The more I learn about factory farming and the effects of eating animals and animal products, the more I inch towards veganism. I honestly don’t think I could ever be 100% vegan—mainly because I love seafood—but meat and dairy have occupied a smaller and smaller portion of my diet as I’ve gotten older. I’ve never been a huge meat eater for the simple fact that I don’t like it (I’m excluding fish from this statement)—in fact, I think this pecan pesto linguine with chicken and mushrooms dish is the only recipe I’ve ever posted to the blog containing a land animal. Recently, I went a step further, and blogged about eliminating dairy from my diet for 30 days and all the wonderful effects it had on my health, and I’ve maintained a very low-dairy lifestyle to this day.
I love watching documentaries (on all topics) but in the past few months I went on a plant-based-diet documentary spree and wanted to share a few with you guys that I’d highly recommend. Even if it doesn’t change your dietary habits, it’s still so important to be informed on how our food is made and the effects it has on our bodies. Only then can we make educated decisions on what we eat. There are tons of documentaries out there, and I’d love to hear your suggestions on others I should watch!
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
This one follows the journey of two guys from being “fat, sick and nearly dead” to healthy, happy men, and focuses on the role juicing plays in such a transformation. I actually got a little emotional towards the end because you just feel so happy watching them better their lives—It’s like watching a really intense episode of The Biggest Loser. It also made me consider taking a few days out of each month to juice. I eat a pretty clean diet in my day to day life, so I’ve never felt an urgent need to do a juice cleanse, but at the same time, the benefits seem undeniable.
In this documentary, three meat-eating New Yorkers—all skeptical, to some degree, of veganism—take on the challenge of a plant-based diet. Not only do they notice positive health changes with themselves, but they’re further pushed towards the diet by being educated on the horrors of factory farming. The part of the documentary that covers how these animals are treated made me sob—it’s so disturbing and sad. But as hard as it is to watch, I think it’s important to know what goes into that burger you’re munching on.
And the whole film stresses the importance of being educated on what you’re eating. What makes that so-called “superfood” so super? What the heck are GMOs? Why is soy suddenly in the news and what are the health benefits of soya lecithin? What is soya lecithin? Should I be gluten free? What the hell is actually in a hot dog, anyway? The questions surrounding food are endless–do your research so you can make an educated decision on what you put into your body!
Forks Over Knives
I like this one because it takes a scientific approach to the case for a plant-based diet. Moral issues aside, it delves into research proving that the human body functions better without meat and dairy, and shows how a plant-based diet can be used to cure even advanced diseases.
Have you guys seen any of these? What’d you think? Give me suggestions for others to watch! I’m certainly not trying to force a certain lifestyle by suggesting these films–I mean, I just spent the entire Memorial Day weekend drinking beer and Life Is Good cocktails on Nantucket, clearly I’m not one to preach about being pristine with what you put in your body.