How a Juicing diet works (+recipes)

My own background story with Juicing

This story begins before I left Israel, around October 2009. I was working comfortably in the hi-tech industry, eating regular meals every day with my colleagues. The sad truth is that I somehow let myself go, and eventually weighed around 105kg (that’s almost 210 pounds for those on the imperial system). For a person who used to being very slim and athletic, it was a horrible shock to look at a photo of myself one day, and realizing what I have done to myself without noticing.

Fast forward to the winter of 2010. I was living in Russia with two flat mates (It was cheaper to rent a room than to rent an apartment, plus I was lonely at the time and I figured I could use the company).

The two women in the apartment used a steamer to cook their foods. I remembered my mom using a steamer, way back in my childhood, but it was only used rarely, for some very specific types of food; definitely not as the main cooking apparatus.

Moscow is notoriously expensive, and since I was trying to save money, buying meat was reserved for special occasions. I basically bought a lot of Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Onions, Beet, Corn, and a LOT of Buckwheat (As the Russians call it: “Grétchka”). And so, for a period of 3 months this is mostly what I ate. This, and the occasional whole wheat Subway sandwich with imitation crab meat and tons of vegetables. Needless to say, I did not drink sugary drinks, and instead drank water with lemon juice.

Old dog learns new tricks

About 1.5 years ago, my friend Golan Ben-Oni introduced me to Dr. Fuhrman, the book “Eat To Live” (which has since made it to the New York Times’ best selling book in the “self help” category), to the China Study, and to Dr. Novick, the funny and witty nutritionist with the warm, charming smile and the always-awesome presentations. He also told me about the movie “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross (which has since become a sensation). That movie, along with the rich information provided by the nutritionists I mentioned, has really opened my eyes about nutrition.

In the space of a few months, I realized what I had been doing wrong my entire life, and why when I was eating only vegetables and raw grain back in Russia, I was losing weight fast, and feeling extremely healthy. In fact it almost got scary to see myself losing so much weight so quickly – I lost 20kg in 3 month.

And yet, it’s one thing to know what to do, and to actually do it. Just like many smokers know smoking kills and causes cancer, but never actually quit smoking. But what if they actually got cancer, suffered through treatment, died, and were suddenly given another chance to jump back in time to the moment they started smoking? How many of them would actually decide to never start smoking?

I feel that what happened to me by chance, has inadvertently shown me two things: 1) It is actually possible to go back to your BMI, and in just a few months. 2) The feeling of being healthy and looking great again, is totally worth the effort.

So can an old dog learn new tricks, and change his ways? Well, mostly. I don’t believe in going to the extreme – I think you sometimes need to have your comfort foods, so that you feel you aren’t completely giving up on your old lifestyle. A slice of Pizza every 2 ~ 3 months? That’s totally acceptable to me.

The basic idea behind juicing

The idea here is that our bodies no longer get the nutrition they need, because we eat a relatively very narrow diet. A study of bones found from before and after the agricultural revolution clearly shows that before the agricultural revolution, people were taller, healthier, and better fed, compared to people who lived after the agricultural revolution.

The simple explanation is that before the agricultural revolution, we were “hunters / gatherers” which meant that we relied on a large variety of foods (whatever we could find that day). After the agricultural revolution, we started eating only one or two types of grain, instead of 50. What this essentially means is that we significantly narrowed our spectrum of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Suddenly our bodies were not getting all the minerals and vitamins they were used to getting.

The same problem exists with dietary supplements. Rates of cancer have actually gone up since dietary supplements were introduced. The simple truth is that you can’t replace a tomato, which has hundreds of types of vitamins and minerals, with a pill that contains just vitamins A, B and C. Our nutrition is more than just those 3 vitamins. We actually do need those hundreds of vitamins and minerals that a Fresh tomato has, and no pill can give us those nutrients, no matter how good it is.

So why juice? Why not just eat vegetables and fruits?

You could certainly just eat vegetables and fruits, but when you are trying to recover and heal your body, either from some trauma, chronic disease, malnutrition, diabetes, or major weight gain, and you are out of time (literally), you have to take drastic measures. Once you get to the point where you are healthy again, then you can move to “maintenance mode”, and you can start juicing just once a week, of course while eating a balanced diet consisting of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, berries, etc.

How does juicing work? What’s special about juicing?

In order to heal, your body needs to rebuild its reserves of vitamins and minerals. The problem is that if you tried to obtain the amounts you actually need, you would have to consume 5 whole leafs of kale, 5 stalks of celery, 1 beet, 1 bunch of spinach, 5 large carrots, 2 apples, 2 tomatoes, 1 lemon, and repeat all this 3 times a day.

