What is the Best Juicer for 2017 ~ Here are 5 things to think of!

Breville JE98XL

I recognize for some of you this may be obvious, but for some of us not so much. The question, what is the best juicer for 2017 comes down to 5 key things, and really something I cant fully answer for you. When I think about what is likely to be the most important factor(s), I usually think of cost. It seems that the cost of an item frequently plays the determining role, however I would suggest the  most important thing to consider is..

What is your primary purpose?

I hope you’re not thinking “um juicing der!” 🙂 If you are that’s ok, it just means you are likely new to juicing, and actually now that I think about it that is good news!! 🙂 Yes juicing is the overall primary purpose but what I am getting at here is are you going to be a casual juicer, like a juice drink here and there on occasion, or hard core juice fasting for the next x number of days, and juicing everything from kale to oranges. Their are a few reasons this is important to consider. The main one would be which type of juicer will you want. Durability would also be a key factor.

Types of juicers

Masticating or Auger: This type of juicer produces juice by using a gear or gears that smashes the produce at a low speed. These types are considered to be the best for extracting the vitamins and nutrients most efficiently. A key factor here is it more effectively juices wheat grass, and leafy veggies like spinach. It will also take care of apples and pears, etc. Where this style of juicer struggles a bit is with softer fruits such as oranges.

Breville JE98XL

The other most common juicer is the Centrifugal Juicer. It is generally the most widely used. This one works by inserting fruit or veggies which it grinds into small pieces and then spins at high rpm, much like a washing machine on the spin cycle! These are quick and easy but not as efficient, (pulp that is extracted is more moist), and this machine will struggle with wheat grass and leafy greens such as spinach. Many have learned methods to deal with wheat grass and leafy greens by wrapping them with something like an apple slice or carrot, etc.

As you can see your purpose will play a role in what style of juicer you will want. I do favor the Centrifugal even though there are some down sides, and recently did a review on the Breville JE98XL

Cost ~ Is cheapest best?

Fairly obvious but hey it is something to think about. I think it really depends on your intent. If you are not sure about juicing as a whole but want to try it out I think cheap is the way to go. The only downside to that thinking is perhaps the cheapest models wont have key features that make juicing more of a pain that it really is. You can get an idea of what you think overall with a cheap juicer, I wouldn’t necessarily go with the cheapest, which is why when I bought one just recently I went with the Breville I did the review on. Over all juicer prices range from high $40’s to up to $400. I think there’s a juicer for everyone in that range!

Features ~ Think convenience

Everything from a large chute for putting your fruits and veggies in, think less prep time, to Cord storage. Seriously you might be like cord storage really? Yes I am thinking of other small kitchen appliances that have the cord out and about, and you’re setting some over-full cup of something delicious down, and oops you set it on the unplugged toaster cord and over it goes!!

A clear juice container with markings in ounces is a nice plus, is that or is that not going to fit in my regular cup!? You get the picture on features I am thinking.

Brands ~ Just a few

WOW there are so many so I will just list a few of the top ones by Type. I mention this simply because there are many many different brands and I wanted you to be aware of the most common and easily found.

  • Masticating (Auger/gear)
    • Champion
    • Omega
    • Breville
    • Kitchen Aide
    • Hamilton Beach
  • Centrifugal (masticating, Auger)
    • Breville
      1. JE98XLreviewed
    • Hamilton Beach
    • Cuisinart
    • Juiceman
    • Jack Lalanne

Power and Durability

This is one of those areas where you are pretty much going to get what you pay for. That is of course not 100% always the way it is, but it is pretty universal. Up above I mentioned cost. I would suggest if you are really not sure what you want or how much your going to use it, I would trend towards the lower end of the scale in price, under $150.00

Oh Definitely check out the warranty they vary widely among brands as far as length and what is covered.

