Confession: I’ve successfully avoided ALL the food documentaries over the years telling us how terrible our food really is and how it’s processed and ridiculously horrible. I simply didn’t want to be grossed out by images I’d never get out of my mind – and I’ve purposefully taken the route of ignorance is bliss.
Until this week…
I came across this post on Instagram (from Nichole Nordeman again – she’s been in my feed a lot lately!).
I’m just gonna admit – that part where she says she feels like a completely different person and she has energy and clarity – well, that got my attention.
We were sitting in the living room with Chloe and Joy after putting the kids to bed and I told them about the photo and the caption.
Within 1 minute Joy had the #whatthehealth documentary streaming from Netflix on our television. Oh goodness, I thought, there’s no turning back once we know!!!
These items stuck out to me most from this interesting film:
- There is so much happening behind the scenes between government and big companies to influence the information we see and hear. It’s sad and I feel more of a responsibility to be informed about what I feed my kids.
- Plant based foods provide so much nutrition. We can all use more of this, whether we eat meat or not. You can’t deny this fact, no matter your stance on animal products.
From our own personal story – we’ve struggled with our kids and their health. Our girls have allergies and asthma and Brock has a very sensitive stomach when it comes to dairy.
I’ve also struggled all my life with upset stomachs and never figured out exactly what causes them.
The link between dairy and our youngest child has been significant. Once we removed dairy from his diet, he’s been a different child. His eczema has cleared, his stomach doesn’t get upset and he seems happier. I’ve wondered what else could be impacting my kids and their health – all because of the food choices we make. This film made me consider trying out removing items from our diets to see how it impacts our health.
Am I going to turn into a strict Vegan? I highly doubt that.
Am I willing to try and limit certain foods and see how it impacts our health? Absolutely.
Then there’s the cancer part – we know SO many people that have been diagnosed this year. Something has to be done. Something has to change.
I’m on day 3 of eating no animal products. I’ve been surprised how much easier it is to find alternatives than I thought it would be. And of course, I’m eating healthier because I’m having way more veggies than I normally would.
I know what you’re thinking – you’re probably skeptical like Brian and wondering if this is really truth. What can we really believe anymore??
Here you go – this article from Time gives opinions about what they got wrong and what they got right in the film. NOTE: Media can always be biased, so I read everything with that filter in mind.
Either way – I would encourage you to watch the movie and see if this could change how you eat – even if in moderation on processed foods. I’m willing to try!
You can watch on Netflix or online:
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