Green Smoothies & Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

A couple of weeks ago at the homeschool convention the documenatry Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead came up in a couple of conversations, including one with my friend Audrey, who I was working with. It is a documentary about an Australian man who is overweight, became sick enough to be put on medications due to the health issues he was experiencing. He decides to go on a 60-day juice fast of green smoothies in order to improve his health. Juicing enables nutrients to get into the blood stream, unlike food that needs to be chewed, swallowed and digested.

Audrey is very health conscious, more so than me and had watched this documentary. I don’t think it was the movie that made her start drinking green smoothies as I have seen her drink carrot juice type drinks before. Well, she ended up bringing her older daughter and I a green smoothie on Saturday of the conference. I liked it and thought I could/should start drinking them too, but didn’t until nearly a week later.

Last weekend we finally watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was really interesting. Inspiring even and amazing how much weight this man dropped. He was eventually able to get off all medications and get rid of his illness. He completely changed his lifestyle.

I ended up deciding I wanted to start drinking green smoothies. I wanted to do it for 60 days too, until I remembered that I am still breastfeeding and couldn’t. In a fast, like a juice fast, your body goes through what is called a detox. This is when your body releases toxins that are stored in your body. I would hate for my son to be affected by any toxins released into my breast milk as my body detoxed. That’s why I decided to start with one green smoothie a day and hopefully increase that after a while. I actually persuaded my husband that he needed to start with me! Because it’s much more fun to do something like this with someone rather than by myself. Yes, he actually agreed to start drinking green smoothies! He who has an aversion to any green vegetable except broccoli and kale soup! ;) We also decided the children should join us. On Sunday all of us started drinking green smoothies….until my Bosch blender stopped working on Tuesday morning, but the part arrived yesterday so we are good to go again.

You can watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead too for free at this link:

Green Smoothies

All I do for our green smoothies is use what we have on hand as far as vegetable and fruits go. At the beginning of the week we had carrot juice, bananas, grapes, orange juice, spinach (store bought), romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw, our spinach and arugula from the garden. I decided for the children and husband’s sake we’d start with the smoothies being on the sweeter side first and slowly decrease the amount of fruit we add.

I simply put the carrot juice in the blender first then added enough fruit and veggies to fill the blender, depending upon the consistency of the smoothie I would add more carrot or orange juice and blended it until it was smooth, not chunky. Everyone mostly liked the smoothies, even my almost 2 year old had 4 helpings of it! Though it was a little glass. We really only had 1 or 2 say something negative and 1 of those two outright didn’t like it, but we motivated him to drink it. My husband really liked the one batch that had more grapes in it, as he couldn’t taste the greens at all, even though the smoothie was indeed the color green.

Now I’m off to make our smoothies….

What have you been doing for your health and wellness?

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  1. Colleen says:

    I should incorporate one a day to get my veggies in I don’t eat enough. But on the 60 day thing is that all you eat is smoothies?

  2. Yes, Colleen, all he ate for 60 days is 3-4 green smoothies every day. Amazing, eh? There’s another story of another man in the documentary who did the same thing and in it he explains that there is a period of a few days that first week where you feel nauseous and blah due to the detoxing. That’s why I’d rather start incorporating one a day and work my way up and hopefully by the time my son is weaned I’ll be all set to go to three a day.

  3. I should do one a day too! I never get enough veggies in.

  4. Oh and the glasses of smoothies they drank in the documentary would be more of a 16 oz size, rather than the smaller glass I have shown here. We are starting more conservatively.

  5. HilLesha says:

    I love smoothies!

  6. Marcie W. says:

    I would love to try green smoothies! I have been on a clean eating kick for our family and am trying to get rid of processed junk and eat more fresh foods. It’s going great thus far!

  7. Amanda says:

    It’s amazing how our bodies respond when we start putting healthy things in and take away all the preservatives…I lost 60 pounds last year doing something similar…until I got pregnant, lol! Now I’ve got to lose it all again!

  8. Sounds like many of you are interested. If you make a green smoothie, drop back and tell me how you and your family liked it!

  9. Stefani says:

    I love making smoothies too! I even have a smoothie maker.

  10. Stefani, what’s the difference between the smoothie maker and the blender? In the documentary they suggest a juicer, but my friend Audrey said you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a Vita Mix or new equipment as a blender would do just fine.

  11. I love smoothies, I just have to get my hubby on board.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I love smoothies but green smoothies… not so much. Just the thought of them makes me sick

  13. Oh Jennifer, you’ve got to try one again, but make sure you use grapes, bananas or your favorite fruit and add a handful of greens. Yummy….;)

    Crystal, hubbies are tough to win over sometimes, aren’t they?

  14. Lolo says:

    I love smoothies, I even love smoothies with kale in them. YUM!

  15. I LOVE smoothies but I could not eat them all day long for 2 months!

  16. debra says:

    I love veggies and I love smoothies but somehow this doesn’t sound good to me. I think I had a bad experience with wheat juice once which put me off green juices. Though give me raw or steamed green veggies and I love it.

  17. We juice every morning, such a great pick me up and nutritious!

  18. We absolutely love our juicer. Even our 2 year old runs into the kitchen when he hears it so he can have his own cup!

  19. Kathleen says:

    I do love smoothies, but I am not sure I could get past the look of a green smoothie.

  20. I love smoothies! I’m going to give this a try!

  21. Courtney says:

    I love making smoothies with all types of fruit and vegetables! I wish I could get hubby to do so too!

  22. I love green smoothies! In fact I had a Kale Smoothie today!

  23. I love smoothies but that green one. ummm not for me. A color is everything

  24. Kelly says:

    I watched this documentary too and I thought it was great that he was able to kick processed foods and lose weight.

  25. Rachel says:

    love green smoothies!

  26. I have been saying that I would start the green smoothies. I’m going to work on incorporating it into my lifestyle. Since I rarely eat breakfast it may be a good substitute for it.

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