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My Favorite Nutrition Documentaries (And Where You Can Watch Them)

Hi guys! How are you?

I’m just getting back from a yoga class, so I’m feeling pretty zen at the moment. I’ve got a lunch date planned with Andrew in a few, so I’m just popping in to share some of my favorite documentaries. Yay education!

I find that most people either love documentaries or hate them. I happen to love them, and when I’m in charge of the remote, it’s usually the category I scroll through first. So considering my unwavering love of all things nutrition, it should come as no surprise that documentaries focusing on nutrition would be at the very top of my list.

I’ve put together a list of my top seven favorite health/food/nutrition/wellness documentaries. As we all know, some of the best television programming doesn’t even air on television these days (Hi, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO GO), so I thought I’d give you a little help finding the documentaries on the list, as well.

I’m always on the lookout for new documentaries (nutrition-related or not) to check out, so please do share any of your favorites that I’ve missed in the comments.

 

7 Best Health & Wellness Documentaries via amym4gic.com

 

In no particular order:

 

1. Origins (2014)

http://origins.well.org/

This is my current favorite of all the documentaries on this list because not only does it feature interviews with some of my favorite experts, but it touches on both fitness and nutrition, as well as the planet we live on. This doc packs in so much valuable information, you may need to watch it twice.

Where to watch: You can watch Origins online, for free (just provide your email address) right here.

 

2. Fed Up (2014)

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/grocers-bite-back-at-fed-up-documentary-050814.html

The main message of this film is that what you eat can either heal you or kill you. I love that this documentary really focuses on sugar and the problems associated with a high-sugar diet.

Where to watch: Unfortunately, this one isn’t available for free, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can stream it here for just $3.99. You can also buy the DVD for under $10. Between you and me, the full length video may also currently be up on YouTube.

 

3. Forks Over Knives (2011)

http://programs.naturalnews.com/Forks_Over_Knives__NN.htm

This one is interesting because it was one of the first documentaries to explore the possibility of reversing diseases like cancer simply by adopting a plant-based, whole foods diet. Food is medicine.

Where to watch: I found a streaming version of Forks Over Knives here. You can also find it on iTunes or Amazon for $3.99.

 

4. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010)

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This documentary follows Joe Cross as he drives across the country drinking only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days in an effort to lose weight. Spoiler alert: it works really well. This is the documentary that finally make things click for my parents.

Where to watch: Yes! Another documentary that you can watch online for free, right here.

 

5. Food Inc. (2008)

http://www.foodincmovie.co.uk/

Curious to see what your favorite processed foods go through before they end up on the shelves of the grocery store? Don’t be, it’s terrifying.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime members can watch online for free here. Non-Prime members might be able to find it on YouTube, but you didn’t hear that from me.

 

6. Hungry for Change (2012)

http://so-hungry-for-change.tumblr.com/

Hungry for Change sheds light on government agencies like the FDA, as well as the dangerous realities of sugar in the diet. Prepared to get riled up by this one.

Where to watch: Check this one out for free on Hulu, here. Score.

 

7. Eat: The Story of Food (2014)

http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/entertain/national-geographic-launches-eat-story-food-documentary-series/111914

Eat: The Story of Food was a six-episode mini series that aired over the course of three nights on National Geographic Channel, so you know it’s visually stunning. I’d argue that this one was more entertainment than education, but it provided a fair share of food history and was really fun to watch.

Where to watch: Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this one online for free, but you can check your local listings for the next airing on NGC or watch it on Amazon for a measly $2.99

 

Amy

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WIAW #42 The One With The New Job

Well good morning to you!

How is your week going so far? Things are pretty busy over here, but it’s nice to be busy sometimes. Sometimes is the key word there.

After I got my NASM certification, I thought I’d take a few days to relax after having spent every moment of every day studying for the past several weeks, but I was immediately bored of that. So I printed out a handful of resumes and went looking for a job.

Timing really is everything because the first place I walked into, a small gym right around the corner from our apartment, hired me on the spot. Someone had just put in notice earlier that day, so I totally lucked out. My official first day was Monday and I’m still getting the hang of things, but so far so good.

Working at a gym so close to home is great for two reasons: I can walk to work and I can walk to the gym. These are both huge perks for someone who doesn’t have a car.

I certainly didn’t expect to be working so soon after getting my certification. I actually thought passing the test would be the easy part, and trying to find a job with so little experience would be the real struggle. Things seem to have a way of working out. (Get it!? Workout pun!)

So that’s my long-winded life update. On to the regularly scheduled programming.

 

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday 4/28/15

 

8:15am – Bulletproof coffee while putting together some workouts for the week.

bulletproof coffee #WIAW

 

11:30am – Overnight oats that I prepped right inside an almost-empty jar of sunflower seed butter. In this batch: oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, blueberries and almond milk.

Overnight Oats #WIAW

 

1:30pm – For lunch, I made some tuna salad, scooped it onto a big pile of spinach and shredded carrots, and threw some pickles at the problem on top. Not the prettiest bowl of food, but it was tasty.

This…

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Turned into this…

Tuna salad #WIAW

 

4:30pm – I finally ate the last of the kiwis. It only took two weeks. Sorry kiwis, but this was not your best crop. I can’t wait for peaches to arrive at the farmers’ market. Any week now… 🙂

kiwi #WIAW

 

6pm – I realized I wasn’t going to make it until dinner, so I snacked on a KIND “chewy with a crunch” bar. I like these, but they’re not very filling. Good for a small snack before dinner, not good for a hike.

KIND bar #WIAW

 

8pm – Dinner was a crustless quiche, so technically a frittata, that used up leftover broccoli, cauliflower and onion.

veggie frittata #WIAW

A quiche is such an easy one-pan dinner. You saute all the veggies on the stove to start, add the eggs and cheese, then move the pan into the oven under the broiler for just a couple minutes at the end. Try not to completely blacken the top like I did, unless you really like those ‘crispy bits’. Cheddar cheese on top helps to disguise the char.

veggie frittata #WIAW

 

After dinner, I got some good work done on my coloring book while Andrew and I watched StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson on NGC.

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A lovely day.

Amy

 

Question: What’ve you been eating lately?

 

As always, you can see what others are snacking on this Wednesday over on Jenn’s blog.

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