I love documentaries. I’ve always been a big fan of the non-fiction genre and the news, and documentaries seem to combine the best of both worlds. Today our Healthy Living series continues with a roundup of my favorite healthy living documentaries. Several of them also have a corresponding book, should you fall in love with a particular film and wish to continue the journey.
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, with music by Moby, Earthlings is probably one to watch after you’ve watched the others. It’s extremely powerful and looks at how we as humans view other animals. It explores the idea that animals do in fact feel pain, as we are all earthlings, and should not be considered superior to animals. This documentary is fantastic, but, it is one that The Beau made me stop watching. There was a lot of crying.
Joe Cross is the latest health advisor and is a huge advocate for juicing. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead tracks his journey from being very overweight and unhealthy to a new life filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. As a raw-lifestyle-enthusiast, I highly recommend this documentary to anyone curious about the power of fresh raw veggies.
This film continues the journey past Food, Inc., further exploring the food industry and the obesity epidemic in the US. Fed Up is pretty remarkable in exploring the cause and effect of processed foods and its impact on lives.
This documentary got me started on all the other food and health documentaries! It takes a look at processed food and the industry of food. If you think I’m insane for being so against corn syrup and packaged food, you might want to start with Food, Inc. first!
I’m not only a big advocate for raw food, but also in the idea that healthy food really is the best medicine. Food Matters examines how the food we consume plays a positive or negative impact on our health.
Similar to Food Matters, this film examines how a whole-food, plant-based diet can combat a number of diseases. Forks over Knives covers topics on diabetes, cancer and obesity and how nutritional approaches such as a whole food plant-based diet can reverse these diseases.
I’m not going to lie, I cried through this documentary as well. Frankensteer explores beef as a product and essentially our treatment of cows. It examines the production of beef in the states. It’s a very powerful, though saddening film.
This is probably my favorite of all the documentaries and the film that first introduced me to the idea of going raw. Hungry for Change includes stories from a variety of health experts and advocates, including Joe Cross from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. If you choose to watch only one of these films, this would be my top choice (though really it’s tied with Food, Inc. Watch that one too!).
This film explores three people in New York City, who accept the challenge to go vegan for six weeks. At first I wasn’t too engaged in Vegucated, but I actually ended up loving it. This documentary explores veganism and how eating meat not only affects our health, but impacts the environment. If you’re interested in veganism or learning more about how consuming meat has an adverse effect on our environment, definitely watch this film.