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I Live In Dallas: "28 Days of Roots Juices" October 03, 2017 10:45

This article was originally posted on the blog "I Live In Dallas." Thanks so much to Neil for documenting his journey of juice cleansing with Roots.

 

This is the first of three articles I plan to write in order to share my juicing fast journey with you. As with all good anecdotes, I will try and relay this account in an as personal and specific way as possible. I will make it personal because by its very nature it is personal. I will make this account specific for quasi-scientific reasons so it can be duplicated if others choose to do so on his/her path to health.

 

I will be unpacking this true account of a better, healthier, life in three articles with the last being the final reveal and visual results. You see, with the exception of two meals, I haven't eaten solid food in the past 28 days. I have been surviving (and thriving) off of the cold pressed juices extracted and sold by Dallas-founded Roots Pressed Juices.

 

At this point in the process I feel surreal. I look and feel better, have more energy, am enjoying sharper clarity of mind, and more hopeful about the future than I have been in years. In 28 days, this journey has changed my life, and it's not over yet. This juice fast has put me on a completely new healthier and balanced trajectory.


General Practitioner's Prognosis

 

A little more than thirty days ago, I went to see a general practitioner for a preventative annual check-up (my day job offers a yearly monetary incentive for doing so). I didn't actually have a general practitioner in Dallas that I thought of as "my doctor," even though I've lived here for twelve years. That reveals to you how often I actually visit a doctor other than emergencies or wisdom teeth extraction.

 

Unfortunately, my health and diet had always taken a backseat to my career ambitions, insatiable love of food, culture, fun, and variety-seeking. I found an in-network GP in Southlake with excellent online reviews. He asked the reason for my visit of which there were three.

 

1. General check-up for company $ incentive

2. An odd, unidentifiable, rash on my back (had been there a year)

3. Was about to go on a 30 day minimum juice fast with his blessing

     

    As expected, the doctor told me that I had to do something as far as diet and exercise or I would I have go on cholesterol-lowering medication in less than three months. My vitals were bad. I have the report sent to me via email that I will share a screenshot of in my second article so you can see a before and after comparison.


    The Texan Diet

     

    I had the normal Texan diet -  ground beef tacos, enchiladas, chicken fried steak, fillet steak, lots of barbecue brisket, boiled shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, daily doses of Coca-Cola, and three-to-four natural sugar-packed cups of coffee a day.

     

    had the normal Texan diet -  ground beef tacos, enchiladas, chicken fried steak, fillet steak, lots of barbecue brisket, boiled shrimp, fried and blackened catfish, daily doses of Coca-Cola, and three-to-four natural sugar-packed cups of coffee a day.

     

    According to the clinic's scales, I could see that I weighed more than I've ever weighed in my life. I was fat. This wasn't an opinion; it was a body mass index (BMI) fact. I will embarrassingly reveal exactly how fat I was with before and after photos in the next article.


    Sugar Addiction

     

    On top of being fat I was addicted to sugar. This manifested itself through highs and lows throughout the day, and crashing at night, which I had come to believe as just "normal." I quit sugar-laden sodas and coffee cold turkey. The difference between how I felt a little more than 30 days ago and how I feel now is vast.


    How Did This Happen?

     

    After seven years of writing about food festivals, Dallas restaurant openings, the State Fair of Texas, and other sensory-centered events, plus eight hours a day sitting in front of a computer for my day job for the last 12 years, it all took a toll.

     

    I've never been what one might call "athletic," but was skinny as a rail as a teenager and was considered "fit" by most arbitrary measures for most of my 20s. The photo to the left of this article was taken three years ago. I typically suck-in for photos. I have to admit I became what you might call "skinny-fat." This is where all fat just goes to the gut, chest, pectorals (moobs). The legs, arms, butt, and thighs don't increase that much. This type of fat placement is more common among men, it seems.

     

    I've never been what one might call "athletic," but was skinny as a rail as a teenager and was considered "fit" by most arbitrary measures for most of my 20s. The photo to the left of this article was taken three years ago. I typically suck-in for photos. I have to admit I became what you might call "skinny-fat." This is where all fat just goes to the gut, chest, pectorals (moobs). The legs, arms, butt, and thighs don't increase that much. This type of fat placement is more common among men, it seems.

     

    I started writing about food and festivals in my late 20s. Now I'm 36. I know all the clichés about lower metabolism when one hits their 30s and 40s, but I decided a long time ago that wasn't going to be me. I wasn't going to let that be an excuse. I wasn't going to be a portly 40-something year-old pot-belled, mostly bald with pony tail, goatee-donning guy driving a leased BMW around Uptown. Yet, here I was on that road.


    Four Failed Fasts

     

    In 2012, I watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. This doc had a profound effect on me. It was a released in 2011, written, directed, and centered around Australian business man Joe Cross. Joe had an autoimmune disease at the beginning of the film, weighed 310 lbs, and needed a change. The film chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health through a 60 day juice fast and road trip across the United States. He ends up losing more than 80 pounds over 60 days and his autoimmune disease healed itself.


