Today marks the 15th day of the Reboot. Started off the day at 6:00am when I woke up on my own (no alarm or crying baby)…still having loads of energy in the morning and not waking up hungry. This morning I had a JOOS Green Lemonade (Apple, Celery, Cucumber, bok choy, kale chard , collards, ginger, tumeric, lemon and lime). The joos was delicious, but I must admit that it tasted rather sweet to me. It is interesting how the sensitivity of my palate to sugar has changed over the past couple of weeks. Things that I once found to “normal” tasting, now taste sweet…amazing how desensitized we can become to the “experience” of our normal routine. In any event, energy has been steady throughout the day…even directly after lunch (which was usually a time in the past that I would hit a wall). At night, my sleep has been solid and I have been falling asleep seconds after my head hits the pillow. All in all, the reboot is making me feel great. 1 more week to go…I’ll keep you posted.
Week 1 of the JOOS Reboot has come to an end and I am still alive. In fact, very alive! Tons of energy, enjoying the fresh JOOS first thing in the morning as a great way to jumpstart the day (it’s much easier than eating 2 pounds of fruits and veggies first thing in the morning!). The energy that I have can only be described as “grounded” and “sustained”. Very few fluctuations throughout the day and when I get into bed at night….i’m out. I’m not sure if this is related to the lack of caffeine but I must imagine this has something to do with it. I weened myself off the java to avoid headaches and now I am going without it. Of all the things that I had to part with for the reboot…coffee is the hardest. Interestingly enough…it is more of the tradition of having coffee that I miss more than the “kick” it gives me. So now, as I sit in a coffee shop writing this blog, I am doing so with an iced passion tea rather than a coffee…tasty, but not the same. I don’t want to talk about it anymore or I’ll cave-in.
I have received several questions from friends and family about the Reboot so I will use this space to answer some of them.
Nate in Boston wrote:
“To do the cleanse, you have to go somewhere every few days to buy the JOOS?” and “What are you eating for lunch while on the reboot?”
Thanks for the questions Nate. I signed up for the JOOS Reboot on www.drinkjoos.com and selected the “depot” that I wanted my JOOS delivered to . I pick mine up at The Body Workshop in Dedham which is the most convenient depot to where I live. On pickup mornings (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) I pop over to TBW to grab my JOOS, exchange a “good-morning” with Frank (great dude who owns TBW) and set off with enough JOOS to last until my next pickup day. The payment however, does not take place at the depot locations, rather it takes place when I place the order on the website. The second part of your question regarding Lunch….For the most part, lunch consists of a grain like brown rice or quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, a delicious high protein grain and is loaded with calcium and other key nutrients), veggies and beans. I’m not a huge fan of tofu but I have used it sparingly. I have found that most ethnic restaurants offer several selections: Thai, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Italian are all great options. This time of year is great for the Reboot because there is an abundance of fresh, local produce. We get ours from www.whitebarnfarm.org which is a small 4+ acre farm run by friends of ours Chris and Christy. If you are ever near Wrentham on a Tues, Wed, Fri or Sat…it’s well worth stopping by their roadside stand.
Rory in New York wrote: “How does the JOOS taste” and “anything scary happening in the bathroom?”
Thanks Rory- thanks for getting right at the good stuff. For me, the JOOS tastes great. My wife got me into juicing our own fruit and veg. about 3 or 4 years ago so I am used to the non-sweetened, non-industrialized, non-full of crapizized (my own word) taste of fresh juice. For some reason, the JOOS just tastes better than ours (and is much easier to clean up!). When the Reboot starts, the joos’ start out sweeter (because they contain apple). As your body begins to adjust to being without excess sugar while on the Reboot, the amount of apple is decreased because you no longer desire such a sweet taste. By the middle to end of the cleanse, you are drinking JOOS that contains no apple and more green leafy vegetables (quite possibly one of the healthiest foods on earth). The amazing thing Rory is that I have met so many people who told me that before they start the reboot they could barely stand to take a sip of JOOS yet by the end of 3 weeks, they were physically craving it. It is pretty amazing how the human body responds when you treat it well.
The second part of your question made me laugh but it is a very valid question and probably one of the best indicators for me as to how this is working. I’ll do my best to address this accurately while offending as few people as possible. The Reboot is a total body cleanse and not a colon cleanse….with that said, there have not been any total “blowouts” if you will (a welcomed relief for me as I have known several people who have done the colon cleanses and couldn’t be more than 5 feet from a bathroom). I am in the “office” 1x a day and it is a casual affair that takes place first thing when I wake up (as apposed to having to be coaxed with a couple sips of coffee as in the past). Lastly, I would mention that there has been virtually no odor….almost as mind blowing to me as the fax machine.
more Q&A soon…
6 days into the Reboot and feeling great. For those of you just joining the blog, I have embarked on a 3 week JOOS Reboot and have agreed to document my experience here on the JOOS Blog.
