Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: My First 3-Day Juice Fast

Header - Post - Lessons from the Open RoadOn one of the snow days this winter, my husband and I watched the “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” documentary online. In this movie, Joe Cross, an Australian man who is overweight and battling several illnesses, decides to do a 60-day juice fast in order for his body to heal itself. He documents his juice fast on camera and travels throughout the United States attempting to convince people to try juicing, at least for three days. Joe wants people to incorporate juicing into their lifestyles to 1)increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and 2) give their bodies a rest from digesting other foods.

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.

At the end of the movie, my husband and I decided to embark on a three day juice fast using the receipes Reboot with Joe website. We performed our three day juice fast on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday in February. We did the “Big New Year Reboot” juicing fast because the shopping list was already compiled.  All I had to do was multiply by 2. Here are my impressions:


  • Although the plan says that participants need to refrain from drinking coffee, I could not contend with a caffeine headache.  I had too much to accomplish that weekend.  So, I drank coffee.  I drank less than I usually do, but I couldn’t skip the coffee.
  • The ingredients for this juice fast cost less than I anticipated. The breakdown was $12.00 per day per person.
  • If you participate in a juice fast, make sure that you drink PLENTY of water.  Carrot Juice
  • I need to research uses for the “waste” that is eliminated from the juicer. It seems like bad stewardship to throw those fruits and veggies in the trash. If you have suggestions, please share.
  • DO NOT spend any time on Pinterest during this experience.  Even if you’re not looking for images of food, they will appear in your feed.  Don’t torture yourself like I did.

Day 1:

  • Breakfast ~ Sunrise Juice. Beets, carrots and oranges. I have a confession to make. I had never eaten beets prior to drinking this juice. However, I had been giving them a bad rap based on their appearance. During the prep, I noticed that they have a sweet aroma. So, I developed a good anticipation for tasting the juice. And…it was good. We were off to a great start!
  • Lunch ~ Joe’s Mean Green Juice. Cucumbers, celery, apples, kale, lemons and ginger. No words.
  • Afternoon Snack ~ Sunrise Juice again.
  • Dinner ~ Joe’s Mean Green Juice again. No bueno.
  • Dessert ~ Pear Pie Delight. Sweet potatoes, pears, apples and blueberries. I am not a fan of pears. I would have preferred peaches, but they were way more expensive than pears because they’re not in season. The mixture was bearable. I’d drink it again. Much better than the green stuff. Much.

Day 2:

  • Breakfast ~ Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice. Sweet taste. The ginger was quite prominent. I would make this combination again.
  • Lunch ~ Green Lemonade. Apples, spinach, kale, cucumbers, celery and lemons. Green juice is not for me. There. I said it.
  • Afternoon Snack ~ Carrot, Apple, Ginger Juice again.
  • Dinner ~ Green Lemonade again.
  • Dessert ~ Ginger Pear-Snip. Parsnips, pears and ginger. Never, ever again. Ever.  I couldn’t even drink the entire serving.  Yuck!

Day 3:

  • Breakfast ~ Carrot, Apple, Lemon Juice.  Tastes good, even with the prominent lemon flavor.  I would drink this again.
  • Lunch ~ Garden Variety Juice.  Apples, cucumbers, kale, and parsley.  I was quite hesitant because this juice is green.  However, this combination was the best of the three green juice.  This does not say a whole lot considering the green juices from Day 1 and Day 2 were horrible.  If I had to drink a green juice, this would be it.  The cucumbers saved it.
  • Afternoon Snack ~ Carrot, Apple, Lemon Juice again.
  • Dinner ~ Garden Variety Juice again.
  • Dessert ~ Pear Pie Delight. Sweet potatoes, pears, apples and blueberries. See comments from Day 1.

Post Juicing:

Food tastes so much better.  I don’t know if that was because I was so hungry or because my taste buds had been reset with the reboot.  Either way, I enjoyed my food a lot after this experience was complete.  I don’t know if another 3-Day juice fast is in my future, but I will incorporate juices into my lifestyle.  My husband wants to do juicing as a meal replacement for two meals per week.

Have you ever done a juice fast? Please share your experiences. I would like to know if you have been converted! You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed. Remain encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren

6 thoughts on “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: My First 3-Day Juice Fast

  1. Maria says:

    My daughter encouraged me to watch the documentary and I thought it was a “true must see”. I was so motivated that I went juicing book crazy. Not a good idea for me, because I became overwhelmed and never started. But after reading your thoughts I am now recharged and will follow your lead and start with Reboot with Joe. I’ll see where that takes me.

    • Crystal says:

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you are recharged! Let me know how you like juicing. I don’t know when I will repeat this juicing stuff. My husband enjoyed the experience more than I did. We’ll see. Be blessed. Stay encouraged.

  2. Kate Stalter says:

    Hi Crystal – I found your site when I was Googling about the juicing fast. I also watched Joe’s movie, and I have his book. I’m thinking about starting this next week – right after Christmas. It really helped to read about your experience. I was dubious about so much “green juice,” too – glad to know I’m not the only one!

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