People might believe that juicing is a recent thing, but it has been around for a good 70 years, if not longer.
Juicing is the extraction of liquid from fruits and vegetables. This is not to be confused with the pasteurised ‘in-store’ juices that you see on the shelves in most shops. Home made juices are natural and don’t have any refined sugars in them. (Some supermarket chains are getting wise to the need for healthier options and do provide some natural juices on the shelves. My warning to you would be to read the label very carefully.)
If you have watched my video above then you will see that it is a fairly straightforward process to create a healthy and enjoyable drink from fresh fruits and vegetables.
People often ask me why I chose to do a juice detox to help me lose weight and the answer if simple; I was lost nutritionally. I was over eating the wrong foods and I looked and felt like a disaster. My sister had done a couple of Jason Vale’s detoxes with juicing to help her reboot her system and feel great. I did my reading, watched a couple of documentaries and decided it was the best way for me to gain control of my situation.
Another question I’m asked is if I eat ‘normal’ food again. And I guess that depends on what your version of ‘normal’ is. Do I eat solid food? Yes. ‘Normal’ food is really a matter of opinion, culture and or location these days. Our diets over the last 50 years have been altered so much by convenience foods and mass production of less perishable food; depending on where you live in the world ‘normal’ could mean anything: take some time to look at this link. http://www.walltowatch.com/view/28822/A+Week+of+Groceries+in+Different+Countries
We have the luxury in the UK of being able to walk into a supermarket and choose what ever we want from organic to processed foods. Based on what I see when I go to big supermarkets, people are less inclined to fill their trolley with fresh vegetables and fruits and more inclined to go for the packaged less perishable food. That is partially down to convenience but I think it’s more down to education: a lot of kids are growing up today never learning how to prepare fresh food, just bang some things in the oven from frozen and presto! Food! …Or is it food?
A few weeks ago the Daily Mail wrote a very questionable article about juicing; it mentioned Jason Vale by name and led to providing more conjecture about the juice detoxes that people are doing. I hate to read negative press about juicing it truly helped to save my life. I think because it is so different to what the 'norm' is then people brandish it with a nonsensical ‘fear factor.’ Questions like; ‘where do you get your fibre?’ Or ‘where do you get your protein?’ Or even ‘what about all the sugar?’, really get on my nerves, because the person asking them has probably never thought about those things when they indulge in their ‘normal’ diet. You see to me it is simple, a detox or juice program is designed to help with specific things: removing the rubbish from your system and cleansing your organs by feeding the body rich nutrient dense liquid. If you think about it rationally how could this be bad for you?
Most juices are designed to have vegetables and fruits to help balance them out. If you just juice fruits then your sugar content will be high, but it is still natural sugar,. Despite the fact that you have removed the most fibrous parts of the apple or carrot or whatever you juice you still have fibre in the juice. Believe it or not certain plants contain all the protein that you could ever need to help repair and look after the muscles in your body. Spinach (why do you think Popeye was so strong?) broccoli, kale and avocado, for example, are full of protein. Even today most educational documents neglect to list green vegetables and focus on animal proteins.
The body is a complex and wonderful machine, able to deal with a hell of a lot of stresses and strains that our modern lifestyle puts on us. We are generally less active as we have developed different ways of fulfilling the demands of a monetary based society. Much of our work is done at a desk; whilst cars, buses, trains and planes transport us. So sitting most of the day is strain number one. The next thing that our bodies have to deal with is the by-products of such a society, for example the gases and fumes we inhale, not to mention other harmful substances that we are exposed to throughout the day. Couple those strains with a diet high in the levels of animal protein, chemicals, processed food with high fructose corn syrup and very little nutrient rich vegetables and fruits then you have a recipe for huge strain on the body.