I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment or question below or even better head over to the Discussion Board:


5 Fruits That Can Help You Loose Weight

Juicing recipies and weight loss
Juicing recipies, and weight loss

I got 5 specific fruits! Ever wondered if specific juicing recipes and weight loss go hand in hand? I have too, so I set out to see if I can discover a definitive answer. Quick answer? Yes specific fruits and other foods can help with weight loss. I’m sure that over the years you have read, like I have  various trends, that this fruit, or this veggie actually attacks fat and such. I think we will find that some specific items do chemically help fight fat. Beyond that a lot of I tis just plain calorie reduction. So lets jump in and see what we see!!

First things first…

My base belief for weight loss is, a person loses weight pretty much by a fairly rigid set of rules. Intake of calories vs working off those calories. I also know without a doubt that isn’t the whole picture. Example when I was on my juicing fast I was exercising every other day, along with the fast. This went on for about 6 months. My body became conditioned to this state. When I returned to my old habits my bodies metabolism stayed at the dieting rate for months after. It literally took over 3 months of bad behavior to start reversing all of the good effects of the fast and exercise. I also believe the exercise actually changed my bodies chemistry, which I also believe specific foods can as well.

Lets take a look at specific foods.

Just like there are specific foods that assist with everything from improving eyesight to building muscle mass. I believe there are foods that help assist with burning fat.

First on the list is….. Oats, and beans! why? it  contains resistant starch, which actually boosts metabolism and burns fat. It is also high in fiber providing a full feeling that helps control appetite. The link is to health.com which I know nothing about other than that was a good article.

Juicing Recipes and weight loss
Juicing Recipes and weight loss

With this being a juicing website, I will break out the rest of the list for the juicing community. I am sure there are some other fruits and veggies that have a direct effect on weight loss and fat burning, but these are my favorite, and the one that made  the list to share with you.


Here is an easy list:

  • Grapes ~ Fit well with juicing and smoothies. The skin contains resveratrol which actually helps stop fat storage. I like to mix grapes in with many different juices that I make.
  • Pineapple ~ Purdue University found that, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple and is thought to help reduce appetite, and enhance fat excretion.
  • Bananas ~ contains resistant starch, particularly when slightly green. Add these to smoothies always, nice sweet taste and tons of great nutrients.
  • Tart Cherries ~ have high levels of Anthocyanins, which helps burn fat. Tart cherry juice have many other beneficial properties you can read about by following the link
  • Berries! ~ blueberries, strawberries, black berries, are all high in polyphenols is a chemical that helps burn fat, and even helps decrease fat formation Check out this study.
  • Fruits and veggies that are high in fiber. I put this in even though I am focused on juicing which takes the fiber out, but I do also advocate for using smoothies. The high fiber content doesn’t have a fat fighting aspect per se, but does provide a full feeling with very few calories.

Additional Thoughts…

If you have poked around my sight you will read that I am not big on recipes. I think they limit our creativity, but more importantly I feel that each fruit and vegetable has a unique chemical structure that has many different health benefits. I prefer to add as many different items to each juice creation as possible. I have a few staples such as apples, cucumbers and spinach, but then add multiple others.

To make it official here is a recipe for you.

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • handful of tart cherries, (pit first please)
  • handful of blueberries
  • handful strawberries
  • Sprig of Parsley
  • Sprig of fresh sage, (careful with this, strong flavor)
  • teensy bit of ginger, (careful with this, strong flavor)
  • a couple of leaves of mint, (careful with this, strong flavor)

It takes a little practice to get amounts correct, but that for me is what is fun about juicing, that and losing all the fat!!

Can Juicing Reduce Belly Fat ?

Juicing and belly fat
Juicing and belly fat

I was wondering if juicing and belly fat have any significant correlations, meaning are there fruits or veggies that target belly fat over other fat. Seems to me it is more likely it is as simple as fewer calories causes weight loss across your body in mostly equal fashion. I do know that when I went on my long term juice fast I didn’t target any particular area, and didn’t use any particular veggies or fruits, but still I wonder. I did some research and this is what I have found.

The bad news…

I realize this is disappointing, but there are no foods, including fruits and vegetables that “target fat” It is an overall body fat loss via reduced calories and increased exercise.  It might be interesting to research the effect of various exercises as it relates to target specific areas of the body.. There are however some fruits and vegetables that help more than others. The goal is to feel full while reducing your caloric intake which is exactly what juicing does for you. You do lose some of that full feeling when juicing, but your body does recognize the intake of nutrients and vitamins and feels satisfied. Also the water content allows for a full feeling even if short in duration.

