Location: Skowhegan, Maine
Reboot: 2 Weeks Juice Only, followed by a year (and counting) of plant-based vegan eating
What Health Issues apply to you?
High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Migraines, Obesity, PMS
What inspired you to do a Reboot?
After watching FSND I was completely inspired by Joe & Phil and after seeing their amazing results!
How did the experience go for you?
After spending a miserable 2013 winter in severe pain with a shoulder injury that needed surgery and suffering with 3 day long puking migraines, I was completely at a physical low. I started in April 2013 to eliminate foods to get rid of the migraines. The migraines is what set everything else in motion. I started paying attention to ingredients very closely. I first stopped using canned foods because they are lined with the chemical BPA which among other things can trigger migraines. My quick weekday work food before was Progresso soup usually. Then I read this ”In the new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health compared people who were given canned vegetable soup for lunch each day with people who got vegetable soup made without any canned ingredients. And they found that a couple hours after eating, the people who had canned soup had BPA levels in their urine that were about 12 times higher than the people who didn’t.” So I decided no more canned soup for me!
Then I stumbled upon the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, it was then the breakthrough happened for me. I was inspired! I believed and it clicked for me. I started juicing a week later on May 10, 2013. I had only juice for the first 2 weeks, followed by a combination of juicing and whole foods. After the first few days of feeling a detox effect I started to feel amazing! I was hooked on juicing from then on! I lost 14 lbs/6 kg my first month. I didn’t really do much exercise the first few months. Soon I started feeling so much better and I began to regain motion in the shoulder, no headaches, better circulation, no more cold hands & feet, no more pain!
Juicing has completely changed my life. One key important thing that juicing has provided me is that I don’t experience any kind of bad food cravings. I have not had refined flours or sugars in a year. I also gave up all grains a few months ago. Since then my sinuses are clear. Not that I purposely quit drinking but I’ve only had a couple glasses of wine and one large beer this year. Most of what I eat is raw and I juice at least once a day. I take no pain pills and have very little pain which I control with foods like ginger, turmeric, pineapple, herbs etc. I have full range of motion and strength. I no longer need surgery! I have not had a headache or migraine in over a year! Just that alone is worth feeding myself the best I can. It’s way of life now and has become a habit. It satisfies me on a deeper level too. When I first started this journey I didn’t plan to become vegan. I always had the desire to be a vegan but never the right mindset to complete the change. After my couple week juice fast I just didn’t have the desire to eat meat or dairy. All cravings went away, I felt satisfied. The added benefit of all the animals I didn’t eat or contribute to their harm by stepping out of the meat & dairy consuming culture. It really brings about a wholesome feeling from the inside out that I can survive and actually am healthier without using animals in my diet.
I now work part time at a local health food store which gives me a great venue to spread the word and pay it forward! I just had my first juicing demonstration to share the benefits & my experience with the community! It was so much fun! I even inspired a few people! One couple who are the same size I was a year ago, gestured and waved their arms in a bowing motion towards me and said that in a years’ time they could look like THAT! Meaning me! I kind of wanted to look behind me, are they referring to me? Wow has life changed for the better! I need a whole new wardrobe!
How much weight did you lose (even if that wasn’t your goal!)?
In one year I lost 100 lbs/45 kg! I went from the BMI of 48 (a classification of “morbidly” obese) to 31.6. Once I get to 29.99 I will be out of the obese category!!
I went from a size 26 to 12.
I’m also in Onederland for the first time since my early 20’s!
I plan to lose the remaining 45 lbs/20 kg in year 2 of this juicing journey.
Did you have any notable health or physical improvements?
Beyond losing 100 lbs/45 kg, my blood pressure has gone down. I now have a resting heart rate of 56! BP 106/60!! Circulation has returned to normal. I have no pain and take no pain pills. I have not had a migraine or any kind of headache in a year! My mind is so much clearer. Overall I am happier and the juicing has nourished and satisfied me. I have no junk food cravings.
My stamina has increased. I have more energy! I’m able to do interval running on the treadmill now.
I recently had blood work done and my results were excellent. My triglycerides are 78!! Cholesterol 155, B12, Folate and calcium on the high end of the scale. My doctor was impressed with the results!
What was the toughest part about the Reboot experience?
The toughest part for me was learning how much produce to buy at a time. After about a month I had that system worked out.
What habits have you maintained and kept a part of your everyday life?
Juicing is a part of my everyday life. I always start my day with a juice. Usually I have 2 a day and one healthy vegan meal for supper and healthy snacks in between like nuts, seeds, fruits etc.
What is your lasting impression of the Reboot experience?
WOW! Juicing has given me my health and life back! I’m a juicer for life! Thank you, Joe! Juice on!