Juicing Overload for Optimum Health and Weight Loss

Those who have indulged in sweet, fatty and processed foods, succumbed to addictive vices, experienced frequent bouts of illnesses, depended on over the counter medicines for instant remedies and led a sedentary lifestyle were not entirely content with their disposition, until a major disease, like obesity, cancer or heart failure, drove them to practice life in all its raw goodness. They have converted a life filled with morning exercises, daily nutrition of very little meat and an abundance of fruits and vegetables, a breath of fresh air, exposure to the morning rays of the sun, positive affirmations, sufficient rest, and a lot of smiles and laughter. They have learned to really love themselves. As a result, they became happier, looked and felt better and younger, their relationships became more loving, and their physical health improved. Tilo Korb was one of those who have been reborn to a healthy lifestyle and a much happier existence. His method was raw fruits and vegetables juicing for 70 days. As a single guy in his early 40s living on a vibrant island like Boracay, Tilo was leading a narcissistic life hyped up by mindless eating and drinking before he went on full juicing. “I was on a “see food” diet. I ate every food I could see. I did not think much about what I ate, when I ate, and how much I ate. I also liked my happy hour drinks, parties and the occasional recreational and social drinks, which (on) Boracay happen quite frequently. I was not exercising or moving much at all.” Then he started having gout. Tilo followed the detox program at Mandala Spa to cure him of his illness and help him get back into shape, but without a plan to sustain his improved health, he easily spiraled down to his former lifestyle and regained the weight he had shed. Later, his conscience knocked some sense into him, urging him to resume his journey toward optimum health. He conducted research online at great length and stumbled upon  a reawakening film documentary on raw food juicing, called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is about Joe Cross who was 100lbs overweight, was suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, and was dependent on prescription medicines to cure his worsening condition. Like Tilo, Joe Cross also did his research and realised that his unhealthy lifestyle was what he needed to change. With the go signal from his doctor and a battery powered juicer in tow, he went on a 60 day raw vegetables and fruits juicing trip around the US in order to allow his body to heal itself naturally with the rich nutrients and cell restoring enzymes found in his “new” diet. Along his path toward health and longevity, he met a 429lb truck driver who was suffering from the same condition and inspires him to take on the same challenge. In the end, both men regain their energy and vitality, while continuing to inspire others on their lifelong health mission. With an acquired knowledge on juicing and nutrition, Tilo discarded coffee, alcohol, junk food, sweets, wheat, soft drinks and over the counter medications and emulated Joe Cross’ journey with only raw food juices for 60 days. “I was 289 lbs when I started juicing. Like in the movie, I first committed to 10 days full juicing, and then when I noticed some slight improvements within me, I went on for another 10 days until I reached 60 days. I was amazed by the weight that I had lost, which was around 1lb a day, and then I said to myself that I could beat that 60 days. So I did 10 days more of juicing and went down to 209lbs. It took me a lot of discipline and determination to fulfill my goal. I went out on social calls very rarely in those 70 days not to sidestep from my goal, yet I was out on the beach or in the gym exercising. I had so much energy from the juices that I had consumed, unlike the time when I was eating junk. After my 70 days juicing, I consulted the book written by Joel Fuhrman, Joe Cross’ doctor in the movie, in order to know what to do after my juice fast. Based on the book, I reintroduced solid foods into my system with only raw vegetables and fruits, mainly composed of “G-Bombs” (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds) and gradually incorporating light cooked vegetables.  Now I weigh 189lbs – 100lbs less than my former weight. I eat normal now – cooked and raw – then I do a 14 day reboot of juicing whenever I feel that I have indulged in simple carbs like pasta, pizza and rice.” Raw food juicing, the diet that has dramatically change Tilo’s life, is basically about absorbing the abundant enzymes, vitamins and minerals of food in its uncooked and liquid form. A food lifestyle on its own, juicing provides the nutrients (that are lost by cooking) directly into the blood stream as the digestive system is given more time to rest. This allows the body time to regenerate cells, burn more calories and stored fats, and protect the body from the harmful free radicals dispersed throughout the surrounding and through some food, like those that have been chemically treated, packed and processed. Plus, with the elimination of toxins, the mind is cleared of worries and fueled with creativity, the body is reenergised and restored, the soul is nurtured, and a balanced state of life is achieved. Like a medicine pill, juicing also causes minor side effects. Tilo explains that, “a juice reboot or a juice fast is giving your body time and energy to detoxify so you will experience some detoxifying symptoms.  Most common are headaches, lightheadedness, loss of concentration, fatigue. dark eye rings, and acne. Therefore, it is important to help your body to detoxify by means of dry skin scrubbing, sauna bath, exercises, colon cleansing, drinking lots of water, deep breathing and sufficient sleep.” Tilo reaps the wondrous benefits of raw food juices. “You can expect to have more energy from the juices. Your skin will glow, your eyes will shine. Your hair will look better, you will feel light, and you will think more positive. The juices also help to reset your taste buds. You will start to taste food in its most natural state; vegetables will start to taste great without added fat and solids. Some of my favorite juices now I could hardly tolerate at the beginning.” As a living testimony to juicing, Tilo dedicates his time sharing his newfound advocacy to the local community of Boracay. He holds free juicing seminars in his house or in other houses to relate his life changing experience and educate non juicers of the benefits of consuming liquefied raw food. In his seminars, he stresses the importance of juicing one’s own favorite food. “There is no one size fits all approach.  