Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Review

I've decided to devote Mondays to reviewing products, films and books that I've tried (or read...or watched). Hopefully, as I build up my readership, I'll be able to get some giveaways going for the products I review. Until then, I'll just have to tell you about them!

 This week I'm going to review an interesting documentary I watched last night on Netflix called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." The film, released in 2010, follows Joe Cross, a Australian man who suffers from an autoimmune disorder that requires him to take a plethora of medications- including potent steroids. He is also overweight and has horrible eating habits. He embarks on a 60 day juice fast while traveling throughout the US, spending the first 30 days in and around NYC and the rest of the time driving across country. He admits that the first few days are difficult, but that after you jump that hurdle- the rewards start pouring in. He boasts an increase in energy, a decrease in discomfort caused by his disease and a very quick weight loss. After the 60 days he is totally off medications and begins eating "real" food again. Not processed foods, mind you, but real food- fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans- in their whole form. After 6 months he is still in good health, eating well and avoiding crap. The rest of the film follows an American man who suffers from the same disorder and is inspired by Joe to try the fast. He also succeeds in losing weight, decreasing his reliance on
One of the more powerful graphics from the film
medications and overcomes bad eating habits. After watching this movie I am intrigued by the idea of rebooting the body by ingesting only micro-nutrients (whole, unprocessed foods)for a specific amount of time. I DO NOT agree with fasting as a way to lose weight, but I think I could get on board with the idea of retraining your taste buds to crave healthier foods. Joe interviews people throughout the film- giving them samples of his "Mean Green" juice (recipe to follow). The reviews were mixed- some people looked ill, others enjoyed it. I'm considering trying out the quick reboot on Joe's website- Join the Reboot. I'll let you know when, and if, I do it!

Joe's Original Mean Green Juice (I cannot attest to the taste as I haven't yet tried it)
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger

Sounds yummy, no? ;-)

Thanks for reading!


  1. I think this is a great idea. I just found your blog and I wish you well in your weight loss and thank you for inspiring others along the way!

  2. This movie had me so close to buying a juicer!


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