When most people hear men use the word juicing, they assume we’re talking about steroids.
Although I had seen the Jack Lalane and Juiceman infomercials, I knew waaaaay too much to ever juice. I was too informed. I knew that sugar was sugar. I knew that separating the juice from the vegetable/fruit’s fiber content would spike my insulin level like a can of Coke. I knew that juice had fructose, and fructose is pure evil.
When I designed an Intermittent Fasting system over 3 years ago, I had to reject what I had known – which often means what others had told me. Intermittent Fasting had been life changing and so I began investigating juicing.
Maybe I was wrong, and maybe the people who hate on juicing are ignorant.
I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly dead (free if you have Amazon Prime.)
In Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, an obese Australian man with chronic idiopathic urticaria goes on a nationwide tour to discuss his juice fast.
If, “Sugar is sugar,” and “Fructose is pure evil,” then why did this obese man lose over 80 pounds fat? If a can of sugar spikes your insulin, why did his blood glucose levels decrease? Why do people get off their diabetes medication and insulin after they begin juicing?
Like the narrator in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, I have a severe and rare chronic skin condition. (Chronic means it’s genetic; it’s part of my DNA; thus there is no cure, only treatment.)
I started thinking, “Maybe I should try juicing,” but again was held back by dogma and orthodoxy. Besides, I lift weights and train hard. Joe Cross takes relaxing walks. His approach could not work for me.
Instead of juicing, I started adding these greens powders into my protein shakes. That seemed like a fair compromise. When I ran out of the stuff from online, I went to Whole Foods to look at some greens powders.
“That stuff is the fountain of youth,” a man said as he approached me.
“Huh?” I looked over and saw a guy with a head of thick grey hair and glowing skin.
“Those greens. That stuff is the fountain of youth.”
The guy had enough grey hair that he had to be old, but he looked awesome. His skin was vital and he moved like a teenager. “Son of a bitch,” I thought, “I bet this guy juices.”
“Do you juice,” I asked. “Oh, yes. Every meal except dinner is juice.”
The man was 54 years old. If he had colored his hair, you’d have guessed him to be 38. He hadn’t always looked so young.
He was growing old and feeling sick. His hair had been falling out, he had no energy, and his libido was low.
He spent two years juicing before his body became young again. Like many people who begin juicing, he explained, his body went through a healing crisis.
A healing crisis occurs because all of the toxins you eat, drink, and breath are stored in your body. The body stores the toxins in your fat, and only releases it when there are enough detoxifying agents circulating in your blood.
When you juice, your body knows that it’s safe to release the toxins. You’ll still feel a bit off for a while, but chronic problems like achy joints and bad skin goes away.
(If all of that stuff sounds a bit hokey to you, read this book. It explains Phase 1 and Phase 2 detox pathways. You can also go on Medline, type in “[veggie or fruit name] juice” and read to your heart’s content. Cabbage juice, for example, heals ulcers. Beet juice heals the liver. Do your research.)
Like most people, I fall into bad thought patterns. I believe that I live The Truth. This leads to a closed mind and dogmatic thinking.
Here before me is a man who looked amazing, and who is giving a testimonial about juicers. He doesn’t sell juicers. He shared his story out of the goodness of his heart.
I was convinced that it was time to start juicing.
I did my research, found out that this juicer was rated a best buy by Consumer Reports and began juicing.
I’m now a juice fanatic.
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