Fruits and veggies, baby!

Over the past week I’ve watched a number of documentaries on food, including Supersize Me, Food Inc., Ingredients, and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Eye-opening. Every last one. Of those four, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead really hit home with me.

Long story short, the film follows an obese, disease-filled Aussie on a 60-day juice-only diet. Yup, for 60 days. Juice only. And not off-the-shelf juice. Juice from real fruits and vegetables. Lots of them. What the film goes on to show is how eating and drinking fruits and vegetables can repair and detox the body. It is absolutely amazing.

Joe, the Aussie, went on to lose more than 70 pounds in 60 days. Several weeks after his fruit and veggie detox, he was off all of his medication. You can check out for more information on Joe’s project and the people he’s inspired.

A term I kept hearing over and over in all of the documentaries – micronutrients. And the number one source for micronutrients – fruits and vegetables. As human beings we need to consume micronutrients in order to survive. Sounds like nuts and fish are also amazing sources. Everything else is a macronutrient and is much more challenging for our bodies to consume and turn into energy.

Anyways, my whole point to ALL of this is we, as a society, need to take ownership of our health, and individually we need to take ownership of what we eat, what we put into our body, how we fuel our body.

That said, I’m going to give juicing a go after I get back from Wisconsin! I have no idea where I’ll get the money for a juicer or how I’ll afford all those fruits and vegetables, but I know one thing – it’ll help clear out the toxins my body has been hanging onto for years. (Or maybe rather than juicing, I’ll go on an all fruits and veggies kick!) Either way, I’m looking forward to getting the toxins out of my body!

The other thing all these documentaries got me thinking about is how great it would be to have both the farms in the family change over to organic farms. Carlson Farms, Since 1877. Man, that would be awesome. They could even supply my cousin’s restaurant. And be a place for community gardening. Ah, the power of fruits and vegetables and organically-grown, high-quality food.

Anyone gone the juicing route?

About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.