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Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Review

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Amy and I sat down the other day to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. We didn’t entirely know what it was about, but we really dig watching documentaries and it had a catchy title so we judged the book by it’s cover and gave it a shot. We’re really glad we did…

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead starts out by introducing you to Joe Cross. He’s a likable guy from Australia where he’s worked hard to become a successful businessman. However, like many of us, he’s spent much of his life nurturing his wealth and doing nothing for his health. As you can probably guess from the cryptic title, Joe is Fat (about 325 lbs), sick (chronic urticaria) and feeling nearly dead, but he’s determined to do something about it.

The early part of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead starts out a bit slow, but as you get to know Joe and start to understand what he’s trying to do you’ll find yourself getting sucked in. He doesn’t spend too much time griping about the difficulties of his juicing fast, but instead focuses on the success he’s having. Happy to be shedding the pounds and slowly lowering his medication is all the motivation he needs to get through 60 days of nothing but fruit and vegetable juice.

As he travels across the US, Joe interviews people on the street and in restaurants about their diet and health. Everyone he talks to seems to share a common mindset… “I know I’m overweight and I know it’s my own fault… I’ll probably die young, but I just want be happy while I’m here.” It’s remarkable how many times I’ve said those same words about my own problems: drugs, drinking, smoking and over eating. I can relate to these people!

Joe’s story is remarkable and his successful weight loss and disease remission can’t be overlooked, but when he gets back to Australia, Joe gets a phone call that starts and even more compelling chapter for Fat Sick And Nearly Dead. In an earlier segment, we met a truck driver named Phil Staples who was even more overweight (480 lbs) than Joe and by a huge coincidence has the exact same rare disease. Joe offered to help him, and now Phil is calling to accept that help if it’s not too late. When they play the voice mail from Phil, the desperation in his voice is obvious.

fat sick and nearly dead joe meets philNot to take anything away from Joe, but Phil is morbidly obese and being an ordinary truck driver doesn’t have the financial resources to draw from. In an amazing act of generosity, Joe flies back to the US to help out his new friend. They take Phil through a number of medical tests, and Joe gets him setup with a juicing diet and exercise plan that will get him back on track.

Too many times when people get a chance like this they fall short because the demons that got them into trouble are just too strong, but Phil is determined. He takes time off work and fully commits to Joe’s help and the program. It’s incredibly inspirational to watch as Phil juices and exercises his way back to being lean and mean again. In fact, he has so much success that he trades in his driving job for a more active one at the YMCA, starts a juicing support group in his home town, and even coverts his older brother who needs help worse than he did!

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead is a well produced story that left us feeling both inspired and motivated to even better ourselves. So much so that I’ve decided to give it a try myself. After doing some research on it and reading more about the Reboot Program we went out and picked up a Breville Juicer and some veggies to put in it. I’m not one to jump on bandwagons and shoot down trendy diets for fun, but this is no silly fad so, I’m giving it a shot. If you’re in the mood for a good documentary, check out Fat Sick And Nearly Dead. If you want a good laugh and want to watch me flounder as I suffer from Diet Coke delirium and pastry panic, I’ll be blogging my experience as I go… Randy’s Juice Fast Journal.

Gonna Get Fully Juiced,
Randy “This is gonna suck… at first” Lee

P.S. After writing this, I blogged about my first juice fast and it went so well Amy decided to do it to. You can check out her experience here Amy’s Juice Fast Journal.

P.P.S Also inspired by the movie and by our success, our oldest son has decided to take on a juice fast as well. Follow along with him… Tony’s Juice Fast Journal.

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  1. Kat says:

    awesome! I started juicing on Monday, going into my 3rd day of juicing. Monday I felt kinda sluggish and fell asleep at around 8pm. Today went well though and even tonight I took my dog for an hour walk! I was kinda a coffee addict but have replaced that with just hot water and its working good!

  2. Kat says:

    I’m totally invested in juicing now too, after watching Joe and Phil. Does anyone know if you can chew gum while juicing? How long should you juice?

  3. Rachel says:

    I really want to start this diet but I don’t know if I want to spend all the money on a juicer. I have a magic bullet type blender would that work?

    • George Vermillion says:

      With a blender you are making smoothies, whivh are great for general health, but it’s not juicing. With smoothies you still have to digest the fiber which slows the process. To get the full benefit juice, you need a juicer.
      You can get a quality juicer for. $100.00. You are worth it

  4. MC says:

    On Day 11 today, the cravings have stopped. My teeth feel scaly has anyone else got that (and yes I’m brusing them several times a day)

    • Amy says:

      I’ve completed 3 fasts now, and the same has happened to me. I just brush more often. I usually only drink one fruit juice in the morning and then a 6 oz. or so orange juice in the afternoon to break things up a bit. Most of my juices consist of a lot of greens…I do think some vegetables have more sugars or something like so in them than others that creates a recipe for “fuzz” (sorry for being gross) build up on the teeth. I’m guessing it’s normal… Maybe I’ll have to look into this more during my next reboot and read up on it…thinking about looking into some writings from Jason Vale. Anyone ever read anything by him? I’m curious…

  5. Manny says:

    Can anybody tell me about how much money you have spent on a weekly bases on fruit and vegetables. It appears that you would have to buy a lot of veggies and fruit to make one 8 ounce glass. I really want to do this but I can’t afford to spend lots of money. Can any body please shed some light on this for me please!!

    • Amy says:

      Hey Manny,

      I spent on average $10. 72 per day. I shopped half organic half non organic. I bought all kinds of vegetables and fruits including berries and herbs which can be expensive sometimes. All kale I bought organic. Mostly, I shopped from Costco, our local farmer’s market, and the organic market. You could get this price down a bit more by watching deals and not buying special herbs or berries… I drank ruffly 4 10 to 12 ounce glasses of green juice a day, and smaller maybe 4 to 6 ounce glasses in between for snacks.. I’m pretty active and drink a lot of juice soo… Remember too that you won’t be spending money on food for yourself while fasting, so be sure to subtract that from your budget. I hope this helps.. Anyone else have more specific information/numbers?

  6. Bill says:

    2nd day of the fast. Loving the fruit juice and tolerating the vegetable juice. They call this a fast but these first few days seem really slow looking forward to being lean and mean and maybe even green again!

    • Amy says:

      Yay! Keep moving towards the meaner and greener juices Bill. Starting a reboot myself tomorrow..maybe I get Randy to follow suit soon. ;)
      Rock on the juice,
      Cheers!

  7. Amy says:

    I just want to let everyone out there know, in case you haven’t heard already, there is a FREE online viewing of the new food documentary from the makers of Food Matters called Hungry For Change available for the next 10 days. Joe Cross (maker of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead) is featured, as well as many, many others all hoping to inspire change…I’m very excited to add that the benefits and details of healthy juicing is highlighted!
    Check it out here: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/
    Keep on juicing folks and have a good one.

  8. Richie O says:

    I failed to mention in my previous post that I feel so healthy. I am sleeping much better and my wife tells my I am no longer snoring. I want to thank Joe and the rest of the crew who had a hand in producing the video. I have recommended this to a few friends one of which really needs to lose weigtht. So far the friends are not on board.

    Good luck to anyone who tries this program. For me the first 3-4 days weere the hardest. I do “pig out” one day a week but to be honest I just cant eat that much food anymore.

  9. Richie O says:

    I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead January 2012 and decided to give it a try. I fasted on juice for the first week then juiced 2 times per day ( breakfast and lunch) then ate a healthy sensible dinner. I have also been excercising keeping my routine focused on cardio with limited wieght training. To date I have lost close to 30 lbs.

  10. Norah says:

    Hi guys, I’ve read through all of the comments & am currently on my second day of juice fasting.
    I’m doing this to lose weight & just feel better over all; I’m tired of being tired.

