Recently a friend had recommended a documentary entitled, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. It chronicled an overweight, auto-immune disease afflicted man, Joe Cross, as he infused his body with only fresh vegetable and fruit juices for 60 days straight to lose the extra 100lbs he was carrying around and to finally shuck his dependency on the steroids, Prednisone, that he was prescribed to keep his body from inflammatory reactions. Basically, to get well. He was going to train his body to heal itself from the inside out. He reasoned that when our bodies get a cut/injury on the outside, if you leave it alone it has a natural tendency to heal itself. So, why can’t the same go for the insides as well? Joe Cross was on a mission to prove that it can be done.
So, off he goes, traveling across the US with a juicer in the back of his car, inspiring the many people he meets to take the Reboot Your Life challenge. Reboot Your Life is a socially conscious health and wellness company that offers support, encouragement, community, media and tools to everyday people. Did I mention all this is free? You take quick survey and the results will determine which of the 3 programs would best suit your needs. I got the 15-day Reboot Entry Program. The entry plan is a 15 day journey to wellness. In this plan, you can juice and blend produce as well as eat raw and cooked vegetables and fruits in any order or combination that suits your life. This program is intended for those who are brand new to eating a plant-based diet, those who have recently completed a juice fast or those who would like to participate in a Reboot, but don’t want to exclusively juice, for 5 days.
It was a good place to start since I wasn’t sure if I was capable of juice fasting for 60 days straight yet. I eat a lot and would miss chewing. But, because Joe had such good end results, he lost 100lbs and was able to successfully stop his Prednisone altogether without having any flare-ups, I was sold on the getting off the steroids part since I was still also on the same drug, among others, to control my lupus flares. Though, in the span of a little over a year,I have already been able to reduce my dosage from the initial 60mg a day to alternating 1 and 2mg daily because I was already on the juicing bandwagon.
I have been juicing since New Year’s Day because I was inspired by Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Diet book. Since I started juicing, I have noticed an overwhelming sense of well-being. I think clearer, faster, and dream more vividly. My skin is dewy and glows from within. I am bouncing off the walls with natural, non-caffeinated energy. My hair that I had lost from chemo has grown back extra thick with more color and bounce. Colds/infections are far and few between. The stiffness and pain of my arthritic hands are now gone and have regained back most of its original flexibility. I could go on and on about how my body has reversed most of the damage the inflammation had done but that’s a whole other post. I just feel good overall. This Reboot seemed just like an extra boost to continue on my road to wellness.
So, this is how I got to Day 1 of the Reboot Your Life Challenge. Follow me on my journey to wellness!