Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Forks Over Knives

A couple weeks ago we found out that Jimbo’s was hosting the movie Forks over Knives and then, partnered with a new vegetarian restaurant in town, serving free vegan samples after the movie!  The whole thing was free, and I’ve been wanting to see this movie, so we went.

There was a crowd of about 350 when we arrived right on the dot, which made me very happy that so many people were about to be enlightened. I was especially glad to see that one in attendance was a very overweight man guzzling a barrel of soda.  He definitely should be seeing this movie.

The premise of Forks over Knives is a study conducted on about four individuals suffering from chronic/terminal diseases such as diabetes and cancer.  These people worked with Dr. Letterman and Dr. Pulde who both specialize in the idea of healing by food not medicine.  They advocate a whole food, plant based diet.  Needless to say, by the end of the study (and the movie) these four, sick individual’s had completely reversed their diseases and were now living completely healthy lives, free of all pain and medication.

Need I say more?

A vegan diet is life changing and LIFE SAVING.

This two-hour movie of course contained shocking statistics and focused on studies conducted in other countries that eat more fruits and vegetables than do Americans.  In one clip, Katie Couric announces, “Western diet is taking a toll.  The only thing that is growing – is us.”

Furthermore, it has now been proven that heart disease and cancer are the two biggest killers in America, and this could change if we simply changed our eating habits.

Hippocrates said over 2000 years ago, “Let food by thy medicine.”  The doctors in this movie proved that, indeed, food can be more healing than any medicine prescribed by a doctor.  Healing foods include vegetables, fruits, and grains.  After all, the cholesterol that causes high blood pressure and heart disease is only found in meat, eggs and dairy.

I don’t know why, but towards the end of the movie, I was actually feeling a bit emotional.  Okay, I’m a sucker for shock value and totally fell for it with this movie, but it’s only because it’s something in which I so strongly believe!

“People who switch diets lose weight, beat cancer, lower cholesterol drastically,” the narrator said as they showed a vegan firefighter climbing UP the pole in the firehouse.  With each higher grasp of his hand he chanted:  “Real.  Men.  Eat.  Plants.”
I appreciated this little segment in the fire station because it just shows that the vegan diet isn’t just for trendy girlie-girls who want to be skinny.  Everyone can benefit from eating more plant-based foods!

I’m not going to argue with die-hard meat eaters, but all I have to say is that if you’re going to eat meat, eggs, or dairy – fine.  These food items should just be treated as something “special.”  Like ice cream or cake.  Something you only eat once in awhile for a special treat, like on your birthday or on vacation.

Hooray for veggies!

The free samples after the movie were delicious too.

Cabbage Salad and Soy Chicken Drumstick

Lemon Sesame Kale Salad

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