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Documentary Review–Forks Over Knives

Look at all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables!

Just in time for Spring and lots of gorgeous produce, I watched the documentary, “Forks Over Knives.”


This was a compelling and convincing argument for changing our diet–especially the highly processed animal-based diet of the average American–to a whole-food, plant-based diet.  


Of course the documentary begins with all of the scary statistics about the American diet–the change in the last 60 years that has brought a health crisis with Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and obesity.  This doesn’t even begin to mention the billions of dollars spent on drugs, drugs, and more drugs.

When this film was made, the healthcare cost in America was $2.2 trillion, and yet Americans are sicker than ever, and the rate of chronic diseases is ever increasing.

So, the question is posed, “What is the solution?”  “Not another pill.”


The film centered on the life-long research and experience of Dr. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  They both have spent their professional lives making connections between food and health. 

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”  (Hippocrates)


Several other doctors were involved in the film, as well as patients whose lives had been changed.  One of those who changed their diets completely was Lee Fulkerson.  The film followed his journey as he learned of this movement.  He went to see Dr. Matthew Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde, a husband/wife team. 




Lee was shocked to see how unhealthy his bloodwork numbers were, especially since he had considered himself generally healthy.  He had an alarmingly high risk factor number for heart disease.


Lee took this very seriously and changed his diet completely to eat only whole-food, plant-based foods.



Lee was taken step-by step, from shopping to preparing to eating a whole-food plant-based diet.  Within a few months, his health was vastly improved, and not just by the numbers, but by how he felt.  The documentary also followed several others who have changed their lives and found incredible health benefits.  There was even one woman who was told that she should just go home and prepare to die because of her heart disease.  Instead, she met Dr. Esselstyn and changed the way she ate.  The film was made twenty years after that diagnosis, and she looks younger than she did when she was told to go home and get ready for her demise.

If you’d like to read more, and watch the trailer or the entire film, go to their official website.  They also have recipes and more help to make the switch.



I know we feel better when we eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on the animal products.  In the coming weeks we will feature recipes and tips to eat better, as well as featured produce.  We have some really beautiful produce at Lassen’s, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as how affordable it is!



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Documentary Review–“Hungry for Change”

Wow.  Just Wow.


Sometimes we already know stuff.  We’ve been around the Natural Food Movement long enough that we know that refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, refined salt, and processed foods–among other things–are not great for us.  

We know we would feel better if we would eat fewer processed foods.  
But sometimes it takes a kick in the pants — and a little information — 
to bring it all home.
I just watched something that did it for me.

(Go to the movie trailer to see a clip.)

Over $60 Billion dollars are spent each year in the US on diet and weight loss products, and what has it gotten us, but fatter and less healthy?  
This documentary explores the reasons behind the problems.  


Look familiar?

(Long ago when I was teaching school, I was in a staff meeting
when the football coach said,
“Come on!  We all know a cheeseburger, fries and a shake is a balanced meal!
It has all the food groups!”  REALLY?!?!)

So many products on the market today are engineered to get us to eat more–
refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, MSG, salt, salt, and more salt.
And it’s hidden in unpronounceable ingredients.
And of course the nutritive value in these foods is minimal,
so our bodies still crave more.  


In 1900, we consumed an average of 15 grams of sugar per person per day.  
Today, that average is 70-80 grams per day, and for some
— especially teenagers — it is up to 150 grams!  
We clearly are not eating what our bodies need, despite the ready availablity of wonderful, non-processed, close-to-nature food.


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The documentary lays out several principles for more healthy living, from experts who have long experience–much of it personal–with the fight for good health and fitness.  The main one that I found helpful is to add into my diet more of the good stuff–fresh, unprocessed foods–and the unhealthy choices will naturally be moved out of my life.  




The documentary made me realize–once again–that I don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits, although I love them.  I just don’t think of them enough.  But there are some quick ways to make it easier–pre-cut fruits, pre-made juices, deli smoothies and juices.




I would recommend this thought-provoking 90-minute movie.  Watch it as a family and then talk about how you can help each other to make more healthy choices. 

It is always easier when everyone is on board!

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For more information, go to the Hungry for Change website
At Lassen’s we are committed to providing fresh, local, unprocessed foods to help you make healthy food choices every day.  
We do care about your health!


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Happy, Healthy eating!
Now I’m going to go eat a gorgeous purple organic heirloom tomato for lunch!