The Good news

Fruits and vegetables are great at fighting fat, overall body fat. They are super low in calories, and super high in vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Juicing only helps concentrate the health benefits, while still keeping the calories way low. I guarantee if you start juicing you will start losing weight and fat, including belly fat, or whatever target fat plagues you.

Berries and Melons

Juicing and belly fat
Juicing and belly fat

Berries and Melons are great for overall fat loss. The high water content helps with feeling full, and the overall number of calories are low. Plus they taste great, and as everyone knows berries in particular are particularly high in antioxidants. I mention these to fruit categories also, because the berries provide great flavor when you add them to veggies. While melons add a great deal of juice volume. That helps keep the cost of juicing down somewhat.

Best Juicer Price Comparison Chart

Yummy green juice
Yummy green juice

I am one of those people that like charts and comparison kind of things. I like to see side by side stats so it breaks it down into easy to see results. I thought I would pick a couple of those most popular juicers and do a best juicer price comparison chart. I have no idea how this is going to turn out overall but thought it would be fun. 🙂 My current favorite juicer is the Breville JE98XL. It will be interesting to see if it remains my favorite! 🙂 So a few details for our chart, I am thinking stats here that will help us measure what we want.

  • Price, under $200 but over $100
  • Highest rated, per reviews on Amazon
  • A list of features
    • Raw power
    • Ease of use
    • Ease of cleaning!!
    • Counter Space
  • Type, 4 of the 5 are the common centrifugal, but one is the gear style. I decided to include it simply because it was under $200 and might be something people are interested in.
  • Official juicenjoy rating

These juicers were selected based mainly on price. I did try to get some different brands of juicers. These are the five, in no particular order, that we will do our best price comparison chart on. I have labeled them with a letter so they fit nicely in our Chart 🙂

     A.) Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice Extractor

     B.) Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

     C.) Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer

    D.) Jack Lalanne’s JLSS Power Juicer Deluxe Stainless-Steel Electric Juicer

    E.) Omega J8003 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer

Best Juicer Price Comparison Chart


Juicenjoy Best Juicer Price Comparison Chart
Juicenjoy ~ Comparison Chart



I thought I would expand on this a bit. The Cuisinart has the most power as indicated, but didn’t seem to be a real benefit. The number one complaint was how much juice was left in the pulp. The Breville JE98XL had the same issue with a lot of the readers. I own this particular model and have felt, for it being a centrifugal type of juicer, that it performed well.

The number one complaint for the Breville BJE510XL was that the motors tended to burn out. Out of the large number of reviews it was small number, but I thought worthy of sharing.

The Jack Lallane JLSS power juicer looked and felt nice, but just didn’t really compete well with the over $100 crowd, just my opinion.

Maybe it wasn’t fair to throw in a masticating juicer with the Centrifugal juicers, but it was in my target price range, and I thought made a nice contrast. The only negative thing I have against it, is that it is more difficult to clean up, which is one of the things I love about my Breville.

Final Thoughts..

I really don’t think there is a full on winner here. I like to do this kind of thing in order to get people to think before they purchase. I don’t have any magic “great juicer” detection skills, but I have used a lot of them over the years. I like The Breville JE98XL a lot. That doesn’t mean its the best. If your looking for a good juicer I would encourage you to check out the ones I have share above, and if they don’t meet your needs, spend some time on amazon and check out some of the other juicers there. There are considerably more, and less expensive ones to be had. 🙂

Commenting, questions, and more..

Its really helpful to me and other people who stop by this site looking for info when others have commented or asked questions. Please take just a quick moment and leave a thought or question below. I always answer, and usually very promptly. Its important to me that you find what you need.

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Weight loss Success Story, now I am an author

I recently had an article I wrote on my juicing weight loss success story get published. Super exciting to see something I wrote get published. I am still looking for people to share the work Weight loss success stories so if your reading this and want to share yours follow the link and tell it!! Help encourage others to take the plunge to weight loss success, and a healthy life style.

