Monday, August 13, 2012

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

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So recently I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and it made me think. The movie is about a guy named Joe Cross, he was 100 pounds overweight, constantly sick and nearing the end of his rope. He decided to do something about it; he wasn't ready for an early death. He believed his body could heal itself if given the right tools. He traded all his food that he was eating, loads of junk food for fruits and vegetables only and he juiced them all. He did this for 60 days and to help him overcome his food cravings he journeyed crossed the ocean and did the 60 day fast while in the U.S. The film chronicles his journey around the country and over the course of a few months he lost the l00 pounds, which is amazing if you ask me. 

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The biggest take away from the film was that any diet that focuses on grains is not that healthy for you. The old food pyramid used to say 6 to 8 grain servings a week. (I think, I learned about the pyramid back in sixth grade health class). To the right is the current incarnation of the food pyramid.  By eating a mostly fruit and vegetable, we would be a healthier country. The movie also takes the approach that a juicing diet is more of a cleanse diet than a permanent diet. Eventually you do have to eat solid foods again. The juicing doesn't do it alone, you should still exercise, it is needed. 

The movie does give a lot of food for thought, on what it takes to create a healthy lifestyle. As someone who loves to eat meat and some processed food, this diet would be very challenging to me. Things like steak and bacon are soooo good!!! 

Joe Cross has since started his own company called Reboot Your Life which helps people make better choices about what they eat and helps others begin to make the changes they need to begin living a healthy lifestyle. 

If you are interested in watching the movie you can find it on Netflix or  go to this website: and you can watch the movie for free.

I am going to try the Quick Start diet, which goes over the course of 10 days. I just need to get my hands on a juicer and prepare by purchasing the veggies and fruits. I do need to do a little more research in finding out what I'll need to do but I will. Anyone else willing to try the same cleanse as me or one of the other plans that they have, leave a message. I am looking forward to seeing the results. Although I am 40 pounds overweight, so if this works, I hope that much of that disappears. 

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