Everyone has different preferences when it comes to food. I’m eating mostly vegetarian diet, but I still eat meat from occasionally. There are products we buy in bio (organic) quality, but it’s still a minority of our groceries. We choose local products and shop from smaller stores or market vendors, but we don’t question whether they grew the produce themselves or bought it in a produce warehouse.
In general, we strive to eat healthy meals with vegetables and fruits being the main component of our diet. But chocolate has a constant place in my diet. We shop often, in smaller quantities, to make sure we eat all the food we buy and nothing is wasted.
Overall I would say the ‘rules’ we go by are true for the majority of people, but in everyone’s lives, it means something else. What healthy food means to me, is different from what it means to a person following the paleo diet or someone with Celiac disease.
I believe all of us are different. Our options, accessibility of healthy food, affordability of fresh food, our views on what’s healthy, sustainable, good for us, and good for the planet differ. That’s why I believe there’s not one ideal diet suitable for everyone.
What I love to do, is to learn about other people’s views and opinions. Discover new ways of helping my body and mind to be healthy. Hear about an interesting project or a cause I can support with my grocery money. For me, great sources of all these information are documentary movies. I might not 100 % agree with everything I saw or heard in each of them but they make me think, make me realize there’s an opposite or just different point of view on a subject, and make me reconsider my actions and my way of doing things.
I hope that in the list below you’ll find a movie or two that you haven’t seen, a movie that will inspire you and improve your life and potentially lives of others.
Available on: FMTV
Food matters documentary was one of the first food documentaries I saw and I was mesmerized. James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, the authors of the movie, examine how the food we eat impacts our health. The movie looks at how the food we eat can lead to disease as well as how it can heal us. They talk to doctors, nutritionists, and patients.
What led James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch to make this movie was an illness of James’s father and what they learned when they started to study nutrition in an attempt to help him. Their findings and James’s father improved condition encouraged them to make this movie.
Available on: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, & VHX
The sustainable documentary looks at the sustainability of agriculture, especially in the US. The majority of the fields are used for conventional farming, growing only two commodity crops – soy and corn. The conventional farming also usually means genetically modified crops, heavy use of pesticides and herbicides, and, in general, environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable way of farming.
The documentary shares ideas how we all can help to keep agriculture sustainable. It shows that even a small group of enthusiastic and passionate farmers, food makers, and chefs can start a movement in their region.
Global Waste: The Scandal of Food Waste
Available on: Netflix
This French documentary is looking at the food waste we produce every day. Households, farmers, supermarkets, restaurants, everyone is part of the problem. Too strict regulations result in a perfectly good food being rejected by supermarkets. We as consumers are used to perfectly shaped, sized and colored products. Since we don’t bake the bread we eat, don’t grow vegetables we consume, and often don’t cook meals we serve on our tables, we don’t realize how strange and arbitrary the government policies are. Individually, we are all responsible for food waste in our households. And collectively, as buyers, consumers, and society we should do something about it. The documentary doesn’t show just the size of the food waste problem, but also organizations trying to fight it.
If you cannot access the documentary on Netflix in your country, at least check out the TED talk by its author, Tristram Stuart.
Forks over knives
Available on: Netflix
Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes are serious illnesses lowering our quality of life and shortening our lifespan. Many scientific studies have shown a correlation between our diet and lifestyle choices and our health. This documentary presents the work of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD. and Dr. T. Colin Campbell.
Dr. Campbell is a nutritional scientist who studied the effect of animal protein on our health. Dr. Esselstyn, a surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the Cleveland Clinic, got interested in disease prevention and regression. He studied the effect of diet and lifestyle changes on a group of patients, all suffering from heart-related diseases and after several bypasses.
Both doctors came to the same conclusion: animal protein intake correlates with certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. And these diseases can almost always be prevented or reversed by switching to a plant-based diet.
You can learn more about the movie and find plenty of healthy plant-based recipes at the official website.
Hungry for Change
Available on: FMTV
Another documentary from the creators of the Food Matters movie, James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. In this movie, they interview health experts, medical professionals, and wellness gurus, to explore current western diet. The processed food is designed to make us crave it more and more which leads to obesity and malnourishment at the same time. They also discuss how our bodies work, how nutrition fuels us, and how to eat to promote good health. They explain body’s natural healing mechanisms and how a diet change can transform our health.
For more information, check out the official website of the movie.