It’s been almost a year since my husband and I watched Joe Cross’ phenomenal documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This film was a complete game changer for us and led us on our juicing journey. After watching the film, we were incredibly inspired to get healthier and to ultimately get my husband off his blood pressure medicine. Incorporating juicing into our diet helped our energy levels and improved our overall well-being. It also contributed to getting my husband on a lower dosage of his medication!
Unfortunately with the cold months we’ve been having in Atlanta, I’ve been reaching for the coffee pot instead of the juicer in the mornings. And, I can honestly feel a difference, but not in a good way. I’m way more lethargic and mopey – just call me Eeyore. I had had enough of feeling this way this past weekend, so we broke out the juicer again. Hopefully we are back on track with juicing more regularly and regaining our health.
Juicing is an awesome tool to help the body recover and repair. If I’m ever starting to feel a head cold come on, I juice and, voilà, the symptoms are gone. If I go on a long run, I juice afterwards to replenish the micro-nutrients in my body. If I ever eat out and unintentionally eat a high-sodium meal, I juice and feel hydrated again. Although these are specific instances, juicing anytime makes me feel much, much better. Which is why I’m still contemplating a juice fast to reboot my body.
It honestly couldn’t be better timing that the Joe Cross is coming to Atlanta next week for his book tour. His new book is called The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing.
“In addition to sharing Joe’s inspirational story, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet gives readers all the tools they need to embark on their own journey to health and wellness, including inspiration and encouragement, recipes, and diet plans.”
For Meatless Monday, I am sharing my go-to juice that, surprisingly, contains beets!
Sweet Beet Juice
Makes about 25-30 oz. of juice
Please note to wash all vegetables and fruits, and be sure to read the instructions of your juicer to get the best results.
- 1 beet, root cut 1/2 inch from the base and the beet cut into fours to fit into the juicing chute
- 6 carrots, heads removed
- 1 small red apple, stem removed (optional)
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 cucumber
- Start juicer on high and feed all ingredients.
- Turn off juicer and serve.
Juicer’s Tip: Wrap the leaves of the beet around the beet to prevent red juice from spraying out of the chute when feeding it through the machine.