Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Great title for a post, right?
It is also the title of a documentary Michael and I watched the other night.
As we were clicking through our movie options, the title grabbed our attention, and we just had to read the synopsis to learn what it was about.
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food… (Source)
After reading, I immediately knew that this would be my kind of movie. And I was right!
As Joe toured the country talking to everyday people about their health, it was amazing and sad to see how many of them didn’t make their health a priority. It was also kind of funny to see their reactions to kale juice.
A large focus of the movie was on juice fasting. The physical transformation of Joe (and two other people) during and after the juice fasting was incredible. They went from dull and unhappy looking to completely glowing. No joke.
As you may know, I have the autoimmune disease Lupus and have managed to control my symptoms through a healthy lifestyle. It is no wonder that the best part of Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead for me was watching Joe take control of his own autoimmune disease. Like me, he was able to eliminate the need for all prescription medications by changing his eating habits.
Once the movie was over, I found myself craving juice. Since then, I have replaced my morning coffee with fresh juice that I make at home using my juicer.
The fact that I took nearly a three hour nap yesterday has caffeine withdrawal written all over it… But I am willing to give the juicing a try for at least 10 days to see how it makes me feel.
This morning’s juice combo was apple, carrot, and ginger. My favorite!
For anyone who is interested, you should check out the official Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead website and the Reboot Your Life site as well (especially since it has some great smoothie and juice recipes). You can also watch the movie online through Amazon.
Have you tried juicing? Did you find that it gives you more energy? What are your favorite juice combos?
Enjoy your day!