I’ve decided to add a regular interview slot to NaturalJuiceJunkie.com to share some amazing juicing success stories that will hopefully inspire others to start and /or continue with their own juicing journeys. If you have a story you think could inspire please get in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter.
Here is the first interview with Jason Bray, from Stevenage in the UK, who have lost 105 pounds / 48 kilograms through juicing!
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Jason Bray: I first started juicing nearly 4 years ago. I got the idea to start juicing by watching the documentary film “Food Matters”
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Jason Bray: I started juicing because for pretty much all of my life up until then, I was constantly sick and never had any energy. After years and years of just taking pills, I decided to try an alternative way of healing my body.
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Jason Bray: When I first purchased a juicer it came with Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7days juice diet” book. After reading the book I was so amazed with how amazing and similar his story was to mine that I started doing juice fasts for 7 days every month and then the rest of the month I ate normal healthy foods with a couple of juices a day
“Energy… from the moment I wake up till the moment I go back to bed”
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Jason Bray: The most obvious changes I have had since juicing is that I have lost 7.5 stone [105 pounds / 48 kilograms]. But the best change I love since juicing is the energy I have from the moment I wake up till the moment I go back to bed.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Jason Bray: The most challenging part of juicing was probably the first year. It was quite lonely at first because family and friends were shocked with what I was doing and didn’t really give me much support until they started to see the differences (after about 4 stone in weight loss it was really noticeable!). But from the start I knew that I was doing this for myself and didn’t care what other people thought. It’s not a lonely experience anymore and now have family and many friends and people on Facebook, email and Twitter that I talk to regularly about juicing.
“I have sooo much more confidence in myself”
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Jason Bray: Juicing has changed my life in the way that I have sooo much more confidence in myself and appearance and how I take on day to day things. I am so much more happier and relaxed than what I used to be. Since I started juicing the only illness I have had was a really bad bout of flu last year but that only lasted 3 days whereas in the past it would have lasted much longer and would have probably developed into a chest infection due to the asthma that I have now got rid of.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Jason Bray: My biggest juicing mistake was probably when I put too much ginger in a ginger shot once. I had hiccups for most of the day! Ha!
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Jason Bray: I think you need both but I would say that 90% of being healthy and well is down to nutrition and diet. You do need to exercise but if the nutrition is not right then you won’t see results. You can be physically fit but that doesn’t mean you are healthy, they are 2 different things. Sleep is also seriously important too!
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Jason Bray: I like to mix my “exercise” up…I don’t really like using the word exercise as it makes it sound like a chore. I tend to just do something that I find fun and that puts a smile on my face. I go to the gym a few times a week and do weights and I also put some trail running shoes on and go for a run around the muddy fields and come back in a total mess with a big grin on my face! That’s fun to me!
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Jason Bray: I will usually have juices or smoothies for breakfast and lunch, followed by a healthy dinner or if I’m not hungry another juice or smoothie. I snack on fruit, nuts and seeds between the meals.
“I have no idea what my diet is called”
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Jason Bray: I have no idea what my diet is called. People ask me all the time if I’m a vegan, vegetarian, paleo etc. and I just tell them that I eat what I think is healthy as often as I can. But it is mostly more plant based I guess with very little meat.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Jason Bray: I don’t drink coffee or tea and in the last 3 years I have only drank alcohol about 4 times. I just found that when I used to drink alcohol it affected my exercise for a big part of the week. The body can deal with bad things every now and then but it’s when you start to flood the system with it that it becomes a problem I think. I don’t miss either one, I could happily go the rest of my life without either one.
“Don’t focus on the weight but instead just focus on just getting the body healthy and the weight will drop”
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Jason Bray: Just try it! And relax! Make sure that you are doing it for yourself and not to please a family member or partner. Don’t focus on the weight but instead just focus on just getting the body healthy and the weight will drop. As long as you are feeling good (maybe after the first few days) then you are on the right track.
Neil Martin: If you were stuck on a desert island with a working juicer and blender and an unlimited supply of just 6 ingredients, what would those ingredients be?
Jason Bray: If I was stuck on an Island It the 6 ingredients I would choose would be ginger, lemon, apples, carrots, cucumber and spinach. My favourite ingredient is cucumber as I juice a whole large cucumber a day and it makes my skin look and feel fantastic and means I don’t need to use moisturiser anymore.
My favourite drink out of that recipe list would be Jason Vale’s “Lemon Ginger Zinger”
Subscribe To Natural Juice Junkie
Want the latest information and exclusive offers and recipes?