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Published on August 1st, 2011 | by Karen Lee

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“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” Inspired Juice Recipe

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It’s difficult to cook for my family these days. My teenage athletes need their proteins and carbs while my husband is on “all protein and a tad bit of carb” diet. He is trying to lose weight while my kids are trying to gain muscle mass. It literally takes me two hours to figure out what to cook for dinner sometimes. I sometimes wish we could just ‘drink’ our meals.

So when I heard about this documentary, “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead“, I was intrigued. Not only because of the title but because what Joe Cross did to lose weight.

Juicing.

Cross drank juice for 60 days to get his health back, and this film chronicles his journey across 3000 miles to do just that.

From “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”;

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310 lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

Here is the trailer:

While I don’t believe juicing to lose weight, never mind as main meals, is for everyone and you should definitely check with your doctor first before starting any new diet programs, I think everyone should drink fruit/veggie juice daily to get some healthy doses of fruits and vegetables in their system.

So I came up with this fruit-veggie juice for my family as their post work-out drink and while it quenches their thirst, they are getting some of the daily servings of fruit and vegetables in one big gulp. Well, maybe a few gulps in my son’s case.

fat sick and nearly dead juice recipe

Veggie Juice Recipe

Yield: Four 8oz. glasses

Ingredients

  • 4 Med sized ripe tomatoes
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 Orange (wedges) or Apple (cored but unpeeled)
  • 1 Lemon (skinned wedges)
  • 1 Lime (skinned wedges)
  • Berries (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Hot sauce (optional but strongly recommended)
  • 2 Tbsp Omega 3 Oil from flax seeds
  • 1 C Cold Water

Cooking Directions

  1. Puree everything together in a blender.
  2. Add water if you want the juice to be thinner.

The important thing is to use a blender and not a juicer as in the trailer. Why throw away all that nutritious fiber that gets extruded from a juicer? Not that I am endorsing any particular brand of blender, but I love my Vita Mix blender. It is powerful and blends anything!
Cheers!

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Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.



  • http://Web rachel

    do you mean one whole lime or just one wedge of a lime?
    thank you. about how many berries?

    • http://www.ecokaren.com karen

      Hi Rachel,

      Yes, the whole lime, skinned, as with lemon. Berries are optional but if you want to add them, make sure they are washed well and you can add a handful. Hope you like it!

  • http://Web Timothy

    Just a little food for thought. The purpose in using a juicer is to get up to 95% benefit from the nutrients. When you get the fibers you system has to digest it and you wind up getting maybe 35% benefit.

    • http://www.ecokaren.com karen

      Hi Timothy,
      You are absolutely right about the juicer.

      I can juice a whole 2 lb bag of carrots for a mere 6 oz cup of carrot juice. And I’ve served up some potent carrot juice to my family using a juicer. The problem we ran into was that they keep wanting to drink more juice and we were overdosing on carrot juice! (My 16 y.o. son’s face turned orange and became constipated.)So this way, we drink juice every day without being too ‘juiced’ up, if that makes sense… But if you are juicing in lieu of eating (like in the film), it is better to juice using a juicer to get the maximum benefit.

      Thanks for your “food for thought”

  • http://www.wmcraver.com Mitchell

    I went home last night and watched this movie for the first time. I love food documentaries. This one was pretty good. It inspired me to get my juicer out of the cabinet and dust it off.

    • http://www.greenlivingideas.com karen

      Great for you! Dust that baby off and get juiced! Better than any vitamin pills you can take.

  • http://Web Randy

    I am starting today I am almost 100 pounds over weight.8/5/11 I am really looking forward to a much smaller size.Wish me luck I also started walking for 20 to 30 mins and who knows what else I will add.Only thing not sure if I’m doing the Ginger right? just cut a hunk off and put it in the blender??anybody?
    Thanks good luck to you too!

    • http://www.greenlivingideas.com karen

      Randy,
      Congratulations! Starting ‘anything’ is half the battle. My husband lost weight by just cutting out sweets, no snacking after 7PM, less carbs, and yes, walking! Then, after he lost some pressure off of his joints, he ran and walked.

      And of course, started drinking juice for more energy!

      You can throw the whole piece of ginger and blend. Just use about a thumb size for one serving. It’s potent.

      Good Luck and CONGRATULATIONS on starting on a path to a healthier life! Let us know how your progress is. :)

    • http://www.melanieiacobucci.com Mel

      Re: the Ginger. I cut off a thumb sized piece and then I peel it thinly too. Then I throw it in my Jack LaLane juicer as one of the first ingredients to go in. Hope this helps. :) Good Luck!

  • http://Web Randy

    I have learned that I Love LIVE foods I forgot. this a.m. started with strawberries,kiwi & lots of other stuff too but I decided to add the oranges the mini ones ? forget what they are called I left the peel on I misunderstood the recipe so it was very bitter starting out yuk but still I did it I know,I CAN DO THIS!I am excited and I love this way of eating I feel kinda high right now almost like I did when I quit smoking kinda scattered & slow but that is a good thing u tire when ur body is healing & boy do I need a healing,full of candida and possibly pre-cancer.Homeopaths recomend 11 different servings of fruits & veggies a day I think I already hit 11 easy :)good luck to me and to U.Im going to make a veggie drink w/mostly tomatos that’s OK right they are not too acidic for this cleanse? I hope not.Later be good

    • http://Web karen

      Wow Randy! That’s great that you are trying 11 servings of fruit and veggies! With Candida, though, I’d use more veggies than fruit. Candida LOVES sugar. Add greens too, like Kale, Broccoli, Wheat Grass…..all depending on if you are sensitive to any of the veggies. Some might make you feel bloated.