Thing is, you can’t possibly eat all of that in a day, simply because of the large volume of space this food would require in your stomach. To overcome this limitation, we juice those vegetables and fruits. Luckily, modern juicers separate the juice (containing all the good stuff) from the pulp (which is just empty cellulose). By getting rid of the cellulose, you get a juice that contains all the vitamins and minerals from all those vegetables and fruits that you can drink easily.

Recipes

The “Everything” Juice

  • One bunch of Kale (Around 8 ~ 10 leafs)
  • Two carrots
  • Two small beets or one large beet
  • Two celery stalks
  • One Green Apple
  • One Red Apple
  • Ginger (5 slices)

Just Green

  • One bunch of Kale (Around 8 ~ 10 leafs)
  • One bunch Spinach
  • Two celery stalks
  • Two Green Apples

And here are some external links:

 

Linux Cheat Sheet

Every once in a while you encounter this edge scenario that requires some specialized knowledge. And let’s face it, it’s always nice to find a quick cheat sheet with “recipes” for common (and sometimes less common) problems, than having to RTFM for hours, trying to find the solution.

So I decided to list the common problems I’ve encountered, and the solutions I found for those problems that have actually worked.

 

Deleting a massive number of files

Sometimes a directory full of old session files (maybe left behind by some php script) can be a real pain, especially when you’re trying to rsync or backup that site. Sometimes there are so many files in that directory, that an rm -rf * will return an error about the argument list being too long. The problem here is the usage of the asterisk (globing), which produces a huge list of files. To understand the effect of * just type this in a directory with some files: echo *

The following command will help you:

find /session/directory/ -type f -delete

Or if you want to erase only sessions that are older than 5 days:

find /session/directory/ -type f -mtime +5 -delete

Note 1: if you add -name sess_* you will stumble into the same globing pitfall mentioned above, so make sure to enclose it with quotes: ‘sess_*’.

Note 2: If you are doing this on a production server, then do this instead with a bash for loop:

 for i in *; do 
 rm -f $i; 
 done

This will take longer, but will keep the server i/o load extremely low and won’t affect your production systems.

 

Converting from ext2 to ext3 and back

Nobody will judge you for choosing to use the ext2 filesystem, a real expert uses the tools for the job. In this case, the expert would make a calculated decision to trade safety for performance. Not having to write a journal could boost performance, but not having a journal could pose a problem during data recovery. However data recovery might not always be a concern.

This conversion process will not result in any data loss, and should be fairly quick even on large drives.

The process for ext2 -> ext3:

  1. Unmount the ext2 partition
  2. tune2fs -j /dev/sdb1
  3. Edit /etc/fstab and change ext2 to ext3 for /dev/sdb1
  4. Remount your ext3 partition

 

Hard Reboot on a semi-dead machine

Yesterday I found myself still logged into a machine that was stuck in a semi dead state, due to data corruption on one of the drives. It was impossible to reboot the machine using the conventional methods, and I had no IPMI or KVM for this old server, which meant I had to rely on a technician to physically press the reset button. But it turns out there is another way, and if you find yourself in a similar situation with root access to a barely functioning machine, you might want to consider the REISUB process, which uses the SysReq kernel feature as described in this wonderful Wikipedia article about the Magic SysRq key.

The short version is this:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq  # Enable the SysRq feature (just in case it's disabled)
echo s > /proc/sysrq-trigger     # Sync: Write all buffers to disks
echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger     # Reboot the machine

 

MySQL Dump with Broken Views

So you decided to dump a database, either as backup, or to transfer it to another machine. But you get one of the below errors:

mysqldump: Couldn't execute 'SHOW FIELDS FROM `funny_table`': View 'silly_db.funny_table' references invalid table(s) or column(s) or function(s) or definer/invoker of view lack rights to use them (1356)

mysqldump: Got error: 1449: The user specified as a definer ('silly_db'@'localhost') does not exist when using LOCK TABLES

Fear not, you can dump it with this command:

mysqldump --force -uBob -pSecret --single-transaction silly_db > silly_db.sql

You will still get some warnings or errors but you can probably safely ignore them. What’s happening here is that something or someone left behind some Views that refer to tables that no longer exist, or to tables that exist but with fields that no longer exist. Some wordpress plugins have bad hygiene habits, and do not properly clean up behind them (hey, just like some people!).

Reading BIOS Events

Sometimes there’s a problem with your server harware. But if your machine lacks IPMI or DRAC, how do you know what’s wrong with the hardware?

