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Why Watching “What The Health” Will Help You Rethink Veganism

I had wanted to see this documentary since I heard it advertised on a public radio program that I often listen to. I was so happy to see it on Netflix. This doc comes to you by the maker of Cowspiracy. You have to watch that. If you watch health documentaries like I do, then you have probably heard about Forks Over Knives. They featured interviews from those doctors as well.  What the Health was kind of like a marriage between the two documentaries.

The doc gets right down to business with several interviews of many types of doctors and nutritionists talking about the amount of damage processed meats and meat products, in general, can do to your body. It was rapid fire, to be honest. I had to stop it a few times to mow over what they were saying.

We know the basic issues mostly with red meat, and pork, but this documentary really talks about chicken and fish. Two types of meat I hear my friends who are on the fence of giving up meat may stick to in order to “eat clean.” They destroy that myth with several facts to the contrary. They also come for the vegetarians who are still eating animal based cheeses, eggs, and kinds of milk. The animal fat is the leading cause of many of the lifestyle diseases. Heart disease and diabetes to be more precise.

“The doc gets right down to business with several interviews of many types of doctors and nutritionists talking about the amount of damage processed meats and meat products in general can do to your body.”

I am already a vegan. My veganism journey has not been easy, and it’s not simple. My biggest challenge is meal prepping and finding meals when I am busy. It has helped me slow down and think about what I want to eat, and who is preparing my food. It’s not easy all the time since meat is so pervasive in the American diet, but I am sure that after this I will make a deeper effort to eat vegan and eat clean. Watching this documentary was like getting a pep talk to continue on the path. Not only do they interview real people who saw real changes in their lives after a change in diet, they went deep into the reasons why meat and animal products are used despite their effects on the environment and your health and how large health organizations are complicit in this agenda.

My only draw back from watching this documentary was the interviews. I wondered at times if the narrator and creator simply called the organization with the questions, without going into who he might need to speak with before he asked those questions. I mean it was clear where they stood with the food recommendations and attitudes who the people who did agree to be interviewed on camera, but sometimes I just wondered that fact.

“Watching this documentary was like getting a pep talk to continue on the path.”

I urge you, check out the “What The Health” documentary if you get some time. If you are wondering how to get healthier, or even thinking about giving up meat, I think this is a great resource and encouragement on your path to free yourself from these addictive foods.

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    July 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve seen this on Netflix and love watching health documentaries. I’m not vegan and actually don’t like many vegetables (working on that) but I just find it all so interesting!

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      Kimberly B
      July 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I don’t like veggies so much so I juice to get what I can. Thanks for your comment!

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    July 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I have started this documentary a few times and keep falling asleep! Not because it isn’t interesting though! I watch all the food/health docs too. I have thought about being a vegetarian for years, but I can’t get myself to do it. I also tend to avoid most carbs, so it seems like I wouldn’t eat much.

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      Kimberly B
      July 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      It’s worth the watch if you can make it through. Try forks over knives or cowspiracy. Good luck and thannks for your comment.

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    Denisse | Le Petit Eats
    July 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I eat very little animal-based food now, due to all the information that’s out there to educate ourselves….But as you said because sometimes the options can be difficult, I do often wind up eating something non-vegan once or twice a week. It’s better than at every meal though! Rather than labelling myself vegan and then feel guilty when I slip, I just try to just be very conscious of what I’m eating, and that makes the whole thing much more manageable. I really don’t crave it as much anymore and I certainly don’t enjoy it as much as I used to…so that’s where I am in my food journey, thanks for the recommendation- I’ll check out the film on Netflix!

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      Kimberly B
      July 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Yeah I can understand the struggle. I slip when it comes to condiments. But thanks for your comment!

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    April Kitchens
    July 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I love watching health documentaries. I’m just glad I was finally able to get a few friends to watch this one, I really enjoyed it!

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    Chanel van Reenen
    July 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I have never heard of this documentary but it sounds very enlightening! I just added it to my queue to watch!

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    gloria petrey
    July 22, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I’ve been vegan for a number of years and saw how it lowered by LDL, triglicerides, cholesterol and blood pressure while raising my good HDL fats. The poor was in the pudding so to speak. Then my elderly father moved in with me and i needed to cook for him and he loves his high fat foods with butter and fish etc. He is 95 but he had a massive heart attack at 84 from eating this way. Anyway, i’ve fallen off the wagon lately b/c i am tire of cooking two different meals. And the result is that I’ve gained weight, my BP is high again and my cholesterol , trigiycerides and LDL are going back ups I really needed to watch this documentary to get me back on track again.

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