Juicing Diet Facts

When you’re starting out on a juicing diet, it’s important you know what you’re doing. This is especially important if you’re going to do it for any length of time. A juice diet is quite a radical step to take if you are only going to juice for a certain amount of time. A day or two is no problem, but should you be worried about existing only on juice for longer than that?

joe_cross_12In the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Movie, Joe Cross is seen consulting a doctor. If you are in any doubt or have a serious health issue, that’s what you should do. Otherwise, just act sensibly, know the facts, and you should be OK.

The Benefits of Juicing

I won’t be spending a lot of time in this article saying why juicing is good for you. There’s no doubt as to the health benefits and most of this site is dedicated to them. As we know, it’s simply the best and easiest way to ingest the raw fruit and vegetables that are so good for you. We also know that a kilo of fresh, raw kale a day would be almost impossible to eat, but juiced up, it’s a doddle.

Hazards Associated with the Juicing Diet

Unfortunately, the juice that comes out of your juicer isn’t the exact nutritional equivalent of whole vegetables and fruit that go in. Almost all the fibre and many nutrients are contained in the skin and the pulp. If you throw it away or even use it in cooking, you’re throwing out lots of the good stuff. And, as we already know, heat destroys these nutrients.

So, what’s the answer? One way is to blend the whole fruits and vegetables in a blender or “slow juicer”. I find that even using a conventional juicer, a couple of large spoons of the pulp and fibre can be consumed with ease, especially when added to cool oatmeal / porridge or breakfast cereal. And there’s no reason why who can’t eat whole apples, pears and other fruits as part of your juicing diet. My advice is not to rely on only juice for your diet.

Another potential hazard is that the raw materials may be dirty and contain potentially harmful bacteria. This is a big bone of contention for many anti-juicers. The simple truth is that washing everything you eat is always a good idea, especially if your fruit and veggies are not organic. You’ll probably need to wash away harmful chemicals and pesticides. Even pre-washed organic produce you buy in supermarkets should be rinsed thoroughly, as the farmers and packers use chlorine to kill germs when they do the washing. Sometimes you can even smell it!

My view is that the modern human is becoming too sterilised and that too much emphasis is being put on cleaners that kill 99% of all germs. There’s nothing wrong with bacteria – in its place. The big dangers come from contamination by animals that can pass on disease. Thorough washing will help eliminate these dangers.

The Importance of Adding Protein To Your Juicer Diet

Protein is important to our diets. For omnivores this usually means lots of meat and fish, for vegetarians it’s cheese, tofu and pulses and for vegans, nuts and beans. I recommend eating raw nuts to supplement your diet of fruit and vegetable juices. Almonds, brazil nuts, even peanuts are all packed with protein and the right kind of nutriments and minerals.

Calorie-counters literally go nuts at the thought of nuts, but believe me, they are a case in point when calorie-counting is tosh. A bag of raw nuts will contain as many calories as a huge sugar-filled dessert, but the nuts win hands down when it comes to goodness. The science is complicated, but take it from me, nuts and beans are good for you and can only help you stay healthy.

As always, the secret is moderation. I strongly recommend you don’t change your diet to just juice overnight and try and live like that for months on end. You will lose weight but you also stand a chance of seriously damaging your health. I like to mix and match. A couple of days of raw foods only (including lots of juices and smoothies) followed by a regime of healthy foods, little added sugar and as few processed foods as you can manage. My personal aim is zero processed food, though I do love Quorn sausages!

Video on How To Wash Fruit & Vegetables Properly

Here’s a video from the University of Maine, showing how to wash fruit and vegetables properly. Although the guy pronounces “produce” in a funny way, this is a great video. I dispute the “already washed” advice, but that’s up to you.

What Is The Best Juicer?

Juicers come in all shapes and sizes. The two main types are manual juicers, which rely on your own physical efforts to extract the juice, and electric juicers. Electric juicers come in two basic types as well: so-called ‘slow juicers’, and those that rely on centrifugal force. The question I’m most often asked is: “What is the best juicer for me?”

