Joe’s Journal: Day 44 – The Facts on Micro, Macro & Phyto

By: Joe Cross

After fueling my body with only fruits and vegetables for the past 43 days it’s hard to believe that the average American only eats 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetables combined each day. Can you believe it? I unfortunately can because I was definitely one of those people! And I’d count an order of french fries as my veggie for the day.

No wonder painful, chronic conditions are so prominent. If more people start to adopt a plant-based, micronutrient-rich diet their symptoms have the potential to be alleviated.

Food breaks down into two different categories…mirconutrient and macronutrient. Both groups work together to keep our bodies running smoothly; without the right balance of micronutrients, all the protein in the world won’t allow us to build muscle effectively. Macronutrients are elements like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that we need but should not consume in excess.

Micronutrients include all vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients, which comprise the plant’s immune system have properties that can defend our bodies against the toxic environments we live in. Phytonutrients and micronutrients are found in all plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, spices, herbs and teas. To date there are thousands of micronutrient phytonutrients that have been identified in plants, such as carotenes, antioxidants, and flavanoids. Often we hear that the vitamin C in an orange is responsbilde for its immune-boosting properties, but there are actually over 170 know phytonutrients in just one orange!

If that doesn’t make you want to eat more fruits and veggies then I don’t know what will!


Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
Win a Breville Juicer
Be Someone’s Joe and nominate your loved one to attend Camp Reboot. 

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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