Luckily, the BIOS will in some cases log some of the hardware faults in its BIOS Event Log. But how do you get to it from the comfort of your couch? dmidecode to the rescut.

In debian / ubuntu, just apt-get install dmidecode and then run:

dmidecode -t 15

This will show you the last few errors in your event log. Maybe an ECC Memory error, which might indicate your memory modules are faulty (as happened to me).

 

Elon Musk, Mars Colonization, and me

Imagine you have lots of money, what do you do? Do you give it all to charity? Do you keep it until you’re 80 and then let your children fight over the will? Do you perhaps setup trust funds with altruistic goals, that end up eating most of the money for management overhead after you’re dead? (hey, execs need their bonuses, right?).

What I like about Elon Musk’s choices and initiatives is that he’s putting his money and energy into humanity’s future. He is not investing in its present or past problems, and he is not getting his hands dirty with politics.

What I realized today, is that if I had all that money, I would probably want to join him as a co-investor, and at the very least, I would try to get involved into one of the projects, even if just to help him reach his goals sooner.

I think of the countless times in my childhood when I really wished I could travel to the distant future. I did not like what I was seeing around me as a child engrossed in Science Fiction books that described partially utopian futures. I spent a lot of time thinking about how far I would have to travel into the future until I reached an era that might be to my liking. I figured at least 200 years into the future until most resource and religion wars are behind us, and the majority of humans have evolved enough to become decent human beings, with advanced, friendly philosophies that promote exploration, science, and simply being good to others (humans and non-humans).

What Elon Musk is doing is admirable because his actions bring this future into our present. This is the kind of atmosphere I want to live and work in. When you actively build the future, you invite it into your present life, and you become part of that future as much as that future becomes part of who you are. And let’s not neglect the gadgets: When you build futuristic gadgets, you live in the future right now.

This makes me want to focus even harder on my own business venture, with the goal of making enough money to be able to join Musk’s adventures.

Let’s hope I succeed! But whether I succeed or not, I am at least proud to belong to a species that produces people like Elon Musk, who are constantly pushing the envelope. They stay a tree is as tall as its many branches, I say the tree is tall as its highest branch / leaf / flower.

 

Music re-discovery

A couple of months ago I upgraded my internal laptop drive to SSD. I’m very happy with the massive performance increase and the physical reliability. However, since the SSD drive is significantly smaller than my old magnetic drive (160GB vs. 512GB) I decided not to copy over any of my old music. This saved me from transferring almost 50gb of data.

The main reason for this decision was that I probably stopped listening to more than 50% of that music. I saw it as an opportunity to start from scratch, and only copy one artist at a time from my old collection, and only if I am reminded of them and really want to listen to them again. Another decision I made was to only transfer the tracks I liked (I made one exception so far with Yellow Submarine, because I love absolutely each and every track in that album). This would save tons of space, and increase the chances of enjoying a random playlist.

The first ones to make the move were: Kraftwerk, The Smiths, The Advent, The Beatles, and a bunch of Ambient tracks (Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Aphex Twin, Vidna Obmana, Zegunder, William Orbit, etc).

I am thoroughly enjoying the experience, and recommend it to anyone wishing to rediscover the music they love.

New York, New York!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in New York for 16 months now! It’s truly mind blowing how eventful it’s been so far. In the space of 16 months I managed to get a divorce, I created my first US corporation, acquired a major customer, moved my Israeli business to the US, dated 20+ women in search of a new partner, found an awesome apartment in Long Island City and slowly furnished it (from scratch!), found an absolutely amazing woman and fell in love, got married again, am planning a wedding celebration (which will happen in November), launched am amazing startup and getting ready to work on another, and probably quite a few other things I neglected to mention.

I like this city very much. I always knew I like New York; Some of you may remember the story of the first time I returned to Israel from New York, and how depressed and empty I felt for a few weeks. I knew that some time in my future, I would love to live in this great city for at least a year of my life, and now I have not only realized that dream, but am in the process of realizing many other dreams!

I know how some New Yorkers have this love / hate relationship with the city, but one can only speak for himself; I can definitely say after living here for 16 months that my love for this city has evolved and become more substantiated, like good wine aging in a barrel.

