Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ten Days without Beer

If I know one thing about our community it's that they enjoy beverages from time to time. Unfortunately overdoing it can have some serious effects on one's life including (in this order): tons of fun, bad health, and death. Being able to enjoy the first requires avoiding the last, but there's a pretty long fat line between them.

I recently saw a movie "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" by Joe Cross on Netflix. Usually the movies criticizing our western diet of excess have a pretty generic preachy tone telling us to eat more vegetables. Before you cancel Netflix because they want $3 more of your hard-earned play money to keep delivering unlimited movies to your TV, you might want to check it out.

What makes this movie different is that it takes a novel approach to getting healthy, juice fasting. I won't summarize it all here but the basic idea is that you get a Juicer and replace your meals with 64-84 oz. of fresh healthy juice (can't be store bought and usually contains lots of veggies like kale) per day. After a few days of doing this, your body goes into a sort of caveman between-meals phase and starts using up your hamburger fuel tank (as well as allowing your system a break.)

This is not beer.

Why do I mention this on a beer blog, you may ask? I'm on day 3 of a 10 day juice fast. That means no food, no beer, just juice. So far it seems to be going alright; I didn't get excessively hungry but I have had notably less energy and minor headaches. I'm hoping I get used to it in a day or two. Until this fast is over however, I can't write about beer.

I've heard that various types of fasting are good for you from time to time but I always wimped out on previous attempts. The next time I post it will probably be my last day. I'll let you know how it turns out; then I'll drink a beer.

Have you seen "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead?" Did you ever try fasting? Drop me a line and let me know in the comments below!


  1. Haha, I was wondering why you were using a beer mug to drink it!
    Keep up the good work! Increasing Vitamin C will help with the headaches. It's likely because your body is detoxifying. In fact, you should probably be taking some antioxidants...

  2. Great!
    Thank for information, I'm looking for it for a long time,

  3. Just started a juice fast...yes i waitched the doc. fat up food is easier then giving up beer..i have been a bartender for fifteen years and can't remember a day when i havn't had a few pints..oh boy this is going to be hard..

    1. Good luck! After the first few days you'll feel like you could do it forever. After the fast I highly recommend checking out another movie called "Forks Over Knives." Enjoy the mean green!

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