Yesterday I watched two fantastic documentaries. The first was “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” and the second was “Hungry for Change.”
“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” was about an Australian man named Joe Cross, who went on a 60 day juice fast, while traveling across America. Joe was overweight and had an auto-immune condition called Urticaria (basically, chronic and uncontrollable hives–I can’t even imagine it). After the 60 days, he had dropped a lot of weight and was able to reduce or go off of a lot of the steroid medications he had been taking to manage his Urticaria. Along the way, he shared his message about juicing and getting off of processed foods, and he actually helped an overweight trucker named Phil Staples, who experienced a remarkable transformation, by going on a juice fast. The film is available for streaming on Netflix. I highly recommend it.
Once I finished watching FS&ND, Netflix wanted to recommend a number of similar movies (of course). I had heard of “Hungry for Change” and decided to watch it next. I heard about this movie through Jon Gabriel, who is one of the featured interviewees in the film. His evening visualization/meditation is something I listen to every night, without fail. I fall asleep to it, and I am convinced that it is helping me to realign my emotional and mental attachments to foods and to being overweight.
The gist of “Hungry for Change” is that the American food supply is toxic and filled with chemicals that our bodies have never evolved to thrive on. So, instead of going on one diet after another to lose weight, we should be focusing on feeding our bodies what they genuinely need; then, they will heal themselves and find a healthy balance.
This is what I have been striving for. One of the best recommendations in the film is not to allow yourself to get into the mindset of “I want it, but I CAN’T have it,” but instead, to maintain the mindset of “I can have it, but I don’t WANT it.” One way to move toward a healthier relationship with food, and to properly feed our bodies is to find ways to get the “good” foods (real, organic, whole, etc.) into our bodies, and crowd out the “bad” foods (fast food, junk food, sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc.). So, they also recommend adding fresh vegetable juices.
I’d like to point out that they aren’t suggesting that we should drink high-glycemic fruit juices, like orange juice (particularly if it’s been packaged and pasteurized), but that we should drink fresh juices from lots of leafy green vegetables and from a broad spectrum of vegetables (think, every color of the rainbow). Several years ago, I had gotten a Jack LaLanne juicer, because I was going to try a juice fast. Ha! That lasted all of about one morning, but I kept the juicer; I’m glad I did.
I don’t plan on going on a 60 day juice fast, because I know that I am likely to feel deprived and unlikely to stick with it, especially since I am cooking most of Lauren’s meals. I still believe I need to eat a variety of foods, from all 3 macronutrient groups (protein, fat, and carbs), but I also know I need to be better about getting vitally important micronutrients (which I can get in abundance from a variety of vegetable juices).
Yesterday, I went out and got a bunch of organic vegetables, with the intention of drinking a Mean Green Juice this morning. Here’s what went into it:
(Kale, celery, parsley, cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 2 granny smith apples, and some ginger.)
And, here’s what it looked like:
It was quite tasty. About 30 minutes after drinking it, I had my goat milk kefir and a cup of coffee. It’s now been a couple of hours, and I still feel great. I feel like I have energy, but I don’t feel stuffed. It’s the perfect feeling to have before doing some yoga.