      But with starting anything new, make sure to check with your doctor. You don’t want to over do on one type and lack in others.

      Good Luck!

      P.S. Whenever I drink my juice, I feel very energetic too. :)

  • http://Web Mich

    I agree that making veggie/fruit shakes is more beneficial since you get the benefit of the fiber. I am lucky in that I have both a juicer and a blender so I can alternate. Although, when it comes to smoothies, I try my best to get organic fruits and veggies since not all pesticides come off of the more porous ingredients just by washing them.

    • http://www.greenlivingideas.com karen

      Hi Mich,

      I didn’t mention “Organic” because I “assumed” that everyone knew that organic is the best. My bad.

      But one more point I forgot to mention is that I use fruits and veggie wash (Environne is the brand I use but there are others) even on organic produce. You never know how they were packed and transported – there still might be residues from the containers (mostly plastic) on the skin.

      Thanks for your comment!

  • http://www.runningonjuice.com Running On Juice

    Great blog post!

    I lost fifty pounds through juicing. I prefer to juice than blend as I love that juicing high and the fact those nutrients get into my bloodstream much faster and of course its easier to digest.

    As mentioned I am no 50 lbs later and ran two half marathons, I could not run for 5 minutes without the need for an oxygen tent prior to juicing. I have some before and after shots on should any of you need visual inspiration.

  • http://Web Heather

    Hi There, just curious, you mentioned your teens need protein and carbs, my husband is the same way, he’s not looking to lose weight, but actually bulk up or maintain (depending on the time of year). His job is very physically demanding job and has 11% body fat.
    Do you have any great juicing recipes to share that offer both protein and carbs?

    • http://importantmedia.org/members/beckyanne/ Becky Striepe

      This isn’t really a juicing recipe, but to up the protein content, you can try adding chia seeds or flax meal to smoothies! Chia seeds soaked in juice are also really delicious, if you dig the texture. They plump up, almost like the tapioca pearls in bubble tea, but with a little bit of crunch.

      I’m not sure about how to up the carbs, but most fruits are pretty carb-heavy already, aren’t they?

    • http://www.greenlivingideas.com karen

      When I make a smoothie for my teens, I add soy protein or whey protein powder. And I sometimes sneak in flax seeds and almonds. So if your husband is not a vegan or vegetarian, you can add the whey protein powder. But if you want to skip animal protein, you can add the others I mentioned. Nuts are great in smoothies like this. It makes the drink smooth and well, nuttier. If he doesn’t like nuts, go with seeds like Flax or Chia. I wouldn’t add extra carbs if you are adding fruits. But rice powder or carb powder mixes are good sources of extra carb. Hope that helps.

  • http://Web tyler

    We see vegetables contaminated with E. Coli and Salmonella in the news every once in a while. Anybody here knows of any cases of diseases associated with consuming juicing?

  • http://Web Kritikore

    We don’t throw away the fibre. We are mulching the fibre for our garden.

    • http://Web Randy

      How do you mulch them into your garden?Doesnt it cause a lot of flies or do you have a composter thing?
      Thank you,

  • http://www.juicedietblog.com/ Juice Diet Blog

    This is a truly inspiring film and anyone who is remotely interested in juicing or juice fasting really should watch it! If you go to the official website you can find some excellent green recipes.

  • http://www.juicedietblog.com Kat

    I think that this is a wonderful blog. Juicing is very healthy for you. I found that the movie was inspiring and yes, cooking for teens is difficult these days but it sounds like that you have a very healthy family and you should be proud of that! It’s so scary how many over weight people there are in the world today. Thanks for taking time to share the recipe :)

  • http://Web Dan

    wonderful movie…

  • http://Web Debra Scott

    I lost 20lbs and got on a plateau I could not get off of. My boss started juicing and losing, so I started, too. I am lossing again, but I feel terrific and have great energy.

    • http://www.greenlivingideas.com karen

      That’s great!! I think the added benefit of being energized with juicing is more the reason to start!

  • http://Web April

    Just wanted to let u know I started this diet
    on a Monday & on Saturday morning, I had
    already lost 18lbs & I haven’t even completed
    the week yet! I am so excited & I feel great!

  • http://Web Amy

    This documentary was very inspiring. Not that there is anything wrong with blending your ingredients instead, but there is a reason a juicer is great. Your body absorbs many of the vitamins and nutrients from juice that it wouldn’t from solid (or blended) material. Since your body doesn’t need to work as hard to digest the solids these valuable nutrients are more easily absorbed. On top of that, you are able to consume a significant amount more of the nutrients from the juice per meal/day because the yield of juice you get from a whole platter full of fruits and veggies is much more than you would eat whole. (i.e. 24 Oz drink could contain 5 apples, 4 carrots, 2 cucumbers and a piece of Ginger, yummy recipe by the way) Glad to hear there are others that were inspired as much as me! Hope all goes well for everyone working to better their eating habits.

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