The end of one year and the start of another is usually a time for reflection. What went well this year? What are you going to work on next year? I encourage all of my clients to set goals before the new year starts so they can hit the ground running come January.
Sometimes you need a little inspiration though! And the holidays are the perfect time to kick back and relax…with some inspiring documentaries. Okay, maybe that wasn’t your first thought, but why not get inspired by learning more about why eating healthy can change your life and the world.
Here are some of my favorites that can be found on Netflix, and some on Netflix Instant Player!
1.Super Size Me [DVD] – On the heels of recent lawsuits against McDonald’s, director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald’s, ordering everything on the menu and “super-sizing” his order whenever asked. The result is a sobering examination of the line between personal and corporate responsibility.
2. Food, Inc. – Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment.
3. Forks Over Knives – Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this earnest documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
4. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
5. Food Matters – With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better. Nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, doctors, medical journalists and more weigh in on everything from using food as medicine to the value of organic food and the safety of the food we consume.
Certified Holistic Health Counselor