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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Friday, May 17, 2013

Over the past several days, I've been watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which follow's Joe Cross's attempt to get healthy through the consumption of micronutrient foods (i.e. fresh plant foods) via juicing. For those who might be interested, the movie can be seen for free on Hulu.

The changes Joe sees in his body in only 60 days are pretty astounding, and he manages to inspire several other people along the way. The most remarkable of whom is Phil- a truck driver who tips the scales at 429 pounds.

I don't know that I'm interested in committing to a 60 day juice fast, but I definitely believe that there's a lot of great evidence that the vast majority of the foods we should be eating should be plant based / earth grown vegan. I'm also not sure how I feel about juicing in general. I tend to prefer blending because it's much less wasteful and easier to clean up, but I haven't done any research comparing the two.

Regardless, I bought a Blendtec blender a little over a year ago, and it's been one of the best purchases I've ever made. I'll drink green smoothies for breakfast at least twice a week. My favourite involved grapes, strawberries, a clementine, a banana, frozen pineapple, frozen peaches, carrots, avocado, and tons of spinach.

I also make a protein smoothie with bananas, dark chocolate almond milk, peanut butter, and brown rice protein powder.

After watching the movie, I'm definitely interested in trying to fast for at least a week, just to detox and see how I'm feeling afterwards. If I can truly heal all the damage that I've done to my body over the years simply by drinking natural vegetable and fruit based juices, then why wouldn't I give it a shot?
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    I watched this movie a year ago and decided juicing wasn't for me. Then this last week my hubby & I decided to juice for a few days. It's extremely expensive to do this unless you can find a farmer's market type situation, so we won't be able to do it whole-heartedly like we wanted to. We're just doing the FSND Reboot juice once a day and sticking as close as possible to a vegetarian diet. I've already noticed a huge difference in mood and focus in just 3 days, though by day 2 I had to throw coffee back in just so I could concentrate and still do my computer work. I'm now on day 3 and my allergies/cold is even getting better. The only thing that concerns me is the level of carbs & sugar. I know they're the quality carbs and sugars, but I'm already 1/2 way through my sparkpeople recommended carbs and I've only had the juice and coffee. That and the level of wasted food. I suppose you could compost it for yourself of someone you know that gardens...

    Now, my father-in-law and family juiced for 21 days. He has the most severe case of Diabetes and is maxed out on all his meds and has even been put on a clinical trial for diabetics. When he had the Reboot juice once a day and only ate vegetarian for those 21 days, his blood sugar dropped INCREDIBLY low. His doc made him add a candy bar to his juicing/vegetarian diet. He's a very tall, slender man, so it has nothing to do with weight; it's about how his body processes sugars & insulin. Part of me wonders if he just changed his diet to this if he could go completely off his meds.
    1796 days ago
    Having gone through the whole process myself, I didn't like the waste of pure juicing, and ended up buying a dedicated smoothie maker and it is awesome. If it ever breaks I'm buying another one just like it!! I do like low carb smoothies, using low sugared ingredients as much as possible. Given the research on the detriment of sugars in the diet affecting health and disease process.
    1798 days ago
    Hi, there!
    I'm Josie.
    I watched that documentary, too.
    I also did the juicing...for about a week or two. But I had to stop simply because I couldn't afford to keep buying enough fruits and veggies to stay with it. But I did lose quite a bit of weight during that time and felt much better, too.

    If only money grew on trees. emoticon

    I wish you the best!
    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 5:13:20 PM
    Interesting. I've had this movie in my Netflix queue for a while now, I'll have to bump it up and watch it soon.
    1798 days ago
    emoticon you've given me something to look up on the internet!
    1798 days ago
    Awesome! I've been wanting to watch this movies for months. It's sitting in my Netflix que, haha Hopefully I can get to it this weekend. I agree I think staying as close to natural is best. It has done wonders for me :D :D :D Best wishes!
    1798 days ago
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