How I started juicing

A couple of weeks ago my boss had a friend staying over from Berlin and together we watched Joe Cross’s documentary Fat, Sick&Nearly Dead on Netflix. Of course I had heard about the documentary before, after all I am a Netflix binge watcher and it always pops up on Netflix’s recommendations for me. Being diabetic and having to have a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates, juicing didn’t seem like an option for me as I thought it mainly consisted of juicing fruits high in sugar. I learned, however, that it mainly consists of green vegetables, which I thought was even worse. Who would drink juiced kale and spinach? Certainly not me. My bosses friend, however juiced one afternoon and I tried Joe Cross’ famous Mean Green juice. Guess what? I liked it. I bought a second hand juicer, just in case as I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I might not use after a few days again. It wasn’t my goal to go on a juice reboot, as Joe calls it. It was merely something I wanted to do a few times a week to get all the nutrients.
Last Saturday I finally picked up my juicer and very motivated I went to the supermarket to buy lots of vegetables and fruits: celery, kale, spinach, cucumbers, lemons, limes and cabbage. Also mint and ginger. To add a bit of sweetness into the juices I got some Granny Smith apples. My favourite recipe so far is the Mean Green, but I only use one apple instead of two. I am trying to cut it down to half an apple when I get used to the taste a bit more. I also like the low sugar green juice.
At the moment I juice in the mornings and the evenings, at lunchtime I have a low sugar meal. However, I have joined a Reboot Facebook group and I am trying to do a 30 day reboot to see how my health improves. I only started at the weekend and my body is already responding. I sleep much better and I am actually able to go to sleep at night, rather than being too tired to fall asleep. I am not trying to lose weight with the reboot, of course I will do, but my main goal is to do something for my health rather than for the scales. Ideally, I would like to be able to live without Metformin and this is a good way to let my body ‘heal’ itself. I just started, so I am looking forward to see the changes other ‘Rebooters’ experienced, and hopefully, it will get me off my medication.
I own the Philips HR1861 there is a newer version the Philips HR1871/00 which retails at £179 on Amazon. I know, this is very expensive, but I use this one at work and it’s fantastic. If you are serious about juicing it is a great investment in your health. Andrew James has currently a juicer on offer at Amazon, the Andrew James Professional 850W Whole Fruit Juicer (pictured above). The design is similar to the one I own and it is reduced to £29.99 plus £7.99 delivery. Rated with four stars with over 1750 reviews, I would say it is not a bad purchase, especially when you are just starting to enjoy juicing. If you have some money to spend, the Sage Nutri Juicer by Heston Blumenthal (£159.99 plus free UK delivery) is recommended by Joe Cross. I can’t recommend you visiting his website enough, whether you just want to juice once in a while or daily.
What do you think about juicing? Would you try it or did you already try it?


  1. September 11, 2015 / 7:22 am

    I love the idea of juicing but the thought of crinkling cabbage leaves always puts be off! I live this post… you have given me a bit of encouragement!!

  2. September 11, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    I love juicing! It's so nice and so healthy 🙂 x

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