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Hungry for Change

You may remember early last summer I posted that a friend of mine had just quit his job. It was such a big deal because he's generally very set in his ways and resistant to change. Even he knows it.

He's been a Dallas Cowboys fan since his age was measured in single digits. This year he'll be fifty, but he still rides emotional highs and devastating lows with the Cowboys. When they lose, it affects him emotionally, and he needs to go on a "walk of shame," to digest the loss.

He talks about his patterns. Like a receiver runs a pattern, he jokes about his own patterns: The Sunday ritual during football season, the walks of shame. When he was working, he had an entire Sunday night ritual to prepare himself for the battles of the week ahead. He loves Coca Cola (high fructose corn syrup). A meal at home used to consist of hotdogs (preservatives, MSG and nitrates) with a side of pork and beans (more high fructose corn syrup, as I would subtly point out to him).

One of the reasons he had to quit his job was because his health was deteriorating. Mystery ailments began arriving about 12 years ago, when he was in his late 30's: Depression. Swollen, painful joints. Fibromyalgia. Then headaches, and as a result, an addiction to Advil. The final straw was the sleep disorders. Not just simple insomnia, but the absolute inability to get a good night's sleep. At all.

Most mornings he wakes up feeling like a Mack truck ran him over. Going to bed has become a source of anxiety.

Since he quit his job, I've continued sharing what I know about the importance of what you put into your body. I always relate back to him what I learned at the Ann Wigmore Institute last summer, where I ate nothing but raw, blended vegetables for two weeks. I can honestly say I never felt better in my life. I demonstrated my Omega 8006 juicer, and made him some tall glasses of carrot, celery, apple, kale and cucumber juice (with a touch of lemon). Down the hatch and he felt the power immediately. Much to my pleasant surprise, he soon got the same juicer.

Yesterday he texted me:

Have you seen this movie, Hungry for Change? It is awesome!

I hadn't. I called him up.

"It seems like a movie you would have seen, " he told me. "It's got all that stuff you're always talking about."

So last night, after killing my heroes, I watched it on Netflix. Indeed it does have all that stuff I'm always talking about, lol. A few of the usual suspects are in it, including Dr. Mercola, Mike 'The Health Ranger' Adams, as well as Joe Cross, the star and director of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

If you're into taking control of your health, it is indeed a great movie. And if you already know the information, it is worth watching for the motivation and reinforcement, and is a good movie to pass along to friends who are just waking up to the importance of what they're putting into their bodies:

H U N G R Y . F O R . C H A N G E


Thanks for listening DP. Please let me know if you've seen it, and drop me a line here if you watch it and let me know what you think.

And just remember that waking people up -- whatever you're trying to wake them up to -- is a process. It doesn't happen overnight. And in the end, you have to understand that you cannot change other people. You can only offer information, and ideas, and be there for the birthing process when and if it occurs.

The only person you have control over is yourself, and people (including you!) only change when they're ready.

In the mean time, there is only one thing you can do: Love them. Love yourself.

My friend still has a long way to go on his road to recovery. He'll need help, love and support to get there. More in his life will have to change than just his diet. For many people, change is scary, but I keep reminding him:

The first word in B R E A K T H R O U G H is BREAK!

You've got to break old habits, and old patterns to make way for the new.

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this is all very good--

I agree that facing what we eat is one of the hardest things a person could do; I had to get sick to do that.

I love juice, but I lose too much weight on it.

I eat nothing that isn't organic. Try to have it be local/home-grown (my own garden) as much as possible.

Only free range/organic/grass fed, no pork; I don't eat meat very often and not much of it (maybe 3 times/week, small quantities)

and no wheat or other gluten grains.

I try to eat raw as much as possible. No processed foods of any kind. But I've found that I can't handle an all raw diet. Very little dairy, and it has to be raw/organic.

It's kind of time-consuming to eat like this, but I do it; my family does it with me, though a few family members eat other food as well.

It's SO hard, though; it's isolating.

