Natural Juice Junkie is written by me, Neil Martin, based on my own personal experiences.
How I became fat, sick and stuck in the food trap
Just before my 23rd birthday my dad died of cancer aged just 50. I’m not sure that I know the words to even begin to describe how much I love my dad: my father, my hero, my mentor, my friend. I nearly used the word “loved” then, but the feelings I have for my Dad will always be with me even if his life on this earth has passed. Perhaps losing him at such a young age should have made me focus more on my own health but it didn’t. Instead it had the opposite effect.
I suspect I could write several books about the impact my Dad has made on my life and the effects of losing him, but for now at least I will try to keep this fairly brief.
It’s funny, having lost weight and improved my health in the last few years lots of people ask how I’ve achieved this, yet very few (if any) ask how I gained the weight in the first place. At the time my Dad died I was a newlywed, young, healthy 22 year old who went to the gym most days and felt fit enough to take on the world. Then my whole world simply broke. One of the cornerstones of my very existence was gone and I had no idea how to cope with it. I won’t bore you with the full details, but let’s just say that I thought that if was nearly half way through my own life then I was going to live it. Unfortunately I was misguided with the lifestyle that followed, thinking that living the good life was drinking more, eating whatever I liked and not “wasting my time” in the gym.
More than 10 years later I looked in the mirror and saw an old fat guy looking back at me. This wasn’t the good life the adverts for all the food and drink I’d been consuming had promised. I had the flash car, the fancy clothes, etc. but I sure as hell wasn’t living a life that made the most of every precious day.
My Dad was my inspiration for so many things in my life, but most of all he inspired me to be the best Dad I can be. When I saw that fat, sick guy in the mirror I feared that my kids would lose me too young and I simply could not allow this to happen, so I took control of my own future and changed my lifestyle.
How did I get into juicing?
In September 2009 I went to see a Nutritional Therapist who gave me various advice on how to clean up my diet. This lead me to start researching diet and nutrition and one of the books talked about juicing. When I read about the concept of juicing vegetables to increase the volume of nutrients I was consuming it immediately made sense to me, so I ordered a juicer.
The first juice program I followed was Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 days. I have to admit that I was initially a little sceptical about the idea of living on nothing but juice for 7 days and was convinced I would spend the week feeling hungry. Most people I mentioned it to thought I was mad too. This was a long time before Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead or the high media coverage of juice detox. A few months after reading the book I had a week where I was working from home so I decided to give it a go. From memory I think I lost about 10 pounds that week. I wasn’t hungry at all and was really surprised to be bursting with energy.
When I first started juicing weight was literally falling off me, but the weight loss was just a small part of my story. Before I started my journey to rediscover my health I was asthmatic and had various other health problems, including IBS. I’d had cameras put inside my body, I’d had biopsies, but there was no wonder pill to heal me.
Since starting my journey I’ve lost over 5 stone (over 75 pounds) in weight and no longer suffer from asthma or any of the other health issues that affected my life on a daily basis.
I am a regular person and there is nothing particularly different about me. I firmly believe that if I can regain my health, lose weight and reverse the aging process so can millions of others.
Run Forrest Run!
The old me could get out of breath running a bath, the new me has run a number of long distance races including several half-marathons and a full 26.2 mile marathon! In fact, in 2013 I successfully completed 2013 self powered miles in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
My goals for 2014 include running a 100 mile ultra-marathon and completing my first triathlon. You can read more in my post 5 Health Goals for 2014.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step”
Sometimes I still find it hard to believe the life changing journey I started in 2009 when I made a few small tweaks to my diet.
I am passionate about the difference nutrition can make to our lives. I continue to spend time learning more about nutrition and health and decided to start this blog / website to share my experiences.
Neil Martin is not a medical doctor and cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects from information given on this site. It is your responsibility to seek appropriate medical advice before you juice, exercise and / or make any lifestyle changes.
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