Last weekend, I watched two life changing movies.
“Fat Sick & Nearly Dead” is a documentary by Joe Cross that chronicles his efforts to overcome a debilitating autoimmune disease, get off the steroids and make healthier food and exercise choices. Joe accomplishes this by juicing. He trades in his junk food lifestyle and travels from his native Australia to the US. For 60 days and across 3,000 miles, he drinks only fresh fruit and vegetable juices. This leads to an incredible 82 lb. weight loss.
One of the best parts of the movie for me is when Joe pulls in to a truck stop and meets a trucker by the name of Phil Staples. Phil weighs 429 lbs. and suffers from the same rare autoimmune disease that Joe suffers from. Even though Phil balks at Joe’s suggestion that juicing might help him deal with his disease, Phil eventually calls Joe in Australia and asks for his help. Once Phil starts juicing, he begins to lose weight and manage his disease. He eventually loses over 200 lbs.
Actually, I heard about the sequel “Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2” – that was released this year – before I heard about the original. In the sequel, you find out how Joe continues to maintain his health with juicing and what has become of Phil. You also learn about the people Joe met during his 3,000 mile trek across the US and how juicing has affected their lives.
Both films really moved me. They were produced in a fun and entertaining style but they also spoke volumes about my own state of health. While I am not dead or even sick yet, I definitely feel that I am at an unhealthy weight. I have experienced minor health issues related to my weight but I know if I proceed down this road, my health will continue to decline.
I’m not alone. Many of the people that Joe meets during his own journey are in denial about the state of their health and the food choices they are making – many are addicted to the convenience of processed food. I know I am weak when it comes to a double double hamburger with large fries and a shake.
If you haven’t seen either of these movies yet, do it! They are inspirational. As a matter of fact, they have motivated me to take a more active role in changing my health. My juicer arrived today and tomorrow I begin to juice. Thanks Joe!