Have you heard of Jason Vale? Listen up: Together with Philips, Juice Master Jason Vale aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle by making juicing at home even more convenient. This week, we were so lucky to chat to Jason while he is in Aus about all things juicing and exactly how it can help your beauty routine!
Thank you for chatting with us today Jason! Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself – what’s a typical day for you?
To be honest, I don’t have a typical day. Ever since freshly extracted juice completely transformed my health, I set out on a mission to “Juice The World’. When you are embark on such a mission you are always unsure where it will take you next, but I am never in the same place for more than a week! In terms of my daily routine, I usually have plenty of water when rising, followed by a cup of peppermint tea with a little Manuka honey. I then do at least a 30 minute workout of some kind, followed by a beautiful fresh juice or ‘green blend’ of some nature. Lunch can be anything simply depending on how hungry I am. I usually have another juice if I am able to, if not a nice salad or a ‘good’ sandwich of sorts. Evening is where I have my main meal of the day and it usually has a hot bit of fish, salad, and wholemeal pitta breads. I then, time permitting, grab another 30 minute workout. However, I used to have many rules when it came to eating, I now simply make sure that the vast majority of what I eat is good, allowing for some bad in my life too!
You’ve been described as the “Jamie Oliver of the health and juicing world”. Where did it all start for you, and how have you made your passion your career?
I used to suffer from extremely bad psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever and obesity. I also smoked 2-3 packets of cigarettes a day, and had quite a heavy alcohol dependency. I read a small book on juicing about 15 years ago and it all just made sense to me. I hated eating vegetables (still do to this day!), so drinking them seemed like a no brainer. I had no intention of turning my passion for juicing into a career, I simply wanted to spread the word. My skin got better, my asthma, hay fever and eczema vanished, I lost weight and just felt amazing. I kept telling people to get a juicer and see the results. I then wrote a book called Slim For Life and to my amazement Harper Collins took the book in a day and said it was, ‘the best book on the subject of weight loss and health we have read for 25 years’. They signed me there and then, no agent, just me armed with the full manuscript. From then it has gone crazy. I have nine books, have sold over 3 million books and my apps are number 1 (even above Jamie Oliver), it’s all very humbling.
So, for those who aren’t familiar with juice programs, what do they involve and what are the benefits you can expect to see from completing one?
There are many juice programmes, but the most famous is my 7lbs in 7days Juice Master Diet. You live on nothing but freshly extracted juice and ‘green blends’ for 7 days, plus add in some exercise. It is almost hard to describe just how good you feel at the end, you have to try it on for size and see what happens. The weight loss is great, but it’s what happens to your overall health that blows people away.
We are officially convinced! Do you have any tips for first time juicers?
Yes, you must get the right juicer or it will put you off for life. Juicing has a bad name because of how it used to be. However, like computers, juicing has gone broadband! Not only can you now get juicers where you can fit whole apples in, so no chopping, Philips have just brought out their Quick Clean range of juicers, which do exactly what it says on the tin! Once you have your juicer, get the 7lbs in 7days book, read the book (to get you into the right frame of mind) do the programme and feel the results. Nothing will convince people of juicing more than the 7 day programme.
What about some of your celebrity devotees – is there anyone special you’ve worked with who has really benefitted from juicing?
Too many to mention. It has been reported that Jennifer Anniston, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Price, McFly, JLS, Beverly Knight, Ashley Roberts… and the list goes on and on, have all doing my juicing programmes.
At bellabox, we are obviously obsessed with all things beauty. Now, we know juicing has plenty of health benefits like you just described, but what are some specific beauty benefits, like skin saving and skin healing juices?
I have many specific recipes for health and beauty.
This recipe from my ‘Funky Fresh Juice Book’ is great for clearing your skin and works wonders for people who suffer from acne, psoriasis or eczema.
2 x golden delicious apples
3cm slice of pineapple
2cm chunk of fresh ginger root
1/3 of a lemon
¼ of a cucumber
½ a ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of mixed seeds
1 heaped teaspoon of lecithin granules
2 teaspoons of Udo’s oil
How to combine:
Juice the apples, pineapple, ginger, lemon and cucumber.
Put the avocado, seeds, lecithin granules and oil into a blender. Add the juice, a little ice and blend until smooth.
Best served on an empty stomach and with zinc-rich watermelon.
Do you have any other tips for good skin health when it comes to juicing?
As well as the last recipe I have put together a 64 page “Clear Skin” free download. Go to www.juicemaster.com, where you will see a “free downloads” button. This has exactly what to consume and, moreover, what to avoid. For now, if you don’t want to follow a strict programme but simply want something that may improve your skin, then this smoothie has the perfect nutrition for the job. I want to make it clear though, I’m not suggesting the Clear Skin smoothie will clear you of whatever skin condition you have just like that. There are many contributing factors, but the smoothie will go a long way in helping you.
And do you have a favourite juice mix of all time?
That’s like trying to pick your favourite movie…it all depends on the mood your in. I love my lemonade, it’s out of the park. You just take two apples and a 1/3 lemon with rind on. Juice them, add ice and bingo healthy lemonade! Most of the time though, I’m a veggie juice guy. I always take two apples, then add my spinach, celery, cucumber, beet, kale and then blend with half an avocado.
And you must tell us, what has been your greatest grooming discovery of all time? Your must-have product, you can’t live without?
It changes, as you get older. In my 20’s I never thought I’d have to spend time removing hairs from your nose and ears (what’s all that about?!), so tweezers are a staple, but I couldn’t live without my razor. I shave every morning and I hate stubble, so razor wins every time.
Thank you so much for checking in with us to chat juicing, beauty and all things healthy Jason! Finally, tell us what’s in-store for Juice Master in the future?
Well I have a documentary coming out in 2014 called SUPER JUICE ME! One Disease – One Solution and it aims to show how the vast majority of disease can be treated with exactly the same programme, without the need for medical drugs. Once it’s ready I will be coming back to Australia to hold a premier of the film here in Sydney!
And thinking about becomming a jucier yourself? Look to the clever Philips QuickClean design - they are easy-to-use and can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute! Maximum juice with minimum fuss.