#shareitsaturday / warning – this could change the way you eat forever

the daily Starr share it saturday

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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4 comments

  1. Will watch it on you tube when I have an hour.
    Mike and I several years ago, changed our eating style. More vegetarian than veggan. We still ate chicken and some fish. We had never felt better in our life. THEN we fell off the wagon, so to speak and it has been a battle ever since. Hope to be able to overcome all the food temptations and addictions, sugar, sugar, sugar.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    • It’s so interesting! Yes, I could see where it can make you feel so much better. And I don’t see anything wrong with having the things you love every so often, it’s just changing the daily habits. And yessss – the sugar is in everything!!!!!

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  2. I haven’t watched the documentary or read the Time article, but I plan to do both. We stopped doing lots of the boxed/heavily processed meals years ago. We don’t eat awesome, but we’re doing better than we used to. I have seen firsthand what eating clean will do for you. My brother-in-law had a scare with his A1C about 3 years ago. The doc told him he was at pre-diabetic levels and must make some lifestyle changes or he’d develop full-blown diabetes. We’d recently had two family friends pass away from complications from diabetes (they’d never eaten properly or taken care of themselves), so he was “scared straight” so to speak. At first, he got rid of all refined sugar and starches that turn to sugar. Then, the more he read, the more he got rid of. He eventually got rid of dairy and grains and his psoriasis went away as a result. (He mistakenly ate something cooked in butter recently and had a psoriasis flair up). He does eat meat but most everything is lean. He eats lots of fresh fruit and vegatables. So, he is grain and dairy free and doesn’t eat very much processed at all because of the sugar and starch and all the other nasty chemical stuff. He also started working out at least 5 days a week. To date, he has lost about 40 pounds, but the biggest benefit has been his overall health. No more AiC issues, he feels great, took care of his psoriasis, etc. I know this is something our family should work towards too, but I am so lazy. I don’t mind getting rid of some of the more horrible things, but I love the ease and convenience of a pizza every now and again, and please don’t even try to take away my ice cream!!! But, we are what we eat, so there’s that :-/

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    • Haha I totally get it!! And I’m just like you. Note – 2 amazing discoveries this week. Order a thin and crispy pizza, no cheese, chocked full of veggies and don’t tell me it isn’t sooooo good! We got ours from dominos and I ate the whole thing!! Lol. Then, Ben and Jerry’s has dairy free ice cream – there are several flavors at Harris Teeter. There are also almond and coconut milk ice creams that are delish!! I’ve been learning about a lot of these options since Brock can’t do dairy and I’ve been surprised at how good they actually are. Don’t be afraid to try some of them even if they seem weird lol!

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