Soooooooooooooo… yesterday I had a Netlix streaming documentary marathon. I originally curled up on the couch with my Earl Grey tea to catch up on HGTV. However, I wasn’t really in the mood for the Property Brothers, so I browsed through Netflix’s streaming video selection, particularly documentaries, which I always find fascinating. I found one called Hungry For Change which “exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don’t want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more” *eyebrow raises*. I loved Super Size Me, so I decided to give it a shot.
It was fascinating and educational. After that, Netflix recommended Vegucated, an “award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food”. Watching meat eaters squirm? I’m in!
It was fun, educational, and very eye-opening, particularly about the farm industry. After that, Netflix insisted I watch one more [okay, twist my arm], called Forks Over Knives [the title alludes to choosing healthy eating over having to go under the surgeon’s knife later in life] which was amazing, shocking, eye-opening, AND life-changing [note that Roger Ebert calls it a “film that can save your life” – he’s not kidding!]. If you only have time or inclination to watch one of these films, this is the one I’d recommend.
My husband has been vegetarian for 18 years – he eats dairy and eggs, but no meat or fish. I have leaned towards a vegetarian lifestyle for most of my adult life, but still enjoy occasional seafood. Since meeting my husband Jim, I’ve gone from being about 75% vegetarian to about 95%. After watching the documentaries, and realizing just how bad a typical American diet can be for you, I am VERY thankful Jim is vegetarian, and has steered me more in that direction. The documentaries really make you think about what you’re putting in your mouth. I am even more committed to a whole grain, plant-based diet now. And yes, Mom, we eat enough protein!
After that I pretty much watched documentaries focusing on different types of addictions [drugs, alcohol, food, hoarding, etc.], which are always fascinating in a train-wreck, “omg my life is so blissfully uncomplicated” type of way. Odd way to spend a day, but whatever, I learned a lot!!!