I started juicing one meal per day after Thanksgiving. The impact really astounded me. I felt more lucid and vibrant. Surprising too, was the change in my attitude. I promised myself that when I started my 365 days of yoga adventure I’d juice twice daily for a few months and stay plant based (with fish once in awhile) for dinner. Inspired by Joe Cross’ Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, once I juiced, I knew I wouldn’t go back. It’s one of four food documentaries that has opened my eyes to what it really means to look good and feel good.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Without a doubt there are some of you on a diet or doing a detox as your read this. If so, keep reading. There are also many of you reading this who aren’t on a diet or making a lifestyle change. If so, keep reading. I don’t think that the majority of folks wake up and say, ‘Today, I’m going to make the worst food decisions I can. This way, I can unknowingly become addicted to certain foods, get tired and get sick.’ Well neither did Joe Cross who decided to drop the extra 80 pounds he was toting around. Tired of being sick, he turned to a diet of fresh juice for 3 months. Inspired and healthy, he drove across the country talking about the benefits of juicing and clean eating. It’s a powerful message.
Hungry For Change
Change is needed and needed yesterday. With all of the technology that surrounds our lives, as a society we are woefully uneducated when it comes to eating. Part of this is unavoidable. Lobbies who have their own interests at stake get to advertise messages that become thought of a rules for eating. HfC cuts past the bs and gets to the heart of how we eat and how it’s slowly killing us. That’s the bad news. The good news is it only takes small consistent changes to turn your life around. My biggest aha moment from this documentary is the idea that adding great food into your diet is easier than focusing on the eliminating the bad.
Three New Yorkers from all walks of life commit to a vegan lifestyle for six weeks. Vegucated tackles conscious eating in a way that doesn’t make you feel guilty or sound self-righteous. I say this as someone who struggles with giving up meat, fish and dairy. But I have tasked myself with trying a vegan lifestyle for six weeks. This week marks the third week of my ‘vegucation’ and I feel great. I don’t think I can ever go back to eating commercial meat, fish, poultry or eggs. I feel great!
What’s on Your Plate
Want to get your kids involved? Make sure you queue this up on your next family movie night. Two girls who are best friends tackle fresh foods, cafeteria lunches and urban farming in a way that will impress adults and entertain kids. Kids who make healthy choices are more likely to grow into adults who make healthy choices, so help get them inspired.
What I learned
To boil it down:
- If you’re transitioning to a Vegan lifestyle, find vegan versions of your meat foods. This may help.
- Do your homework. Even brands that claim to be humane and cage free may not be what you expect.
- Changing your diet is more successful when you add good foods instead of focusing on subtracting bad foods.
- One meal at a time. That’s how change is made.
I truly believe that most people want to be healthy and happy. But a lot of people don’t have the information that they need to to make good decisions. These four movies are a fantastic place to start.