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Slow Juicing – Review of Omega 8006

So I saw the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, and the sequel “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2”. Long story short it convinced me that I should go out and buy a juicer. After a few searches, I was faced with a dilemma, too many juicers, with too many prices points and features to choose from. After some research I ended up buying the Omega 8006 which retail’s at $300 (USD) dollars. I was lucky and happened to have a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so I paid only $240 for it. I have had it for about 4 weeks now and it has become a permanent fixture in my kitchen. I have also lost around 10 pounds. Most of it is I am sure “water weight” but still, I have made progress. Additionally, I have not been juice fasting in a way that one would call perfect. Morale of the story? You don’t have to do it perfectly, you just have to not give up.

There are 2 general categories of Juicers – Centrifugal vs Masticating

Advantages and Distadvantages of Masticating

  • real quiet, won’t wake anybody up
  • more nutrients
  • more pulp, smoother pulp, no small bits and pieces
  • can’t juice certain types of food
  • can’t make bullet proof coffee – the butter gets stuck at the tip of the Auger
  • smaller, but more expensive
  • make nut juices
  • crush wheat grass
  • slow use
  • have to cut up veggies smaller so they fit down the tube
  • grind coffee
  • left-over pulp is very dry

Advantages and Distadvantages of Centrifugal

  • loud, really loud
  • more oxidation of juice resulting in less nutrients
  • fast
  • a little more clean up
  • bigger machine, takes up more counter space
  • can juice an entire apple at a time
  • fast use

What I have used it for so far:

Bought a bunch of veggies from the market, spent about 15-30 minutes on many mornings juicing the following:

  • celery – have to cut it up into small pieces about 1 to 4 inches long, otherwise the auger gets clogged
  • apples
  • beets – real good result, just peel them and cut them real small
  • radish, turnips
  • lettuce – a little hard to wash and cut into small pieces to throw in there
  • cabbage – not that hard
  • I ground coffee once and this was the only time I clogged

What I Do Differently

I use unrefined Salt.

I am sure you have heard the conventional wisdom that salt is bad for you, salt is this, salt is that, salt causes high blood pressure…etc ┬áBut there is a big difference between salt, sea salt, and unrefined salt. I read a book and saw a documentary about unrefined salt. Well, it was more of a doctor taking a selfie video than a corporate funded documentary. ┬áLong story short he convinced me that salt is bad, but not unrefined salt, which is more of a collection of nutrients and minerals versus your regular table salt which is just pure NaCl.

So while I am juicing, I put a couple of rocks of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, or Black Hawaiian Salt, and now I feel full after drinking not an entire juice, but just a little. It has to be the salt, which enhances nutrient absorption, and as a result the flavor. As for fear about unrefined salt not containing iodine, I have been eating more Kelp, and as for the fear of salt leading to high blood pressure, I’ll get back to you the next time I go to the doctor.

If you are still scared of eating more salt, think of this, do you remember what they said about cholesterol being the cause of heart attacks? How milk does a body good, margarine is better than butter? Low fat diets are good for you? Ha… I now take everything I read/hear with a grain of salt. No, a grain of unrefined salt.

– Visit Dr. Brownstein’s page here to read more about the health benefits of salt
http://www.drbrownstein.com/Salt-Your-Way-to-Health-p/salt.htm

My Review of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 & 2

So I end up working from home a few weeks ago, and I brought up my Evernote to see what notes I could clean out. As I was doing so I saw an old note that said “Watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. I bring up Netflix, and both that film and it’s sequel are available to stream! I start the first one and let it play in the background while I start to work. As a computer programmer aka developer aka “engineer”, I have the luxury of being able to work and to get things done while I have a movie, music or an audiobook playing in the background.

The movie starts off with the premise of making a change in one’s life. Joe Cross, the director and main character starts the film being overweight and with some painful skin condition that requires a sizable dose of daily medication. He decides to do what he later coins a “Reboot” where he is going to eat nothing every day except for juices made from vegetables. He goes to the doctor before starting this juice-fast and gets his blood drawn to make sure he can go ahead with this experiment. As the movie progresses he travels the United States and meets random people and tells them what he is doing and encourages them to try a sip of his veggie juice. One of the people he encounters is a very obese trucker named Phil Staples, who happens to have the same skin condition which is afflicting Joe Cross. Phil takes down Joe’s contact information and tells him that “one day” he will try juicing. Long story short, Joe finishes his juice fast, which lasted 60 days, loses a lot of weight, has his skin condition go away, which also resulted in him being able to stop taking medication and goes back to Australia. Then one day he gets a phone call from Phil who says he wants to try this juice fast, and then the movie gets interesting… I don’t want to say any more because I do not want to spoil the movie for anyone. But to make a long story short, can an average guy make a change in his life?

Joe Cross is a very determined individual who stuck to his plan and has managed to keep his weight off after the movie, but can you do the same? Can I do the same? Well, if you read the “About Me” on this website, you will know that I used to weight 237 pounds, most of which was fat, and now I weigh 195 pounds and a lot that weight is muscle now when compared to before. How did I make this change? Well, I changed my diet one step at a time, and after looking back after many years, I see that I have a completely new set of habits, as well as an entirely new body. I am not on any medication, so I am “lucky” in that sense, but I tend to believe Obiwan Kenobi when he says “In my experience there is no such thing as luck.”

Anyway, if you go to the film’s website, you can watch both movies for free, I do recommend you do so because they are two great films that document how someone with a chronic medical condition that is deemed incurable by Big Pharma was able to get off of his medication. It makes you wonder, will Big Pharma fund any research on how doing a juice fast will make you lose weight or to heal yourself? Well, we know the answer… Of course not!

After you watch both films, which are now free to stream on http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/, come back to my website and read my review on the Omega 8006 juicer and see why I opted for that juicer over the other ones which I found online. Now don’t get me wrong, a Breville juicer was used in the film and if you want to support Breville, you should at the very least take a look at some of their juicers, but the Omega 8006 had some features that were better for me which may not necessarily be what you are looking for.

Anyway, until we meet again, watch these two films!

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Movie Poster