Being very successful as an entrepreneur in his 40s, Joe was living the good life, eating in the best restaurants, and drinking whenever he wanted. Everything was going well for Joe except that he was getting obese, and all kinds of illnesses, including one that affects his immune system, started to appear. He had an epiphany one day when laying out all the pills he had to take on a daily basis and realized there were too many!
He told himself he simply cannot live like this, so he set out to embark on an ambitious project. He left Australia and went to the United States, consulted with experts, and after getting approval from his doctors, went on a 60-day juice fast – eating nothing but green juices for the next 2 months. His experience resulted in a documentary called ‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,’ an informative, inspiring, and entertaining account of his cleansing through juicing experience. (Video posted at the end of this article!)
It shows how he traveled all over the States and met various people as he shared his cleansing journey.
The message of this film is very simple: go natural. Joe would travel with his juicer, which he could hook up in his car, and just bought fresh produce from the local market. Along the way, Joe recruited other people who wanted to try juicing. The most notable people he recruited include a woman who, after 10 days of juice fasting, was able to rid herself of migraines, and a morbidly obese truck driver named Phil Staples, who, like Joe, ended up losing 100 pounds and discontinuing all medication after the cleanse.
Joe’s journey has inspired numerous people to start their own juice fasting After getting so many calls and emails from people who had so many questions about juicing, Joe has since created a website to be more accessible to people. The site, called Reboot with Joe, offers a free downloadable PDF format of a typical juicing or rebooting program (as he calls it) and also multiple recipes for different kinds of juices.
If you want to know how to cleanse and detoxify your body through juicing, I suggest you visit his site. It’s full of information and answers most FAQs with regards to juicing. It has been noted that since his documentary came out, sales of Breville juicers (the brand he used in the film) doubled.
During the end credits, Australian-based band ‘The Kin’ plays the film’s theme song called ‘Take in the Sunlight’ and shows Phil Staples running on a street and wearing the yellow shirt Joe gave to him as his ‘target.’ This scene was the most inspiring for me, as he obviously reached his goal, his target, and ended up becoming a changed person.
Not only was it a 360-degree turn for Joe and Phil physically, but they both have also transformed into totally different people, especially in Phil’s case where you can see the effect of his dramatic transformation on him and his family.
Medicine isn’t always the answer to all our ailments, and sometimes we just need to look at our lifestyle and eating habits. The film is definitely worth checking out, whether you’re into detoxing or not. Don’t be surprised though if you get inspired to try out some green smoothies afterward.