    Although I’m constantly doing research & reading other stories for motivation, (& the juices really are very good!) those first few days are awful to get through. I’ve done a few water fasts in the past only to fail;
    I’m hoping & quite determined to see this through to at least 30 days, but I’d really like to go for 60. Best wishes to everyone else out there. <3

  11. Joe P says:

    1st day today, weighed in at 284.2 this morning. Looking forward to a month from now.

  12. craig says:

    Hi,
    Saw the movie thought yep, I can do this. Starting weight 124.5kg (274.4lb).
    First day “Mean Green Juice” really should be O-My-God kill me now! Day 2, I have added 2 carrots to the blend ….This makes a world of difference.. I CAN DO THIS.
    Day 3 energy levels really good, I want to eat something but thats just head talking now really my body, down 2kg (4.4lb).

    • Amy says:

      Craig, you remind me of our oldest son, Tony, LOL… I love your enthusiasm. :) You should check out his juice fast blog: http://www.health-actually.com/blog/juice-fast-tony-day-one/

      His posts are short, to the point, and fun. You may find them amusing..
      Good Luck on your fast and keep in touch.

    • Jeanne says:

      I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead this weekend. I identified strongly with Joe and I’m ready. I put in for a week of vacation and ordered a juicer that will arrive on Friday. The plan is to start juicing and quit smoking hand in hand.  With the weekends and the week I’ll have 9 days to hopefully get started on my way. I’ve  been reading a lot on the Internet about juicing and got a lot of good info. I also got pretty freaked out. I read that the Breville juicer I ordered won’t be any good because it’s not a “gear” juicer. The site went on to discuss physical and spiritual “healing crises” and how anything that was ever wrong in my physical or emotional life get much worse before it gets better.  Now I’m thinking “what the hell? Can I do this?” I really want to; however, I need to go back to work in one functioning piece when vacation ends. I really need some support and encouragement to do this. I really want what Joe and Phil and all of you have.  Thanks so much. 

      • randy says:

        Your Breville juicer will work just fine. The masticating (gear) juicers process your produce much more slowly so they generate less heat and in turn preserver more of the nutrients. They will also yield a bit more juice than a centrifugal model, but for most people it’s not that big of a deal. The purists will make a mountain out of it, but it’s really just a molehill.

        Quitting smoking and going on a juice fast are two of the most difficult things that most people will ever do in their life. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but it might be wise to tackle them separately. Then again, if your desire to change is strong enough then there’s no reason you can’t do both.

        Saying that things are going to get worse before they get better sounds prophetic, but it’s really just stating the obvious. Change sucks and when you add the stress of trying to change to your already existing problem, of course it’s going to seem worse. Plus nothing happens in an instant so you’re going to slide a bit further before you stop and start going the right way. It is a good thing to keep in mind though so you’re prepared when things get a little darker. Helps keep you from losing it because you know the light is coming soon…

        If you have Netflix, put Fat Sick and Nearly Dead in your instant queue and watch it again for inspiration to keep you going during your fast. There are lots of others like Food Matters and Forks over Knives that will help keep your motivation up. They really helped me during my first fast anyway.

        Good luck and let us know how things go!

        • graham says:

          Randy is 100% right, but let me point out that there is nowhere near enough heat generated by a centrifugal juicer to destroy any nutrients. That’s, to put it nicely, a load of crap spouted by people trying to sell juicers. But Randy is reporting accurately what they are saying and is right to dismiss it. I just want to state it more directly. For that matter, juicing itself is psuedo-science. It works, don’t get me wrong. Like most here, I’ve lost weight juicing. But there is nothing magic about juicing, it’s just one of dozens of ways to consume fewer calories than you burn and *that* is the key to losing weight. If you eat only 700 calories in twinkies a day you will lose weight (and get healthier). So, long story short, don’t sweat the little stuff. Get a juicer (I have a breville and am happy with it because it’s reasonably quiet and *very* solid), make juices with plenty of veggies (I like cucumbers a lot because they produce a lot of juice, but aren’t super sweet (sweet == calories, so don’t juice and end up drinking 2000 calories in fruit juice every day!)) and enjoy the ride.

          As for quitting smoking and juicing the same week. Some people do better taking all their vices away at once. I quit smoking, drinking and sniffing glue all in one week. I would have been fine except some work pressure from my job as an air traffic controller pushed me harder than I could take and I ended up using all three again. So, I think you are right to take a week off…

        • Jeanne says:

          Thank you so much Randy and Graham for the feedback and encouragement. I quit drinking and drugs 26 years ago so thank heavens those two are out of the way. Smoking, no exercise and poor eating habits – those remain. Thanks again. I feel better about my juicer and the anxiety I was experiencing. I’m actually looking forward to starting this weekend. Well – kind of :) :)

        • Ken says:

          In Your opinion is the Breville Juicer any Better than the Jack LaLane Juicer?

  13. navi says:

    Hi
    I am navi 31 yr old married man regular smoker and overweight too busy in work life accidently
    I saw this programme couple of nights ago on channel 9.. higly inspired and going to start juice diet in next 2 days ,hope it works well for me

    I just want to know about my parents : my mom 64 and dad 73 mom has chronical lever (critical) and dad is on dialsis form last two months doctors says they both are in irrepairable stage but after looking at this documentry i feel like putting them also on juice diet ….any suggestion guys …

  14. Rosemary says:

    I took the assessement on jointhereboot.com and it says I should do the entry program. In this program you eat your fruits in the morning, soups/salads for lunch and roasted veggies for dinner. Also, you juice 2x a day. I see everyone seems to be doing the juice only fast, has anyone done the entry program? I want to be healthy too and lose weight, but I’m wondering about results with the entry program?

  15. Vanessa says:

    Hi Amy and Randy. I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead yesterday and I was amazed by their transformation. Which motivated me to do it. Im 26 yrs old and suffering from congestive heart failure. I need to loose weight to regain energy and help my heart improve. I have a question, will I be able to loose weight if I juice for breakfast and lunch and have a high protein dinner? Have you two done this? If so, how much did u loose by trying this method?

    Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Hey

  17. Lala says:

    Today is my first day! And I’m feeling great! my goal is 30 days or more!

  18. Brian says:

    I know juicing is good for your health and all but do you think this show somewhat the selling of breville juicers? I mean it got me to buy one. Wonder if Joe is making money from Breville from the show.

    • randy says:

      No I don’t think the movie is a commercial, they only show the actual juicer a few times and never mention it by name (that I can remember). He is however a businessman by trade and is definitely making money off of the juicers and juice delivery service. I wouldn’t hold that against him though. It’s still a good show.

    • Diva Ducati says:

      I’ve been using my Brevel juicer for years, because I cam make so many great dressings, juice etc, if you are into healthy earting and cooking, a juicer is just part of your kitchen, i use mine all the time!

  19. Shanna says:

    I am starting the juice diet on January 20th, only I want to do just juice no food like in the movie. I however, am only going to do it for 30 days not 60. I have a few questions I am hoping someone will be able to answer before I get started. I have noht had any luck finding any answers yet. I am wondering how often am I suppose to drink the juice per day and how much at each time I drink it? I am also wondering are there certain veggies and fruits I should be juicing or can I just throw in whatever I want to? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Barb Davis says:

      You should invest in a book like – The Juice Ladys Guide to Juicing for Good Health. It will answer all your questions and help you through tough days.

    • April says:

      I think they say at first to just get “in touch” with your hunger so when you feel hungry, juice. And when you’re not, drink a lot of water. I am day 2 of this and yesterday had 4 16 oz. juices with water in between. When I felt hunger pains I would make a juice. Today I’m feeling more hungry so I might have more. We’ll see. I’ve had 2 16 oz. juices so far today.

