My Juice Diet Success Story - The Bluemint

My weight loss story began with a documentary about a man’s journey to transform his body and health by committing to the juice diet.   Joe Cross created the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which inspired me to take control of my health.   I committed to the juice cleanse to see if it could help me lose weight and improve my overall health.

After the juice cleanse, I created a customized plan so I would continue to juice and eat healthy to maintain my weight and feel wonderful for the rest of my life.  First, I want to give you a brief summary of where I was.

On February of this year, I weighed a whopping 238 lbs.  I was wearing a size 40 waist and always felt very tired with no motivation to do anything but go to work and come home.  Like a lot of people, I lived a sedentary lifestyle.  I would spend at least 8 to 10 hours a day during the workweek sitting in front of a computer.

Today...I weigh 202 lbs and wear a loose 36 waist size.  I am happier, more confident, and full of energy.  I truly believe my diet has helped me think more clearly.

juice before and after

I created this site because I wanted to share my knowledge and spread the word on how this type of diet will change the way you feel, look and even live.  When I say diet, I’m using the definition of diet which means the kinds of foods that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

I will explain more on what I did, but for now...

What is the Juice Diet (Cleanse)

A juice diet, also called a juice fast or juice cleanse, is a method of detoxification that consists of drinking fresh veggies and fruits only for a short period of time. It could be anywhere from 3 to 15 days or more. The cleansing process is the most important part of this diet.  It is the key component for losing weight and feeling healthy.

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT you do a juice fast first.  If you don’t, you could be wasting your time.

I know that drinking vegetables may not sound desirable, but you just might be surprised.  You can create tasty recipes with a combination of the many different types of fruits and vegetable available. This type of diet involves using a juicer.  It does not include store bought juices. While using a juicer may not be as convenient as adding a carton of juice to the groceries, it will create a healthier drink.  This is the whole purpose of this type of diet.

What Kind of Juicer Do You Need?

A juicer separates the liquid from the pulp and filters out the skin, seeds, and stems.  A blender liquefies anything that is put into it.  While blenders can produce a healthy drink because the pulp that contains fiber is blended into the drink, they cannot produce the pure juice necessary for this type of detoxification diet.

This is the juicer I got - Breville BJE200XL - It works pretty well but my only complaint is it's a pain to clean up. The pulp/fiber is pushed around the plastic cylinder so you have to remove and clean. I wish I got this one - Breville JE98XL - which cost more but easier to clean. As you can see, the pulp/fiber extracts on the back side. What you can do is add a plastic bag in the container and once you're done juicing, trash it!

I've also looked at a few others... [Update- after 1 year of juicing I decided to get teh Breville JE98XL, I love it!!! It cleans better and I can tell I get the most juice out of my veggies. I highly recommend paying an extra $50 for this one!] If you get nice organic veggies, you will get the most juice out of your veggies. I’m planning on juicing for the rest of my life so I want to get the most out of my veggies.

Later in the plan, you can use a blender to make a veggie/fruit smoothie with frozen strawberries and bananas... great for breakfast!  More to come on this later…

Juicing vs. Store Bought Blends

Store bought blends tend to add a lot of unnecessary ingredients, such as sugar or sweeteners, corn syrup, food coloring, and fructose.  Some of the store juices contain too many vitamins.  This can be toxic and dangerous.   When fruits and vegetables are processed, nutrients are lost.  Fresh juicing is extremely nutritious and does not contain extra unnatural ingredients.

homemade juice

Benefits

Your body will absorb vitamins and minerals from the fruits and veggies much faster in liquid form rather than in solid form.  This is because they have already been broken down into digestible form allowing your body to use these nutrients within minutes after consumption. You are basically flushing out the bad toxins and consuming all the wonderful nutrients that will make your body feel the way it should, which is energized and healthy.

After I got past the potent detoxifying stage, I noticed that I felt rejuvenated and my energy levels soared.  I also felt a sense of clarity and my memory improved significantly.  I became more productive in my work and home life.   My immune system has definitely improved from the antioxidant properties in the produce.  I know this to be true because I haven’t been as sick since I started.  This includes no colds, no infections, and no sinus issues.  I also sleep much more soundly now.

Side Effects - What to Expect in the First Few Days

The following possible side effects will likely occur in the first few days.  It is important to speak to your medical doctor before you begin a juice cleanse to ensure you do not have an allergy reaction to any of the superfoods you put into the juicer.

You may experience fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, lightheadedness, and of course hunger.  Day 1 is by far the toughest, but it gets easier from that point on.   I experienced some of these effects, but most of them were reduced or completely gone in just a few days.  I also took Ibuprofen for my headaches, which were likely caused by my coffee addiction.  Eventually, my headaches ceased.