Healing Tonic Vegan Gluten-freeHere’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.
Highly recommended.

Forks Over Knives

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.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, migraine, paleo, low-tyramine, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
low-sodium diets

Healing Tonic Vegan Gluten-free

Healing tonic

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • 1-2 handfuls spinach
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 ribs celery (leaves and all)
  • 4-6 strawberries tops on
  • 1 apples
  • 2-4 ounces kombucha (omit for low-tyramine and migraine diets)


  • Wash all the produce, removing any rotten or moldy parts. Leave the greens wet, it helps when juicing. Turn on the juicer, and add the produce starting with the greens. (The other produce will help push it through.) [People following low-tyramine or migraine diets should only use absolutely fresh produce.]
  • If you're using a Breville juice fountain, make sure you keep an eye on the juice container, as sometimes it slips forward while doing greens.
  • Add the kombucha (if using) and stir.


Per serving:
  • 108 calories
  • 1 g fat
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 129 mg sodium
  • 788 mg potassium
  • 25 g carbohydrate
  • 5 g fiber
  • 12 g sugars
  • 4 g protein
  • 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus
If possible, use all organic produce for these.