You find my published store here, Weight Loss Success Stories, my Story.

3 Outstanding Health Benefits Pineapple Juice Provides!

Health Benefits Pineapple Juice
Love Pineapple!

First let me say I love all things tropical! Pineapples top the list of things I love so I thought I would take a few minutes and share 3 health benefits pineapple juice provides. There are a large number of health benefits but I like to keep my posts focused, so I narrowed it down a bit to just these 3. I think you will agree these are very good reasons to enjoy pineapple juice every day!! 🙂

Number 1 health benefit is….

Heart Health.. The high levels of vitamin C helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. We have all read about how bad cholesterol can be for our arteries, but when cholesterol comes across free radicals, (Vitamin C helps eliminates free radicals), it oxidizes and becomes more damaging to arteries. For more reading check out this post, what is oxidized LDL Another benefit to heart health is the great quantities of Potassium. Potassium helps with lowering blood pressure because it balances our over use of Sodium. Too much sodium causes water retention. Balancing the sodium with potassium helps keep water retention to a minimum. The added Potassium also helps keep your electrolytes in balance. Altogether this equals better heart health which is still the number one killer in the US!

The next health benefit would have to be…

Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Juice

The large quantities of Vitamin C and the effect it has on our bodies. Everything from help with destroying free radicals, to boosting our immune systems. I have read countless articles on how harmful free radicals are to our bodies. I used to think it was just hype, but the more time I have spent juicing and researching topics related to juicing, the more I have read on how destructive it is. If I couple what I have read with how much pleasure I get from drinking pineapple juice, then I say why not? What is the down side here? When our immune system is strong, it helps us fight off things as small as a cold, and big as (insert your most highly feared disease)?? No I don’t believe that vitamin C is the answer to curing diseases, but I do believe it could be helpful in boosting our immune system thus keeping disease at bay. Do you know what Bromelain is? Me either so I looked It up since it one of the enzymes in Pineapple. I read how it helps fight germs and microbes, the list goes on. Pineapple is one of only two fruits that contains this enzyme. Which gets into my theory about using many different fruits and vegetables in juicing. That each one has a unique chemical makeup, and provides unique benefits.

The last benefit of pineapple juice I will cover is..

The benefit of weight loss. Pineapple juice may not have any secret fat fighting ingredient, but pineapples are of course low in fat, and yes high in sugar content, natural sugar, not refined or processed. The sugar in pineapple will help you fight off the urge for something sweet when you are juicing. The other helpful part of pineapple juice is that you can mix it with several other juices such as wheat grass, broccoli, or other veggies, and be able to mask some of the less desirable tastes when juicing.

Lakewood Pineapple Juice
Lakewood Pineapple Juice

All together I am definitely a fan of the addition of pineapple juice in my diet. I would recommend fresh juiced pineapple, but if that’s not option, I have a friend who has made good use of Lakewood Organic Pure Pineapple Juice. She loves it and uses it frequently. I hope you will check it out and see if it isn’t something you would like to add to your diet. I do usually use fresh pineapple but this is a good alternative. Please comment.. Its always good to hear from you all, so take just a second, and share your thoughts below. If you like what you read and want to keep in the loop for future posts follow the link to Facebook and like my page.

Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss and Energy, Bonus Ideas Included

I want to create a post today to help people who are just starting out, with juicing. In juicing recipes for weight loss and energy, I was looking for a balance between weight loss and keeping the energy up.

There is no secret to losing weight. Its just as simple as depriving your body of calories to the point that you burn more calories in a given day than you take in. This is true with every diet. This is true with juicing. I really don’t believe there is an secret way to lose weight beyond this. What juicing gives you that other diets don’t, is a gigantic flood of vitamins and nutrients that you don’t get anywhere else. Plus when your juicing all your really missing is some protein, and there is several ways to fix that.

Given what I have shared so far juicing for weight loss is relative. If you go on a juice fast you are going to drop weight fast! Doesn’t matter who you are or what size you are or whether you exercise. On a juice fast you are severely limiting the number of calories you are taking in, while maximizing the amount of good stuff. That equals health and rapid weight loss.

