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Super Skinny Me!
Fat Sick & Nearly Dead (DVD)
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Fat Sick & Nearly Dead (DVD)
Advantages: You get to see the full advantage of following a healthy eating regime
Disadvantages: nothing for me
This is a documentary filmed by an Australian, Joe Cross, who in his own words was 'fat, sick and nearly dead.' Heavily overweight by about a 100 pounds, and having lived a good life of excess alongside his stressful career on the stock exchange, Joe was fed up and knew something had to change.
Suffering from a painful auto-immune skin disease called Urticaria, Joe was on a cocktail of drugs to control his blood levels and steroids to help his disease, and as he looked in the mirror he decided he needed to change his life, or risk an early death.
What follows is an amazing story told by a very honest and inspiring person. Joe decides that the body if healthy can actually heal itself from the inside, and to do this he decides that he will follow a fast of 60 days where all he is allowed to have is juice drinks made from raw fruits and vegetables. To make this even harder, he decides to do this in the land of opportunity, America, where more people than anywhere else on the planet are very overweight and there is a fast food outlet on every street corner to taunt him. We see him talk to lots of people on his journey, and the contrast between what he is doing and the diet of junk food they are following is very strong. Obviously there is some editing here, so a lot of the people he talks to are on the larger side and stood outside fast food joints to emphasise the contrast, but the message is quite hard hitting as a result.
Joe had consulted with a doctor before he started, and also after every ten days on the regime so that his body chemistry could be analysed and he could be sure he was ok. Amazingly, the weight started to melt off him, his blood levels began to regulate so he could start to reduce the level of his medication and he also found his skin condition disappeared completely. The journey is not shown as being easy. The first few days were horrendous for him as food is such a normal every day experience for us and everyone around us are doing it, so to not do it leads to a bit of an isolated life at first. I think it must have required a lot of will power.
However, the affect on his body is astronomical, and as he goes around talking to people they really do begin to notice and he even persuades some people to join him. The first is a trucker named Phil Staples who has a BMI of 58 and suffers from the same skin condition as Joe. This man is a walking timebomb, so it was interesting to see if he could follow this plan and see the same health effects. The second person was a lady who was normal weight, but was interested in the healing side of it as she suffered from debilitating migraines. I found this really interesting as she was more like myself, a busy mum who had to cook for the family, so was it possible to follow this and have the will power when surrounded by food as this is my biggest problem with food. I have kids who constantly pester for snacks and eat huge portions, and the will power to not join in is not there.
My overall impression of this film was awe. In the same way I had been horrified by Morgan Sputlock in Supersize Me, I was amazed by how quickly a health regime like this could have an impact on someone's life, not just undoing the weight gain visible on the outside, but tackling the internal health problems as well. I find myself wanting to try it out, perhaps not to the extreme like this 60 day plan, but I like many others would probably benefit even from a weekend of doing this. In my brain, I am now seeing more connection between the fuel chosen for the body, and the performance and appearance of it, and I have already been inspired to reach for the fruit bowl rather than the chocolate biscuits since watching this.
I think this was pitched at the right level. There was some input from Doctors who were talking to Phil and Joe and telling them about dieting and health effects which satisfied my scientific brain that likes to know why things are like that, then there were cartoon type sections which I was less interested in but would appeal to some viewers more. A lot of this was visual, as you could see the effects of this happening before your eyes in the 90 minute film.
I am trying to persuade my husband to watch this too with me, as I think there is a message there for everyone, not just about healthy weight, but about living a life of health and longevity which we all could benefit from. Yes, we are here for a good time, but that doesn't have to include stuffing your face with fast food and knocking 30 years or more off your life expectancy.
For anyone who is interested, Joe has a blog at jointhereboot dot com which provides information about trying out the regime for yourself alongside a chat forum. I am certainly going to be investigating further.
Summary: An inspiring film about following a healthier life.
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