A very inspirational movie about a man that decides to take his health into his own hands by committing to a 60 day juice cleanse.
"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."
Juicing is a very powerful healing tool because the energy that normally goes to digestion can go to cellular detoxification and regeneration, as well as supplying the body with an abundance of nutrients that are instantly absorbed.
It is important to focus on vegetables and non-sweet fruits, incorporating apple or other fruits is okay once and awhile, just be sure to enjoy in moderation.
My favourite foods to juice include: leafy greens, fennel, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon, lime, turmeric, and then apple, pear, pineapple, watermelon, and grapes in moderation.
*If you have diabetes or hypoglycemia it is best to avoid fruits and sweet vegetables like carrots and beets altogether. Small amounts of fruit can be enjoyed in a smoothie however.
Juice feasting can be implemented for 3-60 days, depending on your goal and current state of health. If you have a chronic illness and/or are on medication it is best to consult your healthcare professional for a supervised juice cleanse.
Please visit the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead website for more information.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.