Stray Dog Revolution
The latest from the creators of Forks Over Knives, this film documents the journey of Nelson Campbell (T. Colin Campbell's son) as he discovers how utterly fucked up our government is when it comes to telling the truth about the power of food on our health and wellness.
It's funny, actually: I watched this film yesterday because I'm guest lecturing in a health class today. This class mostly revolves around fitness. I'm there to shake things up and let them know that the biggest thing they can do when it comes to their health is be mindful about what goes on the end of their forks. It will be a group of high schoolers, so I'm prepared for a tough crowd.
But the message is simple, and powerful and easy to remember: (thanks Michael Pollan) Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.
Unfortunately, although the message be simple, the practice can be downright laborious. When you adopt a plant-based diet, be prepared for the questions, well-meaning and hostile. You'll become a poster-child for health. People will put you on a pedestal and expect nothing but purity from you. "Where do you get your protein?" "I could never eat like that." "Life's too short." "A little bit won't hurt you."
My plan is to show a film (not sure which one), introduce some ideas to them that they may not have heard before, get them to think about how they feel when they eat certain types of foods vs. others. And maybe, just maybe, I'll influence one kid to go home and show his/her parents one of these films. And the ripple moves outward. :)
I've been studying nutrition and healthy eating for over a decade. As the saying goes, food can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.