    • cindy says:

      my husband found a web site that said you do it 4 times a day. In your search engine if you type in juicing recipes you will find a website that tells you several recipes for this diet. Were thinking of doing it also, so he is doing a lot of research on this. Hope this helps

    • Diva Ducati says:

      Hi Shanna, I have juiced alot in the last 10 years, done many retreats, I am no expert but feel I am very well experienced. First of all, do not worry about what veggies you juice, the thing is, certain combos will taste better and soon you will figure them out. Having alot of greens is very good, but having some fruit juices is good too, to mix it up. Green Lemonade is my fav: 1 green apple, 1 lemon, big chunk of ginger, whole or half head of lettuce or kale or spinach, 5-6 stalks of celery, this is the best drink. My fav fruit one is: half a small water melon, big chunk of ginger and 1 lime, super refreshing, great after yoga. Also, in the beginning of a fast, you may want to drink more because your body is adjusting, so just allow yourself to juice when you feel for it, don’t think about it, just be sure to take some with you if you’re going to be out for a while. After 3 or so days, you will probably feel like drinking less.

    • Diva Ducati says:

      Also the book “CONSCIOUS EATING” BY GABRIEL COUSENS, M.D. is a bible, it’s amazing and full of vital information about health and your constitution.

  20. Jess and Mo says:

    Our 1st day of juicing!

    • Jess and Mo says:

      Yesterday we went out and bought the breville fountain juicer ($100). Today we started the reboot express. Recipe called for kale, ginger, celery, lemon, and cucumber.

      Mo: I like the taste (somewhat sour), it reminds me of a drink in India, no prob drinking it

      Jess: I CAN NOT believe I swallowed that green liquid!!! It immediately triggered my gag reflex!! It was sour and it burns my throat/stomach

      Both: Day 1 a success!

  21. Mark says:

    In the movie, the Food DR, pulls out a chart with plant foods and numbers. Kali is rated at 100.. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of that chart?

  22. DG says:

    Im starting today! going to go for 10 days!

  23. Debbie Granger says:

    Hello: My husband and I started juicing on Tuesday. We both lost 9 #’s so far. We did not experience any headaches or being tired. We are celebrating everyday we make it through with just juicing. I hope this gets easier for my husband because he was a big meat eater. After you reach your desired weight, is there a maintenance program for juicing? I feel we both should have our blood tested every 20 #’s lost to adjust our medications. Has anyone done testing on a different scale?

    • Jess and Mo says:

      We would also like more info on a maintenance program. Have u found anything?

      • randy says:

        They have a few suggestions on the reboot site, but this is the one we’re going with… Eat To Live by Dr. Fuhrman. It’s not too difficult and really makes a lot of sense. He’s actually the same doctor you see in the movie talking to Joe Cross. Check it out. It’s pretty cool.

  24. Chiz says:

    How was Joe able to run his juicer in his car? I travel the country photographing and it would be helpful to know

  25. Matt says:

    This film is absolutely amazing. My weight has always been a yo-yo effect. However, I’m 36 and I now weigh more than I ever have. I’ve certainly tried everything under the sun but after watching this, I’m truly inspired.
    We have a contest at work for who can lose the most weight by percentage. My company is doing this for the employees and the prize is $2500.00 or a trip that is the same value. Of course, I nearly lost my breath when I weighed in at a staggering 320lbs yesterday.
    You know the money is nice but I’m realy looking forward to changing my life. I just started the juicing this morning and I have juiced vegatables for the rest of the day.
    It seems that everyone has a really difficult first few days so I’m concerned about working but I decided to get going now instead of the waiting for the weekend (we have to weigh weekly for this contest).
    I do intend on exercising this evening with a very light work out but like I said before, I’m concerned about feeling lethargic and having headaches for a few days while my body gets used to this.
    Please wish me luck and I’ll post again when I weigh in next week.

    • Amy says:

      Good morning Matt and much good luck to you! Looking forward to your input and experience and can’t wait to hear back from you,
      Cheers,
      Amy

  26. Jeff Hamlin says:

    I watched the film tonight and was very impressed! Joe presented everything out of a true sense of compassion for his fellow humans and did not take the usual insulting and condescending tone that you see out of some people trying to promote weight loss and better health in general. I really feel like this could be the ticket for me.

    • randy says:

      I agree with you Jeff. I’ve seen some people complain that he’s pushing some kind of agenda or just trying to sell juicers, but I think those people are being way over cynical. I just see a guy who had idea to solve a problem. It worked for him and he’s spreading the word about it. He’s probably making a pretty penny off it too, but hey it works so more power to him. It’s a lot better than the other 99% of stuff that gets pushed and won’t do a thing for you.

      • Peter says:

        Its a shame that some people will never be happy unless they have something to complain about or make something out to be a conspiracy.. The funny thing is that when I first got into this and truly started to understand how and why this type of eating works, I was very angry at the “food” manufacturers and the govt for lying to me all these years. Fact is fruits and vegetables are exactly what we should be eating. Period. But instead of just blindly following advice, create real power by understanding WHY it’s truly the only way to eat. And remember… If man made it, stay away and know that green leafy vegetables are king. Being an RN in the ER for the past 12 years has convinced me that without a doubt, a whole plant and fruit based diet is the only way to ensure optimal health and long life.

        • graham says:

          Very weird that you start out with “some people won’t be happy unless they complain and find a conspiracy” and then launch into a complaint about the conspiracy between the gov and the food industry about what you should be eating.

  27. Jeff Hamlin says:

    I’m going to watch this movie tonight at work. I am wanting so bad to change my life and health because I am 6’2″ and 350 pounds at 31 years old. My father died at age 45 of a brain stem hemorrhage and I will not let myself go out that way. I just I had seen this movie a week ago before buying some stuff at the grocery store. I don’t want to think I wasted my money…..

    • randy says:

      Fat Sick and Nearly dead is a great inspiration and gets a lot of people fired up to make a big change in their life. It works and it works well, but the trick is sticking to it. If you can get through the juice fast you will feel better than you have in a long time and if you use that as motivation to make the change for good you will not be disappointed.

    • GodsFlower says:

      You can do it Jeff! You’re never wasting money when you buy fruits and veggies! Your investing in yourself!! :) I was wasting money all that time I was buying fast food!

      • Jeff Hamlin says:

        I meant to say that just a few days ago I bought a skillet, some meat, and some other regular grocery items. Either I eat this stuff up then start the reboot and fast, or I have wasted the money I spent on that other stuff by throwing it all out.

        It’s not really the giving up of foods I love that bothers me.

        • graham says:

          Just throw the stuff out. You’ve made a decision to lose weight. Eating stuff that you know isn’t good for you doesn’t accomplish that goal.

        • Amy says:

          Hey Jeff,
          Why don’t you give it to a shelter or some one who can use the items? Then you’re money has not gone to the trash and wasted. :)

          • graham says:

            Yeah, let the poor people get fatter. ;-)

          • Jeff Hamlin says:

            I think donating would be the right thing. I’ve always been wanting to do something like that anyways.

            Now should I be finally convinced that this path is the way to go, I may need a little help figuring out what I need to get from here on out.

          • Amy says:

            Good morning Jeff,

            There are plenty of us here that will be able to help you out with things and of course you can check out the forums at jointhereboot.com – lots of good people there as well. Also, did you see further on in the comments here that Godsflower mentioned, ” there’s an awesome group called 100 DAY JUICE FEAST, it is so awesome, the people are so kind, no drama, people are there to help each other and answer any questions that you may have during your juice fast.” That may be helpful to check into for support too.

