The Double Doc Feature: ‘Hungry For Change’ and ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’
Over last weekend, I saw a really great and interesting documentary called Hungry For Change and because of its topic, I thought it would fit perfectly as a Double Documentary feature (format inspired by our writer Sabienna Bowman’s double features which you should check out) with Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Why? Well because both documentary focus on getting us healthier and because they both have had an effect on my life. So if you’re ready to make a change in the way you consume food, these two should be added to your must watch list right now.
I want to talk about Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead first because it’s the first one of the two that I watched and it had a big impact on my food consumption. The documentary follows Joe Cross, an overweight man in his 30s who decides to change his life by going on a 60 days juice fast and traveling around the US talking to people about their health. Along the way, he even helps someone else get a hang on their weight issues. His journey is so inspiring and insightful it’ll make you want to juice right there and then (I mean some of those juices look so yummy and they are!)
I watched the documentary last summer 2011 and right after seeing it, I bought a juicer (a Breville one) and some fresh fruits and vegetables and have been juicing since then. I haven’t bought any store juice since then and do not ever intend to do so. And it’s not only for health reasons, mostly it’s because fresh juice tastes a million times better than carton juice and it also makes you feel a million times better as well.
I challenge you not to be inspired by Joe’s journey and while you do not have to go to the extreme 60 days juice fast he did (I certainly didn’t), adding a juice a day definitely makes a huge difference in how you feel and/or start out the day.
Bonus – Some of my favorite juices are:
Apple, Pear, Peach
Apple, Beat, Carrot (the ABC)
Apple, Pineapple, Pear
(Note: Adding Peach to any juice makes it taste like heaven!)
More than a year after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, I came upon the documentary Hungry For Change, which examines food and nutrition in our lives, as well as shatters some of the myth and reveals secrets about diets, weight loss and the food industry as a whole.
Before I talk more about the documentary I should say that I am not a health food fanatic in any way, but I do enjoy learning more about what it is we put in our bodies and am always on the lookout for better ways to eat.
Most food documentaries always feel way too preachy and extreme to me, but not Hungry for Change and that’s what I loved about it. They lay down the facts for you and of course recommend you implement some of the changes they talk about, but I never got the feeling that it was all or nothing. Instead they provide you with enough information so that you can make informed choices when purchasing food in the future.
While most of what was talked about I already knew from reading or just common sense, they do delve into things more thoroughly.
Some of the information that for instance really shocked me was the diet soda part. I don’t drink diet sodas. For me, if I’m going to drink soda, then I either get the “full” version or nothing. Plus I never liked the taste of diet sodas and it always seemed suspicious to me that something that tasted sweet and was so full of chemical wouldn’t impact your body in any way. Turns out I was right. Diet soda is really bad for you because of the combination of caffeine and aspartame which after giving you a kind of high ends up killing your brain cells…. yep, I’ll let you think about that for a second. Oh and to make matters worse, they do not even help in keeping your weight down, quite the contrary, research has shown that people drinking diet sodas actually end up putting on weight overtime! So yeah, stop drinking that diet soda and if you must drink a soda just get the non-diet kind. Trust me it hits the spot way better than anything diet ever would.
And that’s just one of the many topics discussed.
The documentary also provides a really positive and effective way for you to make changes. And while I don’t plan on giving up bread and pasta anytime soon (come on, who are we kidding, those are too good to give up!), it does provide you with a new outlook on what goes into your body and how to alleviate some of the bad stuff you ingest with some simple and healthy choices.
I cannot recommend these two documentaries enough. And while I don’t necessarily recommend turning your life upside down and changing all your food habits at once, I do believe that it is important to be informed in order to make appropriate decisions when it comes to food.
And just remember, even one small change can have a immense impact in your life. I know juicing has made a difference in mine.
Bonus: Joe Cross from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is one of the people interviewed in the documentary.
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