Many of them said they didn’t expect to live long, but this was
their way of life. They knew that the way they were eating was
unhealthy, but they felt powerless to change.
Joe understood how these people felt.
these people were crazy. He understood how they felt.
Most Americans need to eat more nutritious foods, but food isn’t
just nutrition. Food is culture. Food is a big part of how we live
our lives. We start our day with food. We take a break in the
middle of the day and eat at our jobs. And then we go home and
eat again. And of course, we don’t just eat to live. Some people
eat to relax.
Other people eat to feel better when they are sad.
when they are sad.
And most people eat to celebrate. Food is a big part of parties,
holidays and festivals. Most importantly, food is something we
share with our friends and family. We eat with the people we love.
eat with the people we love.
Food is so much a part of culture; it’s hard for people to make big
changes. Not everyone Joe met felt powerless.
He met some people that were also ready to change their food
and change their lives.
One of these people was Phil Staples, a truck driver. Like Joe,
Phil was fat, sick, and nearly dead.
and nearly dead.
And he also had to take medicine for the same rare disease:
Urticaria. He was 195 kg. He was a big bear of a man.
He became so fat that he was in terrible pain. His back hurt. His
knees hurt. His legs hurt. He was carrying so much weight that
he could barely walk.
walk because he was carrying so much weight.
He was a truck driver, so he spent most of day the sitting and
driving.The only walking he could do was the short distance from his
truck to the truck stop restaurant where he ate his greasy junk
truck stop restaurant.
Even this short walk was very painful. He was so fat that he
couldn’t play with his kids and was ashamed for them to see him.
Phil was only about 40 years old, but the doctors told him that if
he continued his unhealthy lifestyle, he would die an early death.
Joe taught Phil how to do a juice fast, and after Phil got started,
he began to lose weight and lose the pain he was feeling all over
his body. In 60 days he had lost 44 kg.