A little under a week ago, my wife, Jess and I committed to drinking 2 JOOS’ per day and eliminating Meat, Wheat (gluten), Dairy, Refined Sugars, Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners and Caffeine (Jess went cold turkey on the coffee..I have been weening myself) from our diets. Today, on day six, we are both feeling GREAT…good energy level- especially in the AM and sustained throughout the day (including a workout). I have learned that I need to consume additional food on days that I exercise as I was getting light-headed after I workout. Mentally, I have a solid degree of clarity due, most likely, to the foods I am eating (and more likely, not eating) but also to the fact that there is an added degree of mindfulness applied to my food choices. I have enjoyed putting together our “big” meal of the day as I have been forced to utilize new ingredients and leverage multiple spice combinations to create delicious and nutritious feasts. Interestingly enough, if I think back on the meals that we have had since the Reboot started, almost all of them have been influenced by the cuisine from cultures outside of America. Mexican (Beans, Rice, Salsa & Guac), Thai (Green curry vegetables), Italian (Rice Pasta with Eggplant, portabella mushrooms & Garlic in a San Marzano and basil sauce) and Indian (Potato and garbanzo bean curry) flavors have been on call as I have struggled to find a solid American meal (Burger & Fries??) that satisfies the parameters of the Reboot. I find this quite interesting as I believe it speaks to a much larger issue in our culture around the sourcing, quality and cost of the “typical” American diet.
As my first Reboot heads into the weekend, I’m feeling pretty good (although this beautiful Friday afternoon weather most certainly evokes my subconscious desire to reach for a beer while listening to the Redsox game and grilling something that was once swimming or grazing). I am becoming very aware of benign habits that I have developed over time…things like eating at a certain time of day regardless of whether or not I’m truly hungry, associating certain situations with certain foods (thinking about Buffs Pubs wings during last nights Patriots Game) or simply the subconscious visits back and forth between the fridge and pantry thinking that something was just going to magically appear in the time since I had last checked (usually under 10 minutes earlier!).
In addition the benign habits, here are a couple of quick additional observations on my first 3 days of the JOOS Reboot. First of all…I feel way more “conscious” about the way I am eating. Making decisions about what travels past my lips has moved from the sub-conscious to a point where I actually take a moment to ponder whether or not I am “allowed” to eat certain foods. Fortunately, I happen to be a food lover (with the exception of Goat Cheese…which I think tastes like dirty socks) so the Reboot has been more of a quest to determine what i CAN eat versus a struggle to eliminate things that I CANT. My big meal of the day (usually taken between the hours of 10 and 3) has consisted of brown rice, lots of veg, beans and fruit. I happen to love all of these foods so finding something to satiate my appetite has been no problem. This is a great time of year to Reboot since some many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season and can be purchased locally. One great thing about the JOOS Reboot is that it is not a starvation cleanse…rather it is an exercise in mindful food selection. I have been joking with Jess and calling it the “EATboot”, with the idea being that you must EAT, but you also must avoid: mEAT, whEAT, swEET and anything from a tEET (dairy).
Ok, looking forward to sharing more next week. I have been getting lots of questions about the JOOS Reboot so I will try to answer some in future posts. Be well. -Dan
So Day one of the Reboot is a thing of the past. I felt pretty good for the most part yesterday, however, last night I could have literally eaten my own leg (but of course…no meat!). My hunger was most likely out of habit more than anything else but nonetheless, I ended up having some veg & hummos to avoid going absolutely crazy. I woke up this morning feeling quite good. I had more more energy than usual (anyone with young children knows what kind of energy you have first thing in the morning!) and I attribute it to not having a large meal close to bedtime and giving my system the optimal recovery time during the night. I have met many people who have done “fasts” where they go for extended periods of time without eating as a way of cleansing the body…while this act of starvation ranks up there on my list of things that I have zero interest in doing (along with running a marathon, knitting and wearing a Yankees hat), I do believe that occasionally not eating food between the hours of 6pm and 6am gives your body a 12 hour fast and allows it to do it’s thing…setting you up for optimal performance the following day. More to come
It’s Dan here…Regional Manager for JOOS, getting ready to embark on a 21 day JOOS Reboot. I will use this space to periodically document this experience as both a personal account of my dietary transformation as well as an opportunity to educate others on the Reboot experience. My wife, Jessica, and I decided to do the Reboot together…sort of a buddy system kind of thing. Her experience with the Reboot will be slightly different from mine as she is currently nursing our daughter and will need to to modify her food intake accordingly.
Last night I had an amazing juicy hamburger for dinner…a final send-off if you will as for the next 21 days I will exchanging my omnivore tendencies for a diet rich in fresh, non-pasteurized fruits and vegetable Juices and free from likes of Dairy, Meat, Gluten and processed/preservative laden foods. While I have always taken an keen interest in the foods that I put into my body, the Reboot will force me to adopt a new level of “mindfulness” as I rethink my diet and reorganize my shopping list and refrigerator. The JOOS Reboot is a unique way to kickstart sustainable eating habits…which, if you are a busy human in todays society, can get out of whack every now and again. The program is pretty simple. JOOS in the AM, JOOS in the PM. Biggest meal in the middle of the day (this allows your body to maximize it’s healing potential because it is not constantly diverting energy for digestion all day long). There are several other components to the REBOOT but for the sake of simplicity, that is the gist. An occasional “cleanse” or “reboot” is an amazing thing for the mind and body. It is essentially a way of stepping back from the routine and consciously thinking about a task (eating) that we all to often approach with an autopilot mentality. When you think about it….food is the fuel that determines how well our body and mind performs. For the next 3 weeks, I will be giving my body optimal fuel and nutrients in hopes of maximizing energy, increasing clarity and challenging myself to switch off autopilot and steer the ship manually.
This morning I picked up my Reboot package (6 JOOS, 1 Package of JOOS Bites and a Reboot Manual) at The Body Workshop (my local JOOS Depot) in Dedham. I kicked off the Reboot with a JOOS GREEN LEMONADE- fresh pressed juice made from Apple, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens,Celery, Cucumber, Tumeric, Ginger, Lemon and Lime. More to come soon! Be Well…..