Each person has to learn for him/herself what works; vegan/raw/carb free caused me to lose too much weight--

I had to go back on carbs again (fruit, some, limited, grains)--

But I agree about sugar being poison (not to mention substitutes)--

I've been sugar free for almost 3 years, and I do not miss it, at all.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Yesterday I varied the juice cocktail

I used
seedless red grapes,
whole basket of blueberries,
a whole lemon,
couple of Granny Green apples,
a few stalks of celery
and a cucumber.

It was too much for the wife and I so I had a full serving left over.
I stuck it in the fridge and this morning it tasted SO DELICIOUS!

It was way better after a day in the fridge. Not just the temp, but the flavor had changed dramatically.

I'm working on a way to "juice"


This looks good

Thanks for the post.

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Thanks Michael!!!!

I just started to watch the movie and I watched some long interview with Joe Cross where he is making juices. Awesome stuff!

I am inspired by this. Thanks!

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Dumbed down - and would like

Dumbed down - and would like to know what the founding father's ate. Ever wonder why that "era" produced such intellectual giants?

"Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and bees ... pleahhhees.. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till its gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot ..." Joni Mitchell

They had better education


They fertized their gardens with wood ashes.

When Edison turned on the lights and natural gas fired stoves there were no more ashes (plant minerals)

The 1990 Livingston County Michigan Historical society included comment of several 100+ people.

Cultures that use wood and manure ashes or runoff from glaciers to fertilize have 40 times the 100 year olds, without doctors or health insurance.

Seafood has 60 essential trace minerals and omega 3 essential fatty acid.

This is known science documented in over 290 scientific papers. 90 nutrients are essential, deficiency causes disease.

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Fruits and Vegetables are great, been eating them my whole life.

Antioxidents are the cleanup crews for debris of the healing processes.

That assumes one is not increasing the oxidative load by eating plant oils, fried foods, or nitrate and nitrite cured meats.

A quick review of soil mineral maps shows that getting the 60 proven essential minerals is a crapshoot.

Ga Gallium for example is used by the brain to fight brain cancer.

Grey hair and aneurysms indicates a copper deficiency. Einstein died of a burst aorta.

Cardio-myopathy heart attack and liver spots indicate a selenium deficiency. Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics died of a heart attack.

Obesity is a nutritional deficiency disease. Farmers fatten livestock by reducing nutrition.

It not the fault a marketeers that people will eat themselves to death trying to solve nutritional deficiencies.

Sweating without supplementation is suicide.

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thanks, Michael, I will go watch this

I am trying to adopt one single diet rule: eat more vegetables. Eat more vegetables than any other food category. Steve Solomon (author of Gardening When It Counts) calls this being a vegetablerian.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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Good to hear Ed

I hope it makes a difference. Dr. Mercola is in this movie, and he says his 'trick' to eating more vegetables is juicing them.

As I mentioned on your Chow Session thread, I drink a lot of vegetables every morning. In fact, I just finished off a big glass.

If that suits your fancy, my recommendation for a juicer is the Omega J8006. My friend Renato turned me on to it. I was over at his house one day and saw him using it and was pretty much blown away. It is a masticating juicer, not the centrifugal kind.

I used to have a centrifugal kind, but rarely used it because it was so noisy, messy and hard to clean up. The juice also oxidates faster with the centrifugal kind. The Omega has a total of 5 parts (I'm counting from memory), that interlock together so it is super easy to both assemble and clean up. Clean up takes all of 2 minutes.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of eating vegetables. I like drinking them better. But I do need to eat more. I've been eating more meat than I'd like to recently.

If you're interested in juicing, check out that other movie too: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Joe Cross did that movie, he's in this movie, and he's in Boston tonight. I'm so excited to see him.

Good luck Ed!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

nothing wrong with juicing

However, you are missing out on all that fiber, which is super-important for your colon health. Also, you are missing out on all the chewing exercise. The reason we have to get our wisdom teeth pulled is because we don't chew enough as children, leading to shorter jaws.

