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.
In no particular order:
1. Origins (2014)
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)
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)
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.
4. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010)
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)
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)
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)
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