Health

Watch These!

I’ve been slowly putting together a list of films that I highly recommend to anyone seeking truth and knowledge. Here it is. I’m making it a permanent link in the menu bar above so you can find it easily!

This list is an on-going project. I shall add/remove what I want. Some of these were huge game changers, they straight up changed my life. I can’t recall the exact order I’ve watched these but anywhere is a great place to start. They all will help to shape, open, and surprise the mind. Some are beautiful while others tragic, each has something important to show & tell. So give these a glance, look at the summary beforehand in case you’ll be watching with children or while eating (if it’s graphic). Although I think many children understand much of this information at a basic level and they should be shown the truth, it is up to you at what age you decide to let them in on these things.

The single most effective process that helped me change my life, lose 100 lbs, turn around my perception was education. I started educating myself on food, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, stress, alkaline/acid balance, different diets, vegetarianism, veganism, raw foodism, fruitarianism, yoga, exercise, meditation, the list goes on and on. When I had filled my mind with the truth I knew I could no longer deny myself the health I deserved. I started to take action, and sense my action was backed up my science, facts, books, articles, videos, anecdotes, studies and more, my actions took effect. I saw results.

It’s time to get informed. No longer is it acceptable to be ignorant, to deny yourself the health and vitality you DESERVE! Get together your friends and family, plan a documentary watching party and expand your mind while growing your knowledge.

This is an excellent place to start!

35 Documentary/Film Recommendations:

Health, Food, Industry , Animal Cruelty

Food Matters
http://www.foodmatters.tv/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Food fight
http://www.foodfightthedoc.com/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Ingredients
http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/
Netflix: DVDs  (As of 4/28/14)

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Tapped
http://www.tappedthemovie.com/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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The Beautiful Truth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzDHGLEUyw&list=TLw1phDV-7ouY
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Fresh
http://www.freshthemovie.com/

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The Future of Food
http://www.thefutureoffood.com/
Netflix: DVDs  (As of 4/28/14)

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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG3V22cLUF0   (As of 4/28/14)

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The Gerson Miracle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbIixJI_oa4
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
Netflix: Instant & http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/watch-fat-sick-and-nearly-dead/    (As of 4/28/14)

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Forks Over Knives
http://www.forksoverknives.com/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Earthlings (Graphic warning)
http://earthlings.com/

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American Addict
http://americanaddictthemovie.com/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Business of Being Born (& MORE Business of Being Born)
http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

Fed Up!
http://fedupmovie.com/
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Killer at Large
http://killeratlarge.com/main.html
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Food, Inc.
http://www.takepart.com/foodinc
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Blackfish
http://blackfishmovie.com/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

Hungry for Change
http://www.hungryforchange.tv/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Vegucated
http://www.getvegucated.com/
Netflix: Instant

Consumption, Environment, Natural Living

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Botany of Desire (also a book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botany_of_Desire)
Full feature: http://video.pbs.org/video/1283872815/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=PBS%20Engage&utm_campaign=Botany%20of%20Desire
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jazb24Q2s94
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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The Corporation
http://www.thecorporation.com/
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Fuel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_(film)
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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An Inconvenient Truth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Dirt! The Movie
http://www.thedirtmovie.org/
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Vanishing of Bees
http://www.vanishingbees.com/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Homo Toxicus
http://www.homotoxicus.com/english/
Netflix: DVDs   (As of 4/28/14)

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Surviving Progress
http://survivingprogress.com/
Netflix: Instant   (As of 4/28/14)

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Maxed Out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxed_Out
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
http://www.zeitgeistmovingforward.com/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

Beautiful, Perspective, Inspiring

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Samsara
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770802/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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Life in a Day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_in_a_Day_(2011_film)
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

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How the Universe Works (Series)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1832668/
Netflix: Instant  (As of 4/28/14)

I Eat Plants.

