Let Food Be Thy Medicine: 5 Hardcore Food Movies That Are Saving Lives

Let Food Be Thy Medicine: 5 Hardcore Food Movies That Are Saving Lives

As you know, there was a time when I struggled to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

I didn’t know how to eat mindfully, and these movies helped me change for the better. I believe that they can help you change for the better, too. I saw Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution six years ago and ever since then, my family and I pay more attention to what we're eating. We savor food more. We eat well. We’re healthier.

Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Doctors and nutrition experts in these films say you should care very much about mindful eating.

These films remind us that we need to pay attention to how our food affects us. We might be allergic or sensitive to certain food groups, and only by paying close attention can we mend our ways, and start to heal.

We all have our journey to find healthy eating habits that work in our lifestyles. My wife, kids and I learned our truth when we witnessed my brother beat brain cancer. Eating healthy helped save his life.

We learned then, and we are still learning, that the closer food is to its natural state, the better it is for you.

These food films bring that message home: food can be medicine and change your life.

1. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

This is the guy who started it all for my family and me.

When I watched this film in 2010, my diet, my family's diet, was a mess. We ate what we could, when we could, and felt pretty lousy in the meantime. Jamie's fresh approach to cooking with locally sourced, seasonal produce changed that.

This British chef took on the federal government across the pond, and got them to improve nutrition in public schools. Jamie argued that kids need to learn how to grow (and cook!) fresh fruits and vegetables if they are expected to become happy, healthy adults.

Chef Jamie is still fighting the good fight, and putting out shows. He helped me see that we really are what we eat.

Back on my own turf, we ate better, our energy levels soared, we started exercising regularly again, and, most importantly, we felt great!

Funny side note, most of the first season was filmed in Huntington, West Virginia and that is where I played my first season of professional hockey with the Huntington Blizzard.  We know that he was filming in Huntington, so I should be thankful for that or maybe my life never would have changed like it did.

Favourite Jamie Oliver Recipe: Tomato Basil Omelette

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Quote From Food Revolution:

"Real food doesn't have ingredients. Real food is ingredients." 
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2. Food, Inc.

This is a fascinating movie.

It shows viewers how and why big food corporations, and, to some extent, the government, cut corners and receive preferential treatment to create or obtain cheaper food sources.

The movie doesn't paint grocery chains in a favorable light, either.

I learned the typical grocer has over 47,000 products, the majority of them processed and having you think that corn is just about the only natural substance in the box.  Think again.

That's a lousy return on my food dollar, and I decided to spend my money with community-supported agriculture and at farmer's markets.

Here are 18 ‘Food, Inc.’ Facts Everyone Should Know

Quote From Food Inc.

"The human diet has changed more in the last 50 years than it has over the last 10,000."
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3. Forks Over Knives

Their official website claims their approach to eating is like "teaching a man to fish, but with plants."

The movie's main message is that good health is accessible to anyone willing to eat more plants and ditch processed foods and animal products.  

I am not saying you should dive right into a hardcore plant based diet, but you might want to take a look at how much you consume on a daily basis.  According to one of the 18 facts from Food Inc. Americans eat 200 lbs of meat per year.  Yikes!

Visit their site, see the science and, better yet, set up a screening event in your home. I may ask my family to fire up the blender so we can pass around shots of my best green smoothies while we watch the film.

Favourite Recipe:  Sneaky Chickpea Burgers

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Quote from Forks Over Knives

"Find out how Forks Over Knives is changing the way we understand nutrition."  
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4. Food Matters 

You can watch the entire documentary on the Food Matters website and I know it will grab you just like it did me.

I agree with these filmmakers that eating wholesome, fresh foods is the best way to remain free from illness and disease.  After watching this, I gave my local farmer's market more business, and felt better eating in-season fruits and veggies.

Not much more to say, other then watch this.

Favourite Recipe: The Anti-Aging Coconut Turmeric Smoothie

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Quote from Food Matters

Like Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine."
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5. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 

I might have saved the best for last.

Joe Cross made this film – he's a healthy, fit Aussie – but he wasn’t always this way.

Joe used to weigh over 300 pounds, and with his obesity came a rare auto-immune disorder that caused a painful rash.

This film shows his journey, traveling 3,000 miles across America for 60 days with a juicer and fresh produce in his hatchback. He meets a 400-pound trucker along the way, with the same auto-immune disorder, and sets him on a juice cleanse.

Both look like fitness trainers after juicing. For a limited time, you can watch the 90-minute movie on Joe Cross's site.

Favourite Recipe:  Pear Power Juice with Basil

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Quote from the movie via Prof. Robert Penny, M.D.

"70% of the diseases that affect us are caused by life choices." 
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What's Your Favorite Food Film?

These five movies obviously moved me a great deal.

When I think about the healthy transformations of all the people who changed their diets and their lives, I get goosebumps. I'd love to hear from you!

Which film is your favorite? Which one do you recommend to all of your friends? Which film should I add to the list or watch next? Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter so you don’t miss a post! Until then, eat your greens, my friends!

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