A few years ago, in my quest to research and learn more about health, I happened to watch an inspiring documentary called “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”.
Joe Cross was a rather cuddly Aussie guy who suffered from a debilitating auto-immune disease. He was sick all the time, was pretty overweight, and basically not far from dead in his opinion. After finding that conventional medicine was unable to help him achieve any lasting relief, he decides to take a new approach, embracing Dr Joel Fuhrman’s concept that the body can heal itself, if given enough of the right nutrition to do so. To get that nutrition Joe starts a reboot, vowing to drink nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days, and filming the whole experience.
Joe chooses America, with its world renowned S.A.D – Standard American Diet – as the perfect place to take this journey. Plus Dr Fuhrman lives there, so that made sense too. Along the way he meets Phil, a slightly more than cuddly truck driver who is not only morbidly obese, but also suffers from the same rare disease Joe does. Joe shares his experience and knowledge with Phil, and as Joe is ending his reboot Joe begins his own.
The results are nothing short of amazing. Joe’s story is so motivating, but Phil’s is also incredibly inspiring. Through Phil we not only see how juice fasting can improve your physical health tenfold, but also how it can change every aspect of your being, your mind, your soul, your whole outlook on life
Joe says: “I refer to what I did as a reboot, restart or kickstart. I needed a circuit breaker to stop what I was doing and this was my way of fighting fire with fire. I rebooted my taste buds and that allowed me to fall in love again with fruit and vegetables. Now I incorporate a lot more plant food into my diet.”
Western society has added a third food group to the traditional human diet of plants and animals: processed food. For a typical Australian, processed food now makes up 60 per cent of caloric intake, products derived from animals makes up another 33 per cent, and plants come in a distant third at seven per cent.
It is important to remember that juice fasting is a reboot, restart or kickstart that shouldn't be done for too long.
When juicing you need to ‘eat from the rainbow’. This means to ingest produce from the colour spectrum. Leafy greens are the most healthful so tip the scales a little towards your green juices.
Juicing fruits and vegetables can be a great way for people who don’t enjoy eating lots of fruits and vegetables to bring these healthy foods into their routine—and the juicers that keep the fibre in the foods are best. Or, the fibrous end-product that juicers produce can be re-used (instead of discarded): shredded carrot roughage makes a salad topping, for example, or can be thrown into soups, stir-fries, or pasta sauces.
Of the many ways to lose weight, one stands out as by far the most healthful. When you build your meals from a generous array of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans—that is, healthy vegetarian choices—weight loss is remarkably easy. And along with it come major improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and many other aspects of health. The message is simple: Cut out the foods that are high in fat and devoid of fibre, and increase the foods that are low in fat and full of fibre. This low-fat, vegan diet approach is safe and easy—once you get the hang of it.
Personally I like to have a fruit smoothie for breakfast. It's so quick and easy: blend one banana, one cup of frozen blueberries, with one cup of almond or soy milk – delicious.
Compost grown organic Wheatgrass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available today. However, for full benefits, the chlorophyll must come from a living plant. After extraction, the juice must be taken fresh within 15 minutes. 1 shot of wheatgrass is equivalent to the intake of 1 kg of vegetables a day.
Michael Fields, an Australian has been coming to Malaysia on almost a monthly basis to seek out its array of vegetarian restaurants. He researches widely on whole foods plant-based living. He uses (and contributes to) the world-wide community vegetarian/vegan website www.happycow.com on a regular basis. His website: http://tardis3.blogspot.com