SAM_7400So here comes Joe Cross giving us hope for our deteriorating health and waking us up to the wonders of plant energy.  Did he come upon a eureka of an idea in his desperation to get healthier and fit?  In part yes, because he quantified a formula utilizing the power of plants to improve health though the concept of harnessing the medicinal properties of plant is something we already have heard of but didn’t bother to take seriously. Why?  Maybe because this remedy, being so practical, simple and  inexpensive, sounds too good to be true.  Juicing veggies and fruits  makes so much sense actually.

SAM_7242Joe Cross, creator of the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, came to Manila in May 28 to share his experience and give Filipinos a second chance for a healthy life.  “This isn’t simply a juice diet, it’s not about drinking juice for the rest of your life, but it’s about supercharging your nutrient intake and giving your digestive system a break for a short period of time,” explained Joe.

What makes JoSAM_7235e Cross’s endorsement credible and convincing is because he involved the public as observers in his journey to health.  He documented his activities, emotions and even the negative reactions of others as he went through the 60-day-only-green juice-diet to show us the difficulty yet rewarding experience he went through.  He even featured doctors and nutritionists to support and witness his health progress.

SAM_7402As the title of his documentary explains, he was “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” before he decided on a new mind-set of controlling his food intake, opting for meals with better nutrition.  For 60 days, he travelled with his reliable Breville Juicer and  lived on green juice of blenderized assorted veggies that contain the highest level of nutrition with fruits to give that appealing taste.  No meats, dairies, carbohydrates, just veggies and fruits.  He invited others to join him in his journey but faced a lot of hesitancy except for two people who did gain the benefits of this effort.  A woman tried it for 10 days and her migrane disappeared.  She felt more energetic as well as fit.  A man named Phil, who had an obese problem, was motivated by his desire to spend more quality time with his children.  He was one of the successful beneficiaries of the juicing diet.  Joe admitted to difficulties in filming the movie with the direction part as well as volunteers who did not want to commit to juice-drinking for several days.

SAM_7403The concept is definitely sound and even quite attractive but the discipline to stick to the commitment and to overcome overwhelming temptation around you is what’s needed most in an effort such as this.  In the film, Joe advised Phil to move to a different place while going through the diet to avoid falling back to the familiar routine.

What is the opinion of the medical community regarding his advocacy? Joe honestly answered that the lack of protein in the diet was what they were against.  He  suggested to include  protein-rich vegetables  like beans, tofu and legumes, in the meal.  SAM_7405

So who else can benefit from this diet aside from middle-aged, overweightpeople who have to take  maintenance pills like himself?  Joe agreed that this juicing option was ideal as well for senior citizens, who have difficulty in masticating and digesting and young children, who refuse to eat their veggies.  Mothers can now integrate fruits and veggies in their picky children’s diets through tasty juices. “Juicing is a phenomenal way of getting the energy from the sun on board into yourselves without doing a lot of the work, the juicer does a lot of the digestion for you.”

Deprivation is not wSAM_7397hat this diet is all about, Joe is quick to point this out as he himself indulges still in pizzas, burgers and ice cream.  It is simply about “rebooting”, which he says is not the same as “detoxing” as everyone detoxes everyday. Just like the computer term, “rebooting” is like deleting all the garbage in your body and re-setting the body with only the necessary nutrients to keep it functioning well.

Joe’s main goal is to educate, entertain, and inform about the power of plant energy and the proper nutrition for the health improvement of all.  Now he does not need a cocktail of lifetime pills to keep him alive.  His body was able to SAM_7411heal itself through plant medicines as well as clean itself from toxins that lead to a myriad of sickness such as diabetes, skin diseases, as well as the dreaded cancer.  He is grateful for this miracle and now he wants to share this secret to all. 

“ Juicing should be part of a balanced diet, add juicing to the diet so you can get more fruits and vegetables into your system.  It can be all juicing for a short period of time but it can’t be all juice for the rest of your life.  Juicing is a good idea but for how long . . . is an individual thing”

SAM_7412The procedure is quite simple, just combine high-nutrition vegetables that are available in your country and combine with not so fibrous fruit to come up with a delectable juice that is high on nutrition. A ratio of 75% veggies and 25% juice is the ideal.  In the Philippines, we have our native malunggay, kamote leaves, and alugbati, and cucumbers readily available and inexpensive that can be mixed with our very own citrus fruits such as dalandan and calamansi to have an inexpensive but healthy “mean green juice” mix.  No need to add water and sugar, just keep it natural and fresh.  This can be used for 3 days when kept in the fridge and preserved inside a tight-lid container..

As a bonus for mommies who have difficulty feeding vegetables to their kids, Joe shares a delicious juice recipe he calls Shrek Smoothie:  Just add banana, mangoes, and ice to the blender before adding the” mean green juice” Filipino-style recipe. Blend then serve.  For more information and recipes, visit his website at