Staying Alive With Joe Cross
You might know Joe Cross from his documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which followed his personal journey from sickness to health through juicing. When he made the film, he was 100 pounds overweight and dealing with a debilitating autoimmune disorder. Today, he’s healthy, happy, and helps others to transform their lives, too.
Omega: You like to say that people spend the first 40 years of their lives killing themselves and the next 40 trying to stay alive. What does trying to stay alive look like for you?
Joe: It’s about keeping disease at bay. It’s about maintaining energy and youthfulness so that your knees and back don’t hurt. You’re able to exercise freely and play with kids or grandkids. You’re able to sleep well and concentrate well. You’re able to laugh and spend time with friends. In order to do all those things you want to do, you’ve got to monitor what you’re eating, whether you drink too much, and whether you smoke or not. You also want to think about how much exercise you’re doing or not doing, getting better sleep, and finding places and ways to calm down and not be so stressed.
I believe health is the single most important thing that all of us need to put at the highest reach of our priorities, because without our health, we can’t be healthful to anybody. We can’t be there for our kids, parents, wives, loved ones, significant others, friends, whatever. You’ve got to have your health.