Documentaries, I love them and will choose to watch something ‘non- fictional’ over a blockbuster any day. Health documentaries are in another league again and many break out of the ‘doctored’ concepts that we may be used to reading and seeing in the mainstream media.
I believe we should all do our own research in what is best for our health. Sure, take all ideas and recommendations on board but then make it your best interest to be your own judge. Of course, I’m not talking about life threating emergencies here but usually there are many options to consider.
It’s easy to fall into a ‘blinkered’ way of thinking about what’s right for our health but that it often driven by corporations and the government (and $ are priority). We have to learn to look through this and be smarter than what a claim makes on a grocery item or what the norm conform to.
Anyways, without getting too deep I have listed below my fave health documentaries that have shaped the way I view what goes into my body. It really does open up your eyes!
5 health documentaries that will change the way you eat
1. Food Matters – I suggest you start with this one, it will lead you in gently before the heavier doco’s. This one focuses on how the modern society is getting sicker by the day as a consequence of treating already malnourished bodies with nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our pharmaceutical drugs. It will challenge the way you think about your next meal! Watch it here
2. Hungry for Change – This is the follow on doco from Food Matters that focusses more on the overweight or sick. It gives examples or how marketing lies to you and how the food industries main goal is just to sell more food, even if it is making us more obese and sicker as a population. Watch trailer here
3. King Corn – Did you know your hair is a true recorder of your diet? Two college graduates discovered high levels of carbon (from high fructose corn syrup) in their hair samples so in hopes of getting a better idea where the food they consume on a daily basis actually comes from they moved to the mid west USA and discovered the troubles of modern day farming. Watch it here
4. Fork over Knives – I’ll leave this one up for debate but it’s good to be informed either way. This doco claims that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Sure, I think meat portions are out of control so if anything it may help to reduce the amounts we feel need in a western diet and add in more plant based foods. Watch the trailer here
5. I am – This one is one of my fave’s and isn’t entirely about food. Director Tom Shadyac (who directed Bruce Almighty among other films) speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. It will make you rethink many things you go about each day, even the way your children go about their sharing (or non-sharing!) Watch it here
and finally just because we are in Winter Olympic spirit this movie is awe-inspiring and will give you a better understanding of what it takes to be an elite snowboarder.
The Crash Reel – Shows the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing each other to their very limits until Kevin suffered a devastating crash which gifted Shaun the gold. Having recovered from the crash that nearly cost him his life, Kevin’s fights the advice of his doctors and wishes of his family. Download it here
Have you seen any of these movies? Have some to add to the list?