…and they don’t all have to do with being vegan!
But a couple of them do! (Of course.)
Over the past weekend, Pete and I attended a dinner related to Pete’s job. We sat at a round table full of people I barely knew. But that didn’t stop me from adding my two cents–politely, I hope–when one table member told us an acquaintance of ours was scheduled for heart bypass surgery in the coming week. I said I was sorry and wished he could avoid bypass surgery, which is brutal. (I saw my dad go through it.) I wish we all were taught (before our disease reached crisis stage) that eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet prevented and reversed disease.
The table member said she didn’t know you could reverse heart disease through diet. She thought it was genetics, which is a very common belief. I used to believe it myself. However, this kind of heart disease (the kind requiring bypass surgery) is indeed reversible. And we do inherit genes, but we also inherit eating habits from our families. In the case of many diseases, our diet determines which genes express themselves (or not).
The documentary Forks Over Knives addresses this, and I mention it all the time. But I have five more recommendations, each on very different topics. I enjoyed them all. Maybe you will too!
This is a documentary about the clothes we wear, who makes them and at what human and environmental cost. My good blog friend, Carmen from Fashionable Over 50 (fashion with compassion) recommended it to me, and I promised to watch it as soon as I had a spare moment, which was–you know me–right away. (My whole life is a spare moment.) Carmen’s daughter Jean is interested in ethically made clothing and is opening a eco boutique for men and women called Drizzle & Shine in Seattle, Washington very soon.
The True Cost “invites us all on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.”
The promotion says, “What if there is another YOU out there? What if one day you see someone on YouTube and Facebook who looks just like you, and turns out to be born on your birthday in the same place?”
I was charmed.
OK, I can’t get over Maidentrip, which tells the story of 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who set out on a two-year voyage to pursue her dream, which was to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone. You’ll see what happens!
You know how Leonardo DiCaprio is active in environmental concerns. He is executive producer of Cowspiracy. The story follows Kip Anderson, a very pleasing and sincere director, who stumbles across a friend’s Facebook post about how much water and land is over-used by animal agriculture. Kip wonders why no one is talking about this, especially the largest environmental groups. This is an environmental documentary with a palatable tone. I mean that the movie doesn’t preach or shame us. It only wants to give us the bigger picture about the immense impact our eating habits have on the environment. This is consciousness raising at its best.
If you’re a science nerd (as I pretend to be), you’ll love this story of six top-notch physicists who aim to unravel the mysteries of our universe. (Or is it a multi-verse? What!?) The movie tracks the first round of experiments at The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The scientists successfully identify the Higgs boson, which is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, which I only know because I looked it up on the internet. The Higgs boson was first suspected to exist in 1960’s but was unverified…until now!! Particle Fever is fun. You’ll learn something. (And then if you’re like me, you’ll quickly forget what you learned but you always have the internet in case you ever want to blog about what you forgot.)
Now go out there and have fun while you learn and grow!