On this week’s Jen’s cinema, I’ll be reviewing Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which is available on instant Netflix. Don’t be scared by the word documentary. Documentary doesn’t always equal to boring.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) is a documentary about one man’s journey to lose weight. Joe Cross, a successful business man, who lived life in the fast lane. Instead many diet and exercise his priorities, he was partying, drinking, and eating unhealthily. Cross, who is from Australia, has an autoimmune disease where his own body is covered in a rash. The doctors have no clue how to cure him. So, he is stuck with taking all these different types of medication. Cross had enough. For 30 days, he went on a road trip to America, where all he ate or should I say drank was fruits, vegetables, and water. No meat, no potatos…just liquid fruits and vegetables.
Personally, I am overweight. I’m about 50 pounds overweight–that’s a lot of weight. About three years ago, I had emergency surgery on my gallbladder. After that, I’ve had a hard time with my weight. I’ll be the first one to say, I don’t exercise enough and I don’t eat enough fruits and veggies.
This movie was great! I got emotionally attached to every overweight person in the movie. Maybe because I am one of them, I don’t know. I began to feed off their emotions. When they got sad, I got sad and when they got excited, I got excited. Isn’t that what a movie supposed to do–get you emotionally involved?
After watching this video, I was inspired. How can you not be? Seeing Cross go from 300+ pounds to under 200 pounds, it’s hard not to get inspired. I think the biggest inspiration was Phil. Phil the trucker was just like Cross, Sick, Fat & Nearly Dead. They even shared the same rare autoimmune disease.
Cross helped Phil on his juicing experience. Cross even gave him a yellow Aussie XL shirt. Why? Because he believed that Phil can lose enough weight to fit into that shirt. Phil carried that shirt everywhere. It was a constant reminder that he had nothing to lose, but weight.
After watching this movie, I started looking into my own life and how I can start changing things. I don’t think I could juice everyday for 30 days. Not because I can’t do it, but because I can’t afford all the fresh fruits and veggies on a college student salary. So, I’m taking small steps. Instead of eating eggs, bacon, and potatoes in the morning, I’m drinking spinach, kale, apples, bananas, and ginger root. I know that sounds gross, but after blending it together, all I can taste is apples and bananas.
10 out of 10
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