            Good luck with everything and keep us posted :)

        • GodsFlower says:

          you don’t have to throw anything away! Look up some healthy recipes online for the items you bought! (as long as you weren’t deep frying anything) lol…..:)

          • GodsFlower says:

            funny @ graham!!! omg, i shouldn’t laugh @ “Yeah, let the poor people get fatter. ” but this is a real issue!! People feel like living healthy is way too expensive and if you do some research, it really isn’t that bad, (unless you’re a ORGANIC OR DIE person) there are some stores that offer good produce for great prices! education is the key!!

    • Jeff Hamlin says:

      I just ordered the BJE200XL Breville juicer and Amazon says I should get it on tuesday. I can’t wait to get started. Now I just need to find some good recipes!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Is it ok to chew gum, what about the breath will your breath smail being on this detox?

    • randy says:

      I don’t know what the official word on it is, but I chewed gum throughout my fast. Some would probably say not to because it will continue to stimulate your sweet tooth, but for me it helped with the need to chew on something.

    • Peter says:

      Actually your breath will smell great! since you won’t be eating rotting dead animal flesh which sits n your stomach acidifying your body. You s*it won’t stink as well after the first few times

  29. Hiba says:

    I just finished watching this documentary now. I read your blog and people: I am going to the store to buy a juicer to start right now. Where and how can I reach for more support during my next few days?

    • randy says:

      I don’t know if starting your first juice fast over the holidays is wise. It’s not an easy thing to do at any time of year, but there is so much going on right now it might be smart to just start preparing now and then kick off the new year with your actual fast. Then again, I suppose there’s a lot to be said for striking when the iron in hot.

      There’s a lot to know and you’ll want to get your ducks in a row ahead of time to help your fast go as smooth as possible. First, not all juicers are equal. I made a list of some recommendations here… Best Juicer Reviews

      Once you get your juicer, check out a few recipes Juice Fast Recipes and try a few to get the hang of making things your like and get an idea of how much produce you’re going to need.

      Also, you’re not really supposed just dive in and start fasting the official site Reboot Your Life has guides on how to prepare yourself for the fast and what to do once you’re done.

      They have a pretty big support system on the official site too, but I didn’t get a whole lot out of it. The best support I got (outside of my wife of course) was in the comments on our site here.

      I did it the way you’re planning on doing it. We watched the movie one day and I started my fast the next. I don’t recommend most people do it that way though. I have an amazing support system and it still sucked at first. Like I said though, sometimes, if the time is right, you just have to strike right away and go for it.

      – Randy

      • Sarah says:

        I started the day before Christmas!! But only full blown yesterday. I’m trying to get through the first 2 days and then I am confident it will get easier. I gained back weight after I worked out for 2 years doing serious cardio. I never thought I’d be in this situation. My lifestyle hardly changed. It time to get it off once and for all. Juicing is something that will be a part of my healthier lifestyle always!

        • Amy says:

          Good for you Sarah and much good luck!
          We still enjoy juicing even while not not fasting :)
          I hope all works out well for you and keep us updated..I love to hear back from people and get there input :)
          Cheers and Happy New Year!
          Amy

    • GodsFlower says:

      Hi Hiba, not sure if you’re a facebooker but there’s an awesome group called 100 DAY JUICE FEAST, it is so awesome, the people are so kind, no drama, people are there to help each other and answer any questions that you may have during your juice fast. YOU CAN DO IT!!

      *Phillipians4:13*

  30. GodsFlower says:

    Hello All! So glad to be apart of an exciting blog!

    I understand that juicing in advance is ok, but we lose some of the nutrients in the juice if we don’t drink it right away, but the juice should still be ok to drink right?

    Im still in the beginning stages of my “Juice Fast” (3rd Day)
    I found it extremely difficult to strictly drink the juice without eating anything, (this due to my poor diet and lack of commitment to exercise) so I am currently eating raw fruits, raw and steamed vegetables and steamed fish. I will slowly decrease solid foods and increase on juice as I go forward with the “fast”(if I can even consider it that) :). Until then I AM feeling a big difference just from replacing processed foods/junk foods/fast foods with a delicious Juice made from my favorite Jack Lalanne Power Juicer! (I drink 3 times a day)

    It has been so encouraging to read everyones comments, and special thanks to Randy, Amy and family for such an awesome article/post!

    • randy says:

      Thank you so much for all your kind words,
      I’m sorry it has taken me sometime to reply back. I’ve been busy making much merry at home for Christmas. Tis the season you know ;)

      As far as juicing a head of time, yes, the juice is good for two days I believe, but it is the most nutrient dense immediately after juicing. I’m glad you are feeling better and eating vegetables and fish while drinking your vegetable juice. It’s a good strategy to follow I think…

      I wish you the best of luck and health. You’ll have to keep in touch with how things go for you. I love to hear back from people to see how they fair during and after fasting.

      Have a wonderful holiday season!
      (HUGS) Amy

  31. Irene says:

    What happens to gums and teeth if no solid food is eaten for a prolonged period?

  32. Barbara B says:

    Even better and more inspiring movie is “Forks Over Knives”. This movie has science behind it. I highly recommend it. (You can also see it on NetFlix).

    • randy says:

      Forks over Knives is a good show. Lots of good info in it. I highly recommend it as well.

    • randy says:

      Food Matters is another good one. Also available on Netflix.

    • Alex says:

      Forks over Knives is okay, but unfortunately, it’s pushing the vegetarian/vegan agenda. Also, it demonizes saturated fats which scientific studies now reveal are actually good for your body.

      I recommend people read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories or Why We Get Fat
      Google Taubes & Dartmouth to watch the video of his presentation.

      Also, check out Primal Blueprint, Wheat Belly, and Paul Chek. Archevore, Marks Daily Apple and the Eades website are also worthwhile. Good stuff based on real science.

  33. Barbara B says:

    I would think that a better way to go than juicing would be to make smoothies (just fruit, veggies and water). This way you are not eliminating the fiber, which is needed for regular BM, does not make you gain weight, and makes you feel full. You need a good blender, like VitaMix, for example.

    • randy says:

      You’re right about the smoothies having more fiber and filling you up more, but there’s one important benefit to juicing. Juice is much more nutrient dense and has far fewer calories than if you were to put the same volume of produce in a smoothie.

      We make a lot of smoothies around our house, but doing a juice fast is something completely different. I never had so much energy or felt as good as I did when I did my first one.

  34. Sara says:

    okay I have another question … I have been juicing for 8 days now, Juice only, My problem is that I havent had a B.M. for probably three days, I thot this was a cleanse diet and it is not working for me… What is my problem? am I drinking the wrong veggies? My friend that started with me goes twice a day, I just dont understand, my stomach seems bloated, Answers please… Thanks

    • Adrienne says:

      You need to incorporate synthetic fiber into your diet as you do this diet. Remember, you’re not eating any of the pulp, just juice hence you need to get fiber through another route. Go to your local drug store and get a fiber drink mix or supplement. :-) Best wishes!

  35. Sara says:

    Does it matter what Juice you drink during the day? like should we do mostly vegetables or can you do fruits too? also I can only drink about 9 cups a day, 3 per each meal… is this enough? I am not eating anything just juicing.. thanks

    • randy says:

      If you want to be technical, you should drink your fruits in the morning and switch to veggies as the day goes on. That would get your sugary carbs in the morning and more protein at night. To be honest though, what you’re doing is so nutrient rich and good for you that I wouldn’t (and didn’t) worry too much about those details. Just drink what you want when you want it. Get a variety of juices and stick to mostly veggies, but if you want a fruit juice to end the day, no big deal.

      Absolutely NO. Don’t worry about limiting how much juice you drink. Don’t wait till your hungry to drink your juice and if you’re still hungry when you’re done, drink more. Don’t worry about portions and don’t count calories, just soak up as much nutrient rich juice as you please. Well, don’t go crazy and put down 10K calories worth of juice, but you get the idea.

