Lots of healthy veggies from our garden:



Lots of veggie juices:
A few of my favorite are:  Pink Kale Juice, Golden Goddess, & Mean Green.



Golden Goddess Recipe:
Yields 32 ounces

•             2 Golden Beets

•             3 Golden Delicious Apples

•             8 Golden Apricots

•             5 Carrots

Lots of hummus and sweet potatoes and bell peppers!

Lots of exercise:
Regular 2-3 mile runs, Playground Strength Training, & Stroller Lunges!



AND Lots of smiles!

Question: What does your “normal” include?

Electrify your Reboot!



Have you ever found yourself grappling with muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness or headache during a Reboot?  These side effects are very common and can be related to detox-like symptoms the first few days, but generally are a sign that your fluid intake may be out of balance.

Despite drinking at least 64 oz/2 L of fresh vegetable and fruit juice during a juice-only Reboot, you still need to include plenty of water to stay hydrated.  For example, if the weather is warm, you are physically active or moving your bowels often, you will need to focus on keeping up with fluids, including electrolyte rich choices.


Why not water alone? 
Electrolytes are important nutrients that play many vital roles in our body including the conduction of electrical impulses essential for maintaining a healthy heart rhythm, muscle contractions and overall cellular stability.  These include sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium.


Which reboot friendly foods are rich in electrolytes?
Veggie pulp based broths (and broth in general) are naturally sodium rich (add sea or Himalayan salt when making this at home for added electrolytes).

Coconut water is an excellent choice for a natural electrolyte rich beverage.  Besides opening a young coconut and drinking directly from the fruit you can purchase packaged coconut water at most stores.  Look for an unflavored variety without any added sugar or other ingredients in a soft box rather than a can.

Fruits and veggies rich in electrolytes include:

Sodium

Potassium

Magnesium

Calcium

Celery Carrots Kale Kale
Beets Sweet Potato Spinach Spinach
Radish Cantaloupe Swiss Chard Swiss Chard
Carrots Honeydew Beet Greens Broccoli
Broccoli Banana Avocado Collard Greens
Sweet Potato Spinach Collard Greens Turnip Greens
Cauliflower Zucchini Cabbage Orange
Lettuce Avocado Banana Figs
Tomato Cauliflower Blackberries Arugula
Cabbage Tomato Watermelon Mustard Greens

It’s all about balance with hydration:
While electrolyte rich fluids are important, if you are feeling dizzy or off you will also want to bump up your total fluids.  Water is always a good choice but mix it up a bit for more flavor and nutrients by adding in some herbal tea, fresh ginger root & lemon in hot water, naturally flavored homemade waters, or even homemade almond milk here and there.

A truly natural sports drink:
Use the chart above to create your own sports drink!  Add a bit of coconut water as desired for an extra electrolyte boost.  Here are a few recipes balanced with these important nutrients:

Summer Games Inspired Sports Juice

Summer Sunshine Juice

Bountiful Brassica Juice

How do you keep up with fluids during your reboot?  Have you found a remedy for headaches and muscle cramps?  We’d love to hear from you!

Top 10 Tips For Rebooting With A Family


The idea of doing a Reboot while you have a family can seem daunting. I know, because it was for me! As inspired as I was and ready for my life to change, how would I be able to drink just juice when I still had to prepare meals for my husband and toddler? I am happy to say that I have successfully done two Classic Reboots over the past year, losing 55lbs along the way… and I am excited to share some of my tips with you:

1. Include your family in the process. My toddler loves watching the veggies go through the juicer and the colorful juice coming out! My husband will hold her as we say which veggies are going in next: “Here goes the kale!” and she loves repeating the words. Older kids, with adult supervision, can even help put the veggies into the chute.

2. Juice your juice first, then prep dinner for the rest of the family. This is KEY. Before cooking, sautéing, stir-frying, or baking your family’s dinner, make your juice! Then, as you’re cooking, you can sip on your juice to help satiate your hunger/temptation. You can even pour some of your juice over ice into a fancy wine glass to feel like it’s a special treat.

3. Create meals with the same kind of foods. When you’re in the eating phases of a Reboot, coordinate your meals with the family’s. For example, make spaghetti squash spaghetti with tomato sauce for you and some other Italian dish for them. Or stir-fry some carrots, snap peas, and water chestnuts for you, and add in some rice and chicken for them. The flavors and smells blend so you don’t feel like you’re missing out!

4. Share your juice! Let your family try it too! Though my husband never officially Rebooted with me, he grew to love many of the juices. I would make enough to share an extra 16 ounce glass with him in the evenings, as a supplement to his regular diet. We were both surprised how much he liked them! And, we’ve even let the family dogs participate: they LOVE the pulp!

5. Plan ahead. Pack your lunch. Bring snacks. Buy a cooler to store your juices. Don’t find yourself in a situation where you feel you have to make a bad choice.

6. Find your motivation, and refer back to it. Often.

7. Create family goals. Though your family might not be Rebooting with you (it’s not advised for kids), they can still use the time to clean up their own diets and habits a bit as well. Create a goal or two as a family, like “once a week we’ll all try a new vegetable” or “twice a week we’ll all go to the park together and run around and play for at least 30 minutes.” Give everyone something to be working on!

8. Find support. It’s so much easier to do something when you surround yourself with others who agree with your cause and will help encourage you. Plug into the active Reboot with Joe community and/or email me anytime.

9. Don’t be afraid to step away. If you’re feeling particularly vulnerable one evening, separate yourself from the family meal. Go catch up on a show in the bedroom with your juice while the family eats. Join them again after they’re done and tell each of them something you’re thankful for.

