Post # 1
So, I recently watched a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It is about a man, Joe Cross, who loses a ton of weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. He also way improves his health and helps another man do the same. (As in from dangerously high number levels to optimum health levels) There is a movement, if you will, encouraging people to do this “reboot”. http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com if you want to check it out. I am currently doing a 30 day juice fast (on day 3). I am going to Chicago to see a specialist about my health next month, so I decided to take time to detox from the pain meds I have had to take. I have to say, it has been an interesting experience, living on fresh juices.
Have you seen this documentary? If so, what did you think? Also, what is your take on juice fasting? Have you tried it?
Post # 3
Honestly, I’m very against them. You have basically no protein intake on that, and protein is a vital part of any diet. I would only support someone doing a juice diet with the permission and guidance of a trained medical professional who constantly monitors progress, nutrient levels, and adverse affects to your health.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s healthy at all to be honest. Three days is one thing but 30 days isn’t good.
Post # 5
I’ve seen the docu. It’s entertaining, and I think that calling attention to people’s health, the way they eat, and the emphasizing the need to really get most of your calories from fruits and veges (mainly veges) is really important. There are too many people out there that are basically eating deep fried styrofoam. However, like PP said, I think that protein is important and going for extended periods without protein (or even most of the fiber from your fruits and vegetables) is concerning.
If somone is healthy enough and their doctor gives them the green light, then I say “go for it.” But I don’t think it’s something people should strive for without supervision.
Post # 6
I personally think that these fads are crazy. The human body needs nutrients than simply drinking juice for an extended period of time cannot provide.
Post # 7
Yeah. That’s redic and not healthy. I have no idea why anyone in the world would think this is a good idea. My vegan boyfriend would even laugh at this.
Post # 8
I think there are ways to detox that are a lot less extreme. Cut sugars, grains, fake fats and alcohol. Drink a lot of water. You’ll get the same results without messing up your body’s metabolism & depriving your body of needed protein & fat. Honestly, this is particularly a bad idea for someone with depression…your brain needs fat & cholesterol & depriving it of that really messes with hormones & brain functions.
Post # 9
@ohmybears48: My thing is, as crazy as it sounds, the people who do this have a return to health. From horrible numbers across the board, to totally normal levels. I have had friends do this and feel and look great.
Post # 10
I generally think they are crazy. Your body can’t function off of one or two nutrients. It needs a healthy, balanced diet.
Post # 11
Fruit doesn’t have protein and your body needs protein. I feel weak just thinking about how I’d feel only having fruit juices for that amount of time. Not healthy!
Post # 12
Haven’t seen it, nor could I ever stick to it. I enjoyed Food Inc. very much. It really encouraged me to look at what is in the food I buy for our family and lean towards better, more humane choices with a lower chemical content. I’ve actually managed to maintain a very healthy weight gain over the course of this pregnancy and I’ve noticed that DD is more active and sleeping better at night since we’ve readjusted how we shop. I think anyone can be healthy without going to extremes, though I do see the benefits for things like cleansing and cancer treatments.
Post # 13
Go read some Michael Pollan. His motto is “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants”. Those are the only “diet rules” you’ll ever need.
Detoxing/ flushing out toxins is total bull, and any doctor or dietician worth their salt will tell you so. Your body “flushes out” on its own. A juice fast, while probably better than eating a diet of junk food, doesn’t supply all the nutrients you need. I also think that it alienates people from the real experience of eating- sitting down, chewing, and enjoying the experience of dining. Thirty days of deprivation that can’t be maintained over the long-term has little lifelong impact on your health. Why not spend the next thirty days making slow, meaningful dietary changes that are sustainable? Try some new vegetables, grains, and recipes. Focus on eating at the table and taking time to eat. Take a walk with the family after dinner.
Sorry, I love food and respect it too much to let it be treated that way! Don’t buy the hype.
Post # 14
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I don’t think its healthy long-term (hellooooo protein!) but it might be okay to “cleanse” for 2 weeks (or a month) like this – although I would be famished. I need protein and meat.
Post # 15
@MrsFuzzyFace: Yea…so the guy who ate nothing but little debbie snack cakes and doritos for 2 months also lost 27lbs AND decreased his cholesterol and triglycerides dramatically (don’t believe me? http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html ). It’s really about weight loss and weight loss is about sustainablility. Detox diets like this one are not sustainable; you can’t drink only juice for the rest of your life.
ETA: I’m not advocating eating only doritos and little debbie snack cakes any more than I’m advocating only drinking juice for any extended period of time.
Post # 16
There are several documentaries out regarding foods, basically all negative. If you google you can be easily pointed out to the skew involved and also debunk many of the studies and things they proclaim as cold, hard, truth.
Yes, our food system in America is generally tainted, horrible, and we are completely out of touch. We need to get in touch with local agriculture, using sustainable methods that are both friendly to the animals and the environment. Veggies and fruits are great for you and should be eaten generously without holding back. If you want to just juice for 30 days, do it! But the lifestyle isn’t sustainable, so make sure its temporary and you begin to address the other foods sources in your life and how you can incorporate the freshest, local and most humane options.