Rebooting My Life

On a good friend’s recommendation, my wife and I watched the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead last week. It chronicles an experiment of an Australian man named Joe Cross: he’s decided that, to shed weight from excess fat, he’s going to go on a juice fast for 60 days. (I recommend that you watch it as soon as you get the chance. It’s currently available to watch instantly on Netflix!)

Throughout the documentary, Joe walks us through what it’s like to give up all solid foods for two whole months, exclusively drinking the juice and pulp of vegetables and fruits. Along the way, we get to witness what he endures from the standpoints of psychology, physiology, finance, and logistics. We also get to meet new people along with him and experience the joys of seeing other people commit to changing and saving their lives. I’m not going to give away many more details, such as the ending, as it would spoil your viewing experience, however after watching FSND, I feel compelled to give it a try myself.

To start off, I’m going to try the juice primarily featured in FSND, dubbed the Mean Green juice:

  • 1 Bulk of kale (six leaves)
  • 4 Stalks of celery
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • ½ lemon
  • Ginger root (thumb sized)

(This recipe, and many others, can be found at the FSND site and at Reboot Your Life, the company formed around Joe’s success.)

The fact that I’m actually giving this some serious thought is somewhat unnerving to me. Like many, I am quite motivated by food… Not just any food, either—the more fatty, sugary, or greasy the food, the better. And while I don’t particularly dislike fruits or vegetables, I don’t exactly love them, either; I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to eat any.

Over the years, I’ve come to the realization that I have an addiction to refined sugar, specifically in the form of chocolate. Once I made this realization, it was easy to reach the conclusion that something had to be done to change my eating habits and other aspects of my lifestyle. Before this, I just didn’t think being overweight was that big of a deal, nor did I think there was much that I could do to change. However, now that I’m over 200 lbs (91 kg) overweight and I have a solution (a relatively easy one, in my opinion) staring at me in the face, all the excuses that I’ve made in the past no longer seem to make any sense to me.

So, now that I’ve decided to give this a try, I’ll be writing about my experiences here and in the Reboot Community groups at Reboot Your Life. I fully expect to be an absolute mess for the first week or so, going through withdrawal symptoms not unlike those of a hardcore drug addict going through cold turkey detox. Hopefully, with these outlets at my disposal, I’ll be able to tough it out long enough to detox my system and not abandon the process altogether. That being said, I apologize in advance if I post or say anything untoward or abnormally pessimistic. *nervous laughter*

Wish me luck!

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