I have to admit, if it wasn’t for the kid’s shows I probably would have cancelled Netflix a long time ago. Thankfully I didn’t and last year I discovered that food was my passion.. healthy food in particular. I became drawn to all of the food documentaries that Netflix has to offer. Jason and I would watch together and bond over the knowledge we learned. Our 9 year old, Alyssa also became interested and it was a great learning opportunity for her. I was also pretty pumped to see that a lot of the experts featured on these documentaries work with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Yes!! I just enrolled in Nutrition School and couldn’t be more excited! One of my goals.. (i’m putting it out there) is to film my own documentary to help educate people about the health effects of gluten. Food Documentaries are a fun and easy way to understand the effects that food has on your body, whether good or bad. I am going to share my TOP 5 favorite ones that really inspired me to make healthy changes in our diets.
1. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
This documentary chronicles the journey of middle aged Australian, Joe Cross, that woke up one morning fed up with his poor health. He started juicing, lost a ton of weight, became healthy & inspired others to do so as well. Yes, We went out and bought a $99 juicer the next day!
2. Forks Over Knives
This one teaches you how you can have a better quality of life by eating a plant based diet. Now I know what you are thinking.. I’m not giving up meat! Just try to have an open mind and watch it. You will learn some very valuable information and I promise there is no disclaimer that commits you to becoming a vegetarian if you watch this documentary.
3. Hungry for Change
The name really says it all. Are you Hungry for Change? Are you tired of waking up feeling like crap? Are you just sick and tired of being sick and tired? Yeah.. you should probably watch this film.
4. Food Matters
This one is a good start to learn about the power of Whole Foods. You get introduced to “Super Foods” and learn that cancer is not only preventable, but treatable through nutrition! *gasp* Learn all about the politics that play into the food & pharmaceutical industries– it’s seriously disturbing, but you NEED to know. My favorite raw food expert, David Wolfe is featured in this film. He has so much passion and you can see it in his eyes. I love it when people are passionate because it means they CARE! So, if I have given you dietary advice take it as a compliment. It means that I like you, I think you’re pretty cool & I want to have you around for awhile.
If you are considering becoming a vegetarian or vegan you definitely want to watch this one. If you are an animal lover, you want to watch this one. If you care about the planet earth, you want to watch this one. This one takes you on a journey with 3 New Yorkers who agree to go Vegan for a 6 week period. Lives were definitely changed and eyes were opened. Bottom line is that we can get protein from many other sources that are better for us and better for the environment.
So those are my top 5 picks for food documentaries on Netflix. I am sure there are some other great ones out there. Please let know which ones you’ve seen and send me your recommendations. Best of all… you can watch these for FREE with your Netflix subscription.. no extra money out of your pocket! Sweet!