Thanks to Daisy, who recently completed my class called Nutrition Made Easy. I believe we covered everything from appetite to zestful living in our class. It was a small, enthusiastic group of informed ladies who were extremely interested in how to eat, how to use food to be healthy, and how to go sane around food. Daisy introduced me to the movie called What The Health. It is available to stream on Netflix. I am writing this blog to encourage you to watch it. And I have some comments to make, having watched the movie myself.
Oh… here are two cool pre-blog add-ons I want to share with you!
Here is a video I made for you about vegan cooking.
The other is that even though in the documentary, What the Health, they describe doctors as being clueless when it comes to nutrition, here is a lovely article talking about how there are in fact doctors who are very dialed into nutrition and even teaching classes in healthy eating! This perspective is a tad more optimistic than the one portrayed in the documentary.
About the documentary…
- Controversy is the rule, not the exception in nutrition. This means that one week you can literally, (and I have!) watch an expert in diabetes say that avoiding diabetes is all about reducing carbs. And then in this documentary, the experts, whose work is equally documented and “proven” say the opposite. Animal products are the culprit and we should not worry about sugar. I highly recommend that you go with the controversy, not expecting anything but disagreements among experts, and make your own choices along the way.
- Consider epigenetics. You do inherit genetic propensities for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But, you also “inherit” habits around preparing and choosing food, how to deal with stress, and other lifestyle considerations. NEVER underestimate your ability to “turn of” or “turn off” those genetic markers through healthy lifestyle and food choices. (You don’t have to “get” the diseases that your parents and grandparents did.)
- Stay plugged in. Watching documentaries like this helps you stay informed. I call this “top of mind.” Keep health, food choices, wellness on your radar. I assembled a whole bunch of pro-health movies together for you. Podcasts and reading and listening to books also keep you plugged in.
- Make modifications. The reason why I continue to go to Sanoviv Medical Institute about once a year is to learn “next level” habits to add to my baseline strategies. You don’t have to become 100% aligned with messages such as the ones from What the Health, but you can still tweak your practices to make improvements.
- Statistics for vegetarians are credible. You can find just about any perspective on the Internet through a Google search. There is enough information about longevity and disease resistance among vegetarians too, at the very least, encourage you to add more plants to your diet. Like I wrote in Health Matters, the benefits of a plant-based diet are relevant within all dietary approaches or theories.
- Prevention versus cure. Even if you apply what this documentary teaches only partially, you are positioning yourself to use food to help you stay healthy. Nothing beats health-promotion/disease-prevention as the best strategy in the world.
- You are not protected by the media. Consumer beware of advocacy groups that do not have your best interest. This documentary does a brilliant job exposing who is in bed with whom, and how that impacts the “healthy news” you are being fed.
- Relying on pharmaceutical intervention is foolhardy. I shudder to think of anyone who thinks that medicine is the answer to health challenges. I am not saying that medicine does not help. But taking medicine should never overshadow your taking care of your whole body as the main foundation for you to get and stay well.
- Question your doctor’s authority on nutrition. This movie suggests that working with your physician exclusively might make you dependent on staying sick. Even if this documentary is “half true”, still, it is in your best interest to evaluate whether or not your doctor is supporting you to take care of yourself, especially from a nutrition perspective.
- Plants raise your nutrition quota. Even if you do continue to eat animal products, adding more plants to your diet will give you way more vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients that simply do not exist in animal products. It is arguable that it is particularly these plant compounds that are the super heroes in keeping your body healthy, even down to your cells, which are the primary building blocks.
- Try it, you might like it. The stories in this film brought tears to my eyes. If you have suffered from cancer, MS, osteoarthritis, asthma, and other common ailments, putting yourself on a plant-based diet for a couple of weeks is potentially life-altering. What if you could be like the heroes in this film?
Can you feel the love? I can’t want this more for you than you want it for yourself. Health is a gift that you give yourself on a daily basis, one snack at a time, one meal at a time. One breathing and meditation session at a time. Each time you move and stretch and walk in the grass, or jump on your trampoline, or run in the park with your dogs. Or get a good night sleep, night after night. Anything and everything you do to remind yourself that you are having a loving, committed relationship with your body will come back to reward you in the form of peace, vitality, and joy. C’mon. You know you are worth it, right? ♥♥♥♥
With love and encouragement,