Often it’s a matter of economics, as the best juicers on the market can cost over a thousand dollars, pounds or euros. Expect to pay around half that anyway for a good quality juice extractor. Anything costing less than that is either a genuine bargain or else a machine that might not be up to the job.

The first step on the road to finding your ideal juicing machine is to ask yourself two simple questions:

  1. What kind of juice do I want? and…
  2. How much money do I have to spend?

Types of Juicer

There are two basic ways to juice. One is to blend the raw, whole fruit and vegetables down into a pulp that can be consumed, often with added water. The other is to separate the juice from the skin, seeds and fibre. Usually, harder fruits and vegetables like apples, pears and sweet potatoes need to be juiced, softer fruit are usually better blended.

If you only ever want to make orange or other citrus juice for your breakfast, there’s the  cheaper option of a citrus juicer. They don’t need to be electric-powered. I have a manual model (little more than a glass bowl with a dimpled bump), that works just fine for me. It cost me less than £5 ($7).

What Juicer Did Joe Cross Use?

what-is-best-juicerMost juicers will either separate the juice from the rest of the fruit or they will mash it into a ‘smoothie’ mix. In the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe Cross uses a machine that does both. The model he chose is the Breville Juice n Blend, which costs around $500-$600 in the USA.

This might seem expensive, but the adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is certainly true for juicers. On the subject of economy, many people become disturbed by all the pulp they have to throw away. You don’t have to. It can be a great addition to soups, casseroles and in baking. Muffins seem to be a very popular method for using up fruity pulp and fibre.

There are two obvious downsides to using the fibre like this. One is that you have to be careful what you are adding it to. For example, strawberries might taste great added as a sweetener to a green juice but not so good in a beef stew. Secondly, you remove many of the benefits of raw food (that’s why you’re juicing in the first place, remember?) by cooking them. Not all the nutrients and vitamins will be extracted as juice. The answer to this dilemma is to splash out for a ‘slow juicer’.

What Is A Slow Juicer?

Some people are confused by the name ‘slow juicer’. This has nothing to do with how long it will take to juice your ingredients. The name refers to the speed of the motor, which operates at around 80-90 revolutions per minute. To put this in context, the average centrifugal juicer runs at 1,000-24,000 RPM and uses up to ten times as much energy.

This makes a slow juicer much more economical to operate. The slow juicer can juice faster than most traditional juicers and get more juice out of the ingredients you put into it. I must own up and say I chose to buy a slow juicer. There are now cheaper Chinese-made brands on the market, but I’d look out for the sturdiest built model you can find. Mine is a Hurom Slow Juicer.

The slow juicer works by using a screw-like auger that crushes and presses the food, rather than chopping and grating. This process preserves more of the phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Another great benefit is that this process reduces oxidation, giving a more natural colour. Plus the juice does not separate as quickly as it does after being poured from other juicers.

There we are, then… A quick over-view of the best juicers available on the market. In the end it really does depend on what you want and how much you can afford. Whatever you decide, I’m sure juicing will improve your health immensely. Have fun!

To finish, here’s a video from Breville in Australia that gives some useful tips about juicing:

New Diets: Unbelievable Results

When it comes to major controversy, food and dieting is usually in the mix somewhere. New diets come and go and people are either amazed or disappointed. There’s something about the way we eat and claims made for different kinds of dieting that seems to rile the medical community. They seem to think they are the only people who know what dieting and nutrition is all about. Anything relating to juicing and a healthy diet seems to get them going, but this video has stirred up more of a storm than most. I’m going to let you decide for yourself.


I’ve got to admit, I’ve heard many people have seen great results from following these steps. Take a look and see what you think. Can it work for you? Is this one of the miracle diets we keep hearing about? A message to all those who are juicing for weight loss: do you have the right facts? If not, read my article here.

Please feel free to leave a comment telling the community what you think. Thanks!

Watch The Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary Now

Visitors in the United States are able to see the entire Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary for free, courtesy of Hulu.com. I am afraid that due to copyright reasons, Joe Cross’s movie is not available for viewing in most other countries. Still, it’s available on Netflix around the world and is often shown on television. Keep an eye out for it.

