Staying informed and inspired in a world conspiring against us.
Last night in Cleveland we were treated to a special sneak preview of the movie Forks Over Knives, complete with a delicious plant strong dinner courtesy of Whole Foods and a short Q and A after with Rip Esselstyn, Dr. Esselstyn and two of the subjects of the film.
Forks Over Knives is a documentary about the scientific/field research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University and the medical research of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, woven in with stories of real life people who’s lives have literally been saved with a plant based, whole foods diet.
At a minimum, it’s a great movie for anyone who is interested in health but can’t make it through the somewhat tedious read that is The China Study. It presents, in an easy to follow way, all of the relevant findings of Cambell’s work along with a wonderfully visual account of Esselstyn’s story and conclusions. It doesn’t hurt to see lives transformed in front of your eyes–reversals of diabetes in a few months, drastically improved blood cholesterol numbers in a matter of weeks, elimination of vast amounts of expensive drugs with horrible side effects. At a maximum this film would be the wake up call that Americans so desperately need to WAKE UP and see the obvious–that The Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s is death on a plate.
A good friend of my husbands, filmmaker Andrew Jareki (All Good Things, Capturing the Friedmans), once said, “You get fat and then you die.” And he’s exactly right. The diseases that are a direct result of obesity–heart disease (the number one killer in America), diabetes and cancer–are all known to be caused by our diet. (Except about 1-2% of cancers which are genetic flukes.)
The movie will be released on March 11th in select theaters around the country. Please support this effort and go see it. Encourage everyone you love to see it too, especially teenagers and children who are mature.
Why? Well, if you are here reading this blog, you may feel that you already know this information. My feeling on the matter is that I need continual reminding and inspiration to stay the course and to go against the masses. It’s why I continue to read book after book on the subject. Surrounding yourself with scientific nutritional information is big weapon in my arsenal of maintaining a healthy weight. Using a series of tools like continually reducating myself, as opposed to following a precise food plan (which I always failed at ultimately), is what freed me from the yo-yo dieting trap. For a very insightful article from Peer Trainer on just this subject click here.
For a full summary of the movie and the evening, read this post from the Happy Healthy Long Life blog.
What are the strategies that you employ to stay your course of losing or maintaining a healthy weight?
Do you watch movies on the subject of food? Do you continue to read books on health and nutrition? Or do you feel like you know all you need to know?