Monday, July 18, 2011

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

When Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead turned up on Netflix streaming, Rob and I couldn't wait to watch it.  We watched it yesterday afternoon.

In a nutshell, a man named Joe Cross chronicles his 60 day juice fast in an attempt to cure his auto-immune skin disease called Urticaria and get off all prescription medication as well as "reboot" his life from one of unhealthy excess to a healthier, fitter existence.  Well he did just that.  On the surface Mr. Cross went from looking like Jim Broadbent to looking like Hugh Jackman (hubba hubba) in record time but also improved many aspects of his life and helping lots of people along the way.

The medical consultant in this film is Dr. Joel Fuhrman who is a big proponent of a nutrient dense plant based diet.  He states in the film and on his site that, "Our modern, low-nutrient eating style has led to an overweight population, the majority of whom develop diseases of nutritional ignorance, causing our medical costs to spiral out of control."  How true.  His website is loaded with interesting and informative information on nutrition and using food as medicine.  Check it out.

Rob enjoyed the film as much as I did.  So much so that he has agreed to a two-day juice fast this coming weekend.  I've been struggling this year, seemingly losing and gaining the same five pounds, a reboot is just what I need.  I've blogged my juicing experiences here for the past couple of years but I will have a totally different point of view to add here, Rob's first juice fast.  Watch this space for our weekend juice fast blast!

I've learned the power of juicing vegetables and fruits from personal experience but watching it distilled down in this powerful documentary was just amazing.  If you have ever been even the tiniest bit curious about juicing, YOU MUST WATCH THIS FILM!

Have you seen this film?  Has it changed your ideas about juicing?  I want to hear from you!


  1. I have this in my queue to watch at some point. Probably when the Tour de France is over LOL!

    I don't drink juices that much. I find that they don't keep me full long enough, and I also really like to chew my food. Same thing when I have a smoothie for breakfast or lunch. I end up wanted something to satisfy my teeth LOL!

    I think if people ate less processed foods and more whole foods in any form, they would be much better off.

  2. Ooh, I'm going to have to see that. It looks interesting, thanks for the recommendation!

  3. This movie blew my mind. It was the final straw for me to get the juicer going as part of my regular routine. I started on Saturday [after watching the movie for the first time on Friday night!] and have had more veggies in the last 6 days than in the last 6 weeks. I'm looking at this juice fast as much more about what I'm GIVING my body than what I'm taking from it. Beets?? I wouldn't eat a beet if it were sitting in front of me.. but I've sure loved juicing them with those extraordinary greens. I'm still eating steamed veggies or salads for occasional meals - every other day or so - but juicing twice a day and eating fruit. It has been REMARKABLE in just 6 days. Down nearly 10 pounds already, but more than that, I feel.... steadier. Less susceptible to erratic moods that make me want to binge. Calmer with my kids... taking away options has, finally, worked for me. You're the one, A, who started me on this quest in the first place - I bought the juicer after I found your blog. And this movie is what compelled me to make the final step. I am on my way!!

  4. I am SO happy for you, Steph! I'm really looking forward to my two-day juice fast because I know that I always feel so amazing afterward.