I watched a documentary on Saturday night called Hungry for Change. (You can watch the first 20 minutes online for free here, and it’s available for free on NetFlix.) While much of the information in the documentary was not “news” to me (e.g., Don’t drink Diet Coke! MSG is bad!), the culmination of all the information in the documentary was wonderful. I highly recommend it for a few reasons.
First, a big part of the film dealt with healing and treating your body from the inside out. Genius concept, I know. But really, how often do we think about it that way? How often to do we really view our body as a machine? Something to invest in? Something to nurture? We wouldn’t put doughnuts or beer in the gas tank of our car! We wouldn’t shove twelve tacos and a Diet Coke down our three-year old’s gullet (well, shame the hell on you if you do!)… so why do we do it to ourselves? A question, I had apparently not really asked lately.
Second, I enjoyed all the experts who “weighed in” with their knowledge. The guy from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (Joe Cross), Jamie Oliver, Jon Gabriel, and many more all were interviewed and provided a great backdrop for the bottom-line message:
Stop killing yourself with food. Heal from the inside out. Don’t put stuff in your body that your body has no idea how to digest.
As you guys know, I battle food addiction. (I know, it’s really all I talk about.) I have had some very eye-opening experiences over the past two weeks, that I will begin to share with you guys once I know that they have truly helped me and aren’t just warm fuzzies. This movie was a good addition to what I am learning about food, about my relationship with food, and how to change. I have been continuing to eat methodically and metabolically as Ilana has taught me, and it really is feeling more like “the way I do things” versus “this is a diet and it sucks.” I just eat this way now. At least, I try.
It was tough making cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday at school today. I was putting on that goopy, pink frosting, and I felt terrible for sending stuff to my kid’s stomach that was going to literally wreak havoc on her insides… and the weird part, this was the first time I truly cared. Not because I didn’t care, per se, but because I just hadn’t thought about the chemicals, the nastiness that bad food has. I always thought — it’s bad calorically; but I had never considered how bad the chemicals were for actual functions of the body.
Things have begun to change in our family, and I can only hope for progress… not perfection. But every little bit of progress is something.
If you are looking for some positive reinforcement, this film was a great place to start.