The rest of this article will fall into 2 categories, either juice fasting, or just add juice to your diet. Both are affective means for losing weight and keeping your energy up, but the approach is different.

Adding Juice to your Diet

I firmly believe you will lose weight, and gain health by replacing one meal a day with a juice mix of fruit and vegetables. That doesn’t mean you eat more for your other meals, It means you do the same thing you always do, only replace one of those meals with juice. When it comes to recipes, I will share a recipe or 2 but mostly I want to share a philosophy. That being that there are a variety of fruits and vegetables for a reason. Each has its own unique chemical makeup that has a wide variety of nutrient, enzymes and the like. Each plays a unique beneficial role in our bodies. That’s why I cringe a little when I think of the term recipe, it makes me think of a strict guideline to be used, and for me juicing is the opposite. You have the flexibility of inexpensive availability to what you like to consider, and some recipe isn’t going to capture that. So when you do your juicing think variety, and think about your individual tastes. Personally I don’t care for the dirt taste of beets, however they are outstanding for health, check out this post, Beet Juice Side Effects, the good and the bad. With that thought in mind this is a recipe that I “like” best. 😉

Beet Juice


  • 1/2 Beet
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 apples
  • 1 Orange
  • Teensy bit of Ginger
  • Teensy bit of cinnamon
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 tomato

You will notice that I use a larger number of different ingredients. It took a little bit of experimenting to get the flavors right, but it tastes good and it has a great number of different enzymes, vitamins, nutrients, etc. Helpful hint here, beet juice is great for helping with high blood pressure.

Juice Fasting

If you ask me, this is the best way to lose weight fast! Super fast. It may not be easy to cut out all solids, but try it for a few days and see if you don’t become inspired by the weight you lose. As far as recipes, I again apply the same logic as above. I don’t follow  set plan when juicing. I add and take away according to cost and availability and frankly what just seems to hit me as needed.. That might sound odd to you but I call it listening to my body. That’s not the same as giving in to cravings!! 🙂

One of my favorite juices when fasting is roughly what I will outline below for you. I like it for 2 main reasons, one the flavor is great and 2 I can actually feel the energy rising!

IngredientsOrange juice

  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 1 stem of celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Orange
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 sprig of mint.

I don’t usually spend the time to put mint as a décor, but I do like the barest hint of it with the pineapple and oranges. This drink will definitely help with energy when juice fasting!



Final Thoughts..

I hope you find this post helpful. I value people’s comments and questions so please do leave one below. If you new to juicing I would encourage you to check out this page, All About Juicing I post all my writing on my facebook page so if you would like frequent updates follow the link to Facebook and like my page.


Pure Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects, dangerous, harmless?

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects
Pure Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

The answer to whether pure Garcinia Cambogia side effects, are dangerous or harmless seems to be ambiguous, but follow along for real answers. Like many things it hits the old line of, well this study says this, and this other study says that, usually taking opposite sides. In this case the studies are inconclusive. I have read many accounts of fantastic results, and then accounts of maybe, a little bit of success. My personal experience would be just what I have seen in my friends. For them it seemed to work moderately well, it wasn’t a cure all for losing weight, but they did lose some weight, and keep it off, all the while suffering little or no side effects.

I have heard direct feedback on the following minor side effects.
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • stomach cramps/diarrhea
  • Headache
  • General thirstiness
  • Nauseous

I placed dizziness in the minor side effect category because only one friend reported having it and it was very slight. The complaints overall however were very few and far between. From what I have read and seen via friends, and people’s feedback, is that it works moderately well at suppressing appetite, and helping to limit the process that creates fat, a little more on that here, Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract, what is it?

Possible Significant Side Effects:

In 2009 the FDA warned people to not use weight loss products that contained Garcinia Cambogia due to possible liver damage. As I researched this topic it seems to be geared more towards the use of Hydroxycut sold by a specific company, FDA Report. I have also read a number of cases where people who are on diabetic drugs, saw their blood sugars dropping significantly when the person started using Garcinia Cambogia. That one seems to be a bit of  a catch 22 if you ask me. Perhaps it would be best to use the natural product and cut the drug?

