Last night I watched a truly inspiring documentary, a testament to the power of a healthy diet.
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead chronicles Australian filmmaker Joe Cross’s journey to health. Fat, fortyish, and suffering from an autoimmune disease, Joe spends 60 days traversing America. But no fast food stops for Joe—his mission is to drink only fresh fruit and vegetable juice (he travels with his own juicer) for the entire 60 days. Joe believes fasting on juice will allow his body to heal from the inside out.
We all know the typical American diet (and Australian, apparently) is not so good. Joe talks to people as he travels; he explains his quest for better health and asks them about their eating habits and lifestyles. Would any of them be willing to do something as radical as a juice fast, even for seven days? Not many.
By the end of the 60 days, Joe has lost 90 pounds, has weaned himself off his steroid medications, and looks and feels fantastic. Good on ya, Joe!
Another fat, sick and nearly dead man accepts the challenge
He has also inspired a truck driver, Phil, to start a similar “juicy” journey to health.
Like Joe, Phil is fortyish and suffers from the same autoimmune disease. He is also morbidly obese, weighing 429 pounds, and in addition to steroids takes medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That is unfortunately a common drug cocktail in America today. (Anti-depressants are like the olive.)
By the end of the show, as I watched Phil drop the pounds and the medications, I wanted to jump up and yell “Yes!”
Related: Check out Joe Cross’s website Reboot with Joe: Juicing for Weight Loss with Joe Cross
I’m not a fan of fad or extreme diets. I model my diet on a food pyramid that has fruits, vegetables and whole grains on the bottom half, and dairy and meats on the top.
But to make drastic lifestyle changes such as Joe and Phil probably takes extreme measures. Breaking old, unhealthy habits and replacing them with new, healthy ones is HARD and takes time, at least 30 days according to different psychologists and life coaches.
Anyway, I was in awe of their discipline and determination, and am inspired to continue eating lots of fruits and vegetables (although I don’t plan on buying a juicer) and advocating better health through diet.
Let’s spend money on good food rather than prescription drugs!*
*I should point out that both Joe and Phil were under a doctor’s supervision during their juice fasts.