Feb 24, 2013

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead: A Tribute to the Juice Fast. I'm Taking the Plunge!

By Jennifer Debenham

About a week ago, my husband and I found ourselves with an extra hour or two in our weekend and we decided to peruse Netflix to see if anything caught our fancy. "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" sure had the hook necessary to catch our attention. As far as titles go, it performed impeccably, and the 1 1/2 hour documentary proved every bit as fascinating as the title predicted.

It starts by following a forty-something, successful businessman from Australia who has lived large most of his adult life and who, because of his unhealthy lifestyle and extra pounds, developed a debilitating rash--apparently his body's response to all the unhealthy things he was consuming. After visiting several doctors and consuming numerous medications, he had had enough. He recalled when he was a boy and would get a skinned knee that his body could heal itself. If it could heal itself then, why not now? After further study, he elected to go on a cleansing, 60-day juice fast. And he decided to do it in America. Thirty days in New York City and then thirty days traveling the entire country, juicing from the back of his car.

His story is compelling, interesting, and inspiring, but I liked it even moreso because of the the people he inspired along the way, especially the truck driver who joins him on his juicing journey. I don't want to say more because it's worth it for you to watch it yourself.

If the 60-day fast is not for you (most people don't need this), he recommends a more popular 5-, 6-, or 10-day cleanse.

So . . .

Starting tomorrow . . .

I am going to embark on a cleanse of my own.

My refrigerator is stocked with all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables.

My juicer is sparkling clean and ready to go on the counter.

And I am going to do a 10-day juice fast.

I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. The movie sounds interesting. I'll have to go take a look at it. Good luck on your juice fast. I have several friends who do it a couple of times a year and do well with it. hugs~

  2. I really enjoyed watching that movie as well. And while I didn't follow with a cleanse of my own, I did get a juicer and basically tripled my normal vegetable and fruit intake and I can hardly believe the increase in energy I have. Plus, I've lost weight since I began juicing.

  3. Thanks everyone. I'm in Day 2 and feeling mostly good. I've heard the first 3 days are the hardest.
    Leslie--that's great that you are eating more vegetables and fruits. When I'm done, I plan to do the same. Juicing used to seem like such a daunting task to do every day, but now that I'm doing it 5 or 6 times a day, once or twice seems quite manageable. My favorite thing so far is that all three of my kids are interested in drinking the juice every time I make it. So they're benefitting too. My LEAST favorite thing is making them savory dinners that I just have to LOOK at and SMELL.

  4. I'll have to look that up on Netflix. My son just bought a juicer and we have lots of fruit and veges here now. I think I'm going to try it. I was doing the Green Smoothie thing and I did like it, but then I went back to eating my normal foods. I'll have to get out my blender, too.
    Thanks for the prod!


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