The body has to filter out all the rubbish and take nutrients from whatever is left to help build your new cells and help fight off sickness, to help you grow. Take for example Norman Walker, the man who invented juicing, he lived until he was 99 years old. He was a man who set out to bring juicing into the world and was actually cornered by health regulations which prevented him from keeping his juicing business running as they wanted him to pasteurise his juices to meet the ‘safety standards’ of the US. His mantra was that food that was cooked is food that is able to sustain human life, but will not allow us to thrive. I think that kind of sums up what I am trying to put across to you today. Realistically I don’t exactly stick to that mantra the way that I would like to but I certainly will do one day. It is a process though, right now I know that I enjoy eating the occasional piece of fish or chicken, but I have cut out refined sugar, caffeine and dairy. I used to struggle with migraines and headaches I can tell you cutting out that stuff was the best change I ever made. I think for me to launch into rant about the way that I see the food industry today would stifle the positive energy that I am trying to create with this blog. What I can say is this, if you have found what I have said here today mildly interesting then please do some research of your own on plant based diets, juicing and veganism. You don’t have to flip 180 degrees, but I certainly found that my whole life changed when I gave my body the ability to thrive.
What I have neglected to mention in this post is the importance of exercise along with a balanced diet, but there will be more on that in another post. I do find it truly amazing what the body can accomplish if it is given the right ingredients. I’ll leave you with a short list of books and documentaries that you can check out when you have some time.
Forks Over Knives
Any of Jason Vale’s Books, most recent SUPER JUICE ME
Reboot with Joe
Tune Your Mind and Body
Forks Over Knives
SUPER JUICE ME
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 and 2
Each documentary follows the lives of some fascinating people from around the world as they try to bring a different perspective on food. A little research might blow your mind and inspire you to explore different avenues of nutrition. You never know, what you find might surprise you.
Take care for now!
Hi Guys! I'm back again with another post helping you throughout the day with your office environment. I hope you'll enjoy the videos that I am putting up on Youtube, please feel free to subscribe!
I'll be back with a more detailed blog post later in the week!
Peace for now!
Welcome to your weekend! I hope you are having a good time relaxing and spending time with loved ones!
Today it's simple; I'll be talking to you about shifting from being motivated to doing something about it. Like I have said before in my first post below "It is Time" I never had much trouble with motivation growing up. My parents always insisted that if I had a dream then I should chase after it. It was the same for my sister, we were never held back from achieving what we wanted, we were encouraged all the way and I think that is one of the aspects of my childhood that I will always remember.
When I reached my biggest size as you have seen in my last post, "Setting Goals" I wasn't motivated for anything, the only thing that I could get excited about was going to the shop to buy food. I think the reason I was motivated was because I was craving the 'feel good' feeling that I got from food. It was a feeling that would last until the food was gone.
So how did I get to where I am now with such little motivation? I set small goals as I said before, but everyone has set some goals in their life that they have yet to achieve. In fact you can have all the motivation that you could ever want but you still need to start somewhere. The big thing for me to turn the motivation that I had into action was committing to remove all the negative aspects of my life that I had at the time. I cleaned things up, threw away the rubbish that I was holding on to, mentally and physically. I remember walking down to the rubbish bin outside the flat one-day with about 15 empty pizza boxes piled high, they were all mine! They had been sitting in the flat for ages and it was time that I got rid of them and created a clean environment for my mind. One of the biggest things that you can do for yourself is to remove things that will prevent you from being motivated. Start with your social media, everyone these days has some kind of device that links them to Twitter, Facebook etc.… Give your timelines and feeds a massive clean up, remember you are in charge of what you see on those platforms, you create your social media, unlike/ un-follow people or groups that are negative. Hide people that are always complaining online (yes that’s right we all have those people in our lives) and you’ll soon find that your day brightens up. My biggest one of all was removing the news from my bookmarks, removing the apps from my phone and distancing myself from the daily grind that the media places on your spirit. Move on to finding people to follow and interact with, pages that will lift your spirits. All of a sudden you have a recipe for goodness, that’s just is one small aspect of your life that you will have changed by being motivated then committing to your decision.
If those examples don’t help then do yourself a favour on your next movie night, rent or download the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper, I can hear all the ladies go “oooooo,” anyway, watch that movie and take note of a particular scene. It is the scene in the movie where he takes the a drug that starts to re-wire his brain, it starts to make him think and see clearly, he goes home and looks around and sees that the place is an absolute pigsty. The first thing he does is clean everything up, make things nice an organised and then gets to work to finish his novel.
Now try and apply that to your situation, tidy up the areas that need it, get things in order and you’ll find that everything in your life becomes a little easier to manage. You might be thinking that is way to simple, yeah it is, that’s the point!
