It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Favorites Friday but I just had to share some of the awesome documentaries I’ve watched recently on Netflix. Before I get to that, I have to admit something first. I think I may have a slight OCD problem. It’s not that I wash my hands a hundred times a day or keep my house spotless (god no!). It’s the fact that once I get interested in something, I research (watch, listen to, read about) it to death. I mean, I seriously can’t get enough. My latest obsession has become health – what we eat, how we eat, why we eat – as well as the food industry in general.
Since becoming vegan 19 months ago, I’ve learned a lot about nutrition by reading blogs, articles, cookbooks, watching vlogs & taking cooking classes. But recently, I’ve discovered health documentaries on Netflix & I’ve become, well, obsessed! I’ve learned so much more about how the government, food industries & even health organizations are manipulating our cravings, our ability to lose weight, and even our children. My motto for a long time has been “Knowledge is Power” and I hope you’ll watch at least one of these documentaries. I guarantee you’ll learn at least one new thing but if it does nothing but make you more aware then that’s something.
WHAT THE HEALTH follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. The film also reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time & exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars and keeping us sick. Kip tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. It’s a surprising documentary that should concern you about our nation’s health & how big business influences it.
FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD 1 & 2 are inspiring films that chronicle Joe Cross’ personal mission to regain his health after gaining over 100 pounds & suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Joe is actually Australian but travels over 3,000 miles in the U.S. & talks to hundreds of Americans along the way. His only goal is to get off the steroids and achieve a balanced lifestyle. It’s an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Vegucated is part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy/drama. It follows 3 meat & cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. All 3 are from different backgrounds but want the same thing – weight loss & better health. Along their journey, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in other films go far enough. At the end of the 6 weeks, they have enough information to either remain vegan or vegetarian (or go back to eating meat). There were a few scenes in which I had to close my eyes but the reason I gave up eating meat so many years ago was because of the cruel treatment of animals so I didn’t feel the need to see them again.
HUNGRY FOR CHANGE is a film about creating lasting weight loss, abundant energy and vibrant health. It exposes shocking secrets the diet and food industry don’t want you to know about – deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more. You’ll learn how to navigate the supermarket, what food additives to avoid, how to overcome food addictions, and the real truth behind “diet”, “sugar-free” and “fat-free” products. I really liked the interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts that are talking the talk & walking the walk.
Let me know if you’ve seen any of these documentaries or plan to and what you think?
Thanks for reading!