A MoFo Movie Review!!!

I am traveling for work this week, so for today I thought I’d review one of the vegan-oriented movies I recently watched.

The name of the movie (which is a documentary), is Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  It’s about a man named Joe Cross who, at about 40 years old, finds himself overweight, out of shape, and suffering from an autoimmune disorder that causes him significant discomfort and requires rounds of steroids and medications to keep under control.

He decides to go on a 60 day juice fast, and at the same time, on a cross-country road trip to document the experience.

Without giving too much away, he meets people, mentors them, talks about nutrition, has regular physician visits to monitor his progress, and has some pretty amazing positive health results – that have lasted.  No quick fix here…it’s using nutrition as medicine, which is the way I think it should be.  The wrong foods cause the predominant diseases in developed countries…the right foods are also the cure.

In fact, his documentary was SO successful and inspiring, it’s been starting quite the juicing movement.  He has a website called Join the Reboot, where he walks through how to do a juice cleanse – from as little as 5 days – and it’s free.  Hello – ever try checking out Blue Print Cleanse or any of those others?  They charge a fortune!  With this, you pick a date you want to start (at least 2 weeks into the future), and from there, you get daily emails on juicing ideas.  There’s an active online community for inspiration and recipe ideas also.

And do you want to know one of the great things?  If you have Netflix…this movie is free on the instant queue.  So what do you have to lose?  Nothing bad, I can tell you that!


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “A MoFo Movie Review!!!

  1. I absolutely loved Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I’ve been trying to convince my family to watch it, but they’re too afraid to admit that they are, indeed, fat, sick and nearly dead themselves.

    I still cannot get over Phil’s transformation. So mind boggling to me, and beautiful.

    1. I can think of so many people in my life who could benefit from seeing this. I wish mainstream media did a better job of promoting movies like this and Fork Over Knives, etc. We’re facing a healthcare crisis of epic proportions (we’re sicker, healthcare is too expensive for most people, etc), that simple and straighforward guidance on how to improve health through nutrition is mostly ignored. Instead we push medical procedures and pharmaceuticals. It’s sad. The quick fix is simple – eat well and you’ll be well.

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