An audacious move was made by a man who saw himself as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. What many think as a crazy plan, one that he considers a circuit breaker to help himself reset his food habits, to save himself from more chronic sickness.
Meet Joe Cross. One of the world's juicing advocate who made a documentary film called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and had inspired many others to apply juicing and plant-based diet for sustainable health.
According to Joe Cross, in his awe-inspiring book - Reboot with Joe, Juice Diet, to reboot means to do a 100 % intake of only fruits, vegetables and water, to get your internal systems back to good condition.
A reboot will help you to...
- Reset your system so that the foods you crave are healthy ones.
- Jump-start weight-loss.
- Boost your immune system.
- Promote beautiful, clear skin.
- Ease digestion and reduce inflammation.
- Increase energy.
*Taken from Reboot with Joe by Joe Cross
I've never really seen that movie, nor have read his best-selling book from cover to cover, but I've been believing in juicing. I have reaped benefits from juicing, however I haven't really convinced myself to do a juice-diet, since I love food. But I am aware of what and how I eat. Ever since I saw Breville's the Juice Fountain Max (BJE410), I told myself, I need that for my family, so that same day, I went home with one.
If you happen to be a reader of this blog, you might know about my diabetic daughter. It's not only that I've been looking for alternative medications for her (in replace for insulin, maybe) but I do value every member of my family's health and well being. Another thing is that, my kids have poor immune system and they always get colds and easily carry viruses. I knew, the best thing is to go back and revert to the natural remedies, naturally means every sense of it, from plants.
Yes, there is always that but...But my kids don't eat fresh leafy veggies. But my kids hate salads, the husband too. But my kids never liked eating more than two fruits at the same time, two kinds of chocolates might convince them, though. The best answer to that is juicing. I literally had them make their own juice, and they loved the activity, had to thank Breville for that!
So when Breville invited me for a juicing party at their sales office, I could never say no. I've asked some of my blogger friends to come with me, but they thought it was a bit absurd. They didn't know what they have missed.
Several activities were prepared by the people from Breville and they've even made the whole place look like a mini-Hawaiian room. There were three booths each with different types of Breville juicers.
The first activity up for us bloggers is the juicing challenge with other brands. The objective of this challenge was to compare two leading juicer brands, one of which was the same machine I have at home, thus, I gladly volunteered myself to participate. For the other juicer, Peachy's husband (whom I know as her "Peanut Butter") took over. Peachy blogs for The Peach Kitchen.
My husband who was with me, was telling everyone, that I'm "lamang" (way ahead of him) as I regularly use the Juice Fountain. He knows I'm going to win the challenge cause he knows the capability of the machine.
A timer was used to check how fast we have juiced a tray-full of cucumber, malungay, petsay, kangkong, green apples and lemon. They have given Alvin a head-start by helping him cut some of the fruits and removing the stems from the malungay. As I, on the other hand, never touched a knife.
It took me only less than two minutes to finish all that I have on my tray, which is the same amount as my counterpart has, while he finished juicing at five minutes, that's after cutting everything first.
Tsaran! See how fast I was able to fill up my pitcher, while Alvin wasn't even half-way with his. Now, I'm ready to have my Mean Green juice. A low calorie, low sugar, but loads of nutrients and heck, tastes good too.
Breville® revolutionized juicing in 1999 with the world's first juicer to juice whole fruit. Now, the chute is 25% larger to juice large apples, pears and cucumbers in seconds. And with its patented feed tube and filter, it extracts up to 20% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers.
After Alvin had finished making his Mean Green juice, we all made a comparison of the two. Apparently, both juicers have functioned pretty well and have extracted all the juice from the selected fruits and leafy veggies, well except Breville made it way quicker and no slicing or peeling involved. They just made sure that every fruits and veggies are washed accordingly to its cleanest.
The Breville® Juicer’s exclusive feature is its pioneering patented Nutri Disc™. Breville’s Nutri Disc™ breakthrough design transfers less than 2.5’C of heat thus preserving fruits and vegetables efficacy & nutritional value. While at the same time extracting up to 40% more vitamins and minerals than other juicers.
Breville's juice extractors automatically eject the dry pulp into a collection basket while juicing. Its smooth, rounded parts without food traps prevent pulp from sticking and make rinsing under the tap fast and simple. The easy clean models also come with a specially designed scrubbing brush to clean the filter mesh quickly and easily.
It was this green juice that actually helped Joe Cross successfully lost weight and had freed him of all his prescription drugs. Dramatically rebooting his life and freeing him from the autoimmune disease that he used to dread of.
Next is to put Breville's the Froogie Fountain Pro to test, with the hardest fruit to juice they could think of - tubo or cane sugar.
A novice in juicing was called on to the booth to do the next juice recipe for all of us to share.
To add to the fun, two hunks were asked to do the juicing this time, and they were to make juice with veggies and fruits to their own liking. On one table, a variety of green leafy and watery veggies and fruits were lined, the guys can choose all the mix they want, with only one tip on hand, follow the 80:20 rule of juicing, 80% vegetables and 20% fruits (as the sweetener).
This guy followed the rule of thumb in juicing and was just crazy getting as much greens as he could, correct me if I'm wrong, I'm guessing he used more than 6 varieties of fruits and veggies.
Gerry of Dude for Food blog have twisted the rule somehow and made a citrusy blend that's part green and more part fruity. Both of them looked like they were enjoying what they were doing.
With a machine that's powerful as Breville's, juicing can be really fun.
While sipping away the last juice we had, we listened to Breville's certified nutritionists and personnels as they debunked several myths in juicing.
The Australian Government National Measurement Institute have conducted a study between Breville against other fast juicer and slow juicer brands, last December 2013.
Here are the key conclusions of the study:
MYTH #1: Slow Juicers yield more juice than Fast Juicers.
Fact: Generally, there is only 2% difference between the two. In some cases, Breville juicers yield more juice especially when juicing hard fruits and vegetables like carrots and apples.
MYTH #2: Slow Juicers produce HEALTHIER juices.
Fact: This will depend on the ingredients juiced and the nutrients one is looking for. In most cases, Breville juicers produce healthier juices versus the top selling slow juicers.
MYTH #3: There is NO HEAT TRANSFER when slow juicing.
Fact: Contrary to the popular belief; fast juicers transfer less heat than the top selling slow juicer. Breville juicers transfer an average 0..85 deg C vs the 1.1 degree C transfer of the top selling slow juicer.
MYTH #4: Juices from Slow juicers have longer shelf-life.
Fact: There is No Evidence that suggests that juice made in a slow juicer is safer or healthier to store for a longer period than a fast juicer.
*For more info on this please visit www.juicingscience.com
What a fun-tastic and juicy afternoon it was. The juice party ended with a raffle, more juice and a karaoke sesh.
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