The Juice Factor: Part One

My Juicy Inspiration

Health and positivity. Always two of my top priorities in life. Due to chronic pain, fatigue, and chasing children, exercise always seems to take a backseat to that health “priority”. Then, I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Thank you, Joe Cross, for lighting a fire. 

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is a documentary about juicing. Starring Joe “The Juicer” Cross, Joe decides to take a drastic measure, under doctor consultation, to begin juicing to reduce weight, help emotional health, and aid in relieving auto-immune issues. So Joe travels across the U.S., where there are A LOT of overweight people, and he talks about juicing, asks normal people food and health questions, and shows others how easy juicing is if you just have the right juicer. Joe prefers the Breville brand.

Get Your Juice On!
Get Your Juice On!

First Impressions on Juicing

Always a skeptic, I watched this documentary with restraint. First, I thought this movie was going to be all about non-GMO/organic food choices. It wasn’t. Therefore, I was more open-minded since he didn’t take a completely one-sided approach. I’m pro-science, pro-GMO. I’ll leave that there.

Second, I thought, there is no way I can drink just juice. That is a lot of juice.

Third, my husband would go crazy. Once I’m on a bandwagon, I tend to roll down hills with my hands in the air. Hard core facts better appear before you can change my mind on issues. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy who cooks dinner for the family. He doesn’t mind steaming some broccoli for me, but there is no way he is going to juice for me.

Get Over Greta

So why would I even want to take a drastic diet change, such as juicing? There is a lot to “get over”… and some of it can go away, some will stay forever, and some can get better. Klippel-Feil Syndrome, osteoarthritis, spondylitis, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, overweight, migraines… My thought was “how can fruits and vegetables be a negative for me”, especially when I love them. So how would it hurt me to try something new?

I was cautiously sold on the idea. It was a positive documentary. Joe is a nice guy. He likes to help people. And then I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead 2. More to come in part 2…

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