Barbell with Bev Prescott – Food Can Save Your Life

Food can save your life. That’s one of the big take home messages that comes through loud and clear in the documentaries, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Forks Over Knives.” My good friend and your host of Flicks and Swizzle Sticks, Nikki Smalls, joined me for the second episode of Barbell to talk about these two informative and inspiring documentaries.

“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” follows the successes of Joe Cross and Phil Staples to get healthy by changing their diets. Nikki and I both loved Phil Staples. According to Phil, he’s “just a simple 42 year old truck driver from Iowa” who totally changed his life when he changed his diet and started to exercise. I think he’s anything but simple. Phil Staples is a hero and inspiration.

“Forks Over Knives” highlights the research done by two doctors, Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn that correlates the high incidence of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers to a diet high in animal products and processed foods. The typical American diet is largely animal products and processed foods with only 5% fruits and vegetables. Yet, fruits and vegetables are what provide the vast majority of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. According to the documentary, we are a nation that is sick, starving of nutrients and chronically fatigued. But, it doesn’t have to be that way and the answer is as simple as changing the way that we eat.

The following are links to the websites for each documentary. and

Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. I learned a ton from the documentaries and totally enjoyed chatting with Nikki. Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. Those who leave a comment will be entered into a drawing to win their choice of a copy of either “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” or “Forks Over Knives.” Until next time, eat healthy, keep moving, manage stress and “own it.”

Click here to purchase Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

Click here to purchase Forks Over Knives

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24 responses to “Barbell with Bev Prescott – Food Can Save Your Life”

  1. Why is it that the things that are good for us always seems to be the hardest things to do? I suppose it is a rhetorical question. LOL Anyway, good show, thank you for the great adviceand encouragement on getting healthy, changing our diet, and living longer and better.

    • Hi “Ms. M.” Even though it is hard at first, it gets lots easier and becomes a way of life that I never want to let go of. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and for listening to the show. You are awesome and I’m looking forward to seeing you at GCLS. Have a great evening.

  2. Congratulations Nikki! And thank you both for a very informative show. I agree with so much of what you guys were saying about your tastes changing and about it being difficult but worth it. I’m trying to love salad, I really am!

    I have a book that I’d like to recommend, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, MD. The basic premise is that most of us are chronically dehydrated because we aren’t drinking the bare minimum amount of water to maintain a healthy body.

  3. Hey Rio! Thanks for listening to the show, commenting and providing the book recommendation. I love that you took the time to give us that advice. I totally agree with you that water is a huge component to healthy eating. Good luck trying to love salads. You’ll get there. My advice is to jazz them up when you can with lots of different kinds of vegetables. Maybe look for some interesting salad recipe books. Take care and I wish you loads of good health.

  4. Hey Bev,

    Just listened. Very interesting. I tried that juicing thing when the “juicer” machines were first popular. Oh crap, I am aging myself with that comment! It sounds like I need to start again. I love all the suggestions on the show. I totally understand the sedentary stuff. I am about to retire and most people who retire from the military sit on their butt and do nothing, well not me. I am not going to be a part of that statistic or norm. I have too much that I missed in the last 25 years to make up for. I will be a busy retiree moving onto a new career also.

    One thing that may be a topic is eating healthy while traveling. People tend to hit convenient foods and snacks rather than healthy.


    • Hey Dutch, congratulations on the retirement and thanks for your service. You rock, Sister. Best wishes for the new career. I have no doubt that you will be wicked productive and busy while having lots of fun along the way. Talking about healthy eating while traveling is an excellent idea! We’ll definitely add that to the list of topics. It’s a good one, for sure. Have a great week. 🙂

  5. Yo Bev! I absolutely loved being on this show with you. Thanks for having me!

    Any thoughts on maybe a show in your future about your favorite cookbooks?

    (you could have the cookbook of choice as a giveaway…)

  6. Bev, thanks so much for the brownie recipe! I will definitely try it out. Ideas for your upcoming shows sound terrific!

    You’re both so right about that “switch”. Until a person figures it out for herself, all the talk from others won’t make a difference. One day I just got tired of feeling like I couldn’t do anything. I decided I had heard enough about other people’s adventures and I wanted to get healthy so I could have my own.

    Nikki, congrats on the BMI category improvement! Hopefully I’m right behind you.

  7. You’re welcome, Lisa. It was my pleasure to share it. I wish you loads of good health and an awesome adventure in getting healthy. Thanks for listening to the show and sharing your thoughts and experiences. I’m sure by sharing, you are helping others as well. Please, stop by any time to comment. Take care!

  8. Well done, you two! I have to say, I have eaten Wasa for years and they still taste like cardboard! That said, they are wonderfully palatable with something on them — my fave is avocado, zima tomatoes and a twist of salt and pepper. Yum! Don’t forget about Ak-mak — that’s a great tasting whole grain cracker. I know you’re a fan, Bev.

  9. Excellent show! We saw Fat, Sick, and nearly dead and took it to heart. We purchased a juicer and have incorporated juicing into our diets. Stopped eating fast foods a couple years ago. I haven’t seen Forks over Knives, but want to. I loved Phil too from the docu. He was a big inspiration, what a sweet guy. I think you and Nicki should do some more of these with some of the other docu’s out there. There is so much our there now. I also like your idea of doing some fast and easy meal idea’s. it is really important to limit the amount of animal protein you eat. We now only have maybe 3 oz 3 times a week, otherwise we are doing veggies and grains/legumes and fruit. If you can, eat kale, it is one of the highest nutrient rich foods available. It is very tasty lightly steamed or juiced. Another idea would be discussing eating raw.

  10. Hey Marie, so glad you enjoyed the show. Thanks for stopping by to let us know and offer some helpful ideas from your own experiences getting healthy. I like your advice about limiting animal protein to 3oz only 3 times a week and eating kale. I’m pretty sure we eat more kale than meat in our diet. I love this time of year because I can get different varieties of kale fresh from the farm stands. Yes, definitely, Nikki and I should talk about more of the programs out there. She’s awesome!

    It sounds like you are well on your way to healthy. Congratulations! I wish you loads of good health and happiness. Take care.

  11. Ok, so I didn’t even finish listening to this because I went out and watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Amazon (it’s free streaming for Prime).

    Now, once my LASIK is over and at my next check, I’ll be trying out at least a 50% juice fast. Just to see if I can stick with it…because I know me and my limitations.

    That said, the recipes look good, especially those with fruit (I’m a carb freak and love sweet things).

    Thanks for this…I promise to finish listening. 🙂

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