As I reach my final year as a nutrition undergrad, I decided it was time to start investigating all outlets for information and last few weeks turned into 'the month of documentaries'. Normally I’m not one to stay engaged long enough to finish an entire non-fiction film, but these three kept me glued to my seat. With so many food movies out there trying to sell you on the non-processed, organic and raw food way of life, it’s hard to choose which ones are worth the time commitment. Luckily, I watched them all for you! These three are chock-full of the most inspiring, useful and shocking information out there. So read on before you take another bite of that food. -Kirby Duemig
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead: After watching this film, I literally went out and bought a juicer. The film follows Joe Cross, an Australia entrepreneur and investor, who decided to embark on a 60-day fresh fruit and vegetable juice cleanse to literally save his life. The first 30 days are spent in New York City, while the second are spent traveling across the US in his van with his Breville juicer by his side. Along the way he meets a 429-pound truck driver named Phil, who later asks for help and begins the juicing journey himself. The positive life changes that occur for these two men throughout the film are incredible - a definite must see. The best part though? This documentary is purely rousing. The film inspires change without harshly bashing another lifestyle or industry. It makes some comments and presents the necessary facts, that's a given, but it leaves you just thinking about the benefits juicing - as it should. Definitely two thumbs up.
Forks Over Knives: This documentary follows the research of two revolutionary doctors, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, both advocating for a whole food, plant based diet. The findings are astounding. With one doctor taking a scientific approach and the other taking a clinical look, results start to show how it's possible for our diet to actually reverse certain diseases. The film is brimming with information, making it extremely intriguing to watch, (my jaw hit the floor a few times). The studies are plainly stated and the individual stories are so relatable, I found myself listing the family members I could share this information with! Some claim it’s just a movie advocating veganism but I disagree, the knowledge gained from this film is absolutely worth your while.
Food Fight: Go local. Go organic. Sustainable farming. Farm-to-table. All of these trends get wellness junkies like me very excited. Following the history of this food revolution, calling it the 'California Cuisine', this film is brought to light in the U.S. by activist and chef Alice Waters and her partner Jeremiah Tower. Focusing on America’s lack of 'taste' in food back in the 20th century, due to a high demand for convenience, these two decided to broadcast their use of local, fresh, organic products and made the world see the beauty in it. The story is something we all could benefit from seeing, and if you need some familiar faces to convince you of the positive, wide-spread message, Michael Pollan and Wolfgang Puck make quite a few appearances.