Most importantly, you are not filling up your stomach. One of the biggest benefit to eating lots of vegetables is that they are low in calories. Thus, you fill up your stomach to eliminate hunger, without loading up on tons of calories. If you just drink the juice, then yes, you are getting all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, but you will not become sated and will end up eating other stuff.

I am not saying to stop juicing. Please keep juicing and consuming all that good stuff. But consider also eating whole vegetables :)

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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Indeed Ed, this is all true

And thank you for pointing it out. We also need all of those things that you speak of: Chewing, fiber and (maybe) filling up the stomach.

I'm not so sure about the last one. They say you really only need to eat about as much as will fit into the palms of your cupped hands, which really isn't that much. Once I stopped eating wheat, I've been surprised at how little I eat any more.

But I do need to eat more vegetables. The fact that I get that big boost from the juice every morning encourages me not to.

One way I like to eat vegetables, and I'll add a picture to the chow session next time I do it, is to take some brussell sprouts, carrots, broccoli, onions, maybe some asparagus, a bunch of minced garlic, and mix it up with some olive oil and lemon, salt and pepper, wrap it all up in foil and then throw the whole thing in the oven for about half an hour. It is super easy, and they come out very tender and sweet.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

In all of my experience

doing things for my health, there is nothing that has as quick and powerful effect as drinking vege juice, especially when it has a lot of leafy greens.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

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“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Hey! The Universe is doing that thing again!

I just finished writing this, went to go check my email, and look what my friend just sent me!

TONIGHT - February 17th @ 7pm
Author talk and tasting with Joe Cross

Since his documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, was released in 2010 and became a worldwide sensation, Joe Cross has become a tireless advocate for the power of juicing. The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet brings us the plan that allowed him to overcome obesity, poor health, and bad habits, and presents success stories from others whose lives he's touched.

Join author and producer Joe Cross to talk about his new book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet. He'll be preparing his Mean Green juice from the book!

Tonight! Trident Bookstore, Boston MA on Newbury Street.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts
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Jack LaLanne has some great juicer recipes for those interested.

Jack pioneered juicing. I'm sure Joe Cross knows all about Jack LaLanne.

Juicing and overall healthy

Juicing and overall healthy habits are good. Maybe it's because I was still young but back in my early 20s i was a full time student, single mom, who worked part time. I was very into physical fitness...going to the gym sometimes twice a day or finding other ways to be physically fit. I rarely ate carbs but fruit and veggies. Most of my diet consisted of protein shakes, juicing, and chicken and broccoli. Lots of water. Although at the time I was not thinking of health but more or less appearances. I think health was somewhat of a bonus. My point...back then I was so motivated and always moving. My house was always clean and organized. My grades in collage were outstanding. I always had "time" it seems. I loved going to the gym. If I missed a day I felt like a slob. I wonder how much healthier I could've been I focused more on health than appearances.

Fast forward. Now I'm in my 30's. I'm not nearly as active as I was. I eat lots of carbs. I struggle to keep my house cleaned and organized. I could sleep 12 hours and still be tired. I'm a total caffeine addict. I never have time for anything but I have no idea what is taking up all my time. While I love being active...I hate the gym. Every second of it.

What the hell? Old age? Health? Diet? What is wrong with me?

How is your sex life and

How is your sex life and overall stress level? Your diet? Do you take any supplements? Consider using Organic Hemp oil, Organic Coconut Oil, or a form of MJ. Some use apple cider vinegar. Take up yoga or some form of stretching routine.

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

Thanks! How do you "use"

Thanks! How do you "use" organic hemp oil or coconut oil? Like to cook with? Or am I rubbing it on my skin? Or eating it?

Sex life seems fine. I don't think I'm stressed. Honestly it seems just to be a lack for motivation that I just can't seem to get out of. The thing is...when I was doing all those things is when I was most motivated. It's a cycle. And it's hard to get back into it.

Yeah cooking and mixing it

Yeah cooking and mixing it with juice or a smoothie. I know the cycle of which you speak. We all fall off the wagon from time to time.

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

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