Life Lessons from Movies

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

In Documentary, Movies on January 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010) is a documentary by directors Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr about two men, Joe Cross and Phil Riverstone, who undertake a nutrition program to lose weight that consists in large part of consuming juiced fruits and vegetables.

Life Lesson:

You will be healthier if your diet consists mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables. The foods highest in nutrients per calorie are: 1) green vegetables, 2) raw vegetables, 3) beans/legumes, 4) eggplant, mushrooms, 5) tomatoes, peppers, 6) fresh fruit. The most nutrient rich foods are: kale, collards, spinach and bok choy.

Movie Scene:

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, LDN: “Why are fruits and vegetables good for me? Micronutrients are essentially your vitamins and minerals. Where do we get these micronutrients? They are predominantly found in plant foods. All plant foods are beneficial and essential for human health, everything from building muscle to immune function.”

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.: “This study was done with Barbara Sarter, a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and with Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University on people undergoing weight loss who were diabetic or [had] high blood pressure or heart disease … where they followed what we call a vegetable-based diet … that resulted in the most weight loss of any study ever recorded in medical history. The average person lost 53 pounds and they kept it off.”

  1. The benefit of juicing vegetables is that you can combine flavors, add the sweetness of fruits like apples and watermelon, or the saltiness of celery and swiss chard. Another benefit is that you get more nutrition this way than if you cooked the vegetables. Finally, if you are not a big vegetable eater, this allows you to consume them easier. It is at least better than not eating any vegetables at all.

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