I’m a huge fan of the fact that there are numerous health-related documentaries on the market these days. In reality, Food Inc. was what pushed me into the vegetarian camp. And although I am aware that these films are very one-sided, I always get sucked in! That’s just what happened with Fat Sick And Nearly Dead a documentary which focuses on juicing in an effort to drastically improve health and wellbeing.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – The tale begins by introducing the viewers to Joe Cross, an Australian salesman who decides to go on a sixty day cross-country road trip while carrying out a juice fast. Joe is not merely overweight but he’s also experiencing 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 try juicing as a way to improve his health.
Obviously, there’s a bit more into it, but the basic premise is the fact Joe and Phil both go on intense juice fasts to boost their own health – lose incredible quantities of weight, leave their medications, and basically save themselves from early deaths.
I’ll get started with what I appreciated regarding the film. I’m not just a huge fan of juicing, however i do go along with the central premise from the film. Many health issues can be reversed with dietary changes. And I’m referring to good old fashioned healthy eating.
Even if this was actually a very drastic change in the diets of those two men, the film did hone in on the simple 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 both mental and physical). They may be pretty incredible. I also liked that both men were carefully supervised by doctors and nutritionists. That sends an important message, especially if someone is considering a radical change.
And today, here are a few things that had me scratching my head. 60 Days Of Just Juicing! I still can’t wrap my head around this. After many years of considering what healthy seems like to me, I’ve arrived at the final outcome that this 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 occasionally.
By focusing on what medications these males are on and exactly how the juice fast helps them do away with certain pills, the documentary does the crowd an injustice by making it appear to be modifications in diet have Significantly More of an impact (almost miraculous) than medication in terms of treating diseases. To the point above, Joe seems to lose 90 pounds, get off most of his medications, and alleviate the consequences of his auto-immune disease. In just 60 days. Don’t get me wrong…good for Joe! But is he more jhoqfr exception compared to rule? If so, that time didn’t encounter.
Everything I said in this particular non-juicer whole juice post. As the documentary harps on each of the positives of juicing, it doesn’t address the typical topic of healthy eating, which is the more sensible and sustainable approach. And That I must think that after this “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 highlighted enough. Overall, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead accomplished what it lay out to do, but like any documentary, all of it must be put in perspective.