If you haven’t yet seen the 2010 documentary film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I highly recommend you watch it. The film is a great testament of how anyone can make positive and lasting changes to their health, no matter what their age (or state of health!).
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documents the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the US while he follows a juice fast in an effort to regain his health. He embarks on this journey under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the Director of Research at the Nutrition Research Foundation.
Before Joe’s journey started he was literally ‘fat, sick and nearly dead’, weighing 22 stone, suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease and constantly dosed up on pharmaceutical drugs. He consumed pizza, pies and doughnuts on a daily basis, which left him fatigued and on a fast track to an early grave.
But then Joe entered his forties and he felt that it was time to turn his life around. He set himself the challenge of only consuming juice for 60 days. His aim was to see if the healing power of fruit and veg could turn him into a new man.
The results were astounding. He lost six stone and by the time he reached 47 he was completely medication free.
Some people say that Joe’s transformation is the result of extreme dieting. But I don’t think it is. That’s because after his 60 day journey Joe didn’t revert to his old eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. He stuck to the positive changes he made.
In a recent interview Joe said that his goal was to break the cycle of an unhealthy lifestyle and simply enhance the quality of his diet by increasing his intake of fruits and vegetables.
He added: “If you’re overweight and have tried everything then I would recommend consulting your doctor and then following the juice diet for ten days.”
What I loved most about Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is that it shows how, when push comes to shove, the only person who can change your health around is you. And if you’re willing to do the work, you will see results… Just don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll see the same health changes by drinking ready-made juices because these are more than likely laden with added sugars.
Personally, I can’t go without my dose of fresh juice every morning. It makes me feel energised and helps me keep a healthy weight. And because it is so nutrient dense, my daily breakfast juice keeps me satisfied and stops me from snacking throughout the day.
If you haven’t juiced before, all you need is a juicer and fresh fruit and veg. You can start by trying Joe’s simple and easy super green juice:
- 1 cucumber (sliced)
- 4 celery stalks (sliced)
- 2 apples (sliced)
- 6 – 8 leaves kale
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp ginger
Wash all produce well
Peel the lemon (optional)
Pour over ice
Enjoy!To a healthier life,
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10 Things We Learned from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, published online, huffingtonpost.com
Juicing saved my life: Sick and obese Joe Cross lost six stone on the juice diet… here he reveals how it can improve your health, published online, dailymail.co.uk