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 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 as a way to drastically improve health and wellbeing.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – The history begins by introducing the crowd to Joe Cross, an Australian salesman who decides to go 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 auto-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 in order to improve his health.
Of course, there’s a bit more to it, but the basic premise is the fact Joe and Phil both continue intense juice fasts to boost their health – lose incredible levels of weight, jump off their medications, and basically save themselves from early deaths.
I’ll begin with what I appreciated concerning the film. I’m not just a huge fan of juicing, but I do accept the central premise from the film. Many health issues may be reversed with dietary changes. And I’m talking about classic fashioned healthy eating.
Even if this was a very drastic improvement in the diets of these two men, the film did hone in on the simple fact that the key to health is sustainable change. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead does a good job chronicling both Joe and Phil’s a healthier lifestyle transformations (both physical and mental). These 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.
Now, here are some stuff that had me scratching my head. two months Of Just Juicing! I still can’t wrap my head around this. After many years of considering what healthy seems like for me, I’ve arrived at the actual final outcome that the old 80/20 (80% diet/20% exercise) adage is valid. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead could’ve done a better job of focusing on the 20% rather than mentioning it from time to time.
By focusing on what medications these men are on and exactly how the juice fast is helping them get rid of certain pills, the documentary does the crowd an injustice by making it look like alterations in diet have Far More of the impact (almost miraculous) than medication in terms of treating diseases. To the level above, Joe manages to lose 90 pounds, leave the majority 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 compared to rule? If so, that time didn’t come across.
Everything I said within this non-juicer whole juice post. While 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 Also have to think that after that “juice reboot” because they call it, both Joe and Phil were required to navigate difficult food options to keep on track. I feel like this wasn’t discussed enough. Overall, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead accomplished what it really lay out to perform, but like every documentary, it all needs to be invest perspective.