Have you seen the movie ‘Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead’?
It follows a man named Joe Cross, who is “100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.” Continued from the movie website, “Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
“With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
“While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.
“What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.”
My boyfriend and I watched this movie about a year ago now and, long after I went back to grad school in Denver, he decided to give the whole “juicing thing” a shot. Guess what happened to him? He lost 20 lbs. over a summer and, after adding exercise to the mix, has lost an additional ten pounds.
Think about it like this: Our puppy, Molly weighs 35 lbs. That’s approximately as much weight as Blake has lost over about a year (not really trying that hard after he was done strictly juicing.) So basically, before the juice reboot, he was carrying around a medium sized dog ALL THE TIME.
Why I am telling you all this? Well, because he and I are doing this program right now! This is my first time doing it, so I thought I’d share with you my journey as a newbie to the whole “juicing thing.”
First things first– we are getting enough nutrients from this program. We are following the FS&ND ‘Classic Reboot‘ program, which combines juicing and eating whole vegetables together. It’s a 15 day plan, although we may stretch it out longer. It’s 5 days of juicing and eating whole foods, followed by 5 days of just juicing, concluding with 5 days of juicing and eating whole foods again.
After you’re done with the program, the website has guidelines (which, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you probably follow pretty well anyway) to keep yourself on track. Anyway, just to be sure, I’m monitoring my energy levels and continuing to take a B-vitamin supplement, as I have always done because, as a vegetarian, it is recommended.
So, what has our program looked like so far? Well, here’s what juicing looks like:
We juice mostly hard veggies in here– think: carrots, cucumbers (is that a fruit?), celery, green apples (definitely a fruit)… pretty much anything that’s really hard or crunchy goes in that. And yes, that’s my sweet dragon cup (made for children– don’t judge!)
This is an all-fruit juice smoothie we made, but I will frequently include kale and spinach in my smoothies. Not pictured? The ground flaxseed I add to every smoothie for additional healthy benefits!
Our fruit smoothies will very in color– any where from this randomly brown-ish color, to bright green, to dark purple. Pretty cool!
And now, the thing you care about the most: Blake and I have been doing this for about a week so far, although sometimes we ‘fall off the wagon’ (see: Memorial Day at my parents). For the past 7 days, Blake has lost 5 lbs and I have lost 3 lbs.
I’ll be keeping track for you guys over the next month– we’ll be doing the 15 day strict reboot first, and then playing around with juicing for one or 2 meals a day throughout the rest of June. I’ll let you know how it goes!