Monday, October 17, 2011

Foodmatters documentary

Over the weekend, we watched one of the best documentaries on food/nutrition that we've seen in a while: Foodmatters. It even positively influenced my chip and ice cream loving husband. :) I think it would be great if he ate more fruits and veggies with me.

Foodmatters DVD

One of my favorite quotes was the following: "Right now if you want nutritional therapy and you go to your doctor and ask for it, it's sort of like ordering chow mein in a French restaurant. It's not on the menu and they don't know how to make it and you're not going to get it." -Andrew Saul

Hmmm...sounds very familiar and exactly like an experience I had at my old gastroenterologist. I had asked about seeing a Registered Dietitian who I thought could help me choose better foods to eat for colitis and the doctor said something along the lines of "they're not going to tell you anything different than we would. Do you think a nutritionist knows the cure for colitis and if they do, please tell me, because I would like to know it." Yeah, I wasn't the happiest patient when I heard that defensive statement.

Well, I basically approached my illness on my own by doing research online and eating more fruits and veggies and less of the trigger foods like dark meat and fatty foods. It has helped me and I truly believe that food is the best medicine for many medical conditions, including my own.

Overall, the documentary covered using nutrition as medicine, the medical field and how it is currently supported by drug companies, our nation's tendency to treat medical problems with very conventional approaches, etc.

Various experts were interviewed and presented very convincing evidence that our current system is just not working and needs to be reevaluated.

Craig and I really enjoyed this documentary and highly recommend it to others!

If you've seen it, what did you think about the information presented in the film?


  1. I loved this documentary! It was really eye opening and talked about things I've never realized before. I think the food we put into our bodies hugely affects our health, and I think that a lot of doctors out there need more nutrition training.

  2. I think your Dr. sounds like a pompous jerk and ummm...yeah the dietician will be helpful because they studied nutrition specifically. Go nutrition! Let food be your medicine! Maybe if we did that we wouldn't be so sick and start fighting the health battle with preventative care.