Vegetable juice diet documentary

Movie about life-changing juice diet comes with a catch

movie-about-life-changing-juice-diet-comes-catchJoe Cross.

When you first meet Joe Cross in Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead,he looks about as slick as any other self-made guru and weight-loss expert. Cross spends much of his film stumping for something called the "Reboot juice fast, " a detoxifying crash diet that requires participants to consume only home-made juices made from a blend of green vegetables and fruits. He talks with easy confidence and he clearly has his sales pitch down cold.

And yet the more time you spend watching Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead,which comes across as a mix of advertisement and earnest documentary,the more you actually become convinced of Cross’ sincerity. He’s a consummate salesman because his concern for would-be converts seems real. Cross anticipates and capably manipulates the skepticism of his audience,knowing well that his proselytizing for a diet of nothing but pureed fruits and veggies will seem gimmicky and implausible. Then again,he’s also more strident than any layperson who just happened to stumble upon an amazing diet could possibly be. His constant need to pitch his audience detracts from the overall case the film is trying to make.

One of the most refreshing things about Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead is that it’s not nearly as manipulative as its title suggests. Cross’ narrative tentatively begins as a personal journey.He relates how he first chose to visit and travel across America for sixty days in order to prove to himself how well he could resist such daunting American cultural institutions as the hamburger and French fries. Cross readily admits that his self-appointed task is pretty insane. He consequently shies away from trying to relate his experiences through video diary entries that sensationalize his weight loss with tears,screaming or any other kind of intense emotional outburst.

Instead,Cross prioritizes two kinds of supporting evidence: clinical explanations provided by nutritionists and his own homespun account of his diet; and talking-head,man-on-the-street footage in which he takes the time to find out from other people why they don’t invest in a healthy diet. The answers he gets in the latter type of footage aren’t surprising or especially original. But they do nicely demonstrate Cross’ humanity,which is what allows him to win converts to his cause in the first place. His subjects often cite weak will power and an outright unwillingness to make such a drastic change as the one Cross proposes.

What he proposes to people,actually,is not miraculous. In Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead,dieting is presented,refreshingly,as a difficult chore it is. There is no trick to it. The handful of people who try out the Reboot juice diet do not wonder at how simple it all is,or why they never thought to try it before.

By highlighting the skepticism about his cure and the difficulties or undertaking it,Cross inexpertly but sincerely attempts to address the psychological root of obesity. If only he had the patience to just stick with a handful of his more thoughtful subjects instead of mixing their answers with less-credible,lower-quality responses,the result would have been more compelling.

Understandably,not every everyman can be thoughtful,but Cross seems to have felt obliged to highlight every point of view he could,running the gamut of people’s misconceptions about fasting and dieting.


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2011-07-19 12:29:46 by no_more_rent

Has anyone seen this documentary? It's about people juicing to heal different ailments. The main story was about someone with an autoimmune condition but another woman juiced for migraines. The byproduct of the juice fast was weight-loss but the primary goal was to heal the body by maxium absorption of the micronutrients from fresh juice.
Has anyone incorporated fresh fruit/ vegetable juice into their diet for this reason (or any other)?

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