      • graham says:

        Disagree about worrying about how much juice you drink. Or more correctly, and more in agreement with how you finished the note; make sure you aren’t drinking too much fruit juice.

        If you are juicing to lose weight you simply must be aware that 8 oz of apple juice has 100+ calories and 8 oz of kale juice has 20. You cannot easily fruit juice your way to good health, it’s like eating candy at every meal.

        • Amy says:

          Hi Sara,

          I think what Randy was trying to stress is not to make it too difficult and to focus on good health vs. weight loss.

          Of course, fruit juice is more calorie dense, so certainly do drink less of it in comparison to fresh veggie juice. I do believe that Joe Cross and Phil, both, juiced a green apple in with many of their green drinks, so a fruit here and there during the day won’t hurt you. ;)

          I drank my fresh fruit juice in the morning, and then followed the rest of the day with fresh veggies, like kale, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, peppers etc… I didn’t limit my vegetable juice intake to cups. I drank to satisfy my hunger only. If you stick with mostly fresh vegetable juice from a variety of vegetable, with limited fruit juice, you’ll be just fine.

          I am curious how you came up with the number 9? – 3 cups per meal? Vegetable juice has very few calories per cup, and I’m worried that you may be limiting yourself far too much by doing so… I don’t want you feeling weak or sluggish girl, you want to be energized and feeling good while on the fast. You know, charged with all that nutrient rich juice…that’s the whole point of doing the fast. :)

          I hope this helps some. Randy and I just don’t want you to be stressing while fasting you know… Just chill, relax and juice to good health.
          Good luck to you and let us know how it all goes,
          (Hugs) Amy

          • graham says:

            tomatos and peppers are both fruits, but yes they are lower calorie than, say, apples. carrots are higher, nearly that of apple juice.

            to a first approximation, anything that tastes good is high in calories. it’s the way the body is designed.

            agreed, don’t stress. but the flipside of that doesn’t necessarily mean “do whatever feels good”. very little knowledge is needed to make this stuff work, but one of those unfortunate facts is that the good tasting stuff is higher calorie. knowing is half the battle.

            as for the guys from the film: yeah, I *love* granny smiths in my juices. they add a lot of flavor, so I can get away with using one instead of having to use two or three sweeter, but less tart, ones.

            good rules of thumb:

            onions, cucumbers, celery, spinach, kale… are your friends.
            apples, carrots, berries… are your seasonings.

          • Amy says:

            Good rules of thumb Graham, I like it! Thank you :)

  36. Ryan says:

    Right after I posted yesterday I thought of a good question. So when it comes to finally juicing, how does the rind (sp?) on certain fruits and veggies come into play? For instance I’ve been told throughout my life that apple skin holds most of the nutrients of the apple. Also I’m what you might call a water melon-aholic and I know that a lot of my juices will probably include at least a little if not a lot of this awesome fruit juice, but what about the rind? Do I cut it as I would when eating it regularly and separate the red-edible-awesomeness from its rind counterpart and then blend? Or do i just cut it into juicer-machine-friendly slivers and juice it all?

    Other fruits and veggies come into question – bananas, oranges, mangoes, grapes (although id probably skip them since i don’t think I’ll ever be motivated enough to peel a bunch of grapes), onions (with the dry outer layer), potatoes, cantaloupe (sp?), honey dew, etc (that’s all I can think of at the moment.)

    • Amy says:

      Hey Ryan,

      Now that I’m done laughing, I can reply – red-edible-awesomeness – I laughed about that all the way home. Good description of watermelon, luv it and gonna use it :)

      Mostly, whether you remove the peels and rinds is up to you and what your juicer will allow. You will have to check your manual for details. I would remove the rind on the watermelon, just because it may be make your juice not taste as good, or be unnecessarily hard on your juicer. Also, don’t peel grapes, apples, pears, and such like them. Leave the peels on to get the extra nutrients. I do remove pineapple, orange, and grapefruit rinds. The pineapple rinds sometimes gets through a bit into the juice making for prickly juice (kiwi does this for me too). Oranges and grapefruit rinds to change the taste a little… Bananas I cannot juice in my juicer, so I have to blend them into our juice in the blender (the fruit is thick and mushy and plugs up the screen in my juicer). I do the same with avocados as well. Potatoes and beets I do not remove skins. Onions I remove outer skin. Oh, and I remove pits from any fruits like peaches…. hmmmm that’s all I can think of for now.

      You’ll have to experiment with what you prefer, and again like I mentioned before, according to what your juicer allows. Good luck and enjoy! Amy

    • Alex says:

      You don’t want to drink too much fruit juice. It is very high in fructose which is the worst kind of sugar you can put in your body. Causes your liver to pump out triglycerides like crazy! Lowering body fat requires you to keep you blood sugar low. Spikes in blood sugar cause spikes in insulin which in turn cause your body to store fuel in your fat cells.

  37. Krisna says:

    A few more question that I need help on,
    Do you only Juice 3 times a day?
    Like you would eat your regular meals?

    Can I Juice in advance?
    I work 8-5 Job, want to see if I can also prepare my 2nd Juice with the 1st one?

    Thank you,
    Krisna

  38. Ryan says:

    A lot of people are skeptical now-a-days due to the abundance of different weight loss programs out there, most of them extremely structured with what to eat, how much, when, how to cook it (or microwave), exercising amounts – AKA – 100% structure.

    I think a huge reason that people are so drawn not only to this documentary, but to the juice diet as well is that its so simple. Step 1 get a juicer (and they don’t even recommend a brand in the movie). Step 2. buy fruits and veggies (some are recommended yes, but still completely up to you). Step 3. use juicer. Step 4. drink results. Step 5. repeat steps 2-4.

    I myself am in the Navy and currently deployed, but visited Homeport a couple weeks ago and happened upon this Netflix documentary (I am also a documentary nut, just something about not having to watch as much as listen, enables you to multitask while still “watching” a movie) and became a wannabe member, although it saddens me that I can’t partake in this adventure until my deployment is over with. Its sad to say that the military is so focused on getting healthy and yet all of our fruits and veggies are precooked, frozen and then reheated on the ships.

    Anywho – I digress. I’m sitting here on watch, reading this blog and counting down the days until I can get back to my barracks, drop off my seabag and go get myself a juicer! (and some uncooked fruits-n-veggies)

    Very Respectfully
    Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan
    United States Navy

    • randy says:

      Thanks for a very interesting comment Ryan. You hit the nail right on the head. A lot of the question we get about Fat Sick and Nearly Dead or juice fasting in general are about the rules. How much? How often? etc… People are pleasantly surprised when we tell them to drink what they want and as much as they want just to make sure to get a variety.

      People often approach something like this with the idea that it’s going to be too restrictive, but if you put it in the right light it’s actually quite liberating. You don’t need to think about what your going to eat all day. Just whip up some good juices the night before and drink it all day whenever you fell hungry. It sounds weird, but not having to think about what to eat is quite freeing.

      Best of luck when you finally get a chance to do it. Stop back and let us know how it goes!

      – Randy

  39. reese says:

    I just watched this documentary and am very interested in trying it but I do have questions. Where does the protein we need come from and what about carbs? We need both to maintain muscle mass and energy. Without carbs ones metabolism slows down and the body will burn muscle and that’s not what I want to lose. So does anyone have a solution to the no protein/no carbs problem? I would like to do this not just for weight loss but because I have rheumatoid arthritis, which is also an autoimmune disease like chronic uticaria, and it would be more than great if I could rid myself of the symptoms of RA. However I am concerned about the lack of protein and carbs for extended periods. Any answers?

