Joe’s Journal: Day 53 – Making Good on My Promise

By: Joe Cross

Since I’m on the topic of Phil, I’d like to flash forward a few months and give you more details on how him being in the movie came about.

Little did I know, one day, nearly six months after my Reboot, I checked the voicemail on my American cell and was startled to hear the voice of Phil Staples, the truck driver from Iowa I’d met in Winslow. He didn’t say much in the message, but I could tell from his tone that something was wrong; frankly he sounded desperate. What he did say was that he’d decided to turn to me for help because he was running out of options.

When we finally spoke he told me that he felt he was at a crisis point in his life. He told me that his weight was skyrocketing and the urticaria outbreaks were worsening. His state of mind, he confided was darker than it ever had been. Now, I didn’t know this guy at all, except for our brief encounter months ago in a truck stop parking lot. But I could identify with him in a lot of ways, especially because he and I shared the same rare autoimmune condition. I had told him way back in Arizona that he could count on me, and I had no intention of letting him down. I congratulated him on reaching out for help and told him I would make good on my promise.

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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