The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing Diet
Going on a juicing diet is not just about mixing fruits and vegetables in a blender. Here in this episode, Cherie Calbom provides us with an in depth explanation on juicing as well as tips on how to do it right.
I first heard of Cherie Calbom through Ty Bollinger’s “The Truth About Cancer” video documentary series. Aside from Calbom’s amazing story on how she got into juicing, she also shares how her body expelled a tumor after doing a short juice detox. It sounds crazy, but it’s true!
Initial Juicing Experience
Calbom got chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia when she was in her 20s. It got so bad to the point that she had to quit work.
However, instead of settling for a life of medication, Calbom resolved to find a way out from her health issues.
“Years ago, juicing was not that popular yet. But when I heard about juicing, I bought a juicer and went on a 5-day juice fast,” recalls Calbom.
To her surprise, Calbom’s body expelled a tumor the size of a golf ball on the fifth day of her juice fast. To this day, she has no idea where the tumor was in her body, but nevertheless, she was glad to get rid of it. Hence, her love affair with juicing began.
After her initial experience on juicing, Calbom thought her life would immediately and entirely change. It didn’t. Calbom admits she still had good and bad days.
Apparently, what nobody told Calbom back then were the detoxification symptoms that went hand in hand with juicing.
Despite that, Calbom remained consistent in drinking vegetable juices even way after her 5-day juice fast. She also ate a lot of vegetables and even went vegan that summer. After three months, Calbom finally felt like a brand new person!
Since then, Calbom knew she stumbled upon something extraordinary as far as health is concerned. Wanting to know more about detox, Calbom consequently went back to school and started working for her masters’ degree in Whole Foods Nutrition.
Recovery Through Juicing
A year later, Calbom went back to Southern California. One night, she was house sitting for some friends when burglars broke into the house. The horrible incident almost ended in tragedy.
Calbom further revealed that she almost died due to huge physical as well as mental injuries. However, having gone through one healing journey, Calbom was confident that she could again do a juicing diet to recover.
So even if her right hand was in a cast back then, Calbom managed to do a juicing diet everyday. Hence, she recovered quite well.
How Juicing Works
“Our bodies are designed to heal. But we have to do our part because people usually want people to do it for them. That’s where the juicing diet comes in,” said Calbom.
Calbom explains that a juicing diet is like having pre-digested food. Since the nutrients are in liquid form, the juice can get right into our system within half an hour.
Having digestive issues, too? No problem. Calbom assures that since the juice gets the nutrients in our body effectively, healing can work quite fast and that’s fantastic news!
If you recall in my last interview, I tackled the issue on how 70% of the adult population in the United States is taking at least one prescription medication. We have this alarming epidemic wherein people are filling their bodies with toxins.
Over the counter, we have enough drugs that clog our liver and kill us. Back when we were kids, I distinctly remember people had a healthier lifestyle.
Hence, I think Calbom’s solution is smart. Embracing a juicing diet truly helps the body get as much nutrition as possible.
Symptoms Of A Toxic Body
Most of us shrug off symptoms, when in fact it is our body’s way of warning us that something is amiss. Hence, Calbom says these are the common symptoms that we should look out for:
• Brain fog
• Mood changes
• Poor digestion
• Weight gain
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Bad breath
• Allergic conditions
• Headaches and migraines
• Pain in the eyes
• Vision problems
• Fluid retention
• Swollen legs and feet
• High blood pressure
• Blood sugar instability
• Inability to tolerate fatty foods
• Abdominal pain
• Acid reflux
• Chronic fatigue
• Bad pain
• Brown spots
• Kidney problems
Calbom’s 30-Day Detox Program
Calbom has a 30-day detoxification program that she administers every month. It starts on the second Tuesday of every month and clients has been raving about how effective the program is.
In fact, Calbom recalls that she had a female client who was on her 3rd week of detox. Around that time, that particular client happily informed Calbom that all her cellulite disappeared in less than a month.
Furthermore, the client said she wasn’t even exercising because she was detoxing. Hence, the positive effect of juicing despite the absence of a high-impact activity was unexpected.
Benefits Of Juicing
“The juice is so effective because it doesn’t have anything but the soluble fiber. So it goes right into the system,” Calbom said. “It can be therapeutic, healing, and provides antioxidants as well as cleanse the body.”