You slowly but surely learn where to go that suits your mood at the moment. And this is where New York shines: There’s a place for every mood. If you want a crazy party, it’s there. If you want cheap trashy food, it’s there. Want classy, expensive food? It’s definitely there big time. Want classical music? It’s there. For money? Sure. For free? Sure, there’s free stuff too! Parks, Hotels, Palaces. Real life, Fake life, Real people, Fake people, Neon lights, Drunks pissing in the subway, People buying mangos and drinking beer illegally on the beaches, Lounging in a roof pool in a hotel with a crowd that’s 80% LGBT, listening to great music, dancing on the beach with total strangers, watching free movies in Bryant park, attending the infinite number of seasonal parades (Mermaid Parade, Caribbean Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Macy’s Parade, Israel Parade, etc.), the alternative crowd of St. Marks, the cheap vegetables of Chinatown, the tens of thousands of restaurants, bars and pubs, the amazing stores (shopping capital of the world!), and the list goes on.

This is all made even better by the fact that I have siblings and many friends in the vicinity. My dear brother leaves in Brooklyn, and my sister is not too far away in Philadelphia. I have friends in various boroughs, and other friends in other states. All of a sudden the US feels a bit more like a home to me. I feel like I’m starting to settle down again, and it feels good.

As an added bonus, New York turns out to be quite a hub for many, mostly for business, but also for pleasure. I have already had the pleasure to meet many friends who flew to the city for various reasons. This is another advantage of New York: When you are out in the city with friends, the city smiles at you, and you smile back at the universe and say, thank you, dear universe, for this wonderful time!

From Russia with Love?!

When I was very young, Russia was this “grey” and “evil” entity. Having lived in countries mainly under the influence of the west, this is no surprise. The impression was that the government is not very good for the people, as in, not very democratic.

However this is my third or fourth time to Russia, and what I discovered has changed how I think about countries and governments in general.

The first thing that shocked me was how popular virtual money is. When you are in the wallet business, you learn that in Russia the most popular valid form of payment is “Webmoney” but the reality is that many russian companies have wallets! What really matters, is that you can walk a short distance from your home and convert your real cash to virtual cash, with which you can then pay for services online. For that, a rampant network of money collection terminals exists, with fierce competition in some areas. The machines only take money, and produce a receipt.

In some apartment buildings the machine is in the lobby so you can go downstairs in your PJ’s and convert money to virtual value without braving the elements (visualize the Moscow winter to realize how practical this is!).

What makes this business thrive in Russia and Ukraine? What is the government doing or NOT doing, which allows wallets to be so popular? Is it the lack of trust in Russians banks? Is it some Russian cultural trait?

I welcome your feedback on this one.

Single again!

As Forest Gump’s Mother said: Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get. Aren’t mothers amazing?

I won’t get into the reasons here, but the plain and simple truth is that as of last Sunday, I am officially divorced. Since I married religiously according to the Jewish Faith, I also had to divorce the same way.

Just to clear up some confusion – I have not seen my ex-wife for 9 months. It just took forever to do the procedure, due to many factors (some of which are related to travel, some because my ex is in Israel and I’m in the USA now, and some just related to bureaucracy and logistics).

The procedure was quite elaborate! There were 3 rabbis who acted as “Judges”, one of them doubling as the Scribe (The “Sofer” in Hebrew, who is normally a separate person) and also as my first Witness, and yet another Rabbi, this one was to be my second witness (According to the Jewish Faith, you are supposed to have two witnesses when you sign your Marriage Certificate, and also two witnesses when you sign your Divorce Certificate).

There were 3 potential complications in my divorce:

  1. The fact that I am in the USA, and my Marriage records + ex-wife were both in Israel. This meant the Rabbis needed to communicate with the Israeli branch, and this took a considerable amount of time. However, fortunately, it eventually happened and I received a call summoning me to sign my Divorce Papers.
  2. If there’s shared property or children, or some disagreement between the sides, the judges would have to intervene and judge according to Halacha (Jewish Law). Fortunately, our decision to divorce was mutual, there were no children, and no shared properties that were under any kind of disagreement.
  3. The procedure itself, which is quite elaborate. The Rabbis must make sure you will not retract your request to divorce, and that you were not forced into the divorce, or paid money to divorce, and that no threat of violence is placed on me, etc. Fortunately none of that is true, and the divorce was allowed to happen.

I followed the ceremony, which I have to note, was wise and obviously carefully worded, in what I assume is the result of a few millennia of learning from bad experiences…!

Another interesting point, is how your parents are identified. I had to call my parents during the ceremony, so that the Rabbis can verify with them what they are called, by their community and/or circle of friends. It turned out this was not without merit, as my dad goes by 3 or 4 different names!

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, the Writer (“Sofer”) must go about his business, which is to write the Divorce Papers in my name. Once that was done, a courier was designated (turned out the Writer was also the Courier…). I had to task him with the job of notifying my wife that she is now no longer my wife. He accepted the task, and the ceremony was concluded.