Why A Juice Cleanse?

If you have been reading, you already know that I am doing my first ever Juice Cleanse.  My goal is to drink only freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juice for 3 days.  I am on day 2 and so far so good!
Why would one want to do such a thing?  
There are many reasons for juice fasting, most do it to detox and lose weight.  
My purpose is to detox.
This is something I have wanted to do since finishing treatment for breast cancer in May 2011.  I so wanted to be able to go to one of those fancy exotic places that specialize in detox, that give you shots of wheat grass and prepare all your coffee enemas. Have not heard of coffee enemas?  Neither did I until I entered a world of cancer.
Yes, I wanted to go there and get rid of all the nasty toxins they pumped into me.  I couldn’t afford to, so I took steps myself to do what I could at home, mainly with diet and exercise.  I now eat a high plant diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains), but I wanted to take my health up to the next level.
I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and was so inspired by the health Joe found by just juicing and exercising.  I checked out their website and everything was laid out so simply that I thought, “ok, I can do this myself.  Who needs a fancy detox spa?”  

I do believe our bodies were created to detox themselves, but due to an environment of chemicals and toxins in our air, food and water, I think our systems are getting overloaded.  Some can handle this overload.  Others can’t.  Being a 2 time cancer survivor (Melanoma -Stage 1 and Breast Cancer-Stage 3), my immune system obviously needs help, which is why I have so embraced nutrition.

Every book I read on beating cancer focused in on the liver.  If you have cancer, your liver is not functioning like it should.  It is overwhelmed and needs help doing its job. Nutrition, exercise, supplements and detox are all ways to help the liver, but especially detox.
I am following this super easy juice plan.  It is called Reboot.  You must check it out if this interests you at all.  There are 5 different of levels of juice cleanses.  I am still not sure which one I am going to end up doing.  I know for sure that I am doing a 3 day juice only (they call it the long weekend) cleanse, and I am thinking it will turn into one of their other choices, and last up to a week.  
I lost 2 pounds in one day, and weight is not something I want to lose, so adding food back by day 4 is pretty much a no choice for me. 

I will keep you informed on how the cleanse is going.  I will share my juice recipes, let you know what the cleanse cost me, get real with any side affects that come up, and I may even tell you whether or not I embraced coffee enemas.  Now you have no choice but to stay tuned… 😉
Meet Joe.  He is the same guy as that guy up in the video picture! Whoa.

“Let me tell you my story: around 4 years ago, I was 45kg overweight. I was taking medication night and day. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My blood test results weren’t great… some things were in the normal range but most were either too high or too low. Basically, I was a mess.
When I turned 40, I looked in the mirror and said: “Enough is enough”. I decided to take matters into my own hands. There was no magic pill to cure me, indeed the pills I was on clearly weren’t cutting the mustard, though maybe they were keeping me alive. So, I got to wondering about radically changing my diet. I’d done juice fasts (what I now call ‘Reboots’) before, with success. So I wondered what would happen if I only drank fruit and veggie juices for 60 days? What would that do to my health? It was literally an experiment I planned myself, based on this question: If I only consumed plant food: vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, legumes and seeds, would I be able to get off my medication?
I did my first fully-fledged 60-day Reboot in late 2007 and was completely off my medication in March 2008. I’ve been off medication ever since and remain trim, taut and terrific – if I don’t say so myself! So, when we wrapped ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’, the crew, the medical team that was monitoring me and I all knew we had something very special and inspirational to tell the world. I decided to create a community that would enable everyone to experience this life-changing approach to looking after ourselves.
My vision is that we will have millions of people that join up here as members and make the commitment to increase their plant-food consumption… be it by drinking fruit and veggie juices or by eating more of both. The actual Reboot Plans in here are just the beginning. Once you successfully complete your Reboot you will crave more plant food. Weird but true!”
Inspiring, huh? I was super inspired when I watched the movie.   You can order it here, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead if you do I will get a small percentage, or if you have Netflix you can get it from there.

The Reboot Site has the answer to any FAQ’s out there, so if you have any, make sure you check it out!