She also says we get a concentration of nutrients that we don’t get just by eating it. Juicing is apparently also excellent in healing the gut and providing prebiotics.
However, like most people, we’re only human to feel hunger pangs. Let’s face it. A juicing diet is entirely different from eating something solid. But it is not enough reason for us to junk the idea of juicing.
Calbom suggests eating avocados if you couldn’t stay on the juicing diet. This way, we do not veer far away from a juicing diet, and it keeps our hunger pangs at bay. She says you should likewise have yourself checked for parasites if you feel hungry all the time.
Personally, I tried also juicing before. I mainly tried beets, but alas, it did not turn out well. Apparently, you can have a negative juicing experience if you do not have the proper guidance. And boy, did I learn my lesson well.
Like a lot of staunch juicing advocates, Calbom has had countless stories of clients who tell her their pain went away after doing a juicing diet. Most of her past clients apparently suffered from arthritis.
Calbom remembers one particular a female client so well. The woman had rheumatoid arthritis and spent most of her time in bed. According to Calbom, getting up and walking was truly was a big struggle for that client.
However, upon undergoing Calbom’s juicing diet, that client successfully survived through 3 days of juice fasting. Then on day 4, something short of a miracle happened. That client proudly showed Calbom that she finally could walk again! Awesome, right?
“The best juicer for you is the one you are going to use everyday. I do not use the best juicer on the market as far as getting out every nutrient and preserving every enzyme,” shares Calbom.
Calbom uses a centrifugal juicer that is fast to use and fast to clean. She says so many people are busy doing other things. Hence, a juicer that is simple to use and maintain would suffice.
Difference Between Smoothies, Juicing, And Protein Shakes
The debate on which liquid diet still generates varied opinions. Calbom sometimes does both a glass of juice and a smoothie. Calbom, however, makes her healthy smoothie with part of the juice she made for the day.
“It seems to me that people add more fruits in smoothies. I rarely put fruits in my juice except for lemon because I’m all about getting the greens in,” Calbom said.
People who have tried Calbom’s veggie smoothies say it is mushy and fibrous. We can eat a piece of fruit a day, but Calbom aims to get more people to eat more vegetables through juicing.
Aside from that, Calbom also works with individuals who get too much sugar from their smoothies. In the end, she remains firm in declaring that there is nothing else that can replace juice because it gives your body the rejuvenating nutrients it needs.
Juicing For Various Health Issues
Feeling tired or drained? Calbom usually starts her day with a big glass of green juice. She says it’s a great energizer.
For people with thyroid issues, Calbom suggests watercress juice with a drop of iodine. Combining it with cucumber, carrot, ginger or green apple can make your juice taste even more awesome!
Calbom likewise cooks food with coconut oil. Not surprisingly, Calbom’s clients attest they were able to get off medication ever since they started cooking with coconut oil. And I agree. Coconut oil does wonders for health.
For stress and fatigue, Calbom says juicing a lot of greens rich in magnesium helps a lot. Different herbs, getting off sweets and gluten likewise improve the health.
The Turbo Diet
Incidentally, Calbom also has an efficient weight loss juicing diet called The Turbo Diet. According to her, one meal a day equals a glass of fresh juice.
There are just so many reasons why people lose weight with juicing. Most of us are too acidic due to an unhealthy diet. The list goes on and on.
“But when people remove the substances that harm their health and provide the nutrition that supports a healthy body, they see very encouraging changes,” Calbom said.
Cherie Calbom MSN holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University.
Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, she is the author of 33 books including her latest The Juice Lady’s Guide to Fasting and Sugar Knockout.
She and her husband offer juice cleanse retreats throughout the year, 30-Day Detox online and Garden’s Best Juice Powder. She has lectured worldwide on juicing, detoxing and fasting including consulting for the Royal Family of the UAE.
Winner of the TTAC Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with juicing and detoxification, Calbom’s blogs and books on juicing, cleansing and health have helped thousands of people live healthier lives.
She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and WCBS/NY. Her articles have appeared in NY Daily News, Miami Herald, Essence Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.
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Books by Cherie Calbom
The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution
Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
Remedies for Thyroid Disorders
The Weekend Weight Loss Diet
The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health
Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing For Life