Two amazing documentaries

Many of you do not know that I studied nutrition in college (then switched back to my original major, business) I decided that my love for healthy eating and lifestyle was not strong enough to pursue as a career.

Many of you also don't know that for two very long years I was a devoted vegan, then a vegetarian, pescatarian and then said the heck with it and jumped right back on the meat eating train. I learned a lot over those years and would not change my past eating decisions for all the tea in China. 

For the majority of the time, I eat healthy, sure I have my moments where I indulge in one too many chocolates or decide a Reuben is the best thing for lunch. I don't drink soda at all, I avoid most boxed/ processed food and anything that sounds "too good to be true" I run the other way. J. could give a statement that when I come home from the grocery store, the fridge is usually bursting at the seams with fruits and veggies, which leads him to say like clockwork "did you purchase any real food?" which then comes to dinner time and I wind out some amazing dish which leaves him speechless ;)

Over the weekend while being snowed in I decided to give my Law & Order SVU addiction a break and watch something else. Good move, Maggie.

I started out with "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead", which is a 60 day journey of an Aussie man named Joe Cross who travels to different states in the US on a juice detox and spreading the word of juicing! He ends up meeting a man named Phil who was in desperate need of help. I laughed, I cried! I now really want a juicer.


 Second was "Hungry For Change". Much like "Food Inc" this movie terrified me from foods I normally don't eat, but also makes me want to shake people who choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle.


 I recommend both. If you have Netflix, they're available for instant viewing. 

Even as a veteran healthy eater, these documentaries opened my eyes wider. Since Friday, I've been juicing regularly but not every meal (which I plan to do a one week juice detox this summer, when I have my own veggies from the garden and not shelling out crazy money at the grocery store) I'm starting to view food differently, not just to curb my hunger but rather fuel. I've been eating very clean for about 6 days and I've lost 4 pounds, have more energy and decided to have a cheeseburger for lunch yesterday, which an hour later led to a terrible headache. Overall I felt slow and lethargic. It was an interesting experiment. I'm not giving up meat, dairy or grains, I can't live like that; I don't like to put restrictions on myself, because it just leads to failure and disappointment.What people don't (or maybe they do?) understand when they go on a diet is it will not last forever and any weight you lose during that period of time, you will gain back and then some. Drop the word diet and change it to lifestyle, it will make all the world of difference. Also, any pill, supplement, food that promises weight loss or anything that sounds "too good to be true", look at the ingredient list.. if you can't pronounce the items on the back it's not worth the money. 

I realize I may come across as pretentious or that I'm preaching, and I'm sorry for that. This is something I'm passionate about and whole heartily wish people would try rather than turn their noses to a healthier lifestyle because they think it's too much effort, or inconvenient.

2 comments:

  1. You should check out this pancake recipe. It's so delicious and has 0 fat and almost 20 grams of protein!

    One 5.3-ounce container nonfat Greek Yogurt
    1 large egg (or 2 large egg whites)
    1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour or 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 cup fresh blueberries or other fruit

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    1. Pancakes make my ankles go weak, and for this I thank you :)

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