Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead

I recently watched the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and it was very inspiring. Its about a man named Joe Cross, who finds that he allowed himself to become obese. The extra weight and his unhealthy lifestyle caused him to get an autoimmune disease, and he has been on medications for nine years. He decides to take charge of his life and go on a fast for 60 days, drinking only juice that he made by juicing fruits and vegetables. As he went along on his journey, he was able to help another man he met, who was morbidly obese and suffering from the same autoimmune disease.

As both men did their juice fast you can see their faces getting brighter and clearer, and they had so much more energy. This journey started out as trying a juice fast in order to get off of medications, and hopefully get rid of disease. Then it turned into changing their entire lifestyle and helping show others how to begin to change.

The documentary seemed kind of like it was filmed as video journal for both men, and it was showed their struggles as well as their triumphs. There were also little snippets of animation that were amusing well placed throughout the film. While watching this documentary, it reminds me of another one I’ve seen about obesity in America. There were doctors who were saying that the only option for obese individuals is surgery. This documentary has proven those doctors wrong. Surgery can help and is even necessary in some cases but it is just a quick fix, and most people end up right back where they started. The best way to get healthy and lose weight is to change your life permanently, which is what these two men did.

After watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, doing a juice fast seems somewhat doable, and I really do want to try and do it….for at least a week.


Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite new shows. Well its not exactly new, but its new to me. I graduated from college in May and I finally had some time to catch up on some TV shows. I was watching TV one night and happened to see the finale of the first season. I was a little confused because it was already halfway through the episode and there was a woman fighting a dragon! Random right? So a few weeks later I saw that Once Upon A Time was on Netflix and I started watching it from the beginning. I was immediately hooked.

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is a Bounty Hunter living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), whom she gave up for adoption 10 years ago, found her in Boston and begs her to come home with him. She drives him back to his adoptive mother Regina (Lana Parrilla), in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine. Henry has this big book of fairy tales and tells Emma that everyone in the town is a character from the book. According to him, Regina is the Evil queen who has cursed everyone, so that they have been transported from the Enchanted Forest to the “real world”. Part of this curse is that they have all forgotten who they really are. Henry tells Emma that as the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), she is the only one who can break the curse.
I love this show because it is unpredictable, the character story lines are never what you would expect. These are not the fairy tales we knew as children, they stories are just a tad bit darker. Throughout the season you see that a lot of the character’s stories cross paths every now and then. Even though the residents of the town don’t know who they really are, their lives in Storybrooke are somewhat parallel to their lives in the Enchanted Forest.

My favorite character would have to be Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). He has an amusing way of talking and a whimsical little giggle, and I love how he calls everyone ‘dearie’.  When he makes deals with people he always has something up his sleeve, a play in his master plan, which we have yet to find out what it is. Although he is the most powerful being in the Enchanted Forest, he does most things in an almost playful manner.

When I describe this show to my friends they usually seem uninterested. I admit the story line sounds somewhat childish, but is an amazing show. I definitely recommend it.

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery

Rating: 9 out of 10

Sundays at 8pm on ABC