Fed Up: A Documentary to Motivate Change!
Sugar is Sugar, but Calories are NOT Calories...
Are you waning on your New Year's resolution to get healthier this year?
Need some inspiring motivation?
Watch Fed Up!
While this documentary is heartbreaking in parts, it is also a call to action. Individual action because our government is not looking out for us. No shock there.
Sugar as the devil? I could see some people trying to simplify the message of this movie into a demonization of sugar.
But if you're truly listening, then you hear the message that it's processed foods full of sugar that are bad for us. These foods are contributing to our growing obesity as a nation and the increase in non-insulin dependent diabetes, previously known as type 2 diabetes or adult-onset diabetes.
The filmmakers make a case for treating the sugar industry, particularly the soda companies, the same way we finally treated the tobacco industry when we realized and accepted that their company leaders had been lying to us for decades.
The graphics in this documentary are powerful because they are so clear. One simple graphic showed a package of Oreos next to a package of reduced-fat Oreos. The calorie difference between a serving from each was 10 calories, but the amount of sugar was the same.
And they want people to understand that calories are not created equal. Their graphics for how the digestive system processes sugar make it obvious that sugar from a piece of fruit is not treated the same by our bodies as sugar from a soda.
Sugar is not inherently evil. However, the processed food industry is absolutely evil. Their bastardization of how we perceive food, prepare food, and consume food is killing us.
How does the food industry get away with misinforming the public? Well, the government allows it.
Even First Lady Michelle Obama is criticized in this documentary, albeit with kid gloves. They criticize her Let's Move program for partnering with the very food makers who are feeding our children processed food every day in our school cafeterias.
Her recent focus on more exercise is one of the fundamental myths the filmmakers debunk in the beginning of the documentary. The adage "Eat less. Exercise more. And you will lose weight" is wrong. They state, "A calorie is not a calorie." They go on to explain how our bodies process calories and understanding that process may lead us, as individuals and families, to make better food choices.
Buy real food. With ingredient names that you can pronounce. Then cook your own meals.
Stop buying products with high fructose corn syrup and any other added sugars. The graphic listing the hundreds of different names the food industry has created for sugar is frightening!
And here's why watching this documentary may break your heart. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig followed a group of children for more than two years. The interviews with these children brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion.
These kiddos are struggling to lose weight by balancing calories in and calories out. They have bought the myth that if they eat less and exercise more, they will lose weight.
One of the boys tried the sugar detox program with his family, and they were losing weight. Sadly, the last update on him was that six months later he had gained the weight back.
Change is difficult.
I know my eating habits have never been stellar, but 2015 is the year My Person and I will change our patterns for good!
So far this year, I have read In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan. As a result of this book, we've been buying whole ingredients, cooking more, and eating more meals together.
I've listened to Mark Hyman's UltraMetabolism and I'm listening to it a second time before I post my online review. The information he presents is plentiful, so I need to complete my note-taking process before I gush about this book.
Eat these almonds and your body is happy...
Eat these Oreos and Nabisco is happy...
After watching Fed Up, My Person and I cleared our cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer of several foods that don't meet the clear healthy standards this film highlights. Tossing that processed crap felt really good. This documentary truly inspired us to keep on our path to wellness.
What documentaries have you watched that have motivated you to make positive changes in your eating habits? Please share your thoughts.