I went to a screening this weekend of a new food documentary coming out about an overweight Australian guy who goes on a 60 day juice cleanse and travels around America with a generator and a juicer in his car. I’m a huge believer in the benefits of consistent juicing (no, not the way Jose Canseco believes in “juicing,” although his book is a hilarious must-read), so I was interested to see what the movie was all about. What I found was a truly inspiring story and an entertaining and educational movie that I’d recommend to anyone interested in maintaining or achieving excellent health.
Joe Cross made a lot of money at an early age playing the investment game, and while he was focused on building up his wealth, he completely neglected his health. By the time he reached his 40’s, he was obese and suffering from a rare auto-immune disease that resulted in overproduction of histamine in his body, causing irritation, inflammation, and itchyness all over his body. Saddled with a multitude of expensive pills and on the road to an early death, Joe decided to do something to drastically change his life. Supervised by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Joe decides to go on a 60 day juice cleanse. That means no food whatsoever aside from fresh vegetable and fruit juices. For 30 days, he walked around New York City talking with people about health, and for the last 30 days he drove cross-country talking to even more people all over the place. The whole point of this cleanse was to eliminate his dependence on his medication, clean out his body from it’s addiction to processed food, and learn to live a balanced lifestyle. This part of the movie was amusing and enlightening – Joe’s approach to speaking with people about health was incredibly friendly and he ended up inspiring some people.
The second half of the film revolves around one of the people Joe met along his journey, a severely overweight truck driver named Phil who just so happens to have the exact rare autoimmune disorder Joe suffered from. In a true act of paying it forward, Joe teaches Phil about the concept of juice cleansing and guides him through his process of losing weight, getting off his medication, and embracing a healthier lifestyle.
Some of you must be thinking “That’s absolutely insane, only drinking juice for 60 days.” While it might seem crazy, I’d argue that taking 10 different kinds of prescription medication and being severely obese is much much crazier. There are no side effects to eating (or drinking) fruits and vegetables, while medication can have serious side effects and complications. At the end of their “cleanses” (they call them fasts in the movie, although I disagree with the use of this term), Joe and Phil focus on eating micronutrient-rich natural foods (fruits and veggies) as opposed to the fried and processed foods that got them in to their initial predicament.
Check out the website, watch the trailer, and I’d highly suggest purchasing a copy or trying to find a screening near you. If you’re not a believer in the power of a juice program, you probably will be after watching the film.