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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (or “To Juice or Not to Juice”)

on February 27, 2012

A friend has been hounding me to watch “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” for weeks. I finally took his advice and watched it on Netflix streaming (love Netflix) Sunday night. Holy mackerel….I think I want to juice!

Watch the trailer: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

The documentary follows Aussie Joe Cross as he does a 60 day juice fast while driving across America. Seeing the amount of obese, food-obsessed people he encountered made me sad. We really are the fattest nation! During his journey he loses 80 pounds in 60 days and meets a ton of people he gets on the juicing bandwagon. Including a morbidly obese truck driver named Phil who is literally close to death. By the end of the film Phil has lost 202 pounds in 10 months. That’s insane!

I finish the doc and my first question was “Did they keep it off?”

I’m a skeptic, so I had to Google for more info. I normally would have phone my BFF Jewels and had her research it (nickname Jewgle) – but it was mid-Oscars and didn’t seem fair to phone a friend. 🙂

So, what did I discover?

Why Juice? (from the website):
Juicing offers us many delicious health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It also provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition compared to freshly juiced fruits and vegetables.

How long do you do it for?
The fast is intended for a 10 days but can be extended up to 60. After the fast you eat a micro-nutrient high diet with protein – severely limiting preservatives, processed crap etc.

Why juice instead of eat just fruits and veggies?
The shot in the movie looked like this:

Eat all this at each meal:


Drink this:

You would literally be exhausted trying to eat all that!

Are there any risks? Obviously the detox of coffee, preservatives and the sheer cravings are going to be awful. You guys know I love my coffee. LOVE.  I can’t see any side effects (except the obvious “detox” from a fruit/vegetable based diet. I guess I would end up low on protein? Will have to consider that.

I couldn’t do the whole 60 days shown in the documentary ~ travel commitments would be near impossible. I sorta doubt I could bring a juicer on a plane with me, LOL.  But, I think 10 days would be feasible. Ten days of a juice fast – followed by healthy diet for the rest of Lent. On the website they talk about it as a reboot. Being a (quasi) nerd during the day I know how important computer reboots/resets are. I can see the same parallels with our bodies. You go-go-go and jump into diet after diet – fall off the bandwagon – gain more than you lost – lather, rinse, repeat. You never stop and say” timeout! let’s start fresh”. Unless you contract the bubonic plague and are quarantined for weeks….but I digress!

Whatcha think?  Has anyone tried it before? Results to share?

Juice recipe:
Phil Staples Juice Recipe
✦ 1 Bulk of Kale
✦ 4 celery stalks
✦ 1 cucumber
✦ 2 apples
✦ 1/2 of a lemon
✦ lump of Ginger

Truth be told, the green drink sounds kind of gross. I can’t lie. But. I’m willing to give it a shot. If nothing else I’ll have an interesting story to share on my blog for you guys! 🙂


6 responses to “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (or “To Juice or Not to Juice”)

  1. Christine B. says:

    I have a coworker/friend who has juiced a few times and she has had nothing be positive outcomes! It’s a great jump start, a nice detox and gets her on the right path. She makes her own juices, but when time is a little more crunchy, she will sometimes through in a Bolthouse pre-made juice. She will ease herself into it for a day or two by eating much healthier, then after about 7-10 days she’ll start adding in soups, salads, fruits veggies etc. She loses a bit of weight, and gets the motivation she needs!

  2. Denise says:

    I suppose its good to try, won’t hurt, but for me, I have to have crunch, taste, so I eat a warm spinach salad, for lunch. with all the protein in it. nuts, berries, ect.. the downfall, is the gastric system may be alittle shock for a while.. does clean u out. but, can it cure the between 4pm and 9pm cravings I get… I’m sure its a good for a few weeks, to shed a couple pds..

  3. Cecilia says:

    I juiced for a bit a couple of summers ago. It helps to have some fresh fruits and veggies around. But after about a week of consistent juicing in the morning, I got ridiculously sick…like my stomach was pissed that I wasn’t giving it any fiber.

    I would definitely suggest starting slow. Be ready to hit the bathroom within a couple of hours of having juice! At the end of the day, this method doesn’t really teach how to change your eating habits though. It’s like a quick detox, and you suddenly have a huge amount of fruits and veggies in your system. But it was hard for me to sustain.

    Check out The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalie Rose. It’s got some interesting advice, some of which is actually similar to a Taoist way of looking at food. That book has the same recipe that you listed. Truth be told, it’s really tasty! Apples help a lot 🙂

  4. jobo says:

    From my perspective, while I am sure there are lots of benefits to juicing and detox-type things, nothing beats just eating healthy. Because these detoxes and stuff just offer a temporary fix or jumpstart, nothing to be able to justify or maintain long-term, ya know? With that said, I’d of course support whatever you decide 😉

  5. Sandy says:

    Every doctor I’ve ever heard talking about any kind of detox or cleanse says “Don’t do it!” largely because stuff like this gives you diarrhea like CRAYZAY and clears out EVERYTHING, including the good bacteria in your gastric system. I feel like you’re on a good path and dropping the ell-bee-ess slowly but surely, so stick with what you’ve got.

  6. The ladies I work with are juicing sometimes for lunch. I’ll admit, I do find it all interesting. I don’t want to fast, but I am trying to figure out how to make sure I’m eating better foods and better for me foods most of the time. Part of that involves eating/drinking things that taste great and fill me up. I think juice could be added as a weapon against sweets, snacks, etc. I’m highly thinking about buying a juicer and seeing where it leads me. I really want to eat and be cleaner from a health perspective. Can’t wait to hear your progress reports!

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