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Josh Hamilton's Weight Loss
How’d he do it? Juicing, of course: The weight loss began as part of a fast Hamilton underwent for his church, he said. He gave up bread. “The Lord kept waking me up in the middle of the night over a month and every time I’d wake up there’d be a doctor on [TV] talking about what you put in your body and how it makes you feel,” Hamilton said. “And then The Juice Lady was on. It was like, all right, I always pray the Lord will help me feel better. Well, that’s all great, but am I doing my part? Now its time for me to do my part.” By juicing, he meant fruit and vegetable juice, not PEDs. Phew. No need for a spit take. Hamilton could have just had a V8, but why stop at one?! And by “juice lady,” Hamilton literally meant “The Juice Lady,” noted nutrition author Cherie Calbom. Based on the themes of this infomercial — spirituality and healthy eating — it seems that two of Hamilton’s worlds have collided: Click to view video. It lines up perfectly for Hamilton, a deeply spiritual recovering addict, in the post-rehab stage of his life. It might seem like a strange revelation for an experienced professional athlete like Hamilton — “Hey, I need to come into camp in shape!” — but it’s a good sign that he’s aware of his limitations increasing as he gets older. Maybe this health kick will head off a future injury that Rangers fans had gotten used to seeing. See Story
Chef Mia’s Story
Chef Mia's New Life
Since being hit by a car while riding my bicycle, I’d spent most of my time on the couch or in bed and always in pain. Unsolicited advice from a well-meaning neighbor who saw me grow from the slender 145-pound person I’d been to over 200 pounds had me questioning my food choices and my inability to figure out how to “keep moving and stop eating.” I found that weight loss isn’t always as simple as just reducing the amount of food one eats and increasing movement. I learned that first you actually have to feed the body minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that it needs to function. I also learned about toxic overload. This dramatic increase in my weight could have been due to an increase in toxins in my system. I discovered that the body’s natural defense mechanism is to protect itself from harmful toxic substances by storing them in fat cells. I had a lot of toxins in my system. After the accident I was subjected to massive amounts of radiation via x-rays and various scans that required radioactive dyes. All this helped them find the portions of my brain that had been injured in the accident, but it did nothing to help me move well or repair my nervous system, which was in serious trouble. And the more I read, the more I suspected it was contributing to my weight gain.
Then I discovered raw vegan cuisine and juicing by reading various authors in the field of juicing, raw vegan cuisine, and nutrition. In each book I marveled at the consistent case studies and personal reports from people who experienced weight loss and healing with juicing and eating lots of raw foods. As I read the books and looked at before and after pictures with each person radiating an inescapable beauty that shone through their eyes, I learned about their relief from physical symptoms and weight loss –from a few pounds to several hundred. I experienced hope. All the healings and weight loss stories took place through a simple act of eating. I began to realize that at the very least, losing 50 pounds could become a reality.
In the first year I drank a lot of wheat grass juice. A few weeks into my new program, I went for my usual dental check up and cleaning. My hygienist asked if I had whitened my teeth and marveled at the plasticity of my previously receding gum-line. Now, voluptuous-toned gums hugged my teeth. She thought I had just come back from a sunny vacation somewhere because my skin glowed and appeared tanned, but I assured her I had not been anywhere. She commented that I was talking faster, appeared to understand her, and she didn’t have to repeat things to me so much on this visit. She has watched me transform over the years and continues to marvel at the changes. “Its like you’re a totally different person!” she recently said.
My dietary program paid off. I lost more than I expected–about 70 pounds in seven months. I’ve been eating a high raw food diet for about four years and have kept the weight off, fluctuating between 134-142 pounds. My juice preference have made a major shift in these four years as my desire for savory flavors is now surpassing previous desires for sweet. My favorite juices include red or yellow bell pepper, cucumber, kale, parsley, and sometimes garlic. This is a noticeable shift from earlier days when I wanted a combination of apple, lemon, and ginger, dominated by the sweetness of ripe apples.
With all the health changes I experienced, I was so excited about my new life that I became a certified raw foods chef and founded SmartRawFood.com. —Chef Mia.
Nita Lost 40 Pounds!
By the end of July , I had lost 8 lbs. by doing this alone. I then began juicing in early August ( a 9 day juice cleanse ) and I dropped another 12 lbs – totaling 20 lbs. in the first month alone! I eat all organic whole foods, of which 90% is raw. My energy level increased dramatically, and I began jogging. (actually more like “chugging.”) I started Cherie’s colon detox program, and subsequently lost 20 more lbs. At this point I have lost a grand total of 40 lbs., which is where I am today – a mere 12 weeks into my new lifestyle. I started at 166 lbs. and I am now 126 lbs. This Sunday I will begin the Liver/Gallbladder detox program, followed by the Kidney detox program.
