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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2014
John Chatham's Juicing Diet book was great for me. I watched the fat sick and nearly dead movie and was really wondering what the next step was for me and I decided getting a small book/manual for me to reference would be a good idea. I have been juicing for about 2 months and have lost 12 pounds and my doctor is saying that my diabetes is definitely slowing down and soon I will be able to get off of insulin. I have been juicing in combination with taking Vivalife supplement and the pounds have been just dropping off like crazy. My craving are very low and I have not had any sweets for quite some time. I feel great and would highly recommend anyone with health issues definitely try out juicing and Vivalife as soon as possible. Thanks so much JOhn!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
John Chatham's Green Juicing Diet was perfect for me. As a newcomer to the world of juicing, it easily guided me through everything I needed to know to detox in a well rounded, healthy way. I had always wondered what the deal was with juice diets, detoxing, and how people actually enjoy the taste of blended vegetables in a smoothie! When vegetables are cooked they lose some of their nutritional value and may even gain fat calories if fried or cooked with oil. The key to getting the most out of veggies is to find a tasty way to consume them raw, and often! I've tried making smoothies combining fruits and vegetables in the past, and they tasted awful! Why juice instead of eating your greens outright? I've tried eating piles of raw vegetables at every meal, and I neither enjoyed it or got all the vitamins I could've gotten from a glass of homemade green juice or smoothie. The Green Juicing Diet lets you in on a secret ratio of fruits to vegetables that will ensure a delicious taste as well as a blast of all natural nutrition. If you're looking to learn great juicing techniques and to make a positive lifestyle change, this comprehensive guide will definitely put you on the right track!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
I bought this book for my dad, who was just diagnosed with a liver disease. He expressed an interest in juicing because I have been a juicer for many years. I was very careful to choose his first juicing book so I ordered 2 of these. I sent one to myself first and after reading it, I sent one to my dad.

I like this book for him because it gives descriptions, nutritional values and what each vegetable does for your body. My dad is a very analytical man so sending him a book that just gives him recipes with no explanation of the logic behind the recipe would not have worked. He is now making his own recipes based on what his body needs.

I asked him to write his thoughts on the book, this is what he had to say ...

"This is a brief, easy to read introductory guide to green juicing. I am unsure of the validity of the information because there is no background provided for the author. However, the book provides all the basic information a beginner would need to know to get started in juicing. It provides info on various kinds of juicers and the different types of fruits and vegetables to use. It also explains how to start a juicing detox or diet. I would rate this book as a good guide for beginners."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I followed the instructions for a few of the recipes included in the book. One was the "Arugula Pepper Punch" It was so bitter and foul tasting I had to throw it away. The "Tastes Like Thanksgiving" wasn't too bad, but needed adjustments to make it work. The "Skinny Spaghetti in a Glass" calls for 1/4 pound of garlic cloves, that seems like too much. Another recipe called for 1/2 pound of mint leaves (Apple Juice Detox) which seems like it would overwhelm the drink. I found better juicing recipes on the web. The basic information in the book can also be found on numerous websites, so in the end I didn't get a lot out of the book and wouldn't recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
first, this is really short, a pamphlet really. i was misled into thinking it was a book.

second, there are only EIGHTEEN juicing recipes. it's hardly a recipe book.

third, it's for beginners - as clearly stated in the title. however, some information is handy to keep around even after you've gotten the hang of things.

fourth, this is written for economy. it's simple, straightforward and to-the-point.

IF AND ONLY IF you are okay with the above, i strongly recommend the book.

the main pearl of wisdom the author shares is the 4-3-2-1 rule. (other reviewers have explained this already, so i won't be redundant.)

i'm a longtime juicer (10+ years), but i never put much research or thought into it. with this book i finally understand the "theory" of juicing. i love the handy description of fruits and vegetables -- how much juice they yield, nutritive properties, flavor profile, etc. it takes the guesswork out.

i do wish there were more recipes, but i also know from long experience that 99% of the time you juice with what you have. now i'll have a better sense of what vegetables & fruits to combine and what might be, as the author puts it, "yuck" :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2015
This green juicing book was a great read. I'm glad I chose it.

This book starts by telling you about green juicing and smoothie making. It gives information on the why's and how's. It the progresses to tell you about the different blenders and juicers that are available. I like that it even includes a comparison of the different types available. I was not aware that there were some many different types of blenders and juicers. It aided me in deciding what was the right type of blender and juicer in the price range I was able to afford. It also gave me some much needed information about the pricier brands out there. Before this book, I thought any blender could make a green smoothie, but after reading I have realized that is not so.

