Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

As I was icing every part of my legs/hips last night after my run, I turned on my NetFlix and watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, a documentary by Joe Cross. I didn't think I would be interested in it one bit, but I am kind of obsessed with what he did and I'm going to try and force my dad to watch this film.

Joe Cross is a young 40 something from Australia and throughout his successful young life, gained quite the belly from drinking, partying and eating all sorts of yummy food. He became sick with a disease called chronic uticaria, it's a rare debilitating autoimmune disease where you basically break out in hives that can pop up on any part of the skin.

Joe decided to change his life by going on a fast. For 60 days he ate nothing but the juice of raw fruits and vegetables, water and natural nuts. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, he drank his meals and throughout the video, you see a very dramatic change in just 60 days.

Joe met a man named Phil Staples. He was a truck driver from Spirit Lake, IA and weighed about 430 pounds. He was depressed and was eating himself to death. Phil also had the same debilitating disease that Joe had. What are the odds?

Phil called Joe and asked for his help, hoping it wasn't too late. Joe came back to the USA, met Phil and helped him on his track to a healthy life. Phil stayed at a lakeside resort, juicing for every meal, taking 10 minute walks and short swims. In just 30 days Phil lost 61 pounds, his blood pressure went down into the normal range and his triglycerides were just shy of the normal range.

After 10 months, of juicing and eating a plant based diet, Phil lost 202 pounds, his urticaria was in remission and he was able to lower the medication he was taking.

During the filming, Phils older brother suffered a heart attack. Do you know how much a heart attack costs? This one was $56,000!! Monthly medicine cost $500!! I don't know about you, but I would never be able to afford myself a heart attack.

As Phil and Joe went on the journey of juicing, it was amazing to hear the people say they wouldn't be able to do it because they are weak, or they don't have any will power. A lot of folks said that they are only here for a short amount of time and want to enjoy it. I would rather be here for a lot of good years, than eat all the junk and processed foods that make me feel sick and give me headaches.

Once I have the money, or can find an alternate way of juicing, you can bet I will become a juicer and will be doing a 10 day reboot. I'm thinking this will happen around Christmas time so I can ask for a juicer.

Does anyone juice?

What's your favorite blend of fruits and vegetables?

If it came down to life or death, would you start a juice fast, or go out eating all the food you love?


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