10 years ago, my family doctor told me that I need to lose weight. He said that 212 lbs is too much for a 6′ tall fellow and that I need to drop down to 190 lbs. Fast forward to 2012, yours truly is now slowly but surely surpassing 234 lbs. Alright doc!
How many of us have repeatedly ignored our doctor’s advice for weight management and a healthy lifestyle? And our lack of cooperation isn’t because we don’t trust them or because we don’t believe in the need to be healthier. It’s just so hard, man! The ubiquitous availability of delicious high-calorie processed temptations around us just makes it so difficult on the average Joe to not get fat.
I have personally tried to lose weight on numerous occasions in the past, sometimes by watching my calorie intake, and other times by reducing sugars and starches, however I don’t seem to have been able to maintain any of those diets beyond just a few days. Don’t ask a Lebanese to stop eating bread, brother.
A Life Changing Documentary
Thanks to the recommendation of my friend Derrick Jones, I finally watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last night. It is about an Australian and an American bloke who were both suffering from auto-immune diseases and extreme obesity with one of them being on the brink of death with > 479 lbs in weight. They went on a journey of a juicing diet the result of which was a gigantic weight loss averaging 1.5 lbs per day, an amazing boost in energy and health, and the blessing of completely going off all of their prescription medications and most importantly: their auto-immune diseases disappeared.
Apparently, drinking high amounts of juice from fresh (and organic) vegetables and fruits provides large doses of micro-nutrients which super-charge our body’s immune system and help it fight a large array of diseases including cancer. This in fact is the basis of the Gerson’s Therapy which is a juicing diet that has shown to heal certain cases of advanced stage cancer.
That documentary was simple, yet powerful. It felt to me like a vicarious experience which helped me connect with the subjects and identify with them, even though my situation isn’t nearly as bad, thank God. In my case, what seems to be my main complaint is a general lack of energy, feeling “bleah” and snoring (as recorded by my wife Sarah due to the 30-40 extra pounds that I packed. Also the years of working in an office with no regular exercise didn’t help. After having watched this documentary with me, Sarah gave me a major motivation pep talk to give this a shot.
I Accept the Challenge
I realize that I’m an engineer, and not a nutritionist. And I know that this is a Lebanese food blog, and not a health blog. However, I also know from experience that every time I go on a diet on my own I lose motivation in a few days and go back to the previous lifestyle, sometimes with a vengeance.
I thought that if I do this alone I probably won’t last more than just a few days. I’ve already tried a 1-day juicing today and I feel that I could eat a cow for dinner.
So the plan is to go public with my new journey, and that way I have more pressure on me to perform and achieve my goals. And perhaps I encourage you, our readers, to join me on my journey just for the sake of health.
Journey Begins Sept 1st, 2012
GOAL: Complete the 15-day classic reboot Plan by Joe Cross, which is to juice and eat only fruits and veggies for 15 days straight. No burgers, no Shawarmas, and certainly no Baklavas!
I won’t stress too much on specifically how much weight I lose at the end, as long as I come out of this healthier and feeling better. However I will keep a record of my daily progress and publish it on this blog.
Join Me on This Challenge: Make it a GROUP FAST!
I invite you to join me on this journey for the sake of health and so we can encourage one another as I know it won’t be easy to go at it alone. You can find more information on this juicing diet on Joe Cross’ Fast Plans page.
If you decide to come along, please shoot me a quick note using the form below prior to September 1st 2012 and I will be more than happy to blog a summary of your own progress along with mine, on a daily basis.
If you decide to join in fasting, please do so at your own risk and after consulting your doctor as needed to be on the safe side. Fasting may not be suited for folks with certain chronic conditions etc… Do your due diligence first.
PS. I’m not converting to a vegetarian. I believe in a balanced approach to everything in life, including food. Therefore this will be only a phase of detox and cleansing that if it works well, I shall go back to it in the future on a regular basis.
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