Drug Interactions?

Possible interactions with side effects are..

  • Asthma/Allergy meds
  • Drugs that reduce cholesterol
  • Diabetic meds

My Take?

Many people have many different agendas, including doctors, friends, websites like mine, etc. When I started to juice fast, I got a base level look at my health numbers, like blood sugar, etc. I wanted to track it myself because I honestly feel like the only person who is interested in my good health is me. I did speak with my doctor who was not encouraging of going on a juice fast, but instead recommended, a “balanced diet”, “exercise” and a continuation of prescription drugs that I was taking. After the first 1 week of my juice fast I could not see any downside in any measurable health number. My blood sugar had improved a little, and my blood pressure was maybe a touch lower, and I had lost 10 lbs, so I continued. I ended up losing almost 80 lbs. In the face of that success my Dr remained unimpressed, I kid you not. She was like good job etc, but not “OH MY GOSH! How awesome”.

All that to say, that I have a limited idea that this product really does work but it is difficult  completely weed thru the hype, and the naysayers. Trust me there were many naysayers to my juice fast. Given that, I recommend that if you try, Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract, (Click link for product),  or even a juice fast for that matter, you work with your doctor.  If you have a closed minded doctor like mine was, find one that will work with you, and then work closely with him/her. I spent quite a bit of time research that particular brand of Garcinia Cambogia extract. It literally only has the Garcinia Cambogia extract, vegetable cellulose, (capsule), and Organic rice bran. I encourage you to scroll down to the bottom and read the reviews.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below, If you would like to report a weight loss success story of any kind follow the link. If you are new to juicing and want more info including how to, and reviews, try what amounts to an index page, All About Juicing. Want updated posts and new content? Follow my link to Facebookand like my page.


Weight Loss Success Story Picture, pictures don’t lie!

Good morning, its weight loss success story picture time. 🙂 I recently created the page weight loss success stories, because I wanted to provide a forum for people to tell the their story. I want people to see that it can be done! I want to remind my own self that it can be done, because for some of us it is a great challenge in our lives!

Some of this is on my about me page, but I wanted to share my story here just like some of you already have. When I read about other peoples success and even failures it really challenges me personally, to want to help, to want to encourage and support others efforts to lose weight and be healthy!

Me at 343 lbs, before juicing
Me at 343 lbs, before juicing

I have struggled with my weight since I was about 20 years old. I am and have been a very active individual. I know that some of my weight struggle is “in the genes”, but I also know that I overeat, eat the wrong things, and eat just before bed etc. As I have aged it has of course become increasingly difficult to eat as I want, and still stay with in a reasonable weight range. For many years I was around 300lbs. I was a big guy and it didn’t really show, but still 300lbs is heavy, but then it bounced up to 343. I got type 2 diabetes, and still I didn’t do much. I felt defeated. I tried Atkins, calorie counting, etc, etc, etc. Finally I overheard  parts of the video “fat, sick, and nearly dead” and decide to try a short juice fast. I was hoping for 7 days.

First couple of days.

The first day was a Saturday, and we had planned a dinner with my mom and grandma. I had thought to myself I just wont eat, of course that didn’t happen, and so when Sunday came around I was like hmm great start, NOT, but I persisted and was nearly perfect on Sunday. I think I ate some carrots and cucumbers along with the juicing. You might be thinking, um what’s the big deal with carrots and cucumbers, well there isn’t really other than when you are on a juice fast, you want your digestive system to be working at a minimum. The juicing process helps with a good deal of the digestion. Anyway it was a good day overall and made me feel like ya, this can be done.

The next few days were flawless in regards to self control, I was hungry and suffered some headaches and body aches and other detox symptoms. Everything I read was that the first three days were the killers as far as detox and hunger pains, however my experience was that it was more like 5 days. By day 5 I felt pretty close to great, plus I had already lost about 7lbs!!, and when day 7 rolled around I felt prepared to go longer. No idea how much longer, just.. longer.

Next 30 plus days!!

