Super Juice Me Review
There seems to be a new documentary out every month or so these days. Highlighting the benefits of some sort of new diet, or new guidelines, or de-bunking what you thought to be true, or "how the experts got it all wrong", and so on and so forth. We're so fascinated by food and health at the moment and everyone has an opinion. Why? Pretty simply, because we all eat. Not everyone's a plumber so we can't easily comment on how rusty pipes make us feel; or even have a knowledgable conversation about how plumbing even works!
Also - Health is such a hot topic at the moment because 1 - there's huge bucks to be made, and 2 - in general, the population is as sick as ever and wants answers.
Super Juice Me is streaming live as part of a FoodMatters TV promotion. I watched it because I do believe in the power of food. Real whole food. Weight loss is great, but I was curious to see how 8 individuals with chronic diseases reacted to a juice only diet, and whether or not it actually helped. You can get the gist of what happened in 'my takeaways' below. It's a good documentary and I particularly have a soft spot for Andy, but all of the individuals stories broke my heart. There are too many people out there suffering from illnesses that can be helped with lifestyle changes.
You can watch the video here: Super Juice Me
You need to sign up, but its free and there's some other shows coming along too and Q+A time with some of the documentary creators. It should be available for the next couple of days, but FMTV Live will continue until the 2nd of November if you're interested.
The next paragraph will be full of spoilers so stop reading if you want to watch it first!!
My takeaways from this film
- Vegetables and fruit have such strong power to help your body reverse illness
- Packaged processed foods, fast foods and junk foods that have been chemically and physically altered to a point at which they don't resemble their original form, is not going to be beneficial for your health
- 'Detoxing' doesn't need to be done via a 'cleanse' or 'detox'. Change your diet long term to whole fresh foods and your food-related chemical and toxin load will decrease as a result
- Plants should always form the basis of your diet if you want a strong foundation for good health
- Juicing is only temporary and after you do a 'cleanse' for xx amount of days, you still need to learn how to adjust and live in your 'real' world with your new found diet patterns. This is the hardest part and this is where individualised advice and tailored support is always essential to help ensure long term diet changes stick
- Medicine has its place in the world, but so many doctors and us as individuals need to quit relying on drugs to manage symptoms, and start looking at changing and preventing the core of our problems. A life simply surviving on dozens of tablets a day, injections, powders and concoctions is not living life to the full. As the documentary shows, the list of side effects for medications can be miles long! Then the side effects are managed by another drug, that has other side effects….and the cycle continues….
- Removing yourself from life's stresses, starting exercising, getting back to nature, and eating really well for 28 days is going to improve your health, no matter who you are. Results from this 'experiment' were not unexpected. Here's how it works: Eat really well (based on plenty of vegetables and fruits), reduce stress and work out = weight loss, decreased inflammation and typically better sleep = better overall health = reduction in medications and improved symptom management of your diseases. Sounds simple but it's challenging. Despite it being challenging, it's definitely do-able!!
- You don't need to live on juice to see improvements in your health. But juicing does help you get more fruit and vegetables in if otherwise you wouldn't consume them. With only 6.8% of Australian adults consuming the recommended serves of vegetables - juicing may just be where you need to start to up your dose of natures medicine!
- My advice if you are to juice? You don't need to buy a juice plan, or juice guidelines. There are none - just go for plenty of vegetables and rotate your choices regularly to get a variety of nutrients. If just starting out aim for 3 vege to 1 fruit, and make it yourself. Regular store-brought juices are not the same thing!
- Don't think adding a juice to your day and not fixing the rest of your diet and your lifestyle will overhaul your life. It won't. But it's a start.
- A whole food diet with a variety of foods and nutrients is going to give you a solid foundation for health, long term. Juices or no juices.