Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

I have so many food documentaries this year! I guess it's just that many have been released recently.

I finally saw Forks Over Knives and really enjoyed it. Made me want to stick with my mostly vegetarian diet even more. I thought the doctors featured in it presented a compelling story and reasons for a plant based diet.


If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Over the weekend, Craig and I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It definitely influenced me to get out the juicer my mom gave me (and attempt to get it working but something is preventing me from powering it on, argh).

I am not sure I could do a 60 day juice fast and I don't think advocating for that long of a fast was the point of the movie anyway (it was just a means to get two men to lose weight quickly). The message was definitely that Americans are eating way too much fast food and need to incorporate more whole foods into our diets in order to get healthy. I loved seeing Joe's story first and then witnessing the positive influence he had on Phil (and his brother Bear). Phil's story was such a heartwarming one and I am glad he committed to a healthier lifestyle through Joe's help.


I wish more Americans who are consuming fast food daily would watch these movies and listen to their positive messages. Yes, daily juicing can be pricey, but the effects of a fast food diet can be medically expensive in the long run.

Have you seen any other food documentaries lately that you'd recommend? I also liked Foodmatters.


  1. Two awesome documentaries! I've been recommending them to my friends and I'm fulling converting to a whole foods, plant-based diet because of these two and a few other documentaries.

  2. Loved those! I am definitely changing up my diet after watching. I am also skeptical about the 60 day juice fast. Of course you'll lose weight! You're probably eating less than 1000 calories a day! I have adopted the moderation not perfection way of life and after these plan on sticking to my primarily plant based diet. Let food be thy medicine!!

  3. I recently saw Forks Over Knives too! It definitely reinforced my decision to have a more plant-based diet. Moderation is the key though - I love food and if I want to try something, I'm going to... but I'm not going to eat fast food or gorge of a ton of pig.

  4. As long as you're drinking enough juice, it is totally fine and provides you with all the energy and nutrients you need for the few months. But enough juice is like a gallon a day. I can't imagine drinking that much. For a while I was incorporating one green juice a day into my intake. That's more my speed.