I often get asked this question by strangers, friends, family and acquaintances. The question goes something like: “Why vegan?”, “How come you don’t eat meat?”, “Why give up cheese?”  or “What’s wrong with bacon?”. So here it is folks, my first attempt at publicly and thoroughly answering this question “Why I Live a Plant-Based Lifestyle”

I could simplify it into three points:

  • Compassion for animals
  • Compassion for my health
  • Compassion for the Earth
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Casey

I started to feel the lopsidedness of my life when I was adoring my pets on a daily basis while at the same time I was serving animal for dinner. What is the difference between a pig and a dog? A pig is said to have the understanding of a 3-year old human. They know what is happening when they are taken for slaughter. The fear and adrenaline is pumped into the very meat that sits on the end of that fork. We are essentially eating their fear, their confusion and adrenaline. I came upon the idea of my stomach being a graveyard and I couldn’t stand it any longer. It didn’t feel right. I started studying the conditions in which these “livestock” animals live and die. They are horrendous, appalling, disease-ridden, and depressing places filled with disdain and darkness. If you’d like a great book recommendation it’s Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer’s. Then I did some research on whether or not we as humans need meat to survive and thrive. The simple answer: no. This isn’t the post where I argue whether humans are frugivores, herbivores or omnivores. Maybe later, but not now. Also, this is not the “protein” post. If you are eager to find that out before I prepare my spiel about it, check google for “plant-based protein” (psst! The answer is all plants!) This is where I insert this link. That video always brings a smile and a tear, so much joy.

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Mika

My personal journey started with giving up dairy for health reasons. It proved so beneficial I decided to stick with it and after a few minor “slip-ups” I haven’t had dairy or cheese since. This was in fall of 2011. In the spring of 2013, I found myself feeling compelled to quit eating meat. About the same time I had some neighbors who were going to “go vegan” for the lent season. I also had met my second vegan friend and was thinking “Hey, this is possible, I could do this!”. I convinced my partner to try it with me (if only for a month), this was SO helpful and I am blessed that he was willing to try it and support me. At the end of that month I felt great and more confident than ever about taking the plunge into veganism. I had already ditched milk and cheese (which is what many struggle with the most) and had just gone a month without eggs and meat. My digestion was improving, my energy level was up and I had peace in my heart. I did not anticipate the last part. I decided to not look back and to continue living a plant-based lifestyle. Since then I have come upon more compassion than ever before in my life. I kid you not, I believe that aligning my plate with my beliefs about animal-rights, specie-ism, and health has given me peace and compassion that I couldn’t imagine.

My health improved all around. Thankfully there is much information and research being done that supports plant-based living. Eating plants and turning away from animal products can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. If you care what the American Dietetic Association says: “… appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and many provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, as well as for athletes.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. This is an obvious problem that should no longer be neglected and it’s up to all of us to make a change starting with ourselves and our own plate.

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Maya

I fancy myself a lover of all things Earth. It’s beautiful, we depend on it and it gives us life. In turn I’d like to do my best to protect her and give back. She can take care of herself for the most part, but I would not like to be apart of her destruction. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report released in 2006 revealed that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation combined. Also, it takes 8 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein as it does to produce plant protein. Another excellent fact that I’d like to point out, it takes less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet, than to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products. What I buy at the market has a higher impact on the planet than what or how I drive.

Food is such a vital part of our lives. We eat multiple times every day (if we’re blessed enough). Food gives us energy, strength, enjoyment and life. What we put in our grocery carts and kitchens has more of an impact than we first think. Our daily choices truly have the power to change the world. By making the decision to live life without consuming animal flesh or secretions, one could make a positive and compassionate impact on their world, their health and the lives of others. In the words of In Defense of Animals- “Veganism is about celebrating life by taking care of your health and the health of the planet, and by protecting the lives of animals that share our world.”

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Benny

If you have any questions for me about my plant-based transition or journey, or if you are wondering about this lifestyle and have a question about veganism/vegetarianism leave a comment below. I want to know what you think!

Also, keep checking back as I am planning to add a page that includes my recommendations for books, cookbooks, films/documentaries.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!