QUOTE (librablonde @ 07/01/2013, 09:20 PM)
So the guy seems to be a little like a snake oil salesman but mostly an earnest, genuine person with a message about the road to good health and our relationship with food. He talks about "rebooting" your body with fresh juices, detoxing and how the new lifestyle changes your relationship with food.
I've been reading a fair bit about various liquid diets lately. (note, this is all just my opinion)
Pretty much all "liquid VLCD diets" (eg shakes/lemon detox/juice diets) will pull out this line. I have heard/read a lot of debates about the validity of this. Some argue that morbidly obese people are "food addicts" and that liquid diets are the closest thing one can do to going "cold turkey" as one would with other addicitions. Hence, by removing "food" as we traditionally know it, from your life, you have a chance to "reboot" as he says, and form a new relationship with food. But how do you form that relationship? Simply removing then reintroducing something is unlikely to bring about change.
One big negative about any of these types of diet is that they don't provide roughage for your gut, and the jury is still out on how detrimental that is for your health. The literature all seems to suggest that they might be a good option as a kick start for those very overweight, but are otherwise unneccessary, and definitely not a longer term option, because they are so unbalanced.
Shake based diets contain all sorts of nutritional supplements. I think that in order to be getting what your body needs from juice, and juice alone, you would need to learn a lot about the nutritional content of various fruits and veg. That education process might be beneficial in reshaping how you view different foods. But if you are going to that level of educating yourself, to my mind, it might as well be by including a balance of whole foods, rather than whacking them through a juicer.