At the start of 2014, Adam was seriously obese and was suffering from a whole bunch of related illnesses. Now 120 pounds lighter (8.5 stone) he can regularly be found completing obstacle races, cycling or in the gym. His story is a great testament to the way juicing, as part of a balanced lifestyle, can be life changing!
Neil Martin: When did you first start juicing and how did you first learn about the idea?
Adam Harding-Jones: I first started juicing after having watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead then meeting Joe Cross [from the documentary] in a book store in Liverpool.
Neil Martin: What made you decide to start juicing?
Adam Harding-Jones: What made me start was having listened to Joe and knowing l needed to do something about my health. It was now or never.
“I had been in hospital with a history of lifestyle related poor health”
Neil Martin: Did you follow a specific program, if so which one?
Adam Harding-Jones: The program I followed was fresh, natural, plant based with fruit. I cut out dairy and meat as well as alcohol.
Neil Martin: Did you have any medical conditions prior to juicing?
Adam Harding-Jones: Prior to starting I had been in hospital for over a week with a history of lifestyle related poor health. Such as poor blood results, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes also high cholesterol and very over weight.
“Juicing has changed my life completely”
Neil Martin: Was weight loss one of the reason you started juicing? If so, what other diets had you tried and how successful were they?
Adam Harding-Jones: Weight loss was the the primary reason to start but also for general wellbeing.
Neil Martin: Since juicing, how much weight have you lost?
Adam Harding-Jones: I started my journey on 4 February 2014 and to date [December 2014] I have lost eight and a half stone (120 pounds). This has changed my life completely. I feel so much better and far more active.
I’ve completed a number of cycle events as well as mud obstacle events such as tough Mudder, Hell Up North and Survival of the Fittest.
Neil Martin: Since you started juicing what has been your biggest juicing mistake?
Adam Harding-Jones: Biggest juice mistake is too much fruit in juice. I now try to make sure it’s 80% veg 20% fruit. It’s a learning curve.
“Being part of a community has been important”
Neil Martin: Any juicing tips you have picked up along the way?
Adam Harding-Jones: I enjoy watching documentaries on Netflix and have books by Joe Cross and Jason Vale.
Neil Martin: What resources (books, websites, movies, etc) have helped you on your journey and why?
Adam Harding-Jones: Being part of a community has been important.
The Beatroot group in Liverpool organised by Steve Barney has been inspirational.
It’s so much easier with support from like minded people. Facebook and your posts Neil have been of help with lots of great information.
Neil Martin: Which do you think is more essential to health and wellbeing, exercise or diet and nutrition?
Adam Harding-Jones: For me it’s all about health and wellbeing. Eating right AND some exercise is the way to success and happiness.
“I feel it’s important to set little goals”
Neil Martin: How much and what kinds of exercise do you regularly do?
Adam Harding-Jones: I now go to the gym at least 3 times a week and to cycle twice a week is my sanctuary. It’s a place to chill and have some me time.
I have events planed for 2015 such as Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Tunnel 10k, two more Tough Mudders, as well as Judgement Day and a few others.
I feel it’s important to set little goals that help you to focus on your path. This leads to the ultimate big goal.
I think if you focus on just one big distant goal it’s so easy to loose sight and fall off the wagon. Lots of small goals ultimately get you there.
Neil Martin: What do you eat / drink on a typical day?
Adam Harding-Jones: Morning now is hot water with fresh lemon followed by Greek yoghurt and berries or a smoothie.
Lunch is a juice such as mean green.
Dinner is fresh veg or basmati rice with quorn.
I have cut out bread, dairy, cheese and fast food as well as chocolate.
My moto is this is a lifestyle not a diet. It’s got to be I can if I want to but I choose not too rather than. NO I CANT.
Neil Martin: Is your diet completely vegetarian / vegan?
Adam Harding-Jones: I would say I am vegetarian boarder line vegan. I enjoy this and my tastebuds have woken up to new fresh tastes.
“Juicing is the best thing I did and there’s no turning back”
Neil Martin: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about adding juicing to their life?
Adam Harding-Jones: Advice I would give is baby steps and surround yourself with like minded people. Join a group it’s easier with friends.
It’s the best thing I did and there’s no turning back.
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?
Adam Harding-Jones: If I was on an island I would have to have kale, apple, carrot, orange, beetroot, and lemon.
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