3 Must-Watch Documentaries on the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

3 Must-Watch Documentaries Advocating a Plant-Based Diet

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

Fat, Sick & Nearly DeadThis 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.


Vegucated_(film)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

220px-Forks_Over_Knives_movie_posterI 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. 🙂


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  1. There is a FB page and or website you would probably enjoy taking a look at. Young and Raw (I believe website is youngandraw.com). I saw it on FB and then actually purchased their 21 day cleanse program, which also came with a lot of other things. Although I have yet to do the 21 day cleanse, I have learned a tremendous amount about the benefits of “rawking.” I’m like you in regards to my diet; I doubt I will go completely raw or vegan, but as I get older, I’m certainly paying more attention as to what I put in my body. Looking forward to watching these documentaries.

  2. Great post! I have seen Vegucated and Forks over knives! Forks over knives was absolutely an aid when I became a vegetarian. It is amazing to see the science behind how diets in different parts of the world affect your health! The cookbook is awesome too. I also liked Vegucated, but didn’t like the emphasis they put on fake “meat” products. I know it is a hard transition for some but would have rather seen them teach about whole foods! I need to watch the first one. I hope it is on Netflix!

  3. Nicole – going vegetarian or even vegan will not only be physically good for you – it has to be good for our soul/spirit/humanity. The 8 limbs of yoga include the niyamas and yamas (codes of living); one of them is ahimsa (non violence). Eating animals by any stretch is a form of complicity with their death often through violent means. Choosing not to is a choice that shifts us further towards a non violent life. Thank you for this post ! With love and good karmic vibes, averyenglishyogi xxx http://www.averyenglishyogi.com

  4. Great post. Thanks for the info. Have you ever read anything by Maria emmerich? She promotes a low carb/higher fat and protein diet. She has changed the way I eat for sure!

    • I haven’t, but I’ll have to check out some of her work! Thanks for sharing, I love finding new stuff to read on the topic 🙂

  5. My mom and I watched Forks over Knives over a year ago and that got me started in changing things in my diet and working towards a more plant based diet.

  6. I love that you posted this! A month or so ago I went on a health & food documentary binge on Netflix and I’m still telling people about Vegucated. There are just so many facts about the food being produced that people either don’t know or don’t want to know. They were all so eye opening and really made me reevaluate the way I saw my food and change how I eat.

    • Totally–a huge part of the health problem in America is just a lack of knowledge of what we’re really eating. Loved the documentary!

  7. Hey Nicole I watched FOK Dec 2012. I have been whole foods plant based for 6 months now, and its the most important thing I have ever done for my health. I’m a guy, 54 years old, and a cyclist. Not a skinny little guy, more like broad and muscular. With the diet I’m breaking personal bests on my bike that were set 12 years ago, and that I haven’t been able to touch. You need to try WFPB (vegan) for a month and see how you feel!

  8. My husband and I started juicing after watching Forks over Knives. We hv seen positive changes to our health and even in my daughter’s health. No we are not 100% vegan but we are definitely eating for organic fresh produce.


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