Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Afternoon Viewing: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.[1] Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board.[2][3]Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.[4][5]

During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting"  

I first heard about juice fasting from The Hub's mom and older sister, both staunch (and glamorous) vegans and lovers of tiny temperamental chihuahuas that hate me. Years ago they treated us to dinner at a trendy raw food place called Cafe Gratitude, and since then, while I've retained an ambivalent attitude towards the vegan ideal, The Hubs has steered clear from it altogether. The closest to raw he'll ever have is a good salad.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" is NOT about a vegan lifestyle. It's about a man looking to be healthy again by adopting a natural and healthy diet. As he travels across the U.S. and meets other people, he inspires them to take control of their bodies by pointing them in the right direction. I may not want to try a juice fast, but I'm inspired to make green juice here at home and include it in my daily consumption.

The documentary is available to watch on Youtube and on Netflix.

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