This post comes to us courtesy of Joe Cross, founder of Reboot Your Life.
With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to Reboot Your Life and to think about how you can embrace delicious, healthy lifestyle choices. Throughout 2012, I will be guest blogging for Williams-Sonoma and sharing my tips on how you can incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet. It’s a simple but an important and powerful message. I’m Joe Cross and I’ll be talking about my first-hand experiences and how I changed my life by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ll be sharing juicing tips, recipes and much more.
Before we get started, let me share a little of my story with you. In 2011, I released Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, a film that documents my personal journey to regain my health. When I made the film, I literally was fat, sick and nearly dead. I was 100 pounds overweight. I had a debilitating autoimmune disease and was taking loads of prescription medications. When the world’s best doctors couldn’t find a magic “fix,” I knew I had to drastically change my lifestyle. By eating and drinking more fruits and vegetables, I successfully lost the weight and got myself off all prescription drugs. I also developed a passion and appreciation for how delicious fruits and vegetables are.
What’s so powerful about fruits and vegetables?
Well, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can decrease the risk for things like cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and mental illness. Fruits and vegetables have also been credited with alleviating the day-to-day effects of painful, chronic conditions such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. Each color family is rich in unique and important micronutrients that help protect our immune systems and keep our bodies strong, so it’s key to vary your fruits and veggies. That’s why I say eat a rainbow every day.
And how does juicing make a difference?
Juicing offers us many health benefits, including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune-boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It also provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are pasteurized and processed, and lacking in nutrition compared to freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.
And here’s the (other) best part: Juicing is delicious and just as creative as baking or learning a new kind of cuisine.
Some people juice to supplement their diets and others choose to just juice for a period of time. Whichever one you pick, trust me that you will be able to delight your palate and develop a love of fruits and veggies that you didn’t think was possible. My website provides a ton of information about juicing, how to prepare your body, how to make juice and why fruits and vegetables are so good for us. Take a look and see what you can learn today.
Next week, I’ll be back on the Williams-Sonoma blog sharing some recipes and tips to juicing at home. Juice on!
About the author: Founder of Reboot Your Life – a health and wellness company that provides tools and information to support diets rich in fruits and vegetables (www.jointhereboot.com).