Friday, May 27, 2011

Real Men Eat Plants

"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician."

(Chinese proverb)

I did a quick 7 mile run along the harbor last night and then ran home to get cleaned up for a date night with Ang.  We went to the Hillcrest Cinema to see Forks Over Knives.  I have been eager to see FOK since back in November when I read an article about the film and watched the trailer online.  Any documentary that promotes a plant-based diet has my attention.

This fascinating film examines the claim that “most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”  Open heart surgeries have become commonplace.  Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension are now present in our children!  Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the 3 leading causes of death in this country.  But do they have to be?

The answer is, ABSOLUTELY NOT. 

FOK reinforced everything I have learned in recent years about diet and nutrition.  I have spent much of my time scouring bookstores, the Internet, iTunes and Netflix for any bit of information on our food industry.  I began to realize the information I was fed from the FDA was a bunch of B.S., so I decided to look to other sources.  This initial search for information is what led to me veganism.  I was already a vegetarian, but learning about the dairy industry was all I needed to go fully vegan.  I think this film may be the turning point for some omnivores and even vegetarians; much like the ‘Vegetarian Food for Thought’ podcast was for me, and books like Eating Animals and The World Peace Diet.

This particular documentary focuses almost entirely on the health aspects of consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet versus the standard American diet.  Don’t expect to see much on animal rights or environmental factors, although they do briefly touch on these topics.  If you are someone that likes to see numbers and data, in-depth studies and the facts – then this film will intrigue you and most likely lay your doubts about veganism to rest.  As Americans that are consuming increasing amounts of dairy and meat each year, I think it is crucial to see this film.  If you care about your health and well-being, take 90 minutes out of your night to watch Forks Over Knives. You will not be disappointed, rather enlightened.

If you’ve seen FOK, what did you think?
Did you learn anything about meat and dairy that you didn’t already know?
Have you changed any of your eating habits since seeing the film?


  1. Yay! You went to see it!

    I love the movie and the fact that it is so statistical. It really opened my eyes. My choice to revert back to 100% vegan was reinforced by the film. I used to "slip" here and there, often eating milk chocolate, but I have cut that out now and am back full-force. It is so crazy how this shift in consumption of animal-based products have led people to develop such ailments. I hope that more and more people go see this move and start to make changes to their current lifestyle. I don't think everyone HAS to go vegan but I think it would be beneficial for people to include more plant-based foods in their current diets, while minimizing their consumption of animal-based ones.

    Awesome review of the film!

  2. I haven't seen it, but I've heard good things about it. I am always up for learning about the best ways to treat this body, since I only get one.

  3. I really liked your quote about how people need to look at their food choices before trying to cover up the bad effects with medicine.

    I feel the same way with lifestyle choices. People need to get off the damn couch, get active and then see how much better they feel, instead of trying to take medicine to solve their problems.

  4. I want to see it. I will never be a vegan but I am up for making positive changes. Progress not perfection, in my eyes. I am moved by stats and info and am so excited to see what the movie has to say. To me, even subtle changes, 10% changes, can make a huge difference. And those changes can lead to others and pick up momentum. I feel better, I run better, and I am better when I eat better.

  5. I have been wanting to see it but have not yet had the chance. Now I REALLY want to see it.

  6. going to see it tonight...if you hop on the road now, you can probably make it!

    will definitely let you know what I think. who knows, maybe I'll go vegan?


  7. I can't wait for this movie to open in our area, although I doubt that too many people here in the Midwest are interested in seeing it. But, I definitely agree that real men eat plants!

  8. I have really wanted to see it and didn't know it was in my area, but I just looked it up and it is! Definitely going this week. I have heard so many great things about it.

  9. This looks really interesting! I'll have to watch it.

  10. Great review of FOK! I saw it a couple weeks ago & am still thinking about it. I thought it was extremely well done. Although I initially went vegan for ethical reasons, I really liked that the film approached plant-based eating from a health & wellness perspective. It was fascinating & inspired me to do & eat things that will make me even healthier than I already am!

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