Trying the 'Reboot With Joe' Juicing Challenge

I'm a sucker for a good documentary. And, if it's about food, health or nutrition, I'm all over it.
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One of my favorite movies is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead from Joe Cross. The other night I noticed there was a new (2014) "Part 2" available on Netflix. I queued it up and watched, mesmerized.

I just love what healthy eating and nutrition can do for people.

Then I decided I should try it. I opted for the 5-day reboot. In a nutshell, I've been making fresh juices each day and consuming them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I'm also enjoying coconut water, hot herbal tea and water with lemon. That's it.

Why? Most people try these juicing cleanses and detox challenges to lose weight. I'm at my ideal goal weight already, so I'm consuming enough juice to keep my daily caloric needs in check.

Instead, I'm hoping to:
  • boost my immune system functioning by giving it a flood of vitamins
  • get my digestion back on track and regulated (it's been goofy since surgery)
  • give my digestive system a little healing break since Celiac is slowly damaging it
  • gain some much needed energy from all the nutrients
As I write this, I'm at the end of day two.

On day one I noticed I was urinating much more frequently and was not overly hungry. But, I am already planning what I want to eat once I have solid foods again. Veggie fajitas from my favorite Mexican place sound really good right about now!

Today, day two, was a different story. I woke up this morning feeling really good. I enjoyed my morning hot lemon water and breakfast juice. Then the hubby and I took the dogs for a walk, and things started to go down hill.

I was out of breath from a short walk. I started to get dizzy. Then the ringing in my ears started. My blood sugar was way out of control. I was sweating uncontrollably and had to eat something to avoid passing out.

I'm done with this challenge. Sugary fruit-based juice and hypoglycemia simply don't mix. I'm upset that I wasn't able to give this challenge a full try, but I think it's best for my health for me to stop.

After eating dinner and resting, I feel much better. So, for anyone thinking of doing this challenge, listen to your body. And, if you have issues with your blood sugars (diabetic, hypoglycemic, hyperglycemic) this probably isn't the best option for you. Talk with your doctor first!

Have you done the "Reboot with Joe" challenge from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? Tell me your challenges and successes in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living


  1. Hi, Angela. Thanks for sharing your experience with the reboot challenge. I've not done the reboot challenge, but I've done a few juice fasts. I've had good results and bad results with them. I just don't do them anymore as everything just goes through me way too fast. My body just doesn't do well with just juice fasts.

    1. Hi Susanne, Thanks for sharing! I was worried about that possible problem too, but didn't have any issues. It goes to show how each system works differently! :) Angela


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