I am an aethetician by profession and have influenced not only several of my clients, by my colleagues as well, who have purchased her books and are enjoying some wonderful results of their own. I feel so good about starting this “movement” in our spa.
NASCAR Driver Losses 60 Pounds
I was devastated. My wife and I wanted to start a family. I had just begun racing on the NACAR circuit. There was a lot I had to live for. Therefore, I decided I would educate myself on what types of food would bring my body life, wellness, and healing. I ate as much of those foods as I could get my hands on. I juiced the produce and I ate a lot of it raw as well. I have now enjoyed thousands of salads and I look forward to each one. I never felt like I was limited to eating “just this” or “just that.” Instead, I focused on what I could eat and where I could enjoy freedom in my nourishment. In three months, I lost 40 pounds. But the best news was that after surgery, and my dietary changes, my doctor said that all looked good and that “whatever I was doing, I should keep up.”
About a year later there was no sign or recurring melanoma. I had also lost another 20 pounds. Best of all, I felt great. I had found a way of life I wanted to stick with for the rest of my life.
Author of Five Percent Chance
Carol Allen’s Story
Carol lost 134 pounds and found her life.
The looks, stares, and reactions of people often indicated what they must be thinking: Why don’t you take care of yourself? Why aren’t you more disciplined? Some people gave her all kinds of advice about what she should do to lose weight. And she did a lot of it. She tried everyone’s diet—all kinds of plans, programs, and products. And still the weight crept up. Air travel was embarrassing; she always had to get an extender belt. And she always had to check out chairs to make sure they would hold her. She couldn’t tie her shoes or lace her boots; her husband had to do that. And she was miserable in summer heat. The turning point came when her doctor wanted to put her on insulin resistant medication.
That was the last thing she wanted to do. She was determined to find a way to lose weight and keep it off. That’s when she found a low-glycemic diet similar to the diet plan in The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet. It was a Canadian program (Sure Slim) that cut out the sugars and starches. She could eat a lot of vegetables, a little low-sugar fruit, lean protein, and a very small amount of starchy carbohydrate. It worked! She lost 150 pounds.One of her happiest days came when she sat down in her assigned seat on an airplane and didn’t need an extender belt. She was smiling from ear to ear all that flight.
But then she started adding in more starches and some sweets. She gained back 30 pounds, which was caused her many worried, sleepless nights. And just about the time she thought her prayers were going no further than the ceiling, she met nutritionist Cherie Calbom, M.S. who encouraged her to start juicing green vegetables. She went on a three-day juice fast and lost 6.2 pounds. That was encouraging. Strengthened with new zeal, she tried The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet for ten days to see what would happen. She lost another 6 pounds. To date, Carol has lost 134 pounds. She still has more weight to lose, but this time she’s confident that she not only can reach her goal weight, but move steadily in the direction of a healthy lifestyle that will help her maintain her weight for life. She’s discovered that it isn’t just about being thin; it’s about being healthy and fit. Carol’s life has changed dramatically since her dramatic weight loss. She said she now has freedom of movement. She can walk through a mall or large store and not have to search for a chair to sit down for a while before she can finish shopping. She has the joy of going to the closet knowing that everything she wants to wear will fit. It’s the knowledge of what will help her prevent illness and disease, however, that has empowered her to keep on this healthy path for life.
Dave lost 230 lbs., his diabetes, colon cancer, and kidney ailment!
To top that off, he faced losing his job because of his poor health. And he had no idea how he would earn a living if he lost his driving profession. To say the least, this made him anxious to find an answer that worked quickly. When a friend introduced him to vegetable juicing, it made sense that this could change his life. Dave bought four juicers—two for his house and two for the truck—two so that he’d always have a backup in case one juicer broke down at home or on the road. He also bought the longest extension cord he could find. He’d plug in the cord in restrooms at truck stops and juice on picnic tables. He said this was not easy because he’d often draw a crowd of folks who were very curious about what he was doing. They’d ask lots of questions and slow him down as he tried to explain what he was up to. But Dave never gave up. He just kept juicing and drinking his hearty green juice combinations—on the road six days a week.
It paid off! Dave has lost well over 230 pounds. But that’s not all. He no longer has diabetes, colon cancer, or a kidney ailment. He has energy and vitality! He said he’s noticed emotional changes as well as physical, such as feeling more loving toward people. Recently a friend told me she was standing near him at a raw foods lecture at Thrive Café—one of our local Seattle raw foods hang outs. “Dave was vibrating with energy,” she said. “It was like he had electricity pumping through his body.” If Dave can juice on the road, living out of a truck most of the week, plugging in an extension cord in a restroom, and juicing on picnic tables, you can juice at home or at work.” No excuses anymore!
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