This weekend I came across a very moving and inspiring documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (found on Netflix). It is based on the surprising recovery of two men whose bodies have been changed by steroidal intake. No, I’m not talking about the cliché muscle heads that inject steroids to get more “juiced”. I am talking about steroidal drugs used by most of the Westernized world, as treatments for various diseases.
This film re-introduces the use of fruits and vegetables into the diet in order to cure the ailments of the documentary’s subject, Joe Cross, as well as, put him on track to a healthier lifestyle. Joe finds a solution to the many health risks that threaten American lives by adopting an all juice diet for two months.
Following their example, I am going to take on the challenge that those two men successfully did, by consuming only juice made from organic produce: vegetables and fruits; for ten days. That’s right, only fruits and vegetables juiced and/or blended for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why only ten days? I am merely trying the ten day stint to detox my body from all the processed food consumed on a daily basis.
Some may be skeptical, in fact many from the documentary were appalled that a man weighing 430 pounds was able to satisfy himself with only juice for ten days. But alas, that man appreciated the great change that occurred in such a short period of time, and continued the diet for its full duration of 2 months.
Unlike the two men from the documentary, I am not suffering from any ailments or health issues but I’d rather start my health change now, rather than waiting for it to become necessary. With that being said, I am going to brave this new diet two weeks from today. But until then, I am going to try one smoothie a day and will post the recipe for those daring and willing to take on the challenge with me.
I tried the following recipe this morning for breakfast and really enjoyed it. I took all the fruits that I can find in my home country, Trinidad and Tobago. I hope you like it as much as I did.
1/3 papaya, cut into small cubes
2 bananas, sliced
1 orange, quartered
1/2 avocado, cut into quarters
1 cup water
Place all fruits in a blender. Cover the chopped fruit with water. Blend on high, liquefy for 3 minutes. This serves two glasses. Enjoy!