    • randy says:

      You’re right to be concerned about the protein. They don’t talk about it much in Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, they just say to eat a variety. It’s not that hard to get what you need though. You just need to include things like egg plant and especially spinach in as many juices as you can. Spinach has a ton of protein and not a lot of taste so it’s easy to mix into any veggie juice and I even slipped it into some fruit juices.

      You’ll get plenty of carbs on a juice fast. Everything you put in the juicer will have carbs in it. Most fruit and certain vegetables will have more if they have a higher sugar content, but all of them have the good complex carbs we need so no worries there.

      I could always tell when I hadn’t had enough protein and my hunger wouldn’t be satisfied until I got some. A nice juice that was heavy on the spinach though and I was good to go again!

      • reese says:

        thanks for clearing this up for me. I’m anxious to get started but want to wait til the weekend so the first few days will be at home.

        • randy says:

          I would recommend starting on a Friday. Day 1 is easy because your motivated and excited. Day two and three suck and you’ll probably have a headache so those are good days to be at home. Just a suggestion…

    • Amy says:

      KALE! Juice lots of kale and spinach to add protein. No worries about carbs. Veggies have some, fruits have quiet a few – pineapple is high in them. Juice onward :)

      Check out some of the recipes Randy and I used to help you get started. FSAND website lists recipes as well.

      Anything else you need let us know, and do please check back with your results. I have a friend with RA considering juice fasting, but I think she’s a little nervous. Letting her know how you do could help her out a lot. Thanks and good luck! :)

      • reese says:

        Kale, spinach and pineapple juice it is. Will post after I get started and let you know how it’s going and if it helps the RA. Thanks

    • david says:

      Green leafy vegetable as well as greens in general such as brocolli have more protien per calorie than any chicken or steak. Its also already in its natural state as essential amino acids.

  40. Kevin Hansen says:

    Thanks for creating this blog! I saw the movie a couple nights ago and I want to make a change. I read about the Hallelujah diet a few years ago and never did anything about it then. Have you seen http://www.hacres.com ? They have a lot of recipes and good info there also.
    I think that my biggest challenge is going to be caffeine and nicotine. I may not can drop them immediately, but I definitely want to start doing the juice fast.

    Thanks,

    Kevin

  41. lori says:

    I am an end stage renal patied onPD dialusis. $5 with tewo young kids. I was vey healhy and in 2003 was struch with a are disease the dstroyrd my kidneys.
    I need helo etiing on a great heakthy diet that is goof for renal patients, I need to watch phosphorus intake, Can juiciong help my heath and make me feel better?

    • Amy says:

      Hi Lori,
      I don’t know how adding fresh vegetable juice to your diet would hurt you.The added nutrition from juicing as helped a lot of people, I would recommend you consult your doctor to set up the best diet for you possible.
      Good luck,
      Amy

  42. Keith says:

    Hi Randy/Amy,

    First of all, thanks for hosting this forum. I just watched the movie two days ago. The next day after watching the documentary, I went out to get the juicer (as per the reviews on various sites, the Breville is highly rated). I stopped at my favorite produce store (produce stores are so much more reasonable with their prices than a typical supermarket) and picked up any produce that I thought would taste good or be good for me. This included kale, granny smith apples, parsley, carrots, cucumbers, ginger, sweet potatoes, watermelon, bell peppers, and celery. That evening I started juicing. What’s great about the juice is that no matter what produce I used, the taste is so good as long as I use an apple/carrot base.

    Even after just a day and a half of consuming the juice (I am still eating “regular” meals and for now just replacing what I would normally drink (de-caf green tea) with the juice), I can say that I feel better.

    I just turned 50 this month. Six months ago, I started to suffer from some type of respiratory illness that came out of nowhere. My sinuses became totally infected and I developed “adult onset” of asthma. Since then, I have been in and out of the ER. In addition, I have been on several courses of antibiotics, prednisone, nasal steroids, inhaled steroids, antihistimines, and even an acid reflex medication. I have been on a sick leave from my job during this time.

    Prior to this illness, I used to be looked upon by my friends and family as the “healthiest guy on earth”. I was a very dedicated to staying fit by lifting weights, biking, and running up to 5 miles every few days. My weight was right where it should be. I was pretty “ripped” on the exterior. As such, I allowed myself to eat basically anything I wanted without any portion control. After all, I looked and felt great. But after getting this respiratory condition, it brought me back down to earth. After watching this film, I realize I wasn’t putting as much attention into the interior of my body. My feeling is that at worst, consuming fresh juices won’t do me any harm.

    What caught my attention in the film was when Phil was play ball with his son. I have a son about that age and love throwing the ball around with him. It made me value something I took so for granted. Since my illness, I have not been able to do that with him as much. Another thing that caught my attention was that Joe was on the same medication that I was–prednisone. That totally made a connection for me. I am looking forward to getting better and firmly believe that consuming more fresh juices and modifying my diet for the better will only help in my recovery.

    • randy says:

      Keith you sound a lot like me. I work pretty hard to stay fit as well and went on my first juice fast mainly for health reasons rather than weight loss. Fat Sick and Nearly dead really seems to connect with some people. First time I saw it, we bought a juicer the next day and started fasting the day after. I don’t if it was the way the movie played out or the tone or the connection with Joe and Phil, but it flicked on the light bulb and we haven’t looked back since.

      You have much more serious health issues than I did so I’m quite interested to hear how things go for you. It sounds like you’ve got the will power and determination to see it through and do it right so let us know your results. We’re pulling for ya!

      – Randy

  43. Ghaazi says:

    So the big question in my mind is did the 10 day juicing help cure (not treat temporary ) Chronic urticaria for our friends in the movie?

    • randy says:

      By the end of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, they are both said to be completely off their medication with no signs of their illness any more. So I guess, as far as the movie indicates they cured it.

    • graham says:

      Of course it didn’t. They made fundamental lifestyle changes that involved losing a hundred or two pounds, exercising and keeping the weight off through a combination of better eating and occasional juice fasts. For that matter, neither of them did 10 day juicing in the movie. Joe did 60 days and Phil did at least 60, but I don’t recall if he went longer than that.

      Anyway, the answer is; No, a 10 day juice won’t cure anything. It’s the gateway drug to legitimate change.

      • randy says:

        “No, a 10 day juice won’t cure anything. It’s the gateway drug to legitimate change” very succinct Graham. I like it.

        I should’ve pointed out the difference in days too. Thanks for catching that!

  44. ERIC says:

    THIS IS MY FIRST TIME LEAVING A POST FOR OR ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT SOMTETHING OR JUST TO IMPORTANT TO LET GO BY. I START OUT 345LB 6 FOOT 1 INCH, SAW THIS DOC AND WAS HOOKED INSTANTLY. THE VERY NEXT DAY I BOUGHT A JUICER. I HAVE BEEN JUICING FOR 7 DAYS AND I LOVE IT.
    I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY AND LOSS 10 LBS. 10 LBS IN ONE WEEK! I M HOOKED LOVE FINDING NEW JUICE RECIPES, AND SHOPPING IN THE PRODUCE SECTION OF THE SUPERMARKET. MY FAMILY IS NOW FOLLOW SUIT [SOME FASTER THAN OTHERS]. I M GONNA TAKE THAT PICTURE OF JOE AND PHIL MEETING AT THE TRUCK STOP AND PUT IT ON MY T SHIRTS AND HOPE SOMEONE ASK ME “‘WHO R THOSE GUYS ON YOUR SHIRT?” SO I CAN TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE MY HEROS.IM A BETTER MAN!
    THANKS RANDY AND AMY YOUR A BLESSING TO COUNTLESS PEOPLE.

