A few weeks ago, I watched the documentary Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead. Joe Cross, a 40 year-old Aussie, is ill with some auto-immune issues, is 100 pounds overweight and takes a lot of daily medications.

He vows to drink only fruits and vegetable for 60 days as he travels his way across the US. Sixty days goes really quickly in an hour and a half and by the end of the movie, he’s lost enough weight to get off of his meds and to send his illness into remission. (He ends up looking a little bit like Blake Shelton.)

And he used a Breville juicer.

Which got me to thinking: I own a Breville juicer. I got it as a second wedding present. My husband and I have used it (very) sporadically to juice carrots and apples.

I don’t have any health issues but who couldn’t benefit from a little detox. I don’t eat too poorly but I’ve been known to pollute my body with some unfiltered sake, fried foods and processed meat sandwiches on sourdough bread. I exercise. Sometimes. And I’ve been trying to lose the same five pounds for five years.

So I decided to do a five day “Reboot”, the name given to this process on the web site that was spun off from the movie. The site has some good info about juicing and, more importantly, has over 20 juice recipes of all combinations.

I’m starting today.

Yesterday, my husband took me to his extra special store, the Restaurant Depot, where he buys in bulk for his restaurant. And we purchased melon, carrots, kale, spinach, cucumbers, beets, ginger and green apples. Luckily, we have an extra refrigerator in the garage to store all of this in.


And for breakfast today, this is what I’m going to be having:

mean green juice

I’ll be posting updates on my Twitter feed, @dewlaps, throughout the week.

I hope I get through it all with out pissing anybody off. Especially my husband.

Because, you see, I’m getting my period this week.

And we’re having some work done on the upstairs bedrooms. A couple of guys coming today to start ripping out all of the 13 year-old old carpet and replacing it with wood flooring.

So right now, I have two bedrooms worth of stuff in my bedroom. In two days, I’ll have to move it back out along with the contents of my bedroom.


I don’t do well during my pre-menstrual week. And I don’t do well with messy bedroom chaos. Add in the juicing, a lack of coffee, a couple of teenagers and a week of standardized school testing, I might just lose my mind.

I think I’m up to the challenge but maybe, just maybe, I should have picked a different week.

Too late. I’m going in. Wish me luck.