Nearly dead?

9 Oct

Over the weekend I put some major climbing miles on my legs (3,660 ft on a mt bike ride and 2,200 on a road ride) which translated to very exciting evenings on the couch.  The hubs and I watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead which isn’t as funny and uplifting as it sounds. Ha ha

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a documentary described by it’s website as…

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, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.

What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.

 

SO we (and by we, I mean my hubby) ran out the next day and bought….

Hubby’s new toy

Yes, we are THAT gullible and impulsive.  Even tough we are both educated marketers, we fall for it too. And my husband is a sucker for any “tool”.  This item may have the same fate as our food dehydrator and bread machine (garage sale) or we might actually use it.  Like a kid with a new toy, it has seen some action lately.  We have made 3 different juices since we bought it Saturday night.

I am a pretty nutritionally savvy and know this if I juice I will not loose weight.  Some juice is actually very caloric, so you have to be careful.  I eat a lot of veggies, cooked and raw, so adding some fresh juice to my diet probably will not impact my health that much.  But my husband on the other hand needs help.  I hide veggies in his meals like he was a kid.  He is loving this thing and hopefully it will get him to drink more veggies.

I predict it will be a great toy for a few months and then the reality of having to clean it and having the veggies on-hand will start to kick in and the juicer will get less use.  I could be wrong, who knows.

In the movie, the film maker goes on a 60 day all juice fast.  WOW!  Not chewing anything for 60 days, incredible.  Of course he lost a boat-load of weight, you would too (plus his diet was CRAP before). But the key is how he changed his diet AFTER the fast and his new active life-style.  This is what bothers me about “diets”.  99% of the time you can not maintain a fad diet for the long term and the weight will come back.  I wish the movie would have showed a little more on how he maintained his weight loss.  The did touch on it at the end, but I fear many people will walk away from the movie and think that they can solve all their health issues by a 30 day juice fast.

Anyway, the movie was great in the sense that you got to see the negative effects of junk food and how just changing your diet, your health can drastically improve.  I think most of us know this.

Do you juice? Or fast?  Have you seen the movie?  What did you think?

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