My husband and I have been watching a lot of movies since we got Netflix a couple of weeks ago. We have been taking turns picking a movie to watch and a few nights ago I came across a documentary about a man that changed his lifestyle by switching the cheese burgers out with healthy juices. The title most definitely caught my attention, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and we decided to watch it.
The documentary is about an overweight Australian man in his early 40s that needs to take a fistful of medication to function every day. He has always led a very stressful and career driven lifestyle and his diet has never been a priority to him. In fact, in the beginning of the documentary he does not exercise at all and eat junk food every day.
Joe suffers from a debilitating autoimmune disease and is very concerned about his future if he doesn’t change his ways. He decides to try something new and travels across the United States. He stays away from restaurants and only drinks fruit and vegetable juices that he makes on his own juicer. He decided to go on a juice diet for 60 days to help his body heal itself. He had seen many doctors and tried many treatments and decided to give his body a chance to heal itself by giving it a break from all the unhealthy food he had been eating. His goal was to stop taking all the pills every day and lose some of all the extra pounds he is carrying around.
It is incredible to watch Joe Cross change in this movie. Not only does he lose a significant amount of weight (82 lbs!), but he also inspires other people to eat healthier too by giving juicing a try. The most touching story to me was when he met a truck driver in Arizona with the same rare disease as himself. Phil is morbidly obese at 429 lbs and is at his wits end. Joe Cross helps him get started with juicing and Phil immediately starts to drop some weight. Phil changes throughout the documentary from being a sad, quiet man in a lot of pain to a positive and energetic man that plays ball with his son – something he was unable to do before. Just like with Joe, Phil also starts to inspire other people to try juicing. I love how he pays it forward and teaches other people how he changes his lifestyle and how they can do it too.
My husband and I found the documentary very inspiring. We talked about it a lot and drove our close friends crazy by going over every little detail of the movie. People seem to think you are a bit nuts when you mention that you are considering starting with juicing. “Can’t you just eat a lot of veggies?” But the thing is that there is no way you can consume a cucumber, three celery stalks, two apples, a lemon, a piece of ginger and a massive handful of kale in one sitting (that’s Joe’s Mean Green juice, by the way). With a juicer you can extract all the phytochemicals out of the veggies and enjoy a glass of liquid nutrients.
The day after we watched the documentary we bought Joe Cross’ book “Reboot With Joe” (amazon.com link). We were both inspired to boost our micronutrient intake and figured Joe’s book would be a great way to get started with juicing. I am a few chapters in and I am enjoying Joe’s entertaining writing style and can’t wait to try some of the recipes he has included in his book.
Joe recommends the Breville juicers in his book. This is also the juicer that he used in the documentary. Judging from the reviews the Breville juicers are great, we just didn’t care for that the manufacturer only offered a one year warranty.
We have read a ton of online reviews on juicers and have decided to opt for a slow juicer with a 10 year warranty. The juicer we ordered is the SlowStar 2000 juicer. The main reasons why we picked it is because it is a quiet model, great for juicing hard vegetables such as carrots and beets and of course we liked the 10 year warranty. Oh yes, and it is red and will look really pretty on our kitchen counter top. Once we have received and used it for a while, I will write a proper Slowstar 2000 juicer review.