It features Colin Campbell who wrote The China Study, which I am currently reading. And is basically an expansion on that book.
The overall premise is that you should eat vegetables (with your fork) and no animal protein (a knife). It claims that animal protein (meat, dairy and eggs) cause heart disease and other diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, etc., etc.
It is amazing the studies they have done to prove it's validity. There is one man in the movie that was on 8 medications to keep his cholesterol and blood sugars from getting any higher. He switched to a whole-foods, plant-based diet and within 3 weeks he lost 30 pounds, his cholesterol dropped like 120 points, he was completely off the medications that were costing him $200 a month. He was noticeably happier and healthier.
I totally agree with this movie. It makes soooo much sense and it's amazing that all the proof is staring us in the face. Americans are getting sicker and sicker every year - and it's all because of what we eat!!!
As most of you already know, I am a pretty healthy eater, but since being pregnant I have been desiring more processed foods, sugars, ice creams, etc. and have allowed more of those into my diet. And in my need to EAT I have let some commercial (restaurant) meats and menu items slip into my diet as well.
This movie came at a good time, as Tanner and I have been more focused on what we want our diets to look like.
I struggle in the kitchen sometimes - what to eat?, how to make it?, will Tanner like it?, want it to be healthy, but how?, etc. So last night after spending way too much time in the kitchen on dinner, Tanner and I sat down and came up with 17 dinner meals, 6 lunch meals and a few breakfast and snack ideas that we are going to pull from this month. And once a week I will make a new vegetarian dish and if it's good we'll add it to the mix. We chose items we know we love, are easy, have few dishes, and are inexpensive.
Not all of them are vegetarian meals, which I would like to get to eventually. I tend to freak out after seeing movies like this and want to change everything dramatically. But I am going to take it one week at a time. And when I do cook with meat I will use it as a flavoring and not the main dish.
I think it's important too after learning this kind of stuff to ask yourself, "That's what they say, but what do I say?" In other words, what is going to work for my life, right now? (Although the evidence is pretty astounding and makes me want to do what they say, all in good time.)
Here is a copy of our menu for the week:
(I didn't include breakfast which will most likely be a Green Smoothie or oatmeal and fruit.)
If you have any yummy plant-based menu items, please share!!! Go watch the movie and let me know what you think!