For some it might be easier to start directly with a juice only reboot, for some it might be easier to ease in slowly with one juice a day, and then slowly increase the amount of juice as the days progress. They need to taste good, even if it means using more fruits than the required ratio of 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruits in health juices. Start with the vegetables and fruits you like to eat. Most likely, you will like the juices from these fruits and vegetables. It is also important to wash the fruits and vegetables with salt and vinegar solution, and a final rinse with filtered water before you put them into the juicer.” Tilo adds that the juices should then be stored in glass or aluminum containers and must be consumed within 36 hours for full nutrient absorption. However, there are foods that are best eaten in its solid form. Soft and high sugar fruits like ripe mango, bananas, guyabano and ripe papaya require slow absorption in the body to control the blood sugar level. Mix in some green apples, pineapple, guava and watermelon instead. Other nonjuicable foods are avocados, mushrooms, meat, eggs, and eggplant. Tilo gets his recipes from the web and from books that he has purchased online. Since most of the recipes are made with imported ingredients, he suggests to research the ingredients with the same nitritional value. For instance, kale, being a constant ingredient in western juice recipes due to its high nutritional value, can be substituted with spinach, romaine lettuce, malunggay, mustard leaves, and broccoli. Here are Tilo’s top ingredients that are available at the local market: • Lemons and Limes/Calamansi – You can add a quarter to half a lemon and/or lime, leaving much of the white rind on. • Fresh ginger – This is an excellent addition to your juice if you can tolerate it.  It gives your juice a little “kick”!  And, as an added boon, researchers have found that ginger can have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL). • Coconut – This is one of my favorites! You can purchase the whole coconut or use unsweetened shredded coconut. This adds a delightful flavor to your juice and is an excellent source of fat, electrolytes, and potassium, plus medium chain triglycerides, which contain many health benefits. • Celery – This is a fantastic detoxifying ingredient. It is rich in vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin C, and it is an excellent source calcium, potassium, folic acid, essential amino acids, and phosphorous. It also works in curbing the desire to chew solid foods, especially in the beginning. Just chew on the stalk to help you stay on the right juicing track. These ingredients are usually found in juicing recipes that work best in cleansing the colon, liver and gallbladder, the organs that store most toxins. Examples of some delicious and very healthy recipes that Tilo has derived from his favorite book, Juicing, Fasting and Detoxifying for Life, by Cherie Calbom, MS are the following: Colon Cleanse Juice Cocktail 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic 1 handful of spinach, washed 1 handful of parsley, washed 1 stalk of celery, washed ¼ to ½ of a medium lemon or 1 calamansi, peeled Awesome Green Smoothie 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic 2 cups of spinach, washed 1 avocado, peeled with seed removed 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil Juice from 1 calamansi or lemon A little water or coconut water juice The 5 Day Morning Citrus Habit 1 cup of water Juice of 1 calamansi or lemon 1 inch of ginger, minced 1 to 5 cloves of garlic (add successively within 5 days) 1 to 5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (add successively within 5 days) 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil Afternoon Green Drink 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic 1 handful of parsley, washed A bunch of spinach 1 stalk of celery, washed Juice of 1 calamansi or lemon 1 inch gingerroot, minced Some mint leaves Gallbladder Cleansing Cocktail 1 handful parsley 4 medium carrots, scrubbed well, green tops removed and ends trimmed; peeled if not organic 2 stalks of celery with leaves washed, ends trimmed 1 calamansi or ½ lemon, peeled Kidney Tonic 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic 1 handful of parsley 1 stalk of celery ¼ of a lemon, or 1 calamansi or a handful of mint ½ inch of gingerroot Morning Energy 3 to 4 carrots 1 cucumber, peeled ½ beet, peeled if not organic ½ lemon or 1 calamansi, peeled 1 inch of gingerroot, peeled Beet Cucumber Cleansing Cocktail 1 cucumber, peeled 3 carrots, peeled if not organic 1 beet, peeled if not organic 2 stalks of celery 1 handful of parsley 1 inch of gingerroot ½ lemon or 1 calamansi, peeled Salsa in a Glass 1 medium tomato ½ cucumber, peeled 1 small handful of cilantro ½ calamansi, peeled A dash of hot sauce (optional) The Powerful Nutri-Combo 6 cups malunggay leaves 5 cups kamote tops 1 ampalaya or bitter gourd 2 apples, preferably green These ingredients have moulded Tilo into a fit, happy and healthy guy. He is actually quite unrecognisable by some who have known him only as the former Tilo. Nonetheless, he is one guy who thrives in awareness of raw food juicing’s holistic benefits. So, don’t be surprised if you see him demonstrating his juicing practices on the beach. Just try and savour the delightful flavours of his raw vegetable and fruit juice offering on your palette. It’s one kind of addiction that is good for you! (Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Tilo! You look absolutely fantastic, and we almost didn’t recognise you!)

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