Last night we watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you are not familiar with it, the film documents Joe Cross’ 60-day juice fast while traveling across the U.S. During this time, he consumed only fresh fruit and vegetable juice, often doing the juicing in the trunk of his car. At the beginning of the film, Joe was extremely overweight and plagued by an autoimmune disorder; as you might guess, by the end of the film, he had lost a significant amount of weight, was off all medications and had stopped having flare-ups of his condition. During his travels, he talked to people he met about the fast and convinced a few to also give it shot.
It really is inspirational to see someone make a significant lifestyle change in the pursuit of good health. I think eating whole fruits and vegetables would be more beneficial (and cheaper and less wasteful), but if a juice fast helps someone ditch the processed foods, then why not? You would have to be prepared to spend some money though. The film notes that a juice fast costs approx. $14/day using conventional produce and $28/day using organic produce. That translates to at least a $420 monthly grocery bill for one person! On top of that, the mid-range Breville juicers cost $200-$300.
J is intrigued by the concept of juicing, and I think there may be some benefits for him. He does not eat breakfast and, due to his schedule, frequently skips lunch as well. I’d love to see him consume something in the mornings, even if it’s only fresh juice. However, I hate the thought of throwing away (or even composting) all of that leftover pulp.
After reading through the comments on other blog posts about juicing, I realized that high-end blenders, like Vitamix and Blendtec, are able to pulverize fruits and veggies into smoothies. Juice, fiber and no waste! Sounds like a perfect solution except these blenders cost at least $400.
I really need to do some more research on the potential benefits of juicing as well as on the juicers/blenders on the market. If juicing could help my husband to consume more produce, then it’s worth looking into.
What are your thoughts on juicing?