For me the biggest changes always come when I educate myself about what I am trying to achieve and then just commit to it, I try to surround myself with the idea that I am striving for. Try it out. There are hundreds of YouTube channels out there promoting health and fitness; what a lot of people don’t realise is that fitness is like that drug from Limitless; it aligns your mind and gives you focus, determination and the sense of accomplishment. There are also tons of documentaries out there that will inform you of things that you can do to make your life better.
When you are doing something for the first time your confidence will be low, mine certainly was when I started my journey and I still have a huge learning curve ahead of me. I know now that it is going to be okay because I have the support of those around me. I am truly grateful for that, and I hope that you can feel the same way about this website someday. I’d like to think that you could turn here for the chance to gain perspective and motivation.
I have recently joined an app called Burn This; https://www.burnthis.com and it is truly awesome!
Imagine Instagram but just for fitness! You log in, or create your account and bang! You have an instant flow of pictures in your feed that come from people around the world. What I have experienced so far is a great little community growing right there on my phone, you may be asking why this is different to any other social network, it’s because everything that is posted in the app is positive and uplifting, if you don’t believe me just try it out and see where it takes you. Your phone will glow with the purple branding and emit the positive energy that you need to stay motivated and committed. You can become a ‘Fitfam’ Ambassador and help to engage with other people in the app, to connect and encourage others in their journey, as you can see from the screen shots below there is a cool vibe about the app. I wish that this had existed when I was starting out because it would have been a great tool to help me along my journey, but I have it now and I'm going to make good use of it. This could be the community that helps you get through the day and on to better things!
I guess to sum things up for today; don’t be scared to reach out and ask someone for support, lean on a friend, engage with someone online, put yourself out there and you’ll shine! Life is a challenge and you can either be scared of it or embrace it. Just remember that when you embrace a challenge you bring a really positive energy with you and it changes things immensely. Give it a go and see what the results are like and if you feel like you need support then myself and hundreds of other people are only a few clicks away!
Peace for now!
Welcome back! Today I’ll be talking, or shall I say, you’ll be reading about goals, seems pretty obvious as that was a title on the page too! You may be sitting there and wondering what gives me the right or know how to talk about such things, well we all have had goals in our lives, some more radical and ‘out there’ than others. Some goals we will not have achieved yet, some we may have failed to achieve, but all goals have a starting point; and I would like to share a couple of goals that I have had as well as my starting point.
About 2 years ago this was me....
I was a bit of a loser in my own eyes, and probably in the eyes of a lot of people that knew me at that time. I had developed a very bad smoking habit, terrible eating habits and I was really unhappy with myself. I had turned into the guy that I never wanted to be when I was growing up. I was the guy that was a walking health risk; I was working a job that I really had no passion for because it was never in my mind’s eye growing up. I was outwardly angry and frustrated that ‘things hadn’t gone my way.’ Between 2010 and 2013 I had managed to pack on about 40 kilograms of fat I visited the doctor and the hospital more times than I will ever want in my life; looking back now in all my visits there was a steady decline in my health and a steady rise in the level of concern in the doctors eyes.
I wasn’t oblivious to the issues, I was just so down on myself for getting to this point that I saw no reason to listen to anyone. I knew there was an issue and I knew that it was up to me to change it. I was terrified because I had done the ‘weight loss’ and ‘dieting’ before and doing it again meant giving up what I found comfort in. Food.
I had developed a pretty bad case of sleep apnea on top of everything else which caused a couple of the hospital visits, but I was determined that nothing would sway my love of Pringles, Coca-Cola and cigarettes. I was in a self-destruct phase that was going to end one of two ways, ending up in hospital again and again, or fighting back to turn things around.My loved ones tried everything they could to get me out of the funk that I was in and you know what I think if we were all in America I would have been a great candidate for the TV show, ‘Obese a Year to save my life…’ I got to my biggest stage towards the end of 2013, topping my scales at about 22 stone, which is 140 kilograms or 308 pounds, for those of you reading around the world. For my height and body shape I was pretty damn overweight and I looked sick.
Needless to say I reached a low point one evening lying on my bed wheezing away with a chest infection thinking that life would be so much better if I could get a good night of sleep, without waking up and having a cigarette at 3am of course. Don't worry, you read it right! (Had I seen a medical profession they probably would have diagnosed me as depressed.) Sometimes it would be a midnight snack, but mostly I would wake myself up by choking, and then having worked my heart rate up so much that sleeping again would be tricky; let’s face it breathing and just moving would have increased my heart rate a lot. I would have a smoke and try to relax, lie back down and try to sleep again. This is a cycle that would happen every single night without fail, I was constantly chewing anti heartburn pills to help me calm down and just fall asleep.
