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Ive watched a ton of them that have really helped me realize the importance of local whole foods and natural eating, but the one that really surprised me was Fat Head. It's basically a spoof on Super Size Me. But it shows how your body actually processes fat and how it's not a bad thing. I've sort of experimented with it and had a high fat diet versus a low fat, and I felt a million times better when I was eating good healthy fats. I think all of your other documentaries that show the "behind the scenes" of the food industry, plus Fat Head has been great for me. I'm eating local grass fed beef and growing my own veggies.
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1,757 6/12/12 12:38 P
A doctor's visit several years ago changed my perspective. He said my cholesterol was high and I needed to lose weight. He gave me a prescription for Crestor and I knew in that moment that I had been avoiding a change that was needed. It got the ball rolling, my head and heart and God's guidance was the rest of the motivation needed to begin this journey which is one for a lifetime!
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28 6/12/12 12:07 P
Two movies were life changing for me: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ And http://www.forksoverknives.com/
Yes, lately, in youtube, if you search "meet glue", there are a few videos and one documentary made to watch free of the subject. A bit nasty, they use coagulated blood in a powder form to "glue together" a bunch of meet. This inspired me to each more fresh fish and veggies!
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8,536 6/12/12 11:13 A
This is an awesome question. I am working very hard to eat what I call real food. My son (age 20) got a job at Walmart in the bakery. One day I made some homemade bread for dinner. He had been "baking" all day. He walked into the house, took 2 rolls and put them up to his nose and said "Ahhhh real food." I just think there is so much of value from preparing the foods ourselves so we know what is in them.
There is some great lists here. I will check out some of the videos and books.
Fantastic suggestions everyone. Just wanted to add some more ideas to the group to 'chew' on (no pun intended).
Have you ever wondered why the food pyramid is from the USDA? That is the United States Department of AGRICULTURE? Why wasn't it developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or American Medical Association (AMA) or American Dietetic Association? Seems like there would be a more appropriate group to lead with its development. Hmmmmm.....seems fishy doesn't it? Based on some books I've read (including Eat, Drink and Be Healthy), it is partially based on the needs of the Agricultural Industry. Go figure!
How about the "studies" that were done to show that drinking milk helps you lose weight? Hmmmm.....guess who led the study - The American Dairy Association! In fact (if I remember my stats correctly) they only did the study with 300 people and were also not able to duplicate it consistently. Hmmmmm.....seems like another conflict of interest to me.
Also keep in mind that no one really knows the safest and healthiest amount of calcium to take for bone health. One study determined, based on the rate of hip fracture rates, that countries with the highest fracture rate had the highest calcium intake (Finland and other Scandinavian Countries). The next time someone pushes calcium supplements on you for bone health ask them why there is the contradiction. In my opinion, physical activity including resistance training is far better for your bone health.
I began getting a newsletter called Nutrition Action Healthletter (from the Center for Science in the Public Interest). Great addition to anyone's reading for health information. It has really shined a light on many things I see and hear on TV.
and this free documentary affected me profoundly and caused me to make several lifestyle changes in addition to dietary changes. It had the same affect on everyone I've come in contact with who has seen it-
BBC Horizon and CBC's "The Fifth Estate" are invaluable for me to learn about the nature of food production and consumption. An environmental biology class woke me up to the realities in an unpleasant way after watching "Food Inc.," "Supersize Me," and several others in that vein of exposure. We critically analyzed them and Food Inc. came up as the best rated of the bunch.
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125 6/12/12 8:34 A
Wow! So glad I stumbled across this link! Thank you for all of the input everybody, and thank you Emily, for the links! I've got some watching to do!
Forks over Knives was HUGE in inspiring me. Right now, I'm on the 17 Day Diet and I feel that at 332.5 lbs, that's more of a threat to my health, so I'm continuing on this path to lose my weight... I have slowly been "testing" plant based foods to see if at the end of this and at goal, can I change to a plant based diet and I'm thinking that it's going to be possible for me. I'm a cancer survivor and this documentary just really left a huge impression on me. I'm curious, Sara, why did you and your husband only give it a month? Will you do it again?
I saw Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and really was inspired with the truck driver... so proud of him for sticking to his commitment. I just wasn't that inspired to juice it up, though.
Also watched Food, Inc. This affected me a bit... but Forks over Knives really left more of an impression on me.
I really, REALLY appreciate one of you recommending BBC Horizon episodes (about to go track those down). Documentaries these days tend to be heavy on the slick editing, light on the empirical evidence. Heavy on narrative arc, light on verifiable fact.They are generally shopped around on the festival circuit for a distribution deal and obviously the ones with more buzz (eg the most graphic, the 'gotchas') have the best chance at turning a profit. I like my documentaries, well, a bit boring. If I want searing polemic, I'll go read a Hitchens essay.
Following up on what I said (that I wanted to watch Food Inc.), well I watched it last night. Yes, it was pretty gross, but I have heard it all before because I was a vegetarian for 8 years (up until 3 years ago) and I had already done my own research and came to the same conclusions as the movie. I don't know why I was afraid to hear it again. Hearing the facts did startle me again. What really angers me, though, is the fact that so so so many Americans are in the dark about what really goes on behind "closed doors". I know some are just ignorant and simply don't care, but there are people who really just don't know - and if they did, they would care. The entire thing sickens me.
