Hungry 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:
- 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.
HAVE YOU SEEN HUNGRY FOR CHANGE? THOUGHTS?