Food can save your life. Thatâ€™s one of the big take home messages that comes through loud and clear in the documentaries, â€œFat, Sick and Nearly Deadâ€ and â€œForks Over Knives.â€ 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.
â€œFat, Sick and Nearly Deadâ€ 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, heâ€™s â€œjust a simple 42 year old truck driver from Iowaâ€ who totally changed his life when he changed his diet and started to exercise. I think heâ€™s anything but simple. Phil Staples is a hero and inspiration.
â€œForks Over Knivesâ€ 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 doesnâ€™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.
http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ and http://www.forksoverknives.com/
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 â€œFat, Sick and Nearly Deadâ€ or â€œForks Over Knives.â€ Until next time, eat healthy, keep moving, manage stress and â€œown it.â€