The next chapter offers a plethora of information about the ingredients of a green juice. It gave a ratio of how to build. Your own recipe as well. It states that you should go by a 4321 ratio. Four parts sweet ingredients. Three parts green ingredients. Two parts tart or tangy ingredients. Finally, one part herbs and spices. This was excellent as I had no idea about the ratio. I'm sure had I just jumped out there it could have been disastrous. The book went on to further explain the benefits of different ingredients. It broke them down into categories in the order of the ratio. Each ingredient listed included information about the color of the juice it produce, the amount 1 pound would yield, the flavor, and the nutrients it provides. This section is extremely helpful for those who want to craft their own recipes.
The next chapter gives in depth information about the actual cleanse. Intel's you through the benefits you could receive doing a cleanse. It gives a general guideline on the length a cleanse should be along with the why's for you to determine yourself. An average cleanse for health purposes should be 3-7 days. Any shorter than this and it is relatively ineffective. Any longer than this and it can cause adverse effects to your body. It them goes on to explain the side effects of a cleanse along with the benefits of one. The chapter is wrapped up with information on how to prepare for a cleanse to make it easier on you and your body.

The final chapter gives a slew of recipes for different ailments. It lists recipes for detoxification. It has recipes for weight loss. There are even recipes for disease prevention and healthy skin. The recipe that stuck out the most and is on my to try list is the Thanksgiving in a glass. There were a few others that peaked my curiosity as well. I would certainly try the vegetables soup juice as well as the Apple juice for detoxing.

Overall, I found this book to be very informative. I will be keeping it on hand as I work my way into a healthier lifestyle. This is a great book for someone that is new to juice cleansing. It is also good for anyone that would like to know more about the subject.

This book was provided complimentary for my honest opinion and review.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
As a novice juicer, this guide not only walks you through the basics of juicing but provides detailed information on the benefits of an abundant list of fruits and vegetables, as well as recipes for achieving targeted outcomes. For those who are skeptical of trying a green juice cleanse or incorporating it into their diet, suggestions are given for improving palatability and selecting which ingredients to use. Furthermore, you might be surprised to learn that not everything in your green juice has to be green in order to qualify as a green juice! Guidelines are also given for deciding on whether juices or smoothies are best for you, and how to choose proper equipment to achieve your desired results. If you are considering using juice to perform a cleanse, there are many potential benefits to be gained, but also possible side effects to expect as your body rids itself of toxin buildup, all of which are discussed. Overall, an approachable and informative look into the world of green juicing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
"It isn't easy being green".... Well actually Mr Chatham has made it easy for you. He is a treasure trove of information about how to drink your greens, or reds, or oranges, or purples. He tells you why green juicing is a good idea from nourishment perspective, an immune system perspective and a general, thriving healthy body perspective. He hold your hand and guides you though the decisions you have to make. Whether to juice or to blend: what kind of appliance to purchase and how to use it effectively. The baffling array of dietary choices for juicing are laid out in a clear list with the amount of juice yield per pound, flavor to be expected and health benefits of your options. A useful ratio is provided for the amateur; 4-3-2-1, four parts sweet juice, apple or grape,3 parts grassy greens, spinach or sprouts, 2 parts tangy juice like lime or kiwi, 1 part spicy like ginger or mint. This handy book comes with some recipes to give you a glowing complexion, fight off cancer, help you lose weight. Green is in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5 Star It is easy being Green!

This is a great book for the novice juicer.
The author, John Chatham, starts by telling us the difference between juicing and smoothies, tells us the benefits of both, when we should use which one, and what fruits and vegetables work best with each. He then goes on to give several options for juicers and blenders, complete with price ranges.
Next, we learn about the health benefits of juicing and why we should all be doing it. We learn which fruits and which vegetables are best for what ails us, and which ones goes best together to make a nutritious drink that also tastes good.
And, in case we make a concoction that does not taste very good, we are given a list of fruits and vegetables that can be used to correct our mistake, wasting nothing.
Last, we are given tons of recipes that not only tell us what fruits and vegetables to use, but also the health benefit of the drink we are making.
After reading this book, all the guesswork is taken away and you can start down the road to a healthier you with juicing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
This book is a good help for anyone who is interested in juice cleansing or just adding more healthier smooties and juices into their routine. In general the book reads like a magazine. Each chapter starts with a colorful picture, which looks yummy, offers serving ideas, and definitely incourages the reader to try it. Throughout the book the reader will find interesting fun facts. The author offers ideas on how to add "zing" to your recipes, how to improve a smoothie that didn't work out the way you hoped, technical tips on how to chose equipment, provides a list of recipes targeted for specific purposes of health. There is also a list of ingredients with detailed description of each in regards to health benefits each one can provide when used in a smoothie or in juice form. I am especially eager to try the recipe that uses potatoes. The author suggests this recipe as an effective acne treatment and the way to make skin glow. I've never heard of using potatoes for juicing, way to surprise me.
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