Monday, November 14, 2011

watch it


Blogger Goat Song said...

Cool. :) I do a bit of juicing myself, but I know I need to do more of it... Thanks for posting that!

November 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger TransFarmer said...

I got a Breville juicer after watching this. Actually if you go to the film's site, it will give you a code to get a free copy of the movie when you buy a juicer.

I love my juicer. I can't explain how phenomenal fresh juice is. Down right soulful. I got it to avoid extra chemicals and artificial sweeteners. So glad I did. Glad I watched the movie too.

November 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Tracy Bruring said...

watched this on netflix.

November 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I think it is time I took this kind of step.

November 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Juicing removes almost all of the fiber from the food. Why not just eat vegetables, fruits and some lean protein? I'm old enough to remember the last time this was a fad in the early 80's. You lose a bunch of weight only to gain it back quickly (and more) when you stop the juicing. It's also hard to feel full past the first pee session after drinking a big glass of liquid veggies and you constantly crave wanting to chew something. It is not a long term weight loss solution.

November 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

I use to juice. Need to invest in a juicer. I know I won't be sorry. Thanks Jenna.

November 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

The other film to watch is The Gerson Miracle it is free on It is all about the concentrated nutrients that change you health and the cure for cancer.

November 14, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I don't mean juicing, I mean taking control of my health and weight. I am 40 pounds heavier than I need to be.

November 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

We watched it a few months ago, very inspiring!

I agree with PansWife on the fact that juice fasts probably aren't the best way to lose weight, but juicing for extra nutrients has been a lifesaver for our family, especially for our kids. While they are good veggie eaters it's still hard to get more than a couple of servings a day into them. We found that the removal of the fiber from the juice allowed us to get a whole lot more vegetable nutrients into them in one small dose. I juice the equivalent of a large mixing bowl of salad along with at least an apple a piece for each of our 4 family members, yeilding an 8oz glass for person. This way we make sure we get our daily requirement of veggies in one shot, but it also leaves us room to eat more fruits and veggies if we want to.

November 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger tera said...

hiYA Jenna.. I emailed your addy... wishing you the best of luck on a healthy new lifestyle =)

xO tera

November 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

I love this documentary! I have is saved in my Que on netflix and watch it often!

Grace and Peace,

John Taylor

November 14, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since March 2010 I have lost 170 pounds by switching to low carb eating. The weight effortlessly melted off! I grew a 3000 sq ft raised bed garden this year and my husband and I ate it ALL :-) We do not eat grains, starches or sugar. Both of us are no longer diabetic and have excellent cholesterol. Another interesting thing to watch is Wheat Belly. We were at a wedding and far away from home for a week this month. Once my husband started eating grains and sugars during that time, he kept breaking out in big, red welts. Both wheat and sugar can be nasty substances :-( I was a Vermonter for 26 years and sure loved my King Arthur Flour. more....

November 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

good luck jenna, but remember, healthy weight loss should be a slow process. if you lose too fast, the body goes into starvation mode and, when you start eating more, the body remembers the starvation and packs the pounds back on faster and in a way that makes it harder to lose the next time.

my husband finally stopped all the fad diets and listened to me; eat less, excersise more, cut out all the processed food that you can, and dont eat anything white except potatoes (white rice, white sugar, white bread, white flower etc) . since following this "diet" (which is really a more natural way to eat) he has dropped a healthy 20lb in a healthy time period and has been able to keep it off for the first time in years! way to go baby!

one thing i have found is that it is not more expensive! we grew nothing this year (getting used to a new baby) but cutting out buying lunches at work, fast food, and junk/processed food at the store left us enough $ to buy healthy, non processed food to make at home.

November 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might be the kick in the rear I need to get some more green smoothies into me. Maybe to get rid of what I've been calling "the dissertation 15". And, most importantly, to get all the way back to healthier eating again.

November 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Simply Ellie said...

awesome movie! We watched this and started to juice more. But it was hard to keep up. Right now I'm actually on an elimination diet due to health issues, and at the moment I have never felt better. Light meals, broths, and something sweet. I feel so much better!!! Go for it Jenna.

November 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger mdean5417 said...

This is a major soapbox topic for me. I spent 10 years in food service, a couple years as a history and anthropolgy major and now finallly an Environmental Studies student with some experience in having both the cube-dweller body that our typical western diet produces as well as having had a lean and mean phisique from eating mostly a plant based diet. Jenna, you are onto something here and there's research to prove it. Keep reading and watching and decide for yourself.

November 15, 2011 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

Saw this movie a few months ago. FANTASTIC.

My parents bought my husband and I a juicer. Just started up again with green drinks for breakfast. I'm actually trying to *gain* weight, and the extra nutrients I'm getting in my system seems to be helping with that. My husband and I have so many food intolerances and allergies, it's hard to know what to eat. Veggies and fruit are always a go, thankfully. The only safe food groups for us!

November 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

I switched to an all natural whole grain diet earlier this year and lost 20 lbs. I also felt great! I've kept 15 lbs of the 20 off but veered off the diet when i started my 16 week pastry class. i've finally realized I've experienced sugar shock and boy has my waistline increased!And i'm tired and can feel the difference. I'm going back to my diet!!!!

