Roughly seven years ago, two movies inspired me to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
I first watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, a documentary about a man in declining health who decides to make a change. The film follows Joe Cross as he alters his diet, quickly sheds pounds, and rediscovers his own energy and abilities.
A short time later, I watched Forks Over Knives, which dispels myths about foods most of us have consumed since childhood. In this documentary, scientists help us to understand why building a habit like Joe’s can be life-altering.
Although I never juiced my food the way Joe does, these films inspired me to consume primarily whole fruits, grains, and vegetables. In less than eight weeks, my energy level skyrocketed. The pounds quickly dissolved from my 142-lb body, and stabilized at a healthy 120. My blood pressure and heart rate were going up, but dropped to normal levels. Antiphospholipid Syndrome, a “genetic” hyperclotting factor, put me at risk of a stroke; but with a change in diet it disappeared—along with constipation, various allergies, hypothyroidism, and osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis). Now in my 60’s, I routinely hike 5-9 miles carrying a backpack and ride for miles on a kick-scooter.
I believe everyone should be able to see these films, and now they are available to watch for free. Check them out and, if they inspire you to move forward and take control of your own dietary habits, let me know.
You can also watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for free on Joe’s web site (in exchange for an e-mail address).
To watch Forks Over Knives, click the link below (an e-mail address is required to view the film).
Photo of smoothies by silviarita of Pixabay.