I went on Amazon and ordered a few of the books on the list, too. Can't wait to read them!
Keep the suggestions coming. Great thread idea!
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3,116 6/6/12 1:44 P
I have watched one or two tv shows where a man or woman were so heavy they could not get out of bed. That scares the ........ out of me!! It is worth everything to me to stay healthy. That is why I don't feel deprived when I am not eating the way I was.
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6,206 6/6/12 1:39 P
I loved the Weight of the Nation recently on HBO. Really made me think and then act with my wallet and fork
Emily - When I was a bit younger and smaller, I bought a little "mini tramp" i think they called it? I loved watching hockey. I would pick one player and when he was on the ice, i'd run really hard, or do jumping jacks, and when he wasn't, I would "walk" or lightly jog. And rest or get drinks on commercials. It was a great way to get in lots of exercize and enjoy the game.
maybe you can find a way to hook up your lappy near your exercise area in the house!
Forks Over Knives (I think it's still on Netflix instant)
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729 6/5/12 1:44 P
If book suggestions count, I'd read Skinny Bitch. It's a book I've found that's closest to my own philosophies about nutrition, and written in a very fun, accessible way.
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675 6/5/12 11:38 A
Since that's an awful lot of screen time to undertake, I decided I'd "reward" myself with watching one of these after I get my exercise done for the day. Since I am working on revamping my motives for this healthy lifestyle thing, and I'm hungry for more info now, I think it'll work great.
There are two high quality, non-sensationalist (like Food Inc, which is good, but has a political point) docs every dieter needs to watch. Both are from the BBC, so it's harder to get, but you can find them online.
http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Diet %3A_A_Horizon_Guide - BBC's Horizion Guide to dieting. and it's sister http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=The_ Truth_About_Exercise BBC Horizion guide to exercise.
Both are presented by a medical MD who's on his own quest to lose weight and stay in shape. Both talk about recent (and in some cases, quite surpizing) research, and both show what we 1) know, vs 2) are suspecting. Ie., while we may have studies saying X, this show is good to point out which are just "prelimiary" and which are accepted medical fact.
Fitness Minutes: (10,436)
675 6/4/12 11:32 A
So I watched Food, Inc. this morning. My stomach is in knots, I cannot even describe how that film has made me feel. It is disturbing and outrageous. I was in tears at the end of it, just so sad to learn that the basis of our lives/health, the food we eat, isn't made with our best interests as a priority? Profit is the priority? So sick.
I am not even sure what to do with this information.
I will certainly look into the other suggestions too, thanks!
Food Inc. documentary and I highly recommend the book, The Maker's Diet, by Jordan Rubin.
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1,939 6/4/12 9:18 A
I would recommend the movie, Fathead. This movie is actually a critical response to the Supersize Me movie. Another movie has already been listed, and while it is the extreme opposite of Fathead, it is still very inspirational...which is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
As for books, I would strongly recommend "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. This is a journalist who has been following the food and health industries for many years. It is pretty critical of the standard American diet....and yes, I mean the one many doctors and the US government keep telling us is healthy.
Food Inc. and Forks over Knives both changed the way my husband and I eat. Forks over Knives inspired us to go meat and dairy free for a month. Both are available on Netflix if you have it.
I'm not going to lie, Food Inc. was really hard to watch. I actually started watching it twice before I could finish it.
If you have HBO Weight of the Nation is really amazing too. It's a 5-6 part series.
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638 6/3/12 2:34 P
I second the Michael Polan motion! Might as well read The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire too!
One book that really (REALLY) helped me at the start of this was "The End of Overeating" by former head of the FDA David Kessler. A man who personally knows the inside of what "food" manufacturers and fast food companies do to keep us eating kind of exposes it all through his own experiences with these companies and scientific studies. Here is a washinton post article about him: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/arti cle/2009/04/26/AR2009042602711.html
Fitness Minutes: (10,436)
675 6/3/12 12:49 P
Book suggestions are welcome too, and appreciated!
Does it have to be a documentary, or are you up for a book suggestion? If so, read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It's really interesting, and will likely reinforce your desire to make healthy, smart choices for yourself.
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3,171 6/3/12 11:42 A
I watched the documentary "Thin" on youtube and that really had a huge impact.
It is about eating disorders, body image, fear of food etc. One of the girls in the documentary committed suicide after it was made.
After I watched, I really worked on getting to a better place with my mental and physical health. I didn't change because the documentary scared me. I changed because it made me aware of what could happened if I didn't change.
I am working on not being scared of food anymore. (I still hesitate) Living with that fear isn't something I would want to go back to.
I know a lot of people that watch these types of documentaries to purposely trigger themselves into fearing certain foods. Just be careful that you are able to continue to watch them objectively.
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675 6/3/12 11:18 A
I watched Fat sick and nearly dead, and that left a big impression on me for a while. While I wasn't convinced so much that I needed to drink juice to be healthy, the ideas were interesting. I borrowed Food Inc. from the library and I'm nervous to watch it!
Are there any other docs out there that you'd recommend to help learn how to eat in a more healthy fashion? Or simply changing the lifestyle to better general health, I've stalled out on my motivation and I'm looking for a "kick in the pants" to wake me up again!
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