So two days ago I was on Facebook and saw some photos of an old friend who had recently lost about 50 pounds in about 6 months. After catching up with her and congratulating her on her success I asked what she used as her motivation. (I lack motivation big time!) She told me it all started one night when she and her husband watched a movie on Netflix, suggested I watched it first then we could talk about it afterwards...
I thought hmm... I have never heard of this movie, I have Netflix, maybe later tonight I could watch it if I finish my assignments for class early enough. So I went about my day running errands for my mom and met up with another old friend to finally eat my first meal of the day at around 5 P.M. (which is not normal for me) We went to Chili's which is my weakness I love everything there!! I did everything wrong when I was there because I was so hungry! We had chips and salsa with queso dip on the side, margaritas, and to top it off we both had our OWN triple dippers!!! (I got big mouth bites split with boneless chicken wings)
I luckily I couldn't even finish half of mine and took it to go. We left and went to go do some shopping and try to "walk it off." As we were dining I told my friend that I heard about this movie and when we parted ways I told her I would let her know how it went.
I returned home finished some of my assignments for school (winter mini) and I fired up my PS3 and went to Netflix. I didn't read the synopsis because to me it wasn't important what it was about but what I COULD LEARN FROM IT. I found myself shrieking and cringing in horror when they showed simulations of what is going on in your body, especially your arteries, when you consume meat and dairy products. Throughout the film I kept thinking to myself I'M KILLING MYSELF WITH FOOD!!! I'm 25 and I've been eating this "western diet" most of my life! For the first time I've been on this long journey I thought about my health and well-being over being thin, because my priority has always been be thin then be healthy and take care of myself. So during this film it was just a HUGE wakeup call! My priorities shifted and I emailed my friend on Facebook and told her I was just scared straight! Again I'm 25, I've been eating horribly for about 13 years of it and I thought to myself who knows what my arteries look like, how much damage I've done to my body, and I DON'T WANT TO DIE all because I eat horribly!
I watched this film about a year ago
This was an eye opener and I started eating more veggies but it wasn't science based or clinical based like Forks over Knives. So I'll admit I took the advice in but with a grain of salt. I obviously like to eat my food; why else would I be overweight! Drinking all my meals just wasn't realistic to me, so I couldn't take the message seriously.
After watching Forks Over Knives I went downstairs took my left overs and dumped them in the trash along with anything else (which was about 90% of my kitchen) that was a meat product, contained dairy or egg, and it was in the trash! So basically this film does talk about the importance of living a vegan lifestyle. The information is LIFE ALTERING!
So if anyone is like me, trying to lose weight because you simply wanted to be thinner and lacked all motivation to be HEALTHY, this film would be beneficial! I've had 3 trainers and a nutritionist even and they all tell you to eat meat, have milk, and whey protein to lose weight when really all this time I could have been on a whole foods diet and worked out and been more successful! I love cheese so I would eat my grilled chicken or fish with broccoli and cheese, or baked potato with a ton of cheese, and light sour cream. Or just a cheese stick! I now realize how much dairy I was actually consuming and that is pretty scary to think about! I'm in no way saying this would work for everyone but this movie really made me think! I've been on this journey for 4 years and itís been a yo-yo this whole time, so maybe this is the change I needed to make personally to be successful and most of all HEALTHY! But I'm glad to say I was SCARED STRAIGHT!