Fat, SIck and Nearly Dead 2: A Review
Posted in Documentary and Book Reviews on Friday Jan. 9, 2015, 4:33 a.m.
Fat SIck and Nearly Dead was a great movie that inspired me to start juicing. Now with it's sequel out on Netflix, I figured I would start a new series on the blog about other lifestyle components of a healthy lifestyle, like books, movies and programs that are flooding the market to really find the diamonds that will earn the Plates for Plants seal of approval.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 start with a re-introduction of the guy we followed on a 60 days juice journey, Joe Cross. He talks a bit about what's been going on with him over hte past 5 years since the new film and introduces the toic for this one: How to eat healthy all the time. He talks about how doing a juice fast is great and extremely beneficial, but that continuing to live healthily is an even bigger challenge to avoid the yo-yo dieting that most of the western world is stuck in. This gets a huge stamp of approval from me from the beginning because too many people take juicing on as a fad diet and fail.
I'll continue with all the positives before going over the thnigs I found less agreeable. The film is filled with clips of every day people who have used juice fasts to heal, lose weight and generally feel awesome. They share their struggles what they have done to implement healthy eating as an everyday thing. I loved this part of the film as it really gives a ton of different perspectives on how to stick to healthy foods and choices.
Joe goes on to visit a school that has implememented a wellness program to teach kids how and why to eat healthy. This is a great initiative that has influenced the community through kids educating their parents to eat fruits and vegetable regularly.
I've got to say that my most favorite part is a discussion with the doctor in Adeleide, where he mentions that food isnt the only part of it. Exercise, socializing, love, affection, etc are all just as important to health as food. Then it got better as they re-visit phil and really pound on the importance of having a support group around you that will keep you accountable to yourself.
The downside that I see from what Joe is promoting is that he still advocates that the consumption of some processed and animal foods is okay. He says it at the end where 40% of what he eats is plant foods, the remaining is split equallt between animal and processed. The entire film he talks about plant foods, eat more, juice more, but then goes around and says eating processed foods is okay becuse hey, I can just do another reboot. It sounds just like yo-yo-ing to me, the very thing he talks about avoiding. Another issue I ahve is that there isn't very much attention put towards exercise. It is mentionned once or twice with doctors but otherwise it's put aside. In my opinion you can't look at how to properly maintain health without an emphasis on movement.
It was great timing to have it on Netflix too, as I am about to start a juice fast myself. Juicing is such a vital part of my health regiment and I always feel a gazillion times better when I am incorporating it in my daily routine. I love that these movies are making it mainstream and reaching out to people who nover would have even considered trying this out to improve their health. A juice fast should never be about losing weight, its about all the gains: vitality, energy, healing, health, glowing skin, detoxing and the list goes on.