Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead beats Food Porn- Starting Strong Mondays

I know I keep saying it, but I have a serious love affair with The Food Network. It has everything — reality tv, great ideas and engaging hosts.

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And, let’s be honest — a lot of what I see on The Food Network involves foods that don’t mesh with my healthy living plan (which, by the way, is an incredibly understatement as my favourite shows seem to involve cakes, candy and cupcakes!).

For me, it’s basically food porn.

Yep….I finally said it here. I’ve said it to my family and friends loads of times but it’s embarrassing to call it food porn.

But I’m going to be completely honest here — it is!

So when I turned on The Food Network this weekend and found a movie I’d never seen before, I was amazed. And I was riveted.

What was the program? Well, it basically the antithesis of food porn. It was a documentary called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.

I’m surprised I’d never heard about Joe Cross’ story as I was reading one of his sites and discovered that he just finished a cross-Canada tour! Who knew?

The premise of his story is simple and the title says it all. What did he do about it? He went on a juice fast to reboot his system!

I have to admit the whole thing blew my mind — juice only? Holy crap (or lack of crap I guess….they never did say in the documentary!).

As I watched this documentary, there were a lot of comments made in this documentary that could be said about or by me.

From Joe’s friend: “Joe’s weight has been up and down more times than a bride’s nightie” (which I have to tell you, made me LAUGH as I’ve never heard that description before!)

While I enjoyed the documentary, I’m not sure that I’m sold on a juice-only diet or fasting. My concern is that I don’t know if either has been studied and, if they have, what the results are. I know it worked for Joe and for others but I don’t think it would be right for me. I have to learn how to face food, deal with food and learn how to eat to live and not live to eat.

That being said, I found this documentary interesting and I know I’m going to do more research on this topic.

What do you think about juice-only diets?

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3 Responses to Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead beats Food Porn- Starting Strong Mondays

  1. Elva Robertse. says:

    April 8-I am not a nutritionist but I think a ‘ Juice only’ diet ‘ would not have you face the food choices you have to make every day of your life. It would only postpone your choices at best. I don’t think it would be filling and we all have to have a feeling of some sort of saturation to be comfortable with whatever food plan we are following. It would not me for me.-elo3ro
    e.m.roberts@hotmail.com

  2. Anne Taylor says:

    I saw this fella on the news one day from Vancouver. Whatever he’s done, its certainly worked for him. I’m with you and not sure where I stand on just juice for an amount of time. We should form Food Porn Anonymous FPN..I’d be a member!

  3. Soozle says:

    Wow! That sounds like quite the interesting documentary! I’d really like to check that one out!

    AS for a juice fast/diet. I am not really sold on it being a healthy thing to partake in for more than a few days as a detox. Even then… ehhhhh. I could see adding fresh juices into a healthy diet – but not to live on one alone.

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