Hungry For Change Movie Review

hungryforchange_documentary_movie_reviewHungry For Change is a documentary from the makers of Food Matters, which I previously reviewed.  So while the rest of the country was watching another movie with the title Hunger in it (Hunger Games) I was fixated to my laptop and loved every minute of the 90 minute documentary.

Just like with Food Matters, this documentary is not an in your face movie with scenes of slaughterhouses or poorly treated animals.  This documentary goes right to why we eat what we eat and what the ‘food’ makers are selling us.

I put the word food in quotation marks because as the movie states we are no longer eating food but eating food like products.  This was a quote from Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of Clean, during the movie and one that I clung to as I watched the entire feature.  If you stop for a moment and think about what comes in a box these days the ingredients list is a mile long with words that belong in a chemistry lab, and that is because that is where the food was concocted.

One alarming fact that came out of this movie for me was the fact that the FDA does not conduct its own studies but instead evaluates studies paid for by somebody else.  For example, if a manufacturer of cereal bars does a study that finds that the people who ate said bars 10x per day lost 5 pounds over the course of a month the FDA would only evaluate that study to prove the statement to be true or false.  What the FDA does not do is dig into the situation behind the weight loss and what happens one week after the study is complete.  Did those same people put 10 pounds back on?  I was shocked but in reality I should not have been.

The other concept, and one that we all know and love is the concept of sugar.  How sugar is not good for us especially High Fructose Corn Syrup.  We have all seen the commercial where they corn industry suggests that HFCS is just sugar and you body doesn’t know sugar from sugar.  WRONG!  High Fructose Corn Syrup is a manufactured byproduct.  To think that your body doesn’t know natural fructose (from fruit) versus HIGH FRUCTOSE is absurd.  Your body knows and unfortunately doesn’t know what to do with this chemically created product and thus it stores it.

The movie discusses diets and how they are essentially built for failure.  Limiting carbs or fats or proteins is not a balanced diet and it plays tricks on our minds because., as the movie states, we believe in I want that but I CAN’T have it as opposed to I can have it but I DON’T want it.  If you are consuming your 6-8 servings for fruits and vegetables daily then the notion of stuffing your pie hole (my words) with simple carbs doesn’t happen.  You are full and you feel better from the fruits and vegetables, especially in juice form.

If you are wondering where to start, the movie discusses a detox and how simple it can be.  Juice with green vegetables.  Consume chia seeds, aloe vera and spirulina.  Make a smoothie with parsley and cilantro and you have done your detox over 3 days and can get on with the program of eating whole healthy foods.  Pretty simple and fairly cheap compared to the hundreds of dollars that can be spent on derived detox’s.

Throughout the movie they show clips of an ‘overweight’ woman, who in my eyes is just not a happy person and they focus on little changes that she can make to become a happy person.  Those changes include:

  1. Sleep
  2. Exercise
  3. Laughter
  4. Self-Love, self-acceptance

These were focused on by Dr. Christiane Northrup, who made me laugh throughout the movie.  She is blunt but good-natured and has a terrific point of view.

I enjoyed watching this documentary and will be watching it again as there is a lot of information that I did not know, but also a lot of information that can be reviewed and understood better.

If you are interested in seeing the movie just click Hungry For Change and fill in your email address.  It is free until March 31, 2012 and I strongly suggest you watch it.  It will be an eye-opening 90 minutes.

Lastly, I want to leave you with a commercial that I saw and thought it was a wonderfully put together ad for Chipotle.  I assumed Chipotle was still owned by McDonald’s and had vowed to never eat there again.  After finding out that McDonald’s does not own even a small part of them I would be inclined to stop in although I have not been there in who knows how long.

I hope more companies turn to this production method very soon.



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  1. Jen says:

    Thanks for the review will definitely be requesting this to check out!! Sounds like a great one.

    PS: I tried to use the link to see your review for Food Matters and it brought me to a “page not found” message.
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  2. Jen says:

    Thanks, I’m looking forward to checking it out!
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  3. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the tip I love these types of documentaries I’ll be watching this asap!
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  4. lindsay says:

    the FDA thing doesn’t surprise me… it’s a government agency that probably is making money off of the krafts and general mills so in return they say sure, this food is healthy.

    i used to want to work for the FDA, as someone with food allergies, to try and make it easier on people with allergies. but then i realized that would be a joke. people with allergies or limited diets just need to police it themselves. you can’t trust the labels – companies will put what they want to get you to buy it and the FDA is funded by such companies…
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  5. Jeff Irvin says:

    You spelled it wrong Jason – it is called, “Hunger Games” and apparently it is all the rage this weekend (-:
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  6. Maria Simone says:

    This sounds great! I’m definitely going to check it out. Have you seen fat, sick and nearly dead? That’s another good one. Talks a lot about juicing.
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  7. Kovas says:

    That is some very cool animation. Even when McDonald’s owned Chipotle they were trying to do things better like source local meat etc, so I wonder if they are moving even more in that direction?
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    • CTER says:

      Supposedly, and I don’t know this to be true or false, but they are using grass-fed beef, free range chicken and organic produce.

      I need to do some research on this to see if this is true.

  8. Jim young says:

    I was disappointed in the movie. It was long on rhetoric and slim on what exactly to eat or a program of what to eat. There seemed to be some misleading things like MSGs make mice fat. From what I read MSGs are massively injected into baby mice when they are not fully developed to create the obesity problem. It was long and repetitive. I would have liked to see real people showing day to day diets, how they processed their food and what they were eating. I was not sure if I was going to have Ron Popeal jump out in the end and try to sell me some over priced juicer.

  9. Duh! Dont eat from boxes.

    It took a movie for you to figure it out? Dumbass.

    Btw- chipotle uses cheap, unhealthy ingredients like Soybean oil. Go hom ed and make a burrito idiot

  10. Jake Marsh says:

    I agree that the Chipotle ad is very slick Jason, but how much can you really trust it?

    Chipotle are a big multinational corporation like McDonalds now, and how do we know they really use traditional farming methods for their fast food, except taking them at their word?

    As you’ve correctly pointed out, the FDA don’t even concern themselves with checking the science, so who would check the adverts?
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    • CTER says:

      Jake – thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

      In regards to your question I do not have an answer but I do believe that it is up to each of us, individually, to be cognizant of what is going into our food and food supply. It can be difficult at times but outside of growing your own food I am not sure what your choices are.

      Thoughts or answers to your own question?
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      • Jake Marsh says:

        You’re right – other than completely dropping out of the game and growing your own food (something which isn’t possible for most people, including me), awareness is the next best thing.

        I suppose taking whatever adverts you see / labels you read with a pinch of salt is all we can do in this rigged game.

        Ain’t I a misery! Hah. Cheers Jason!
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  11. This is definitely worth checking out!
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