November 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger rocking R rustics said...

Thanks for the heads up on this documentary. Ill be looking for it, sure sounds interesting.

November 15, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Like many others, I stay away from juicers because you lose the fiber/etc from the fruits and veggies. Instead, I own a VitaMix blender which is perhaps the best blender available for purchase. It's the same blender used in most restaurants and bars. When I want a smoothie, the blender is filled with all types of fresh fruits and veggies, along with a little bit of healthy oil. Luckily though, I've never had a weight problem. I refuse to eat processed foods and exercise routinely, either by running, cycling, or lifting weights. My diet consists of whole grains, lean meats, and a lot of fruits/veggies/nuts.

November 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

This has come up a few times on my netflix recommendations. Looks great...I'll check it out tonight. Thanks Jenna!

November 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Definitely going to watch this one. I'd love to get a Vitamix some day. Great recipes on my friend's blog/website willwork4health. Food is funny because it is so emotional but we've gotten of the track. I am happy when I see people taking their food back and improving their lives by improving nutrition or excercise or whatever needs to happen.

November 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a veteran of EVERY. Cleanse. In an attempt to cure my asthma, I made myself sick several times with extreme programs. Every cleanse with psyllium husk and betonite clay. The Anderson Master Cleanse and the master cleanse with only a solution of maple syrup, cayenne and lemon; I was so hungry from that one I went blank while driving and I got in a car accident. I also tried nothing but vegetables for two months; I couldn't get warm for months. Macrobiotic diet for a year and a half landed me in the hospital with severe anemia. They do work for some people. But the promise of lifelong change from one extreme program implies that turning on a dime, never backsliding, not needing a learning curve or time to adapt to a big eating change are all easy things. Not for all of us. Some of us cannot juice for two months and come out unscathed or with an easy permanent change in lifestyle. Best wishes to everybody doing this. Please respect your body and love yourself first, and the program second.

November 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks for posting this -- just streamed it free with my Amazon Prime membership.

November 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've held my tongue when listening to you talk about your weight, but since you have opened the discussion of diets with this post, lol...I don't agree with crash diets that basically work by starving your body. That's what eating nothing but veggie juice for a month will do to you.

Also, homo sapiens are not herbivores. We need to eat meat to be healthy.

Jenna, you work hard on your farm. You eat good, whole foods. So why are you overweight? Well, I can't recommend highly enough Gary Taubes "Why we Get Fat" (actually I read the denser "Good Calories, Bad Calories" because I'm a scientist by training and I want references to the literature, lol). That book changed my life and my husband's.

I lost 20 lbs (my goal was 15) and I didn't increase my exercise (I work around our farm but not nearly as hard as you do) and hubby has lost almost 50 lbs. It's not about eating less and working harder, it's about choosing the foods our bodies are designed to eat. We eat home-grown pork (and bacon, yum!) and chicken, farm fresh eggs, and lots of veggies. That is the basis of our diet, we hardly ever eat sugar or grains or white potatoes (they are now in the same category as "dessert"). Easy weight loss, loads of energy, hubby reversed his pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease (yes, by eating lots of healthy animal fats). When you read about this you realize it just makes sense.

PS - watch the documentary "Fathead" if you want an entertaining outline of the theory behind cutting out carbs.

God or whoever designed us to eat good, healthy, saturated animal fats and meat from animals eating a natural diet. That plus a whack of veggies (and I agree with PansWife, eat the veggies themselves) is all we really need to be healthy.

I'll get off my podium now. :-)

November 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I can't imagine someone living in the Northeast being able to find enough well grown veggies to do this anytime but summer. You have to consider the distance veggies travel to us from November to June and how they are grown. I have a hard time thinking commercially grown veggies are safe enough to rely on them for nutrition for a number of weeks while you lose weight. I would think a nice modest balanced meal of organic veggies and meat would be a much better route,considering most of us have put on weight from over indulgence be it high quality or the junk you can buy to microwave.

November 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Count me as another who has just read "Wheatbelly" and given up wheat in all forms. My husband and I now eat a healthy diet of meat, fish, eggs, cheese, all kinds of vegetables. We no longer eat bread, and sweets. Weve been at it for three weeks and already lost several pounds. Americans are killing ourselves and now people around the world with our sick food. It's time for people to wake up and take control of themselves. This is a hot topic now. Thanks for posting this Jenna.

November 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM  
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November 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger - said...

I'll second PansWife, and ruralaspirations in particular. I'll also second her recommendation of Taubes' work, and add my own recommendation of Mark Sisson at I've read here that you bake bread and other pastry-type desserts, and none of that is doing you any favors. With the incidence of diabetes and other chronic health conditions, including obesity, on the continual climb despite the efforts of "Conventional Wisdom" to push its low-fat agenda, I think it's clear that clean veggies and proteins are the only way to go. (And I've watched the film, which just has "infomercial" written all over it to me.)