That’s right for another, closer to 40 days, I stayed perfect on the juice fast. Every day saw another pound lost. The only down side was stamina, if I wanted to go cut firewood or mow (all of the) grass as opposed to just the front, I would absolutely hit a wall of fatigue. like wiped out!! Did I fail to mention that I was also working out on a regular basis and had been every other day for the duration? I mention that because I want you to understand that even though I was on a full juice fast I did have lots and lots of energy, just not always as much as I wanted for those extras. At the end of 45+ days it was almost spring and I was becoming even more active so I decided to incorporate a morning smoothie, that had yogurt and avocados. I definitely needed a few more calories by now.

End Results, are you curious?

Weight loss success story picture
Weight loss success story picture, about 4 months into the juice fast

I went from 343lbs with bad cholesterol, bad blood sugar numbers, no energy, and fairly immobile status due to back problems, and subsequent surgery, to 255lbs, blood sugar that responded as if I was no longer diabetic, and a fitness level I had never had. When I say fairly immobile I mean when I got on the elliptical the first time, and on the lowest level, I went 5 minutes before back pain, and leg pain, was strong enough for me to think it was unsafe to go further. My ending fitness was level 15, at a rate of a 10 minute mile, for 30 minutes. This all occurred between January and June of the same year. Yes that is extreme, yes I did work with my doctor as should anyone who is changing their diet.

If you are interested in more information about juicing check out what amounts to an index page, All About Juicing.

Yes, you can do it too!

I want you to know that you can do it too. You are not stuck with how you look and feel today. I felt defeated, stuck, and pretty accepting that this is just how I am, and how I am going to be. That my health would continue to decline, and I would be headed for a wheel chair. Instead I headed to Hawaii! 🙂3242

I would like to encourage you to comment below with your with questions or comments, but if you would like to tell your story follow the link to Weight Loss Success Story.  Good or bad! Create your own weight loss success story picture show! If you want to follow along with future posts follow the link to Facebook and like my page. I post all of my new material there.

Thanks much, Vic

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract, what is it!?

Garcinia Cambogia Fruit
Garcinia Cambogia Fruit

If you are like me, you have ran across an email or something that says something like, Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extra, buy it now, lose weight quick, etc. I have seen many such adds and spam emails, and spam comments on my website here that I sent off to the trash. As anything in life, the more you see it, the more it becomes something you want to check out! I admit to wanting to lose weight easy, without effort while I continue to eat whatever I want. In the back of my mind I always wonder, hmmm could this really be as good as all the hype I am seeing. As I write this I don’t really know the answer, but I have put some time into research that I will share with you below. Common sense dictates, that it is simply hype…

A little background:

There are a number of different Garcinia family plants, HCA is specifically found in the rind of the Garcinia Cambogia family. HCA stands for Hydroxycitric Acid. It is the active ingredient found in the rind of the fruit that is used as an extra in all the products you see related to this topic. Many people in south-east Asia use this fruit in their curries, and chutneys. HCA is found to inhibit the enzyme called ATP-citrate lyase. This enzyme is responsible for converting carbs into Fat, thus blocking to some degree the bodies ability to convert carbs to fat. Dr Oz provided key support to this fledgling interest in 2012

Does it work?

I found this study that seems to conclude that Garcinia Cambogia does work to lose significant weight, and at normal dosages appears to have no negative side effects. I have to admit I remain skeptical, Given that, I would like to open the door for people to comment if they have used this product, and share any other details they like. Just click, Weight Loss Success Stories,  or comment below. I had that page for success stories, but may change the title to reflect the feedback I get. I know a few people who have tried it and had success, but that’s pretty subjective so I look forward to your feedback.

Should you try it?

Clearly that is up to you as an individual, for me, right now, I will stick to the juicing. I know juicing is not harmful. I know I can lose a ton of weight in no time, and I know the health benefits of juicing are simply outstanding.

Shortly after I posted this I had a few people ask me about where to buy it. This surpised me a bit but thought id include a link.. NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia Extract with Vcaps Plus for Immediate Release, HCA Appetite Suppressant and Weight Loss Supplement, 500 mg, 90 count

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