I’m a huge fan of the fact that there are plenty of health-related documentaries on the market nowadays. Actually, Food Inc. was what pushed me into the vegetarian camp. And even though I am aware that these films are very one-sided, I always get sucked in! That’s exactly what happened with fatsicknearlydead.org a documentary which concentrates on juicing in an effort to drastically improve health and wellbeing.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – The history begins by introducing the viewers 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 merely overweight but he’s also suffering from a car-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 test juicing in an effort to improve his health.
Obviously, there’s a bit more with it, however the basic premise is that Joe and Phil both continue intense juice fasts to improve their own health – lose incredible amounts of weight, jump off their medications, and basically save themselves from early deaths.
I’ll start with what I appreciated about the film. I’m not just a huge fan of juicing, however i do agree with the central premise in the film. Many health problems could be reversed with dietary changes. And I’m discussing classic fashioned healthy eating.
Even though this was a very drastic change in the diets of these two men, the film did hone in on the fact that the true secret to health is sustainable change. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead does a great job chronicling both Joe and Phil’s a healthier lifestyle transformations (both mental and physical). They are pretty incredible. I also liked that both men were carefully supervised by doctors and nutritionists. That sends an essential message, particularly when someone is considering a radical change.
Now, here are some stuff that had me scratching my head. 60 Days Of Just Juicing! I still can’t wrap my head around this. After years of trying to puzzle out what healthy appears like for 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 here and there.
By centering on what medications these guys are on and exactly how the juice fast helps them eliminate certain pills, the documentary does the crowd an injustice by making it seem like changes in diet have Far More of your impact (almost miraculous) than medication when it comes to treating diseases. To the stage above, Joe manages to lose 90 pounds, leave almost all of his medications, and alleviate the effects of his auto-immune disease. In just 60 days. Don’t get me wrong…good for Joe! But is he more jhoqfr exception than the rule? If so, that time didn’t run into.
Everything I said within this non-juicer whole juice post. Whilst the documentary harps on all the positives of juicing, it doesn’t address the overall topic of healthy eating, the more sensible and sustainable approach. And I need to think that after that “juice reboot” as they consider it, both Joe and Phil were required to navigate difficult food choices to keep on track. I think that this wasn’t discussed enough. Overall, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead accomplished exactly what it lay out to do, but as with any documentary, it all needs to be devote perspective.