    • randy says:

      That’s awesome Eric! We know the feeling, we were hooked instantly after watching the movie. It might not be for everyone, but it really strikes a chord with a lot of people.

      I don’t know how much of our site you’ve been on, but Amy put up a bunch of juice fact recipes here. Check them out. There’s some pretty good ones in there. If you have any favorites of your own, send them to us if you want. We’ll add them to the list in an “Recipes by Eric” section!

  45. Brandon H says:

    We should all go to the nearest window and shout “I’m fat as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore”. I started on a juice/yogurt hybrid plan about two weeks ago. My weight is down as well as my BP. I feel like I have taken control of my life back. I now plan my meals rather than allow myself to be pulled into fast food joints by my cravings. Thanks Joe and Phil!

  46. mozhgannoroozi says:

    hi I started the diet 2 days ago . it is really difficult . I feel ,I need something to eat not liquid . are you like this? I am so hungry . I am nervous. what can I do?

    • randy says:

      Yes, we were both quite hungry on day 2. The first few days are the toughest. Both Amy and I kept journals about our experience here… Juice Fast Blog. Check them out. There’s lots of tips and encouragement in there for you. Hang in there, it gets better and the results are worth the effort!

    • Amy says:

      Try a strawberry banana smoothie (recipe is listed in the juice fast recipes). It saved me. I was soo hungry I felt like I was starving. The smoothie did the trick and helped me smooth out until my hunger was under better control. Hang in there. Day 3 may be tougher, but then day 4 could be exponentially better! Good luck to you!

      • Melissa says:

        I feel the same way as mozhgannoroozi, I want to eat something not just drink. Is it ok to eat raw fruits and vegetables when I feel this way? We are juicing all the same stuff, would it be bad to eat an apple once in awhile? A few pieces of pineapple?

  47. Mike C says:

    I am not a person that is overweight or even close to being overweight, but after watching this, my eyes and the eyes of my family on what we put in our bodies are wide open. what i really loved about this film is that it was not by some fitness expert with a sales pitch for a miracle diet, but more so an educational film that not only talked about but showed the benefits of doing something as simple as changing what you give you body to survive. i loved how the evidence was shown that something as simple as diet could heal the body and an added benefit of loosing weight. along with this film and forks over knives my family has made the conscious decision to change what we eat, and have spread the word to family members that are in similar situations to those in the film, on several medications and overweight.. this film and the education it brings I think are going to sweep the nation and hopefully will educate us as Americans and get us healthier.

    • randy says:

      We didn’t really need to lose weight either, but Fat Sick and Nearly Dead still inspired us to do juice fasts anyway for just the reasons you’re talking about. I guess I did need to drop a couple pounds, but we did it for the health benefits and it worked quite well.

      The response we got from blogging about our juice fasts was pretty cool, so I hope you’re right that this is something that could really sweep America!

  48. Kevin says:

    Watched the documentary and instantantly knew I was going to try it but only for 30 days, In the documentary Joe Cross mentioned that the juicing plan also included eating nuts but we never saw anyone comsuming nuts,
    Can you verify if nuts are a component of this juicing plan.

    • randy says:

      As far as I know the only time they mention nuts in Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is when he says they can be part of a healthy normal diet after the fast. Even when you do a “reboot”, the fasting phase is juice and nothing else.

      Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he says about it.

  49. Alex L says:

    great movie with great information im going to start my jucing diet this week

  50. latasha says:

    I watched fat sick and nearly dead with my family yesterday. My father had us watch it. For two months he has doing a dailu workout and eating smarter. I found it a major struggle just to lose 1pound and after two months I went from 202 to 196. Watching this Doc has had my family with eyes full of amazement. my father juices but not all day, he is also the only one in good health and is dedicated on gettinb me anf my sisters back in a healthy state. I am the only one willing to try out the jucing. I am very much excited to know that in just 10 I can turn my life around. I will be going out to get my juicer veggies and fruits. I just want to thank you so very much, as you are saving many lives out here. You are truely blessed!

    • Amy says:

      Dear Latasha,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Randy and I do feel blessed to have each other and our children and grandchildren :) But, we can’t really take the credit for saving lives. I think that goes mainly to Joe Cross and Phil – I can never remember Phil’s last name, sorry Phil – for making the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and walking the walk while filming, and to others out there discovering new ways to eat better, keep fit, and steer clear of disease.

      Randy and I… we are really, just a happily married couple, interested in eating healthier, and sharing what we learn with you along the way. health-actually is our online journal I guess, to let it all out, discuss it with people like you, and learn the most that we can by exchanging ideas and knowledge with the whole world. I do like to think, though, that by sharing our thoughts and others commenting, we’re helping to spread the good truth and sink the snake oils and shysters. We really do love it when we think we’ve helped somebody out there, just like ourselves, make a better way for themselves.

      As for you, I wish you the best of luck and hope you get the most you can from juicing. Maybe the rest of the family will see you doing so and follow suit? It just may happen… Oh, and don’t try to turn your whole life around in just 10 days. Focus on the juicing and take one step at a time. It isn’t easy, but it will be worth it more than I can tell you (I am drinking my carrot juice as I write to you now). I promise, it will be worth it!

      You email me if you need anything at all, and I will do my best to support you.
      Go get em goyel, rock the juice! :D

  51. jessica says:

    How much should I lose in 30 days? How much did you lose in that time

  52. jessica says:

    Thank you!(: an what about when I lose the weight will my skin be flabby?

    • randy says:

      I can’t really say much about the flab. I don’t know how much weight you want to lose or what your skin elasticity is like. You’re young so your skin should be in good shape, but that’s just an assumption.

      I lost 120lbs in my 30’s and never had a problem with flabby skin, but I’ve known others who have lost a less and had a problem with it.

      If someone loses 300 lbs, yeah it’s probably inevitable but it can be removed with surgery. On the other hand 300 extra pounds will reduce the length and quality of their life. Seems like a no brainer…

  53. jessica says:

    I’m 20 years old an want to start the 60 day juicing after the 60 days is up an all the weight is gone what do I eat then do I count calories? Will the weight I lose be flabby?? How many ounces of juice do I drink? Do I have to exercise with it also?

    • randy says:

      Hey Jessica, you sound pretty excited to get going on a juice fast and that’s great. 60 days is a massive commitment though. If you can do it, kudos to you, but you may want to start with a smaller goal since it sounds like you’re pretty new to this kind of thing.

      The Fat Sick and Nearly Dead website links to their support site for juice fasters at http://jointhereboot.com/ where you can finds lots of good info on what to eat before and after.

      You drink as much juice as you need to. I just drank whenever I was hungry. You’re not supposed to worry about calories during the fast, just soak in all the nutrition. Of course afterwards you’ll need to watch what you eat, but as long as you keep eating the right things it’s not hard to maintain your weight.

      I exercised quite a bit during my juice fast, but the official site recommends to keep it regular and light. Walking daily and stuff like that.

      Good luck and let us know how you do!
      – Randy

  54. Abby says:

    Hello Randy, Amy, Jim, and everyone else on here trying the fast out in any which way or another!
    My fiancee and I watched this documentary exactly a week ago from today and were hooked as soon as we saw Joe on his beginning journey. We have been doing the fast for 4 days now, 5 when people read this, and there has been some situations we came across but no cheating. I will admit; it is harder when the whole family is not doing it and you are the only two not able to take part in delicious chicken strips with stir fry veggies and white rice with sliced peaches in light syrup for 60 days. On the other hand, you know that this is for the best and there is too much that can be gained from this adventure including getting enough knowledge about what we should be doing to make sure our babies are fed right and get the right type of nutrients they need not the garbage.
    So, I vow with my fiancee to commit to this 60 day fast of just juicing vegetables and fruit, fruit and vegetables. I just hope that the 10 lbs I have lost so far do not return before I get the exercise part down as well.
    Juice on everyone and stay strong, we are all in this together to become a better us.

