Fat, Sick, and Not Dead Yet
by Douglas Biagini
It’s almost been one year since I discovered juicing, I was alone on a month long business trip to San Francisco. I lived my entire life in the midwest and being out of Chicago during the winter was great. I had some time to myself and decided to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was after this movie I had my “a-ha” moment.
Now, I should mention that I have some knowledge of the human body, I have been a paramedic for over 15 years and work in cardiology. Day in, and day out seeing people’s cardiac rhythms. People with sick hearts, some that probably lived and ate the American diet, others who were just unlucky at the gene pool.
I wasn’t unlucky at the gene pool, unless you consider parent’s who lived off of junk food. My first job was at McDonalds, I was heavy most of my life and an Uncle would joke that I would sell one hamburger and eat two. No one wants to be fat.
Years later, I did eventually lose most of the weight. I became a firefighter/paramedic. I gained knowledge of the human body. At this point, I truly knew what my unhealthy eating was doing inside of me. And the weight came back as I aged.
After watching the documentary, I saw myself for what I was, a 43 year old guy who was over 100lbs his ideal healthy weight. I had dodged a lot of bullets. I had no major health known health issues…but for how long?
From January 5, 2012 to March 5, 2012 I did a 60 day juice fast. I lost 65 lbs. and was completely cleansed. I began to exercise as more weight came off. My energy increased, and my skin became radiant. My juice became my liquid sunshine. I kept that weight off this year. I have more weight I want to lose, and I think another juice fast will be occurring. I am now very aware to what I am putting into my body. I wish I could write this and tell you during the past year, I didn’t have a Big Mac. I have, but I haven’t had probably over 100 of them like the previous year. I know that the body can be fueled and fueled well on micro nutrients from juicing.
Juicing is tough at the beginning, the detoxifying of the human body that has been subject to a life time of processed foods can be brutal. Day one was no big deal, day two I felt like I was coming down with the flu, day three I had severe flu like symptoms. Day four was the worst, I was so sick, I just wanted to stay in bed. Day 5 I turned the corner and by day 10. I was fully fueled. I was beginning to live again.
My only advice to other is know that you have to expect the detox to be hard. You will probably be ill at times. Understand that this is temporary, but plan for it. Try to eat more healthy before you go straight into juicing. I didn’t do this, now before I even do a little cleanse, I eat better before going to straight juice.