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  • KatheeVZ
    March 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Amy, have you watched his latest film? Well, not exactly HIS film but he speaks alot through it. It’s called Hungry For Change and its free to watch until the 31st. It’s at http://www.hungryforchange.tv/ or through their Facebook page Hungry For Change.

  • CeCe
    March 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I may try juicing next…I have wanted to lose weight for some time. I just did 2 weeks on Almased and that worked well for me (lost 8 lbs), but it’s expensive and don’t want to go to that expense again right now to do it again jsut yet… maybe later in summer. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) so it’s always hard to lose weight and rid myself of sweet cravings. I will seriously think about the juice cleanse and will be implementing lemon water every morning starting tomorrow! Thanks!!!!!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Miri–Thanks for the heads up..got the link fixed.

  • miri
    March 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Sorry! I turned “Amy” into “Any”

  • miri
    March 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Any, could you check the reboot link (http://reboot./)? I’d love to peek at it and the link seems off (probably a suffix missing). thanx! Miri

  • Nicole B.
    March 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I also watched this film and it has inspired me to do the same. I went out a bought a juicer shortly after watching the film. I haven’t quite gotten to the point where I can do a juice cleanse, but I’ve noticed that when I drink fresh juice, I feel clean, refreshed, energized and healthy. I’m excited to hear about how your cleanse goes. Good luck!

  • Chara
    March 21, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I have been really interested in a detox for a while but I am nursing and I don’t know how well it would go. Any thoughts?

  • Stephanie
    March 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    We watched Fat, Sick and Nearly dead a few months ago and I wanted to do a juice fast, but I get so grumpy when I don’t eat. With two small children I didn’t think it was possible, but I think his plans with eating would work. Thanks for posting the reminder!

  • Sam Williams
    March 21, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Cheering you on from Kansas! Your story is beautiful, and I find much encouragement in your words! I come from a long line of breast cancer and live in some-what fear of joining the strong women in my family that have battled it. I try to eat a plant-based diet, but have my own vices. I also watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and was inspired! I am planning to do the 3 day cleanse as well!

  • Kat
    March 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to your juice recipes and hearing what you thought of the fast.

  • Kelly
    March 21, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I am so glad you are taking your detox seriously. Believe it or not I have heard of coffee enemas. I hear of it every morning. 🙂 I do them for Lyme disease. You should do the coffee emenas too. There is a special therapy blend of coffee that you can order. The blood goes through the liver every 3 minutes so if you do the full 20 minutes, your blood gets cleaned over 6 times. There are all sorts of other benefits to the coffee enemas too. My husband (has Lyme too) and I are just now looking into oil pulling. Might be another way to get the bad junk out.


  • rkbsnana
    March 21, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Good luck, girl. I have done 3 day juice fasts for weight loss before. Felt better after 3 days.

  • Amy Bowman
    March 21, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Thanks everyone! Day 2 is almost over. I will have a Day 1 post up in the morning! Recipes will follow that. I’ve done great until tonight. I’m hungry and shaky. I didn’t drink as much as I should have today..

  • Hello Sunshine!
    March 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I started juicing on Monday too! I have been reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. She may be a great resource for you because she too, has had cancer. I just thought I would share. May God always bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing with us your journey and health tips. I appreciate you taking the time to inspire us…:)

  • Mandy
    March 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    i’v ebeen considering a juice fast since watching that too! let me know what you come up with;)

  • katejakubs
    March 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been wanting to for a while and didn’t know where to start! You are the best!

  • Shannon
    March 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Bless you! I cannot imagine being a cancer survivor, let alone twice a cancer survivor. It’s encouraging to see that you are doing something to detox your body. There are many people at there that survive cancer, but continue to drink soda and eat tons of sugar, which is not good! I cannot wait to see how your juice cleanse goes! I would like to try it myself, but I am a bit leary of losing weight (I cannot lose any weight–already thin and trying to get preggo!). I will pray that this goes well for you, and that your health is restored. God bless. 🙂

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