Five Must Watch Films If You're Vegan (or want to be)

Imagine yourself in the future, being older. How do you picture yourself?

Happy and healthy I bet! But what about if this was not the case? Have you thought about that? If you were ill? Unpleasant thoughts aren't they?!

Do you want to have a healthy body in twenty or thirty years? Or even fifty years? Or more?

Of course you do!

With every bite of food we take, we are either feeding disease or fighting it.

Sadly, most of us know people affected by cancer, heart disease and diabetes. These conditions are some of the leading causes of death in the UK (and USA). There are some shocking statistics around. Cancer Research UK report that 50% of people born in the UK after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer sometime during their lifetime. Very scary.

Eating well is not just for our health today, but for our future health and happiness.

 

power on your plate

We can have a huge impact on our health through the food we eat. Literally making a difference to our future with every meal, every day, three times a day (plus snacks 😉 ).

 

Do you believe what we can do through the power of food? 

Prevent and reverse heart disease?

Cancer?

Alzheimers? 

Help you to achieve a better state of health so you can stop taking those tablets? 

 

Does this sound too good to be true?

You will be surprised!

It is NEVER too late to make a change to your health. And given half a chance the body can heal itself.

 

Below are five eye-opening documentaries on food, health and wellness. All of them (except #4) are available on Netflix, but they also have their own websites where you can view too. Links in list below.

These films focus on us, our health as a species. They show how important it is that we look at our current lifestyles, and make changes to prevent the horrible, unnecessary suffering due to illness we are sadly so familiar with today.

 

 

I'll be honest, I had never heard of any of these films a couple of years ago. I’m not sure I would have chosen to watch these before I cured my headaches and migraines. But these are something I would tell my younger-self to watch.

 

I have seen all of the below... and more! But these five documentaries had the most impact on me and played a key part in sparking my passion for a healthier lifestyle.

 

1. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Successful Australian businessman Joe Cross undertook an experiment to see if he could heal himself through food because he wanted to stop taking lots of pills. A fantastic transformation happens! This film documents his journey and has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to take charge of their health. To simply include more fruits, vegetables and juices in their lives.

This is one of my favourites. Joe brings humour to the film, whilst still being real, and explaining key messages clearly.

He also introduces us to individuals with problems such as migraines and auto-immune conditions who attempt and succeed to heal themselves through food.

 

2. Forks over knives

“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t” - Michael Pollan.

How processed is your food? What percentage of the things you eat everyday could you make in your own kitchen?

This film made me think a lot about the ‘foods’ I had been eating. The documentary demonstrates how processed foods of today are affecting out health and inflicting disease. The film goes on to show the power of whole foods, and how we can ensure we thrive no matter what our age or background.

 

3. What the Health

“The health film that health organisations don’t want you to see”.

Because healthcare is business right? To make money? Or to cure people? This film shocked me about the ties between the health, healthcare and food industries. Half way through it truly saddened me. Would you believe it if I told you that there are health charity organisations in America being sponsored by food companies to promote their products? Even though many of these products have been scientifically shown to cause cancers / heart disease / diabetes?

As well as investigating the health industries, this film follows a selection of people who are trying to get off or reduce their medication for a range of common health conditions. This film shows some inspiring transformations in these people in just two weeks. It shows you how quickly you can have a positive effect on your health!

 

4. Food Matters

Another film that shows the transformative power of nutrition against disease. This examines the how we are affecting our environment (the planet) and how this affects our food. The documentary also looks into medication and how treatment via the doctor isn’t the solution to every problem - we need to examine the causes of our ailments rather than treating the symptoms. Nourishing our selves with food as a long term solution, rather than getting pills as the quick fix.

 

5. Food, Inc.

“The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000 years”.

This documentary made me realise a lot about the food industry of today. Is the supermarket really your friend? Are you are sure you are making the decisions about what you buy? Something good I took away from this film is that what you buy is your ‘vote’. That’s how we get the industry to listen to what we want. More processed addicting foods? Or more nourishing health-promoting choices? 

 

Finally, I wanted to include this video from Dr Gregor from nutritionfacts.org. This video is little more concise than the above, if you haven't got 90 minutes to watch a film.

Dr Gregor goes through statistics and scientific studies relating to the most common diseases of today and what changes we can make to prevent them.

 
 

 

I hope can you invest some of your time watching these films, any of them, or even just a part of one. It hurts so much to see suffering going on all around us, knowing it is preventable and often reversible. We can beat these diseases and change the statistics, one meal, one workout at a time.

 

Sending lots of love, health and happiness as always!

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