I’m a huge fan of the fact that there are so many health-related documentaries on the market today. Actually, Food Inc. was what pushed me into the vegetarian camp. And even though I understand that these films are very one-sided, I always get sucked in! That’s exactly what happened with Fat Sick And Nearly Dead a documentary which focuses on juicing as a way to drastically improve health and wellbeing.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – The history begins by introducing the audience to Joe Cross, an Australian salesman who decides to be on a sixty day cross-country road trip while performing a juice fast. Joe is not only overweight but he’s also suffering from an automobile-immune disease that resembles hives. During his trip, Joe meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese and seemingly depressed truck driver. Joe convinces (inspires) Phil to use juicing in an effort to improve his health.
Of course, there’s a bit more with it, however the basic premise is that Joe and Phil both carry on intense juice fasts to boost their own health – lose incredible amounts of weight, get off their medications, and basically save themselves from early deaths.
I’ll get started with the things i appreciated regarding the film. I’m not really a huge fan of juicing, but I do agree with the central premise in the film. Many health issues can be reversed with dietary changes. And I’m discussing classic fashioned healthy eating.
Even though this was a very drastic improvement in the diets of these two men, the film did hone in on the simple fact that the real key to health is sustainable change. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead does an excellent job chronicling both Joe and Phil’s a healthier lifestyle transformations (both both mental and physical). They are pretty incredible. In addition, i liked that both men were carefully supervised by doctors and nutritionists. That sends a significant message, especially if someone is considering a radical change.
And today, here are a few things which had me scratching my head. 60 Days Of Just Juicing! I still can’t wrap my head around this. After many years of trying to figure out what healthy seems like to me, I’ve visit the conclusion that the old 80/20 (80% diet/20% exercise) adage is true. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead could’ve done a better job of focusing on the 20% instead of just mentioning it from time to time.
By concentrating on what medications these guys are on and exactly how the juice fast is assisting them eliminate certain pills, the documentary does the crowd an injustice through making it appear to be modifications in diet have Far More of an impact (almost miraculous) than medication when it comes to treating diseases. To the level above, Joe manages to lose 90 pounds, get off the majority of his medications, and alleviate the consequences of his auto-immune disease. In only two months. Don’t get me wrong…good for Joe! But is he more jhoqfr exception than the rule? If so, that time didn’t encounter.
Everything I said in this non-juicer whole juice post. As the documentary harps on each of the positives of juicing, it doesn’t address the general topic of healthy eating, the more sensible and sustainable approach. And I have to think that following this “juice reboot” as they consider it, both Joe and Phil were required to navigate difficult food options to keep on track. I think that this wasn’t discussed enough. Overall, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead accomplished what it really set out to accomplish, but as with any documentary, all of it has to be invest perspective.