    • Randy Lee says:

      Wow 60 days! Now that’s a commitment! Please let us know how things turn out for you. I changed so many things in the 10 days of my juice fast that I was simply amazed, but 60 days should give you an awesome set of new healthy habits for life. You’re right it is for the best and by the time your 60 days are up you might not even want all that other garbage any more.

      Seriously Abby, keep us posted on how things go. I’m really interested to hear first hand from someone who goes that long on the fast.

      – Randy

  55. Barbara says:

    Randy & April,

    So glad I stumbled onto your website! I too was inspired by this incredible documentary and could not help but to create an action. Two weeks prior to a great girlfriend of mine introducing me to this film, I’d embarked on a raw food diet. So for 2 weeks, (nearly to the date of my 1st viewing) I’d given up all things ‘dead,’ meaning any food that was not taken directly from the soil, thus I did have a bit of a head-start. The very next day, I started juicing and have not looked back. Yesterday, Sept. 1 marks one full week of total juicing, and I’ve never felt better.

    I don’t have a drastic medical story, but at age 61 (soon to be 62) I knew it was now or never, so to speak. I’ve been exercising daily at my local gym (Water Aerobics, treadmill, bike, and the circuit, and free weights.) Yesterday, I had my annual physical, and…………lost 20 lbs. drop in blood pressure by 30 points and I’m on my way to a better me~

    My husband of 39 years has also decided to embark on this journey with me. (His recent yearly physical exam was not exactly good news for him: Weight up 25 lbs. Blood Pressure UP 15 points and a change in his BPA [prostrate blood] and he’s pumped. So far after just one week: He’s lost 10 pounds and I am sure next week when he goes in for a follow up he will have some reduction to his BP!

    So…just wanted to say: THIS WORKS!!!! We’ve got to get the word out…… THIS REALLY WORKS!

    Thanks for your blog…..and providing space for others to express our experiences. I’ll keep you posted!

    Barbara

    • Randy Lee says:

      You’re quite welcome Barbara and thanks for your kinds words.

      It’s great to hear that you’re doing so well with your juice fast. I try to explain to people all the time that it’s not just about weight loss, but about feeling better and being healthier. Of course the weight loss is a big part of it, but the success with your blood pressure is impressive. Hopefully you and your husband’s successes will help to inspire others to give it a shot. Who knows how many live can be improved to some degree just by sharing our stories…

      Please do keep us posted on your progress. We love to hear about it!

      – Randy

      • Amy says:

        Hi Barbara –
        I’ll so impressed! And I agree with Randy, keep us all posted here on your results. I’d love for people to see results in better health among weightloss. Here’s to juicin the good stuff, Nostrovia! :D (Hugs)

  56. olga says:

    Me and my husband watched this documentary as well and I completely bought into it. My husbands coworker is doing it and even though I was sceptical, adter watching the movie I am doing it with my husband now. We are doing a modified version though – we are eating one normal meal a day (lunch typically) and juice for the rest 2 meals and snacks. Hope it works for us!

    • Amy says:

      Hi Olga,
      That’s funny that you just commented on such, because Randy and I are just talking about the same thing – the modified version that is. If I ever decide to reboot again, that’s how I would do it. It sounds about the right fit for me, and I hope it is for you two.
      Good luck!

  57. Jim Lee says:

    Hey, Thanks Randy & Amy! Now I’ve got two people on my side that understand my goal and that feels great!
    My mother was a professional cook and loved to cook for her family. The truth is that everything she cooked or baked was excellent, like living in a restaurant! Only when my parents went out at night (almost never and if they did it was a Friday or Saturday) my second oldest brother was allowed to take us to McDonald’s. The McDonald’s in our town was about 8 or 9 miles away! I honestly think we went there 4 times a year!

    Sorry to say this but our world has become cheap, over-medicated, violent and there’s no respect for life anymore. I honestly believe our poor diet and every single politician has done damage to the USA.

    I’m a 20 year National Guard Vet and I just want my last half to be able to feel better and to be as helpfulas I can to everyone.

    Take care you two, may God bless you for all you’ve done and in what you continue to do.
    Jim

  58. Jim Lee says:

    Hi, this docu has taken me by the collar and screamed at me! I’m 58, 6’2″ at 193#. I sit all day at a switchboard and answer calls. I sit in my car for 15min. to get home, then I sit at my computer ’til it’s time for supper. All day at work I eat chocolate candy, sweet rolls, and free sugary treats. I suffer with depression (34 years now) and now I have anxiety attacks every day!
    I don’t know what the fast will do for my brian, but if I stop feeling weak, sick to my stomach, headachy and dizzy, it’ll be well worth it! Even my partner of 20 years is going to do it with me! I also plan… NO! I WILL walk every day either at work on my lunch 1/2 hour or when I get home.
    I’m extremely scared about this…I don’t want to fail or give it up. I want to give my body and my life a chance to live happier, healthier and stronger.
    I want to love myself… for the first time.
    Thank you for showing me and countless others, the RIGHT way to eat!

    • Randy Lee says:

      Hey Jim, those are some pretty high hopes for your juice fast, but I don’t think there’s any reason it won’t work for you. I was pretty surprised how much my mood changed by the end of my juice fast so I gotta believe that it will help you to some degree… maybe a lot. Who knows, it’s worth a shot, eh?

      I was pretty curious about the mental effect it had so I did some digging. Turns out there’s all kinds of research on how to change your mood with food. A good primer if you haven’t seen it is another documentary call Food Matters. Check it out and what they have to say about niacin.

      Don’t worry, you seem to have the right attitude so you’ll do great. Keep us posted and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help!

    • Amy says:

      Hi Jim,
      I just wanted to wish you good luck on your fast! I’m so happy and excited that you’re standing up for yourself and taking charge! Way to go man! And always remember, no matter what, no matter if you make a mistake or blunder, no matter if you gain a pound or lose a pound, no matter if you’re feeling down or up – NO MATTER WHAT don’t give up. Never say die and never give up – then, you can NEVER fail! I’m cheerin for you Jim, give it your all :) ((Big Hugs))

  59. april says:

    This is the first film that has made a connection with my family about our physical person. THank you.

  60. Jay Millz says:

    I wish the whole world could watch this docu. You’re right as this is NO stupid fad diet or just what’s hot right now. That film is not really about weight loss. Weight loss is just a side effect getting healthy. I am currently on Day 10 of my juice fast and I have lost a modest 25 lbs. I’m attempting to do this for a month but the more days that go by, I’m actually pondering doing this for a month and a half to two months.

    • Randy Lee says:

      Right on Jay! 25 lbs that’s awesome. I’m with you I wish everyone would watch fat sick and nearly dead and get inspired to make a change. Some just roll their eyes, but it’s surprising how many are really interested and want to know more. I tell everyone who will listen to check it out!

  61. Carmen says:

    I saw this documentary on netflix as well and it’s so inspiring and life changing. I would love to tell the world about this. I have learn to become more aware of my lifestyle after watching food inc. and this is a video that people need to see to understand the damage that is being done to their bodies. As human’s we lack disapline and this video has inspired me to make more sacrafices. I have encouraged my mother to do the diet and I will be doing it with her. I have to set an example in order to preach. I want more and more people to see this video.

    • Randy Lee says:

      That’s funny Carmen, you mention one of the reasons I decided to do the juice fast. Along with feeling better and losing a little weight I wanted to get back to practicing what I preach. It’s a bit ironic that I’ve been spending so much time on running this “health” website that I was neglecting my own. I was feeling a bit hypocritical and this was a perfect way to get back on track.

      Good luck and let us know how you do with your juice fast!

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