When I was at my heaviest I weighed around 18 stone (250 – 255 pounds). Kitten, a single mother from Colorado, US has lost approximately that same amount of weight since she starting juicing in May 2011.
Kitten says on her Facebook page that she lost herself a long long time ago. She says “I lost my health and spent the majority of my life depressed , sick and my heart hurting. The scared little girl in me did not know how to become the woman I always dreamed of becoming.”
Kitten left a painful relationship a broken sick woman who thought she was going to die. Kitten’s mother found “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and Kitten says the documentary saved her life.
Update – July 2015: Since this interview was first published Kitten has shed an additional 50 pounds, bringing her total weight loss to 300 pounds (over 21 stone)!
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I first heard of Juicing when I moved back to Colorado. My marriage ended, my health was out of control and my mother was worried about me. She was afraid I was going to die and told me to move home. I took my cubs (children) and moved to start fresh and try and work on getting my self healthier. At the time my folks found out my Dad was very sick and diabetic. Mom is super researcher and didn’t want to lose us and she came across Joe Cross’ movie [Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead] and the benefits of juicing.
“I could no longer fit behind a steering wheel”
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: My weight and health were in a terrible condition. I was 438 pounds and walking on crutches. My left leg was swollen, the skin purple and even the slightest touch from a sheet shot the most horrible pain through my leg. I could not put any weight on the leg at all.
I could no longer fit behind a steering wheel.
I had terrible headaches living off Advil, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t breathe good. Hair falling out, skin [covered in] rashes. I did not want to live like that any more. My Cubs needed their mom.
The horrible stares I would get in public and because it was hard to walk up and down steps I chose to stay home and not leave my house.
I was ready for change I couldn’t bare the way my life and health was and my Cubs deserved better.
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I didn’t do any one particular program. Mom, Dad and I started our juice reboot after watching Joe Cross’ movie “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”.
We juiced together for 42 days. We followed some Joe Cross recipes and Jay Kordich recipes, also mom researched and found a bunch of recipes that we used till we found our favorites.
“Juicing gave me a second chance at life”
Neil Martin: What have you found to be the biggest changes / benefits you’ve experienced since you started juicing?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: The biggest change is I am now aware of what is in processed foods and the importance of eating plants to get the nutrients we don’t get when consuming processed foods.
I never knew that there was no nutrition or food in the food.
I learned that our body wants to heal and thrives off the nutrients from plants.
Juicing has done so much for me. No more headaches, no more crutches.My leg is normal, my skin cleared up, no more mood swings. I can now walk with out struggling for breath. I can now ride bikes with my Cubs and slide down water slides with them. I can go camping and hiking with them.
Juicing gave me a second chance at life.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what have you found most challenging and how did you deal with this challenge?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: The biggest challenge was being social. Once I got practice at pre-making my juices I could take them anywhere and still visit with friends and family.
Neil Martin: What was you weight before you started juicing and what do you weight now?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I was 438 pounds when I started and now my weight floats around 180 – 190 pounds. My goal is dropping another 50 pounds.
“Once I juiced longer than a few weeks I lost the craving for those [processed] foods”
Neil Martin: What do you believe was the biggest contributor to your weight gain? Was there a specific trigger?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I was an emotional eater in a marriage that was ending and that was very hard. Also I had no knowledge about proper nutrition. I grew up thinking as long as you ate some greens and meat and milk you were getting enough nutrients . So being an emotional eater going through a rough spot the food choices were high starch and sugar. Once I juiced longer than a few weeks I lost the craving for those foods.
Neil Martin: If you could go back in time and give just one piece of advice to your formal self, what would it be?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: If i could go back in time I would tell myself the importance of a plant based life style and how much it would benefit my Cubs and me. I would show myself what would happen if I didn’t learn about our foods and how I my family would be healthier if we stayed away from processed foods and started eating whole grains and beans and plants.
Neil Martin: Did you have any specific health issues before juicing and how have these changed since you started juicing?.
Kitten the Juice Pirate: After I lost the first 60 pounds my health issues stated getting better. After I lost my first 100 most all my health issues I was suffering with had cleared up and gone away. I know it was because of juicing.
“Juicing gave me my life back”
Neil Martin: How has juicing changed your life?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: Juicing gave me my life back. I can now get out and live the life I always dreamed about with my Cubs. I have more confidence.
Neil Martin: What has been your biggest juicing mistake and why?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I can’t recall having a juicing mistake but one time we made a juice none of us could drink. After about 2 sips mom and I both threw up . Dad was able to drink most of it but we all thought it was horrible specially since it made mom and I sick.
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I truly believe the most important thing is nutrition and diet, and then exercise .
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I used to bike with my Cub but our bikes got stolen. Somebody gave me a bike but I have not had the extra funds to fix it up. Soon though I will get us back on some bikes. I walk about 3-4 miles every few days. Before losing my job I was gong to the gym everyday. I loved going and working out on machines and water aerobics.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: Now I have one green juice and one fruit juice and a plant based meal. I love soups with garlic they are my favorite.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: Most of my family have been vegan since Thanksgiving and loving it.
Neil Martin: What are your thoughts on caffeine and alcohol?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I rarely drink either. Once in a while usually socially at events and parties.
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I would tell them how I truly believe it will change their life for the better. I feel it would be a great kick start in helping them start a healthier lifestyle . What do they have to lose?
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?
Kitten the Juice Pirate: I would hope to be stuck with pineapple, cucumber , orange, ginger, celery and grapefruit.
I love making a juice that has 2 oranges, half a pineapple, one grapefruit and an inch of ginger. Some times I throw in a cucumber.
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