10. Love yourself more. You’re worth this. Stay strong!

Your Reboot & Gout


Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that effects about 2% of the US population. We have received many questions from Rebooters who are suffering from gout and wondering if a Reboot may help and what they should or should not include as part of their plan. You asked, we answer!

What is gout?
Gout results from a build up of uric acid in the blood and most often effects the joints but can also cause complications for the kidneys or urinary tract. Not everyone with too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) develops gout, but for those who do it can be a very painful condition. When uric acid crystals deposit in the fluid surrounding the joints, it can cause inflammation, swelling and pain. The body recognizes the uric acid crystals as foreign and the immune system attacks and digests them, but in the process releases chemicals that contribute to inflammation or swelling, redness and pain. Approximately 15% of people with gout develop kidney stones caused by uric acid build up.

Who is at risk for gout?
Gout is more common in men, and women are more at risk after menopause. There appears to be a genetic component but aging and certain lifestyle-related and other heath conditions can also increase your risk of developing gout, including:
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Kidney disease
• Anemias
• Leukemia and other blood cancers
• Those taking medications that can affect blood levels of uric acid (certain diuretics)

Which dietary factors increase the risk of gout?
• Overeating
• Eating large amounts of meat, seafood, high fructose corn syrup containing drinks, sodas
• Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
• Fasting
• Rapid weight loss

What can you do to reduce your risk of gout?
Since diets high in meats and processed foods like soda and HFCS are triggers for a gout attack, a plant based diet can be a helpful and risk-reducing alternative to the standard western or American diet.
• If you are overweight, losing weight can help
• Choose whole grains over refined, processed grains
• Limit alcohol intake
• Limit intake of fatty foods, like fried foods
• Limit intake of purine-rich foods if you already have gout to prevent an attack, like organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbread), anchovies, sardines, herring. For some, plant foods like legumes, mushroom, cauliflower, brewer’s yeast and spinach should also be reduced in the diet.
• Eat and drink more natural, Vitamin C rich foods including oranges, kiwi fruits, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, cherries (which are particularly good for joints) kale and other dark green leafy veggies, red peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.
• Including small amounts of coffee may decrease uric acid levels in the blood.

Are there special considerations for my Reboot if I have gout?
Since fasting can be a trigger for gout symptoms in those who already have the condition and also for those at risk for getting gout, planning your Reboot carefully is important. A Reboot is not technically fasting, since you are still ingesting vital nutrients but rapid weight loss may not be good for gout sufferers.

To avoid triggering gout during your Reboot, be sure to:
• Consult with your doctor before starting a Reboot
• Drink enough juice to nourish your body
• Consider eating veggies/fruits and drinking juice, like our Quick Start, Plus Dinner or Express programs
• Drink plenty of water
• Include Vitamin C rich fruits and veggies with all your juices, meals and snacks
• Limit the amount of purine containing veggies like spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, asparagus.

Do you suffer from gout? Has a Reboot helped your gout? Did you follow any special guidelines during your Reboot because of your gout? We would love to hear from you!

Joe’s Tips For Breaking a Reboot


There’s an old saying… anyone can fast but only a wise person knows how to break a fast. Now I’m not saying I’m wise, but I have done this a few times and this is what I do and recommend.

Tip 1: Keep up the juicing. Don’t stop now.
Tip 2: Chew your food really well and slow down….take your time, it’s not a race.
Tip 3: Only eat plant food for the 3 days immediately after the Reboot.
Tip 4: On the first day of eating, I usually start with either an apple, peach or mango.
Tip 5: Try 100% fresh vegetable soup.
Tip 6: Lots of leafy greens.
Tip 7: Remember that your stomach has shrunk. Eat half what you think you’ll want…wait 15/20 mins, if you’re still hungry, eat more.
Tip 8: Remember to drink lots of water.
Tip 9: Stay close to the bathroom.
Tip 10: No alcohol for the 3 days.
Tip 11: The thing you were craving the most is probably the thing that’s doing you the most damage… for me during the making of the movie it was Pizza!! Try to avoid these trigger foods for as long as possible, especially the first 3 days.
Tip 12: Start small, you’ll find that with food items like coffee, sugar, salt, and heavy dressings, etc. a little goes a long way. Your taste buds have been Rebooted…so you will most likely not need any of these to get your senses fired up!!
Tip 13: If you’re going to eat animal products, do so after 3 days, in small amounts and look for high-quality choices. Lots of chewing.
Tip 14: Essential to keep the body moving….exercise after your meal with a walk if possible.
Tip 15: Follow your instinct. Listen to your inner voice….you’re in tune with yourself so you know what’s right for you.
Tip 16: If you haven’t had anything hot for a period of time….don’t burn your lips or tongue with hot food…you’ll be super sensitive to that.
Tip 17: Stay away from white rice, bread, pasta, refined flour and anything that you couldn’t pick off a tree or dig up out of the ground for the first 3 days.
Tip 18: Stay away from the scales. Give your body a few days to adjust.
Tip 19: Once you’ve gone past 3 days after the Reboot, best to follow our Simple Eating Guidelines and work out where you want your % of plant food to be. I try to do 40/50%. I’m not perfect, but I try.
Tip 20: Don’t celebrate with an unhealthy treat…the idea sounds good but chances are that you’ll wish you hadn’t straight away!! Instead, treat yourself to something Reboot friendly, like a fruit smoothie or meet a friend for a brisk walk or yoga class.
Juice On!
Joe