I’m a huge fan of the fact that there are so many health related documentaries on the market these days. In reality, Food Inc. was what pushed me into the vegetarian camp. And although I know 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 targets juicing in order to drastically improve health and wellbeing.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – The story begins by introducing the crowd to Joe Cross, an Australian salesman who decides to go on a 60 day cross-country road trip while doing a juice fast. Joe is not merely overweight but he’s also experiencing an automobile-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 use juicing in an effort to improve his health.
Obviously, there’s a little bit more into it, however the basic premise is that Joe and Phil both go on intense juice fasts to enhance their own health – lose incredible levels 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, having said that i do accept the central premise in the film. Many health issues can be reversed with dietary changes. And I’m discussing classic fashioned healthy eating.
Even though this was a very drastic improvement in the diets of those two men, the film did hone in on the proven fact that the true secret to health is sustainable change. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead does an excellent job chronicling both Joe and Phil’s healthy living transformations (both both mental and physical). They are pretty incredible. In addition, i liked that both men were carefully supervised by doctors and nutritionists. That sends an important message, particularly when someone is considering a radical change.
And today, here are a few things which had me scratching my head. two months 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 personally, I’ve visit the conclusion the old 80/20 (80% diet/20% exercise) adage is valid. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead could’ve done a more satisfactory job of focusing on the 20% instead of just mentioning it here and there.
By centering on what medications these men are on and just how the juice fast is helping them do away with certain pills, the documentary does the viewers an injustice simply by making it seem like alterations in diet have WAY MORE of the impact (almost miraculous) than medication when it comes to treating diseases. To the level above, Joe manages to lose 90 pounds, leave most of his medications, and alleviate the consequences of his auto-immune disease. Within two months. Don’t get me wrong…good for Joe! But is he more jhoqfr exception compared to the rule? If so, that time didn’t encounter.
Everything I said within this non-juicer whole juice post. Whilst the documentary harps on all of the positives of juicing, it doesn’t address the general topic of healthy eating, the more sensible and sustainable approach. And I need to feel that after that “juice reboot” because they refer to it as, both Joe and Phil were required to navigate difficult food options to keep on track. I feel as if this wasn’t highlighted enough. Overall, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead accomplished exactly what it lay out to do, but like any documentary, it all must be devote perspective.