How Do You Back Off The Booze?

By: Joe Cross

Coming to you from Sydney, Australia with this week’s Ask Joe Anything! I’m covering three different questions on this one, so sit back, relax and get the popcorn ready (just kidding, it’s only 6 minutes). You can also read the answers below but if you want to get the answer to the bonus question, you’ll have to watch! If you have a question for me, make sure to share it in the comment section below or ask me on social media using #AskJoeAnything. If you’ve missed the previous Ask Joe Anything series, you can check out the questions I’ve already tackled in the past ten weeks.

1. How did you use your juicer while on the road? Were you at public places that allowed you to use their electricity? Where did you wash/prep fruits and veggies for the juicing?

Let me let you in on a little secret — we had a generator and we used that from time to time, but really we used a really long extension chord. We had about 3 or 4 of them plugged together. So, we would go to a gas station or somewhere that was by the road and we would set up our little prep. We used hoses in front yards for washing vegetables (we asked of course), and we also used gas stations. We did have one of those camper vans that has a little kitchen but the sink was extremely small so we couldn’t get the produce in there to wash, so that was a big waste of time trying to drive across the country, but you know, sometimes the best laid plans don’t turn out as they should. I  also get asked all time time what generator we used. The generator I used was Black & Decker but it was so noisy that it was affecting the filming, so the extension chord from the juicer worked better.

2. I love beer and find it hard not to have beers with friends on the weekends. How did you shift away from alcohol?

I don’t know if you want to shift away from alcohol full stop. I’m not saying you should give up beer all the time, maybe it’s possible to have a beer every now and then and have it for special occasions and as a treat. You can think about it as earning the right to have a beer by having lots of fruits, veggies, smoothies, juices, salads and so on. But if beer or alcohol is something that is very destructive or not positive in your life, then perhaps you do need to abstain.

For me, I was sick and I was focused on getting well so I put myself in the fruit and vegetable “prison” where all I was going to do is consume fruits, veggies, nuts beans and seeds. So that meant I had to give up alcohol, soda, processed food, coffee, tea, animal foods, chocolate, etc. I had to give it all up. After 60 days of juice and 90 days of eating plant food, I was off medication. After 5 months of getting welll, why would I go back  to some of those foods and alcohol? That’s what I’ve done and haven’t had a drink since 2007. I don’t miss it. Sometimes I think about having rose in the summer time with friends somewhere in Europe, but other than that I don’t miss it.

I do like Ginger Ale as my treat. That’s my “fun drink”. So what you could do to disguise the fact you aren’t drinking is get Ginger Ale in a short glass with a cocktail straw. I’ve given that advice to people who still want to go out but not worry with the peer group pressure of drinking.

3. Bonus Question: Make sure to watch the video to get the answer to my bonus question on how old I am and how many times I have been proposed to!

Signing out from Sydney and look forward to heading to New Zealand this week!


Not sure what Ask Joe Anything is? It’s a weekly series where I post a video to answer your questions. They can be about juicing, Rebooting, eating plants, my personal life, anything! You can submit either by leaving your question in the comments below or including the #AskJoeAnything tag on my FacebookTwitter (@JoeTheJuicer or @RebootWithJoe) or my Instagram account @JoeTheJuicer.

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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