Here’s the plot summary for the movie, taken from the IMDb website and written by Jamin Mendelsohn:

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.

Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realise that the only person who can save them is themselves

What Did You Think About The Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary?

When you’ve watched the whole Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Documentary I’d be grateful if you could please share your views with the community here by leaving a comment below. Which juicer & diet do you think is best?

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Trailer

Here’s the extended official Fat Sick and Nearly Dead trailer. It runs for nearly twice as long as the version shown in cinemas. There’s so much more to enjoy – a bit like Joe Cross when he set out on his journey across America! If you need to take action to improve your health, I hope it inspires you. Fat Sick and Nearly Dead certainly changed my life for the better!

Summarizing The Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Trailer

I’m sure we can all relate to the problems of eating a modern diet and of living in today’s “convenient” world. After the shocking news that America’s children are not predicted to live as many years as their parents, the trailer contains a shot of Australian writer and filmmaker Joe Cross driving a very nice Mercedes.

Joe turns to the camera and says: “I’ve just arrived in the United States. I’m not going to eat your food!” Cut to shots of the typical junk and fast food displayed in most food outlets across the country: pizzas, pies and all kinds of “yummy” convenience food. In the movie, Joe points to a display of pizzas and says: “I’d normally eat two of those. Not slices… whole pizzas!”

The first thing that really surprised me in this extended Fat Sick and Nearly Dead trailer (I’d already heard the shocking news about the life expectation of our kids) was when Dr Joel Fuhrman, Director of Research at the Nutrition Research Foundation said: “61% of the standard American diet is made up of processed foods”. Then it got worse. He continued by saying: “Processed foods don’t even have one-tenth of the nutriment of the original food in its native state”. I don’t know about you, but that really made me sit up and take notice. What are we eating? Cardboard?

fat_sick_and_nearly_dead_movie_posterJoe then says: “I came to America to save myself. I’ve got a thing called chronic autoimmune disease. I’ve been taking pills night and day.” He decided to drink only juice – “green juice” – for 60 days. “I’m determined to adopt a healthy lifestyle,” says Joe, “but first of all I’ve got to get through the next 60 days.”

Joe tells us the first few days are the hardest. “Not eating is kind of like cutting yourself off from society.” Of course, when you’re taking in the goodness of fruit and vegetables in the form of juices, you’re still taking in nutrients and micro-nutrients. It’s been proved time after time that the intake of these ingredients, which are essential for a healthy lifestyle, rises dramatically when they are consumed in the raw state.

Giving up eating regular style meals and food we have become used to isn’t easy. As Joe says in this extended Fat Sick and Nearly Dead trailer, we build up an emotional attachment to our favorite foods and cutting them out completely can be tough. The effort seems to be worth it. Joe says: “As I travelled across the country I gained far more than I lost.” It was a joke referring to the weight he was shedding by following the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet. He also seemed to be making a lot of friends as he spread his message across the United States.

In the trailer, we briefly meet Phil Staples and his brother, Bear, from Arizona. They play a much bigger role in the movie than they do in the trailer. Phil, in particular, was in a bad way when we first meet him. He was crying out for help to regain his health. How Joe’s influence turned around these guys’ lives, is an inspiration in itself.

Overall, the effects of the juice diet as revealed in the official trailer for the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary are awesome. The people who were mainly juicing for weight loss joined others who were seeking to regain their health to give the whole project a big “thumbs up”. You wouldn’t expect a movie like this to feature too many dissenting voices, but how can anyone (aside from the Fast Food Magnates) object to showing America a better, healthier, way to live?

Conclusions After Watching the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Trailer

The trailer ends with a brief rundown of results. “This has exceeded every expectation. I feel like a new person,” is just one of the testimonials featured. A woman we saw at the beginning, who suffered from debilitating migraine, had stopped having them completely by the end. Another guy can now sleep better than ever before, and his blood pressure has fallen dramatically. There is no doubt that the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet works, and can work for anyone.

