Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

A few nights ago I watched a documentary with my husband entitled Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It follows the story of two men who are morbidly obese and both suffering from severe illness. In a last-ditch attempt to kick-start their journey towards health (or “reboot their lives” as they say in the documentary), each man embarks on a 60-day juice fast.

Here’s the trailer:

I’d watched about 30 minutes of this documentary six months ago, but never got around to finishing it. I was telling my husband about it and we decided to watch it together. We had got about 35 minutes in, when my husband turned to me and said, “I’m going to do this. We should do this. Together”.
I was really happy he was so into it, as men are (usually) notoriously difficult to get on board in regards doing positive things for their health.  So after seeing our doctor and getting the all clear, we have both started our juice plan this evening. To get ready for the plan, we ate lightly over the past few days. Today we ate breakfast and lunch as normal, but for dinner we started our juice plan.  Our first “juice meal” was “Mean Green” Juice.


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • ginger root

(Quantities are per person.)

I’m not too fond of ginger, so we left that out. It was a very pleasant, fresh tasting juice. I’m hoping as I become more accustomed to juicing that I’ll be more open to trying things in my juices that I wouldn’t normally have. We are having fruit juices in the morning and sticking to vegetable juice for the rest of the day. This is to give our bodies the chance to burn off the fruit sugars early. We’re also drinking 16oz or more of water after each “juice meal” to help flush out the body. I’m currently reading The Everything Juicing Book by Carole Jacobs. I bought it for my tablet so I can refer to the recipes in a pinch when I’m making juice each day.

This is not a decision that we undertook lightly. It is a much needed reboot for the both of us. We both feel we are at the least healthy point in our adult lives and we both desperately need to turn that around. This plan will give us the kick start to live healthy, productive lives and to reach our goals for optimal health.  In the documentary both men wind up doing the juice fast for 60 days. Personally, I think that’s kind of extreme. We are doing our juice plan for 10 days, and then re-evaluating at the end of that period. We are also having check-ups with our doctor regularly throughout the process.  I’ll be posting here about all the highs and lows and in-betweens over the next ten days. I’ve heard the first four or so days are tough, but that’s okay because I’m tougher. 🙂

If you’d like to watch the documentary or read some more about the juice program, you can visit the official website at Reboot Your Life. The documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is also available on Netflix, iTunes and via Amazon Instant Video.


5 thoughts on “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

  1. This is so awesome! As a vegan, I am really psyched that you two are changing your lives.

    Would you do me one favor, watch Fork over Knives – it will change the way you approach food. Additionally, I follow some amazing bloggers who blog about plant-based, whole-food lifestyles. My top two favorites are: Somer @ VedgedOut. I think you should read her story on why she went vegan as I feel it will inspire you: http://vedgedout.com/why-vegan/

    You should also visit: Good Clean Food: http://goodcleanfood.wordpress.com/

    Best of luck to you!!!

  2. So cool! Way to go! That film had a huge impact on me as well. I was suffering from a similar skin condition as Joe Cross and was on prednisone for it. Ugh. Have you watched Forks Over Knives yet? It’s the best diet for normal life after your juice fast is finished. Here’s my transition story:


    Best of luck!

  3. I watched this movie over the summer and it is slowly changing my eating life. GOOD LUCK with the juice challenge! And thanks for the book recommendation 🙂

  4. Hi! I’m on Day 3 and I have heard that this will be the toughest day.

    Congratulatons on the success youve had so far.

    Since the pre-fast and fast, today I weighed in at 4.5 pounds gone.

    I’m thrilled, except for the C-word – Constipation rearing it’s ugly head once again.

    I still do have quite a bit of hunger though.

    Best of luck to you guys!

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