Documentaries are my favourite way to get inspired, get excited, get motivated and light a fire cracker under my ass when I’m feeling a bit bleh about the whole wellness thing.
They have the ability to present information in a meaningful way that we can connect and engage with and really absorb the information. And they’re much more exciting than a 300-page book (says the girl with giant stacks of unread books all over the house)!
I love documentaries that leave you itching to change something in your life, on the edge of your seat ready to run to your juicer.
So I decided to re-watch some of my fave’s and watch a few new ones to find the best to inspire you! Here’s my top favourites.
1. Supersize Me
I recently rewatching this classic, which I hadn’t seen since it was released over 10 years ago.
If you’re still eating fast food, this is a must watch. It shows one man going from being healthy to eating McDonalds for 30 days for every meal.
There was a lawsuit against McDonalds by two obese girls who blamed the fast food restaurant for them being obese. Interestingly, in the lawsuit McDonalds defence stated “it is a matter of common knowledge that any processing that its foods undergo serve to make them more harmful than unprocessed foods.” That could be said about all processed foods.
What I like about this doco is that it especially focuses on McDonalds targeting of children through Happy Meals, toys, playgrounds, cartoons and the clown and training kids from a young age to associate McDonalds with fun, happiness and nostalgia.
It’s unbelievable (and scary) just how sick he becomes
WATCH IT: you want to stop eating fast food.
Get it: Amazon Video or DVD.
2. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Joe Cross starts off this documentary with the words “I’m thankful I got sick” – cue the tears from me, nodding my head. Yes, I feel the same way. What a teacher illness is.
This doco is basically the opposite of Supersize Me, we start with Joe sick and overweight, and watch his transition to health.
WATCH IF: You want some juicing inspiration. Warning: You’ll probably want to start a juice cleanse after this one!
3. Fed Up
This documentary excellently points out how our entire approach to weight gain and obesity is wrong – especially when it comes to children. It addresses the fact that people trying to lose weight make all the common mistakes of thinking they are switching to a healthy diet but aren’t.
From the “eat less, exersize more” mantra that peddles complete individual responsibility, over-emphasis on exercise, to the calorie myth, to food advertising, the misleading “fat-free” claims and the addition of sugar to processed foods. I especially like how they tackle calories counting and how the “calorie in, calorie out” theory is complete bull.
It really hits the nail on the head of what’s going on with today’s obesity crisis and why it’s impossible to get any change from Government.
The best all rounder doco to watch and send to people. My only criticism would be that there was no offer of the solution or what is healthy to eat – but you can get that from the next doco on my list!
Get it: Amazon Video or DVD
4. Hungry For Change
What I love about this doco is that it takes on the crazy yo-yo dieting society we have today. We all know a few people who are always on a new diet – yet they fail to see that the failure is built right in, since that implies at some time you will come off the diet and go back to “normal” – and so will your weight!
It also talks about the emotions behind why we turn to food.
The other thing I love about this doco is that it really follows the journey to healthy living and how to get there, as well as presenting really useful information so you understand why.
Another really good doco that’s similar is Food Matters.
5. Statin Nation
Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) are the most widely prescribed drugs today – they make pharma billions of dollars. The biggest statin, Lipitor, made Pfizer more than 13 billion dollars in 2010.
This is all based on the premise that cholesterol and saturated fat causes heart disease – but what if that premise is based on fraudulent science? In fact, it is.
6. That Sugar Film
That Sugar Film is so beautifully well-done – it’s entertaining, funny, engaging and Hugh Jackman makes a cameo, so you know it’s a must watch.
Damon goes from a healthy diet of fats from things like nuts, avocado and animal foods and veggies to eating a diet filled with sugar-filled foods that equal 40 tsp a day – the average intake of Australians – for 60 days.
The most interesting thing about this experiment was that he didn’t get those calories drinking coke and eating ice cream and candy – he got them from perceived “healthy” foods like breakfast cereals, low-fat items, sauces, and fruit juices.
In that 60 days you can visibly see the changes in him, including incredible weight gain and full blown fatty liver disease.
It also talks about why it’s been so hard to bring the facts about sugar and it’s impact on our healthy to light and the role that the sugar industry plays in funding studies showing sugars ‘safety’.
WATCH IF: you’re having trouble kicking the sugar habit.
Get it: Amazon Video or DVD
You might be tempted to skip right past this one and think that mold doesn’t affect you – but I would really urge you to take the time to watch this one.
Mold disease is a silent epidemic, and a really serious one at that. Water damaged buildings with hidden mold are causing devastating health problems for so many people – and no one is talking about it!
Mold can be one of the deadliest toxins in your home, and if you haven’t figured out the root of your health problems, consider mold toxicity, especially if you got sick after moving into a new building or starting a new job.
WATCH IF: you have “mystery symptoms” and are having trouble finding the cause.
8. Trace Amounts
This is important stuff. No matter what your stance on vaccines is, we need to keep being informed and always keep an open mind. We need the information to make good choices, no matter where that leads us – and good science is NEVER settled.
This documentary focuses mostly on mercury in vaccines, in the form of the preservative thimerosol, and explores whether the amount of mercury in vaccines really matters. Mercury has been taken out of a lot of vaccines, but it’s still in some, like the flu shot.
WATCH IF: you want more information on vaccines
9. What’s With Wheat
This documentary explores ALL the problems with wheat and gluten – and there are many! From the proteins in gluten, to the pesticides that are doused on wheat crops, and everything in between. It goes in depth on glyophate, and also touches on celiac disease as well.
WATCH IF: you’re still eating wheat.
10. Cut Poison Burn
Cut Poison Burn looks into the current methods of cancer treatment and how the cancer industry really works. Did you know that you have almost the exact same survival rate doing the conventional cancer treatment (chemo, radiation, surgery) as if you did nothing at all. Unbelievable.
It also explores some alternative cancer therapies and how they have been suppressed.
WATCH IF: You or someone you love has cancer.
I just wanted to quickly mention: I have a subscription to FMTV, where they have hundreds of health documentaries you can stream online. I really love this, because I can watch as many of these docos as I want, all in the one place. Many of those mentioned above are their library. Check it out here.