Not only is juicing a great way to lose weight, it also makes people healthier, happier and more content with their lives. I’ve often thought that poverty is a downward spiral. Lack of money and education encourages the poor to eat junk food, which is advertised and perceived as being “cheap”. (It’s in no way “cheap”, but that’s another story for another day…) Because these people are eating badly, they become ill and lethargic, which reduced their happiness and will to work. This, in turn, makes them poorer. As I said, a downward spiral.

Towards the end of the extended Fat Sick and Nearly Dead trailer, Joe Cross says: “I learned the best way to change the world is to change yourself.” This was an inspiring promotional trailer for an inspiring documentary. Watch the full version here.

Joe The Juicer | The Juicer Movie

Joe Cross is the guy behind the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie. Otherwise known as “Joe the Juicer”, Cross is an Australian who, six years ago weighed 22 stone. To use his own words, he “looked like I’d swallowed a sheep.” He was suffering from a terrible autoimmune disease that meant he was constantly having to take drugs. His daily diet was made up of pies, pizza, pies and doughnuts. This meant he was low on energy and eating himself to death.

Then Joe got mad. He realised his lifestyle was killing him and decided to do something about it. On the basis it was “kill or cure” time, he decided to make a trek of 3,000 miles across the United States.


Aside from engaging a film crew to chart his progress, Joe Cross took only a generator and a juicer with him. He aimed to be on the road for 60 days, living off nothing but fresh juice. No meat, no fish, no chicken, just freshly juiced fruit and vegetables. To fully appreciate what he went through, mentally as well as physically, you’ve got to watch the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie, aka “The Juicer Movie”. Out of it came the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet.

“Joe The Juicer” is born

Joe wasn’t doing this entirely alone. He was closely monitored by Joel Fuhrman, the Director of Research at the Nutrition Research Foundation, and he was working with film-maker Robert Mac. Now both Joe, who has earned the nickname “Joe the Juicer” and Robert serve together on the Advisory Board of the Nutrition Research Foundation. The result of the journey was that Joe Cross lost 100 pounds and was able to stop taking all his medication.

Joe wasn’t just travelling for his own purposes. As he journeyed across the USA, he met and talked with more than 500 people. He quizzed them about their lifestyles, their weight, health, and related issues. It makes frightening viewing in many cases. One guy he met, in Arizona, was Phil Staples. Phil was even bigger than Joe was and suffered from the same autoimmune disease as him. By the time Joe and Phil had parted, Phil was determined to take the same life-enhancing steps Joe Cross was already taking. Thanks to the influence of Joe The Juicer, Phil became a juicer too and followed Joe’s example.

You’ll be pleased to learn that in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Phil comes out all right. In fact, like Juicer Joe, he loses lots of weight and is able to do without his medications. Can you imagine what a life-changing moment that was? My sister has been a life-long vegetarian – well, since the age of 17 – and has never spent a day in hospital or had a serious ailment in her life. Whenever possible, she will always eat raw fruit and vegetables and has had a juicer for years and years.

I’m not saying the vegetarians are always more healthy than meat eaters. The evidence shows that when things go wrong, you should be reaching for the apples, pears, oranges, broccoli, spinach and beet, and NOT for the likes of sirloin steak, burgers and processed meat pies! People will point out that pizzas are often veggie, which is true, but they are still made from processed foods – flour, cooked tomatoes, salt, cheese and so on – and no raw ingredients.

Most of us don’t have to take the radical steps shown in the “Juicer Movie”, but if you do, the message is: “take action now”. It may be a cliché, but it’s true: Tomorrow Never Comes!

Here is the official trailer for Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead:

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Movie

Welcome!  If you’re looking for information on the film made by Joe Cross called Fat Sick And Nearly Dead, you’re in exactly the right place. This new blog looks at the Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Movie, Joe Cross and the Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Diet. We ask the question: Is it a scam or is it a modern wonder?

Here’s a controversial video that’s related to the whole subject of losing weight, Joe Cross, and the Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Diet.


I’d love you to leave a comment to tell me and the rest of the community what you make of it. Thank you in advance for your help!