“What you eat is what you are”, is a phrase my grandpa would say to me. As a child I would imagine myself as a large bunch of grapes perhaps like the character in the Fruit of the Loom commercials.

While the phrase made me imagine myself as variouse foods the meaning remains intact still today. If you eat unhealthy you are unhealthy.

I watched a popular documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  The movie follows an overwight man in his journey to get healthy again. “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 310lb 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. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself.

He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. ” Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

The movie is inspiring. It is amazing to see how much the food we take into our bodies is a help or a hinderance to our physical and emotional health.

So why is eating gluten so unhealthy? This is the question that seems unanswerable. There are so many theories. Everywhere I go I talk to someone who ethier has celiac disease or knows someone who does. Isn’t what supposed to be healthy? Aren’t grains the foundation to build a healthy diet? Did celiac disease exist 100 or even 50 years ago? Why now? One theory is that too much of anything is a bad thing. The American diet has a large of amount refined wheat flour.  I think there is something to research here.

I haven’t started a juice fast, but sometimes I feel so rotten that I think I should do something that extreme.


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