It sounds pretty normal to me because I was there, but for a 26 year old the situation was quite dire. I decided that after a night of wheezing and coughing that it was time to take matters into my own hands and change something. (Brace yourself because this is where things get interesting.) I had bought an app on my phone in 2012 to aid in the process of quitting smoking; but I was too skeptical to try it, however I felt like I had reached a tipping point and decided to give it a go. I mean I knew that technology was taking over the our lives, but an app? That's ridiculous right? Not to mention all the naysaying and cold turkey stories that you hear as a smoker from other smokers, you convince yourself that quitting is the hardest thing in the world. Needless to say after 2 hours listening to this app I went to asleep and had smoked my last cigarette ever.
For the first time in years I was taking control of the situation and I felt liberated. I woke up the next morning and didn’t reach for my smokes; instead I showered and went to work leaving them behind. After the first day not smoking I was immensely happy with myself, I couldn’t believe that something as simple as app could help me stop. The thing was, the app assisted me, the only thing I did was decide to set myself a goal; I decided that I wanted to be a non-smoker.
Fast forward a few weeks and I had managed to shake the cough; the cough is something to be proud of, the reason being it means your lungs are coming back to life! It took 5 weeks and a few bottles of cough mixture but I got there. Once that was done I booked a holiday from work and took the money I had saved from not buying cigarettes to have a 10-day break. One thing I had to come to terms with on the holiday was that I was immensely unfit, and uncomfortably large. It was time for my next goal. When I got back from the holiday I bought a juicer to help with the process of getting some proper nutrition into my system. I stopped ordering pizza and a few weeks later the Dominos down the road went out of business! Nah I’m only joking, I was a regular but it wasn't that bad!
It took me three days to detox from the sugar and the caffeine, three days of misery to flush my system of all the rubbish that I had put into it. On the 4th day I was so mentally and physically free that I went outside and started walking, I then jogged, then very quickly had to go back to walking again because I couldn’t breathe. I said to myself, ‘let’s go around this block on the map.’ Once I had done the loop I realised that I had enough energy to do it again. So I did. Soon I was able to jog the route then the route got longer.
You see success builds upon other victories and defeats. It wasn’t easy to jog, some days I didn’t feel like doing a workout, but I made sure I committed, I stuck with my goal of getting fitter. I was so focused on achieving the small goals each day that I forgot that I was aiming for my version of a perfect body. I focused on the daily goals because I knew that was the only way to get me to my long-term goal. If we face facts we are a culture of people who define themselves by aesthetics, we are consumed by it, everywhere we turn we can see celebrities who make it their life to train and look good. There is a key in that sentence; they make it their life to look that way. Some people don’t have the luxury of being able to spend 5/6 hours a day working out, but you will look at the body on the cover of a magazine and think that you can achieve it overnight. You can’t get in that shape overnight, you have to put in consistent hard work. Showing up, doing your best will slowly get you to where you want to be. I am not telling you anything new, people have been doing this for years. If you don’t believe me then have a look at where I am at today with my journey.
I hope that you can read this an understand that it doesn’t matter what goals you set, if you focus on the small steps in between then you can get to where you want to be; don’t forget that every little victory and goal that you achieve will build your confidence inwardly and outwardly. Just try it, I dare you, set small goals for a week and follow them through, I bet you’ll come out at the end of the week feeling accomplished and content in the knowledge that you stuck to a plan.
I can’t explain the world that has opened up to me over the last year, but I can say for sure that I have realised in each and every person there is the potential for greatness. I don’t want to sound like John Lennon now but, imagine everyone in your life being able to move freely without being in pain, everyone being confident, healthy and happy. Imagine how much the world would change if everyone was just 10% healthier. I would love to see you in ten years walking in the street and know that you have achieved something in your life that you never thought you could, because you got inspired set a goal and made your situation better.
So keep fighting the good fight and keep working to your goals, you just never know what you'll discover about yourself along the way!
I’ll sign it off from there and a huge thank you for reading, feel free to follow for more about my journey.
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.