I’ve been on a bit of a health documentary kick. I’ve always been extremely interested in health and medicine. My grandfather (pictured above at the Beacham & Company opening party in 2006) was a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, and medicine fascinates me. Recently I’ve been obsessed with the idea that people can use food as medicine. I went to see Dr. Bhatia, a holistic doctor here in Atlanta, because my friend recommended her, she went to Westminster, and she was on Dr. Oz (the main reason o went). She is a doctor at the Atlanta Center for Holistic Medicine. I could not have been more impressed. She’s helped me so much. After all the food allergy testing she recommended I stop eating gluten, dairy, strawberries and cucumbers. I’ve been doing that for about 2 months now, and I swear to you that I’ve never felt better. I can feel SO much better just by controlling what I eat. I used to crave things like macaroni and cheese and fried okra, but I don’t even want them anymore because they make me feel so bad. If you have any sort of digestive problems or headaches I could not recommend her more strongly.
The idea that food affect the way you feel so much is eye fascinating. Since I’ve seen such drastic results from my own experience, I’ve been really interested in learning more about it. To that end, Jimmy and I have been on a bit of a health documentary kick. While you’re at home with your family watching Miracle on 34th Street, were at home searching our Apple TV for more and more documentaries This weekend Jimmy and I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
We really enjoyed it. The film is about the health benefits from juicing. Before watching this film I sort of thought juicing was a hoax. I was a big believer that it’s healthier to just eat the fruits and vegetables or mix them in a smoothie so that you get all the fiber as well as the vitamins and minerals. I’m not really sure if you lose fiber when you juice the fruits and vegetables, but I am convinced that juicing is exceptionally beneficial for your health. The main character in the film lost @60 lbs, and the secondary character lost @100. That would obviously get anyone’s attention, but the resounding message of the film was the health benefits. After a 60 day juice fast both men were able to get off all their medications. They reversed heart desease and diabetes.
Read the short synopsis below:
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.
What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.
Even if you have no intention of trying juicing, you should watch this film for the inspiring message of two men saving their own lines. Jimmy and I loved it. It’s the best food related documentary I’ve seen since Super Size Me (which I loved and have watched several times.)
I’ve watched both Food, Inc. and Vegucated, but I didn’t love them. I’d much rather a documentary promote the health benefits of a plant-based diet than guilt you to death by showing you slaughter houses. It just makes me so sad to see that, but maybe not enough to stop eating meat.
Last night I put on Forks Over Knives while Jimmy was writing Thank You Notes, which I’ve been begging him to do. I thought I could just sit there and watch and he could totally zone it out, but it wasn’t 5 minutes before he abandoned the project and snuck over to sit beside me on the couch. I don’t even blame him. The documentary was incredible. Click here to read a synopsis. If you are interested at all in documentaries, holistic medicine, vegetarianism or juicing, I give both of these documentaries my 100% seal of approval.
You may or may not be tempted to change the way you eat, but I think it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so bottoms up!
And now for today’s giveaway!
Kristin Meredith Jewelry Design is available at Scout For the Home. When I was there the other night for the Block and Brayer event, I took a look at all her jewelry, and it’s fantastic.
She posted a few photos on Facebook, and I asked if she would be willing to do the 30 Days of Giveaways.
Isn’t the jewelry fantastic? You can go to Kristin’s website to contact her or buy jewelry.
Today you can enter to win these beautiful earrings.
Contest ends 12/21/12 at 12 PM est.
As I was writing this post I got the following email:
Please help Daisy if you can. She was dropped off at my vet’s office last night when I was picking one of my cat’s up. She was going to be put down by the owner’s son because he didn’t want to “fool with her” and his mother, who was the owner, had passed away. She is so sweet, but obviously grieving for her owner and just needs someone to quietly love her for her remaining years. She is going to be vetted today, but she has been well taken care of until this man got her, and appears to be in good health except for some arthritis. I can’t imagine what she may be going through to have lost the only caregiver she has ever known, and then to be dumped off to be euthanized. I just could not let them do it so I brought her home and my neighbor is keeping her for the time, but she and I both have a multiple pet household. If you know of anyone who can help this little angel, I know their life (and hers) would be so enriched by it. Please circulate. Thank you.