    10 Day Fast

     

    In 2013, I went on two five day juice cleanses in a row via Roots Juices. They were a relatively new company in Dallas and the only one that I knew of that offered cold pressed juices in the form of a regimented cleanse. However, I cheated. I learned later on that the body has to come to a faux starvation state in order for it to dip into fat reserves for energy before weight loss can start. It doesn't happen if you alternate juice and food. Most of our energy is received though daily in-take of carbs, sugar, and other fast energy consumables, but when those are removed your body moves to the pantry.


    DIY Second Try

     

    In 2015, my girlfriend and I tried juicing on our own. We did it successfully for around two weeks. We might have lost three or four pounds max. In this trial I learned that there is a huge difference between juicing with a cold press (masticating) juicer versus juicing with a run of the mill blender or centrifuge juicer. Cold press juicers extract 40 - 50 times more nutrients and a lot more juice. A NutriBullet® doesn't do the job.


    Intermittent and Water Fasting

     

    YouTube is riff with stories of intermittent and water fasting. If you aren't familiar, intermittent fasting is eating all you want, but only during a small window of time. Basically, it's consuming just one meal a day at a certain time to get your body used to using the energy more efficiently. Water fasting is only drinking filtered water and consuming no actual food or juice. Needless to say, these are two tough options for those with less than optimal self-control or someone that gets invited to restaurant openings and festivals. Under stress, they were downright impossible for me. I failed at both.


    The Light at the End of the Tunnel - Roots Juices 30 Day Fast

     

    The light at the end of the tunnel came when I contacted Roots Juices and struck a deal for a 30 day juice Roots Juicesfast for myself and my girlfriend. Full disclosure, it was not free or even close to it because of my publisher status. I did get a discount, but it wasn't any sort of discount they haven't given on special occasions. We combined it with their Labor Day special and paid for two 30 days fasts upfront. Cold press juicing is not inexpensive for the business owner, or customer. However, it works! It's one of the fastest, most efficient ways to lose weight without being miserable or even hungry.

     

    With a cold pressed juice cleanse, you not only lose weight, you turn your whole health profile around. We did alternate juices with Topo Chico Mineral Water, which is approved and is one of the only other liquid products Roots sells that isn't made in-house.

     

    Roots Juices Founder Brent Rodgers is a true Dallas entrepreneurial success story. When I did my original 10 day cleanse in 2013, their only location was on Oak Lawn. Now they have a second store in Lakewood, and two more stores in Atlanta, Georgia.

     

     

    More Details & What to Expect

     

    Their prices are extremely fair when you consider that every 16 ounce bottle has up to three pounds of fruits and vegetables that have been extracted. Their plans or "cleanses" are setup as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. One can stay on Level 1 indefinitely, if he/she choses, or move onto the others in sequence. They typically get more green and spicy the higher you go.

     

    You drink six bottles a day, which equates to 18 lbs of fruits and vegetables. Would you be able to physically eat 18 lbs of fruits and veggies in one day? I wouldn't, but I have been drinking 18 lbs worth of juice every day for 28 days. They offer 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, and 5 day cleanses.

     

    The 30 day fast (or ten 3 day cleanses, however you want to look at it), is off the menu. Since it's extremely fresh, it's best if consumed within five to seven days, but even better within three. This keeps the optimal amount of nutrients in-tact. Each of the six juices had a day are consumed in a beneficial sequence, with sort of special dessert juice at the end of Level 1 and Level 2 ("Health Nut" made from almond milk).

     

    I will get into a lot more detail in my second article where I will recommend some insider juice fasting tips that helped me get through 28 days and my favorite juices. The reason I am not spilling my beans here with my results is I have decided to go another 17 days! That's right it will be 45 days in all. Plus I have to make another trip to the MD. He's going to flip when he sees the improvement in my chart.


    What's Next

     

    In my next article I will reveal my before and after photos, share a video so you can get a better look, show my new cholesterol levels, vitals, tell you what happened to that rash I had the doctor look at, and more.

    Cancer & Juicing March 01, 2017 10:57 2 Comments

    I have the opportunity to help many patients going through chemo. Here is my recent letter to a new customer:

    I’m so happy you reached out to me. I have had the opportunity to help many patients with cancer and those going through chemo.

    My goal with a chemo patient is to build up the immune system as high as possible, making treatments much easier on the body. I often start before chemo is administered in most patients helping with immunotherapy (now a primary course of treatment at many hospitals)

    I agree with you on the lower fruit content juices being better for chemo patients. Any alkaline juice, those being very high in root based vegetables are going to perform better for the body and you will see optimal results. These are your carrot, beet, celery, ginger based juices. I try to stay away from the citrus juices as they are acidic.

