Here’s a healthy healing tonic to start the New Year off right, and two movies that will help you keep your resolutions. Read on for which one I recommend and why. Here’s a teaser: A heart attack costs $56,424. Post-heart-attack medications = $571/month. A juice fast = $420/month.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
If you want to change your eating habits, get inspired, and probably go buy a juicer, this is the one to watch. I was completely engrossed by this movie, which is funny, informative and completely inspiring. Joe Cross, a successful Australian entrepreneur, was way overweight and had a chronic immune disease. He spent two months drinking nothing but fresh raw juice and water, crossing the U.S., talking to people, and inspiring great change along the way. A chance meeting at a truckstop provides the heart for this movie. There is a ton of great nutrition information hidden here, and the entertaining and irreverent animation makes it go down easy.
I had heard a lot of buzz about this movie in the vegan and health community, and so was surprised to be disappointed. The basic message is this: research has shown again and again that a vegan diet will cure or prevent most diseases. We fast forwarded a lot through this movie; they just kept repeating the same information. Well-meaning, but much better as part of a course on nutrition than for inspiration.
If you are currently challenged by cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, it’s worth watching.
Here’s my recipe for a green healing tonic inspired by Joe Cross. I’ve been starting my day with these. If you’re not used to raw juice with greens, add more fruits in the beginning. Otherwise, it does kinda taste like you’re “drinking grass” to quote one woman from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.
vegan, gluten-free, migraine, paleo, low-tyramine, reduced-sugar diets