Thursday, May 3, 2012

FORKS OVER KNIVES & WHOLEFOODS


Sorry is that MEAT on your plate?

 A few nights ago myself and the husband watched the documentary FORKS OVER KNIVES. Now it isn't the most gripping documentary ever BUT it has enough evidence and facts in there to make you think about what you are doing to yourself every day!

WE ALL EAT EVERYDAY - whether it be for necessity to stay alive or for pleasure because you love food or to express your feelings of joy or sadness. But that means everyday we are making decisions about how our bodies will be ... We can eat for health or for sickness! It really can be that simple.
Part of the documentary that really stuck with me is how they showed evidence that how the people  ate differently their bodies could turn cancer cells off or on just from their diet. And the same for the arteries around your heart. You can ensure your body is cholesterol free from making good food choices.

I know from my own personal lifestyle of food I have been making small changes over a long period of time. This hasn't been an over night decision but a month by month and even years that I have been slowly changing.
If you look at my recipe posts from when I started this blog and compare the recipes that I cook now you will see more healthy choices, less meat and less sugar. I am now 95% Vegetarian. PLEASE don't shout at me if you see a meat post on my blog. I have meat rarely and as a treat but it isn't the norm!

Now back to FORKS OVER KNIVES : The main evidence of the documentary which they did huge studies which you should really watch is meat is a NO GO and refined sugars and refined starches and also VERY BAD! Also no dairy and eggs and only a whole food diet is recommended. Now most of this is easy for me as I have been slowly changing my lifestyle over the years and have got to a point now that I have


  •  lowered my sugar intake (barely have any refined sugars - only as a treat)
  • eating less meat
  • cutting out wheat and gluten (almost entirely - 1 treat maybe once a month!) 
  • refusing to eat MSG, and bad additives like Aspartame etc..
  • reading labels - no E numbers and bad additives etc...
  • cutting out hormones (in meat, milk, cheese, yoghurt, eggs etc) no rBST in milk!
  • refusing to use anything heated or cooked or frozen in plastic (plastic mimics estrogen in your body causing hormonal problems)
  • Eating organic or if not available pesticide free (fruit, veg and salad)
 
 
I agree with the makers of FORKS OVER KNIVES eating a whole food diet is the way to go. I am not entirely sure if I'll be able to cut out all dairy and eggs. But I am going to lower my dairy intake and eggs too.

I have seen such a different in my body since giving up meat in November. I now only have it as a treat. I feel so well and healthy and barely miss it!

I urge you to try watch this movie - even if you change a little, it would be a step towards a healthier you in some way.

 
Its amazing how your love of food can change. I am so happy to carry on learning and being informed. I know somedays I want to pretend I am an ostrich and put my head in the sand and pretend that I do take aways and drive through but then I look at my health and I haven't regretted one decision. A few extra minutes cooking never killed anyone and I am happier for it!



 
*note: these are my own experiences and have nothing to do with FORKS OVER KNIVES - they don't even know I exist ;) but I am so much happier I watched it so I thought you should know about it too!


12 comments:

  1. What an awesome post! So informational and really makes me think about what I eat, thank you!

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    1. thank you Miss Felicity :) I really appreciate this comment as I wasn't sure how it would come across :)

      hugs
      Betty Bake

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  2. Where could I get this documentary from?

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    1. unfortunately I couldn't get it from my local video store so ended up getting it from the internet.

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  3. This is a really interesting article.... thanks.It is just great to get this kinda encouragement other than from a magazine, where it always seems so contrived to me... nothing as personal as your article.
    I have been glutten free now for about 7 months. I am off chicken and dairy as well. There are a few other minors I have weaned myself off. Besides for the weight I have lost, and that extreme bloated look & feel, I feel healthy.
    I however, do have a policy with regards to dinner parties & socialising. I eat what my host/hostess has prepared for me. I do try and create an awareness of my new eating lifestyle, but if push comes to shove, I am not going to be legalistic about it.

    But, as a norm - I endeavour to live according to my recent food choices.

    Hope it pays off in the future in terms of my health.

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    1. HI Rose congrats on being gluten free :) yay! well done!

      I agree with your policy of accepting what your hostess feeds you - it is polite and the route I would go as well. I do kind of mention that I am vegetarian before hand if I can.

      thanks for your long comment
      Im sure you will be a healthy person because of your choices

      I personally feel good!
      Betty Bake x

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  4. It's amazing the impact food has on your quality of life- great post!

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    1. Hey Cakewalk

      thanks for the visit :)
      yes food can be so healing or damaging depending on what we eat

      hugs
      Betty Bake x

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  5. Wow.. have heard and read about the documentary and am dying to see it!!!! sounds pretty hectic!

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    1. hey there

      :) thanks - its a great and informative documentary! worth a watch :)

      Betty Bake x

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  6. We can eat for health or sickness...Love it!!! Something to remember each time I make a food choice...Thanks

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  7. Thanks B, sounds like it is really worthwhile watching. Hope I can someday get to the point where you and Rose are at!x

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