My journey as a fitness dreamer occasionally has me sitting on my butt watching documentary films about the health and fitness of the United States in general.
Food Matters, The Film
I first watched the movie Food Matters a few years back, well after it’s release in 2008. It was one of the few documentaries that had me coming back to watch again, for inspiration and ideas.
‘Food Matters’ features interviews with leading health experts who reveal the best natural healing choices you can make for you and your family’s health. In the film you’ll discover what works, what doesn’t and what’s potentially killing you when it comes to your health.
How we eat is killing us
Cooking your food is one of the issues ‘Food Matter’ first brings to light. Full disclosure – I’ve never been a fan of raw diets – or any food plan that focuses only on one way to eat. But I do respect the science behind it, and why the film makers choose this as part of the ‘Food Matters’ film.
The film takes us through how cooked food creates a reaction in our bodies. In essence, our bodies attack it. How do we prevent this from happening? By eating more than 51% of our meal in the raw form, this process never has a chance to start.
Affordable, high nutrient food is not always available to us, but one of the films experts has an interesting point about our lifestyle choices in the US.
“We would rather spend money on a car or a car, than on feeding our children the greatest superfoods that have ever been discovered in the world. Because we don’t know, our value inversions got confused.”
– David Wolfe – Living Foods & Superfoods Specialist, MA Nutrition
Dr Ian Brighthope, MD – Nutrition & Environmental Medicine Specialist, offers a realistic view on the damage we do with our food choices. He speaks about the scenario of just a single day of eating processed, sugar filled foods. There’s that next day, when you try and make up for it by eating healthy, but:
“I never, ever correct the deficiency that occurred from the day before. There is always going to be a residual problem, somewhere. So, you can not punish yourselves without having to pay for it, sooner or later.”
Paying for it sooner or later is a concept most of us can relate to.
“Less than 6% of graduating physicians in the USA receive any formal training in nutrition.”
– ‘Food Matters’ The Film
There is interesting historical science and medical research on the impact of vitamins for treatment of disease. The conversation sheds light on modern medicine and the failure of finding the details about what we are eating BEFORE we get sick.
I am fascinated by the concept that the nutrients in individual vitamins are too confusing for a sound bite. They are too good for too many things.
One of the examples in the film, offered by Dr Andrew Saul, M – Therapeutic Nutrition Specialist, was all the uses of Vitamin E:
- good for heart disease
- good for healing burn
- good for epilepsy
Dr. Andrew Saul goes on to talk about the believe systems we have around “one drug for one disease”. This is the premise behind pharmaceutical treatments. But this premise of one treatment for one disease just does hold up when you start introducing good nutrition.
“You can not heal selectively.”
– Charlotte Gerson – Founder of ‘The Gerson Institute’
This concept that health is systemic, all encompassing, and non-specific was hard for me to get past the first time I heard it. My trouble wasn’t with the possibility that our food could be a healing factor for illness and disease. Just the AHA! moment when it clicks that everything is connected.
The connection of health to everything we put in our bodies seems so logical. Unfortunately I hear daily from individuals who are not reaching their health or fitness goals. This is always immediately followed by the admittance of not keeping track of what they were eating so we can offer feedback.
This is the moment where I try and keep my head popping off.
This segues into the next concept explored in the film. That we are treating the symptoms of disease and illness, not treating the root cause. Cardiovascular disease is a great example of this. This is a lifestyle disease. What we are eating, how we are living.
The film offers interesting proof that cardiovascular disease can be reversed. This discussion is pretty compelling. I worry about the massive gap between acceptance of prescription drug therapies as opposed to prescribing nutrition.
Nutrition and lifestyle change is not a new idea. The solutions discussed cover the possibilities for improving illness, mental disorders, and chronic conditions. The result is that it got me to think about what we are eating and how we can use it to improve our health.
One of my favorite tips: Drink lots of water
I am a huge proponent of using water as an integral part of eating every day. The “hydration queen” at work, I regularly ask if anyone needs a water bottle refill as I’m heading to get more myself. The impact of putting water back into my daily routine has helped me get energy, get fit and ultimately helped me lose over 80 pounds.
“Start by doing the simplest thing ever. Upon arising, drink lots of water. As simple as that is, it’s amazing of how few people actually do that… before you have any food, before you have any coffee or tea.. just drink water first, and then begin your day.”
– David Wolfe – Living Foods & Superfoods Specialist, MA Nutrition
Considering nutrition for preventing and healing disease.
‘Food Matters’ provides research on diabetes, heart disease and even cancer treatments that have had complete disease reversal with nutritional therapy.
“It is illegal in most countries around the world to treat cancer patients with nutritional therapy. The only legal treatments in these countries are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.”
There is logic behind those decisions. I would personally love the opportunity to try anything and everything when faced with a life threatening disease or chronic illness.
We have the free will to chose the foods we eat.
Food Matters brings this point home when presenting how to create a healthy environment in our bodies to prevent disease from taking hold. There is the strong recommendation to accept your right for self care and self help.
Give the Food Matters film a try
You don’t have to love everything they say, you don’t even have to agree. The reason I recommend watching this film is to start you thinking. Start thinking about your health, your wellness, and what you want from your life.
Better food and nutrition is the key for finding health. It was the key to my own weight loss journey and taking over 80 pounds off 2 years ago.
Making it priority in your life is up to you.
Go get your fit on – Heather
P.S. ‘Food Matters’ is currently available streaming on Netflix.
If you are ready to give it a try, check out the Food Matter’s 7 Days in May Green Juice Challenge, May 12-18, 2014. The challenge starts today! You can try something healthy right now at http://foodmatters.tv/GJC.