Many people who embrace a plant-based diet have either seen a documentary or movie that inspired them to do so, or they continue to watch and learn about others who have benefited from a plant-based diet through documentaries and true stories caught on film. We thought it would be helpful to share with you some inspirational movies, as well as some that can provide nutrition information and insight to health on a plant-based diet. Keep in mind that there are many ways to incorporate plant-based eating into your lifestyle and not one exact way works for us all. That’s the benefits of these films, which will show you helpful ways and varieties of living a whole foods, plant-based diet. We hope they’ll motivate you as much as they have us!
Hungry for a Change
From the creators of the best-selling documentary Food Matters comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world. HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories with people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. See Hungry for a Change here.
Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food Hippocrates. That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.
In what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments. See Food Matters here.
Vegucated is an award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets? This laugh-out-loud funny, entertaining, and inspiring documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. See Vegucated here.
Crazy Sexy Cancer
Actress and photographer Kris Carr, (now best-selling author of Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen), thought she had a hangover, but a Jivamukti yoga class didn’t provide its usual kick-ass cure. A visit to her doctor confirmed her “liver looked like Swiss cheese,” covered with cancerous tumors. She entered trench warfare (wearing cowboy boots into the MRI machine, no less), vowing, “Cancer needed a makeover and I was just the gal to do it!” She began writing and filming her journey, documenting her interactions with friends, doctors, alternative “quacks,” blind dates, and other women with cancer—sadly a growing group. Crazy Sexy Cancer documents Kris’ journey in a film as she learns that a plant-based diet doesnt just heal her, but ultimately changes her life and gives her a new approach to wellness that would inevitably spark her successful career. See Crazy Sexy Cancer here.
The Gerson Miracle
The Gerson Miracle tells the story of how one man, Max Gerson, MD developed a nutritional healing treatment to heal the body from cancer. He discovered how to restore the body’s ability to heal cancer and most degenerative diseases solely through natural remedies with plant-based nutrition. Learn of his life story and see a few of the long-term cured “incurable” cancer patients. The Gerson Treatment Center is now one of the most sought after facilities for natural cancer treatment today. See The Gerson Miracle here.
Forks Over Knives
Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. See Forks Over Knives here.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. Now, Joe’s the creator of Reboot With Joe, who has led a transformation movement for not only juicing, but living a plant-based, empowered life. See Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead here.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2
The second inspirational documentary in the highly successful franchise, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead reconnects Joe with his followers from the first film to catch us up on how the impact of juicing has changed their lives. With help from friends, family and the medical community, he not only shows us where they are now, but also continues to educate us all about the critical role that family and community support play in maintaining this healthy lifestyle, while continuing to inspire others to take the leap and make once and for all, a positive change! See Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 here.
Uprooting the Natural Leading Causes of Death
In Uprooting the Leading Causes of Natural Death, Michael Greger, M.D.,founder and author of NutritionFacts.org, offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat and even reverse many of our top killer chronic diseases. A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a physician, author and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. See Uprooting the Leading Causes of Natural Death here.
The powerful documentary film, PLANEAT, inspires us to make the right food choices–choices that can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food. Dr T. Colin Campbell shows the conclusive link between diet and disease and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn successfully uses nutrition to treat heart disease patients. See PLANEAT here.
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