fruitandforest:

I decided to make a list of every film I could find that touches on the benefits of raw veganism, whole foods plant based diets, and just on natural healing in general, along with a few other films that I thought somehow belonged on this list.  Some touch more on the sad state of the Standard American Diet (SAD), some are about ethical veganism, and some are geared more towards awareness of how we are destroying the very planet we live on.  They are in no specific order.  I provided links to watch the full films online where available.

  1. Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
    Official Website | Trailer | Watch on: Youtube 
    An independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication.
     
  2. Forks Over Knives
    Official Site
    | Trailer | Watch on: HuluNetflix
    Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
     
  3. Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix
    Join Rip Esselstyn, former Texas firefighter and author of the national bestselling The Engine 2 Diet, as he guides the White and Wally families through an “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue.” Watch Rip teach these families how to take control of their health with a plant-based diet.
     
  4. Food Matters 
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix | The Official Site (for $4.95)
    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. 
     
  5. Hungry For Change
    Official Site | Trailer 
    This film exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories with people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. 
     
  6. Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead 
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Vimeo | HuluNetflix 
    The film that became a phenomenon. Inspiring, funny and heartfelt, the film chronicles the journey of Joe Cross across the US as he loses over 80 pounds, cures himself of a chronic illness, and helps change countless lives along the way. His secret: consuming only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. 
     
  7. Pure Fruit
    Trailer | Watch on: Vimeo
    Pure Fruit is a documentary film by Emile Bokaer, featuring fruitarians Mango and Kveta. 
     
  8. May I Be Frank?
    Official Site |  Trailer
    This film documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante’s life.  He unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco, Cafe Gratitude, a raw, organic, vegan cafe.  As he becomes friends with the staff, he keeps returning to the cade where he feels welcomed and free from his collapsing personal life.

  9. Food Inc.
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix
    A 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. 
     
  10. Meet Your Meat
    Watch on: Youtube
    In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity’s cruelest invention―the factory farm.
     
  11. Supercharge Me
    Official Site | Trailer
    A 2006 documentary film about raw foodism by Jenna Norwood. Norwood, inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, ate onlyraw vegan foods (i.e. uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) for thirty days and documented the changes to her health. The movie features interviews with raw foodists David Wolfe, Ben Vereen and Kathy Sledge.
     
  12. Breakthrough!
    Official SiteTrailer | Watch on Youtube: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12
    This documentary was assembled from footage that Storm and Jinjee collected over the years. They have four raw vegan children. In the film they share the challenges that they’ve faced, both personally and with friends and families, and the differences that cooked vegan and raw vegan have made in their lives. They share nutrition information and information about the growth and development of their children, with taped visits to the doctor, and comparisons to CDC height and weight charts. There is a good section on raw vegans and exercise requirements.
     
  13. The Gerson Miracle
    Watch on: Youtube | Netflix 
    In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that has cured tens of thousands of people worldwide since then, including patients’s previously thought incurable by their doctors. For the first time, this film chronicles the epic true story of Gerson’s miracle.
     
  14. Dying to Have Known
    Trailer | Watch on: Youtube | Netflix
    Filmmaker Steve Kroschel went on a 52-day journey to find evidence to the effectiveness of the Gerson Therapy – a long-suppressed natural cancer cure. 
     
  15. The Beautiful Truth
    Trailer | Watch on: Youtube | Netflix
    This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy — and Gerson’s claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years. 
     
  16. A Killer At Large
    Watch on: SnagFilms
    An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.

  17. Processed People
    Official Site | Trailer 
    Processed People features in-depth discussions with leading health experts detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers solutions to our current devastating health crisis.  
     
  18. Earthlings
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on the official website
    Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. 
     
  19. Vegucated
    Official SiteTrailer |  Rent/buy digitally through official website
    Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is a award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food.  
     
  20. No Impact Man
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix
    In this engaging documentary, a Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
     
  21. King Corn
    Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix
    King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.
     
  22. Dirt! The Movie
    Official Website | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix
    Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty!

If you have any other suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  I would love to expand the list and watch more documentaries!

On the topic of motivation.

I get asked almost daily on social media how i stay motivated to be healthy and eat right and my immediate thought is, “stop asking people on the internet how to motivate yourself and just go move around and eat some veggies”, but i know that isn’t necessarily that helpful so i figured i’d attempt to make a simple list!

Obviously they won’t all work for everyone but the most important thing you can do is find what works for you and don’t stop trying til you get there.

  • Learn to say “no thank you” when people offer you things you’re trying to avoid.
  • If you want to work out in the morning put your work out clothes out the night before and put them on as soon as you get up.
  • Make plans to work out/ do activities with friends and DO NOT CANCEL THOSE PLANS
  • Don’t buy crappy foods. Fill your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies (and remember they’re there) and have healthy grains and dried goods in your pantry.
  • If you’re a snacker, buy healthy snacks. Realistically its going to be hard to avoid snacking so make sure what you are eating is healthy. Fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, baked garbanzo beans, kale chips… try things until you find something you love.
  • If you do slip up and eat a naughty meal.. don’t see it as slipping up, see it as a treat and just make your next meal a healthy one.
  • Don’t plan to be healthy on a certain day/time, do it now.
  • When you find yourself sitting around bored, remind yourself to do some yoga or take your dogs for a walk/hike.
  • Invest in a pedometer/heart rate monitor that shows calories burnt, too. When i use my polar watch i find keeping my heart rate in range is like a game/challenge and it encourages me to push harder.
  • Treat yourself. If you’ve lost some weight and are doing well you should be proud! Take a trip/ buy a coconut ice cream/ get that wallet you’ve been wanting. 
  • If you have a bad habit of getting gym memberships and not using them, try working out at home first. Invest in an exercise ball, some free weights and a yoga mat (for example) and see how far those things take you. If you stick to it and need to be challenged- then buy yourself a membership.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. Being upset you can’t lose 20lb in a week will ultimately result in you not getting very far. See it as a journey to a better lifestyle. There are no mistakes, just lessons.
  • Instead of playing dumb and asking people for advice on how to lose the 5lb you gained over xmas… go move around and make a yummy salad. You KNOW what you need to do. Stop procrastinating and looking for a secret or cheat.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t feel you have to invest in a million different products, foods and machines. Do what you can with what you have and add equipment etc in when you feel you need to.
  • If you feel too sore/achey in the mornings to work out, start getting up 10 min earlier, stick a hot neck pillow on and do some stretching.
  • There is no secret. 
  • There is no secret.
  • There is no secret.

avocadomousse:

Cookie Dough Oatmeal with Raw Chocolate Chips and Sea Salt (Vegan)

1/3 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
2 Tbsp chopped raw chocolate

Optional: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp coconut oil

Cook oats in almond milk until thick and creamy. Add almond butter and maple syrup, stir until well incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips and sea salt, transfer to a bowl and serve.

Vegan breakfast ideas!

Mega yum vegan protein salad. Quinoa, dressing, greens, other toppings, marinated tofu, more dressing and seeds to top. I used Annie’s goddess dressing. Yum! #health #food #vegan #salad #tofu #protein

Mega yum vegan protein salad. Quinoa, dressing, greens, other toppings, marinated tofu, more dressing and seeds to top. I used Annie’s goddess dressing. Yum! #health #food #vegan #salad #tofu #protein

Recipes

I’m currently transcribing some of my recipes to make sense to normal people and wondered if any of you had any requests?

Are there specific meals you find hard thinking of healthy, vegan options for or are there any dairy/meat based meals you find hard to veganize?

"When your carbs are strong, so is your dong."