/steps down off soapbox

November 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Second (or third) what folks have said about Gary Taubes' work. Read "Why We Get Fat" or if you're really ambitious, "Good Calories, Bad Calories". Sadly, it's your lovely pies and homemade bread and such that are the problem.

November 15, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Another thought: there are essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. There are no essential carbohydrates.

November 15, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

A couple of comments mentioned the book "Wheat Belly" which I haven't read. But by coincidence, I just now stumbled on a good review of the book by Dr. Mike Eades. You might want to check it out at

November 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Carissa Kennedy said...

I have a friend that ate really healthy and exorcized like crazy but could never lose weight. Not over exorcizing in a bad way, but enough that the woman should have looked like a friggin model.
Turns out she had a pretty messed up hormonal issue so as soon as that was fixed the weight slowly dropped off even though she was working out less but eating the same.

I don't think any one way to eat is correct for everyone (low carb, vegan, macro, weight watchers...). It took a while for me to figure out what and how much my body wanted to be happy and like my weight.

November 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

No one should worry about my health plan. I am not switching to a 100% juice diet, but I think a detox and rehaul of my eating would be good. I'll check back in two weeks to let you know how it goes, but my juicer arrives tomorrow!

I will not be giving up meat, wheat, fiber, or anything. Just figuring out what works best for a farm girl with a little something something extra to shed.

November 16, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Can someone tell me what the benefit is of juicing the fruits and veggies? I mean, why not just eat them as is? They seem way more appealing to me that way. (sorry if this has already been addressed - I haven't had a chance to read the rest of the comments)

November 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I think Tara, you can juice a "meal" of 300 calories worth of fruit, veggies, and nutrients into a drinkable form that allows you to consumer more calories than you could if you ate them all. A bowl full of spinach and an apple would fill me up for lunch, but probably only be abut 100 calories.... unsafe amounts of calories for healthy weight loss. I would like to consume about 400 calories a meal. This way I can blend four or five servings into one glass.

November 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

The most important thing to remember is that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. I will never agree with the diets that suggest certain healthful foods be removed, such as potatoes or whole grains. The key to everything in life is moderation. Potatoes are nutrient powerhouses, especially sweet potatoes. I also don't believe any of us should ever give up the joy of eating bread fresh from our ovens, or hot homemade apple pie. All carbs, whether they're from corn, carrots, potatoes, or apples, are sugars. Eat more "sugar" than your body can burn and it is then stored as fat. Bottom line is moderation. Exercise, along with veggies, good quality protein, and unprocessed carbs is all that is necessary. If you want to use a juicer, blender, or any other appliance to help meet these dietary needs, so be it.
Good luck to you Jenna. And,...some of us think you are beautiful and sexy just the way you are. :-)

November 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I dont believe in giving anything up..if some want to do that then thats their choice. I have lost 84 pounds this year by drinking more water and doing a 4 mile run/walk jog using Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds tapes. I still eat sweets..sometimes everyday..but I have learned to control portion sizes and to exercise 6 days a week.

You need to find what works best for you and not what everyone else tells you to do. I find that exercising and portion control works best for me and I hope you find what works for you :)

November 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

This is my plan: workout 6 times a week, a mix of cardio and weights, cut out excess portions and junk foods (I don't eat a lot of junk, but I could cut back on second helpings and jog), and for a kickoff fast, I am going to do 3 days of juicing, followed by two meals of juicing and a sensible dinner for a while. No cutting out breads, or wheat, or meat, etc. Just smarter amounts

November 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Oh my . . watched it on Netflix right away . . .it is like the opposite of super size me! What a great message!

November 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you for having a plan, Jenna. Though I personally decided that I'd start with the easiest plan first, and it's definitely the low-carb diet b/c you don't need to workout or do any more exercise, you don't need to measure portions or count calories or make juices. You just keep eating the way you always have but cut out certain foods.

Btw, this is not a "you can never eat these foods again" type of diet. It's just re-arranging the food pyramid. I enjoy homemade bread and pie, and even white potatoes from time to time, but they are in the same category as cheesecake: a rich luxury reserved for special indulgences.

Best of luck to you, Jenna. And thanks for opening up about this. It gives us all a chance to talk about something we are passionate about, but you get an onslaught of "advice", which is never fun, so you're a good sport for even talking about it. :D

November 16, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

@Pit Stop - I agree with you 100%. There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all eating plan. It's also instructive to remember that our cultural history of eating grains and carbs in their various forms goes back a long, long way. Those of us of European backgrounds are often hard pressed to give up foods that are traditional to us - breads, pasta, potatoes, baked goods, etc. There's quite a lot of self-identification tied up in the food we eat, not to mention tradition. It's like telling a Chinese person "You don't really need to eat rice, so just stop." If you put me (German) on a traditional Japanese-type diet of fish, vegetables and rice, I would be starving, freezing and really unhappy after about the first week. If I fed a Japanese person a steady diet of pot roast, root vegetables and bread week after week, they'd likely be miserable too. I guess what I'm trying to say is that when deciding what to eat, consider *your* body's needs, as well as your cultural background, preferences, and what is available to you. Assuming healthy food is available at all, pretty much anyone can develop an appropriate eating habit within those parameters.

November 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM  

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