I was always concerned about my health and wanted to make a change in my eating habits. But it wasn’t until I watched the following movies that I did a complete about-face and became educated about what I was doing to my body, inside organs and systems.
I was taught early-on about the importance of eating plenty of meat, potatoes, some cooked vegetables and plenty of dairy (milk and cheese mainly) as a way to build strong bones and maintain my health.
Fast forward 40 years. In my cozy living room I watched a film called The Beautiful Truth which investigated why we have not pursued “The Gerson Therapy” in this country. This one movie set in motion a need to watch more health-related films as well as a mission to research diet and fitness. Knowing the truth is always more liberating to me than denying or defending something I do not fully understand. I was about to wake up!
My diet was sacred and anyone who dared knock it or threaten it was in breech of our friendship or was unconsciously placed on my “enemy of the food” list and I could no longer invite them into my “meat and potato club” so to speak. Example: I remember years ago, a couple who were so energetic and they called themselves “vegans” and as I watched them eat, all I could think were thoughts such as “hippie” or “detached from reality” or perhaps “a little weird” or even “just a fad”. I also thought one day they would realize they were just fooling themselves and would probably become anemic and sick. The word vegan was a foreign-sounding word attached to an even more foreign-looking diet which included raw plants, like what animals ate. “How could anyone ever enjoy that?” I questioned. “Give me a hamburger, fries and a milkshake any day.”
How limiting was my way of thinking? Looking back now I see what a good job my parents, siblings and especially society had done to maintain a certain level of “brainwashing.” The power of commercial advertising slogans (quick, healthy, get all your daily requirements, meet your nutritional needs, natural, etc…) were bombarding us every turn we took. It all sounded so nice and logical. I figured that they must know what’s best for me and my well being, right? WRONG!
I personally think that each of us owes it to ourselves, to take responsibility, to know the truth, especially when it involves our own well being.
While I’ve since watched many similar documentary films, these are still the five top movies that completely changed my life, and not just my heath but every aspect. Once I became open to discovering the truth and bettering myself, I realized everything is so connected, and in such a beautiful way. These film trailers are short but they will give you a good sense of what is being illuminated and exposed, and they will inspire you to make positive changes in your life like they inspired me! The Beautiful Truth was just a precursor- here are my five top film recs for your queue.
1. Dying To Have Known
2. The Cove
3. Blue Gold
4. Food Inc.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite health-related movies are so we can start listing them on the site!