    What we have recently learned about the PH of the body and juicing is that when your body is in an alkaline state disease can not grow and thrive. Your body pH affects everything. Research has proven that disease can not survive in an alkaline state, and that viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, candida, and cancer cells thrive in acidic, low pH environment.

    With this being said my hope is to help build up the immune system for our cancer patients that we service, while potentially helping to shrink cancer cells. Though this research hasn’t been proven.

    The only fall back with chemo patients is that often have a heavy sensitivity to cold while they are undergoing treatment. This can sometimes make it painful to drink juices.

    In this case we often look at pure shots of ginger and turmeric.

    My recommendation starting out would be to try to do 6 juices a day, I would recommend the Green Goddess(kale, apple, spinach, romaine, cucumber, celery), Go Green (kale, spinach romaine, lemon, celery, spinach), Liver Cleanse(beets, carrots, apple, aloe, ginger), Wake up(carrot, apple, ginger, watermelon), Greenology(parsley, cucumber, kale, pear, lemon). I would also recommend doing a shot of turmeric /ginger daily. While turmeric is new to treating cancer it is currently in 16 clinical trials around the country and is also a root based vegetable that has many healing properties.

    I’m happy to bring by some samples for you to try at your convenience or I’m happy to host you in store to go over more details.

    Please note our juices and the juices I recommend for chemo patients are not the tastiest things in the world. Unfortunately since they are loaded with veggies they are often an acquired taste so depending on your diet you may have trouble with some.

    It takes about 1-2 weeks to start to see and feel the full effects of juicing but when you do begin to feel results you will be able to bounce back from treatment very quickly and be able to sustain a very high immune system.

    Please let me know if I can answer any additional questions and let me know what we can do to service you.

    How Cold Press Juices Differ From the Rest September 09, 2015 17:08 163 Comments

    Here at Roots Juices we prefer our own style of making cold pressed juices. The explanation behind our specialty is the efficiency and quality in which we produce the best product for our customers. In today’s world, many people are looking for ways to be healthier and we want to give our customers the best formula, and best results, for the best life possible.


    Completing a juice cleanse or adding juices into your current lifestyle can be a rewarding experience. However, there are some major differences why our cold pressed juicer is a miracle machine compared to the more common centrifugal juicer.


    Our product is freshly produced every day using cold pressed juicers or what are also known as masticating juicers. First, the machine crushes the fruit and vegetables like a garbage disposal and then high pressure turns the contents into a blend of tasty juice. The juice is immediately bottled up, stored in the refrigerator and ready to consume. It’s that simple!

     

     



    A centrifugal juicer requires a fast-spinning metal blade that produces heat when it separates contents to form the juice. Why does this make a difference? When heat is applied less nutrients are retained for the final product. Our cold pressed juicer uses a minimal amount of heat which in turn leaves more vitamins, minerals and enzymes into each juice.


    Other perks to using our cold pressed juicer over alternatives include the ability to process nuts to make our almond milk and the capability to process leafy greens more efficiently. Our cold pressed juicer gives us more versatility to keep expanding our juice menu. Roots Juices wants our customers to understand how our juices ensure a healthier product and a healthier you!


    Try our juices today and see what all the hype is about! Order before 1p.m. and your juice will be ready for pickup or delivery the same day.

    New to Juicing? May 16, 2015 06:12 4 Comments

    New to juicing? Juicing has been used for years and it is easy to find people who claim to be healed of cancer by drinking fresh raw juice everyday. Juicing is the foundation of some alternative cancer curing protocols.


    Selecting a juicer is the first step! There are many juicers available on the market today but not all of them are appropriate. The two types of juicers recommended are masticating juicers or grind and press juicers which Roots Juices use. These are also the most expensive to buy, cheaper juicers are centrifugal juicers and the blades whirl at such rates of speed that the juicer heats up and kills vital enzymes.


    THE POINT OF JUICING IS TO FILL THE BODY WITH LIVING ENZYMES! For this, Juicers like the Champion and Norwalk work the best! The type of produce used also makes a big difference. Fruits and vegetables must be ORGANIC. Fruits should be used sparingly, for drinking large quantities of fruit juice is not recommended since fruits contain a large amount of natural sugars. Assembling, juicing and cleaning equipment is a lot of work. Best results are achieved when the body receives a constant supply of living nutrients from fresh juice to heal itself. Juicing alone isn’t enough for cancer treatment. The entire diet should be cleaned up and harmful habits such as cigarettes and booze should be stopped. While juicing for cancer, one may choose to consume only fresh living each day or add other wholesome foods to their diet. It goes without saying that other foods consumed should also be organic and free from chemical additives. A huge plus from juicing is that the digestive organs can rest due to the lack of work caused by consuming solid food, in which case solid food should be limited. As always, it is best to seek a physicians opinion before starting a juice diet. Nutritional needs need to be met so that your body may continue to run effectively. In most cases, juicing works well with a traditional treatment. Juicing overall is a lifestyle that every person seeking great physical health should consider adding into there everyday routine.



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