Joe’s Journal: Day 47 – A Friend in Colorado

By: Joe Cross

Soon, we were passing though Boulder, Colorado, a beautiful town with a progressive, health-conscious population and a lot of choices in terms of organic produce and other good foods. There, I met a kale farmer and toured his farm. As I’ve previously mentioned, kale is high in calcium, iron, fiber, potassium, and Vitamins A, K, B6, and C, as well as being high in antioxidants. It is a true wonder food. On Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient-density chart, kale is the permanent tournament leader. For the most powerful vegetable on the planet, the process of growing kale is comparatively low-key; it just needs some dirt and a bit of protection from frost. I took a few bunches with me for the road, knowing they just might be the ones that delivered the killer blow to my Prednisone dependency.

The most memorable and moving experience in Boulder by far was meeting Dominic Lanza, a man very much down on his luck. We sat together on a bench and exchanged stories about where we were in our respective lives. He was extremely overweight – about 380 pounds, he told me – and pretty much destitute. He confided that his primary diet consisted of pies, cakes, and hamburgers. He considered his situation to be hopeless. As I listened to Dominic’s story, I realized how lucky I was to be supported by family, friends, and film crew, and I wondered how I could try and help Dominic, at least in a modest way. I think we established a bond that day and I continue to be in touch with him. I’m still hoping that one of these days something will click inside of him and he’ll want to join me in a Reboot to try and get back on track.


Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
Win a Breville Juicer
Be Someone’s Joe and nominate your loved one to attend Camp Reboot. 

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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