What Do We Say to Death?

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones (the books or the show), you know the answer to this.

That’s right. Not today.

A few days ago I was in the mood to watch a documentary… so we ended up watching Fed Up via Netflix. It was quite the eye opener. Due to a lot of dietary restrictions, we already avoid processed foods so this didn’t turn into an immediate call-to-action in our home, but it was still quite enlightening and I recommend the video to anyone who is interested in making healthy food choices.

Last night I was in the mood for another documentary, and this time, we went with Forks Over Knives. Oh. My. Oh. No. What did I just unleash on my family? Knowledge is power, and the knowledge about healthy eating has been out (and heavily studied) for more than thirty years. The documentary is excellent, and was earth-shattering for us. Earth. Shattering.

If you have Netflix, definitely give these two documentaries a go… they are very well worth watching. And if you do not have Netflix, here is a related video freely available to watch on YouTube: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death – presented by Michael Greger, MD. This presentation is an hour long, but it is a must-watch. If nothing else, give it a chance for the first ten minutes and see what you think.

In relation to these documentaries, I am now reading The China Study which is referenced often during Forks Over Knives. If you’d like to check this out, it’s available to read via Scribd (click here for a free 2 month trial).

Have you seen Forks Over Knives or read The China StudyWhat do you think about the information you learned?

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler and the Ex-Amish

Growing Up AmishIf you’re looking for insight into why Amish become ex-Amish, you won’t find it in this book, Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler.

There is an excellent documentary (on Netflix) called “Amish: Out of Order” that has 10 episodes which highlight the challenges people face when raised Amish, and, the difficulties they encounter if they choose to leave. But back to the book at hand…

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler is tedious to read. His memoir doesn’t shed any light on why he decided to become ex-Amish. Instead, you are carried through each exodus as though it’s a massive change in his life, and it would be, except that it’s temporary, and repetitive. He leaves – and returns – to the Amish four or five times. He finally decides to join the church, asks a young woman to marry him, courts her, and as the wedding time nears, breaks things off with her and leaves – AGAIN. Not long after he is out, he decides he doesn’t want to be excommunicated after all, and requests forgiveness and is accepted back into the Amish church – only to leave AGAIN.

Once through about 75% of the book I couldn’t wait to finally be done with it. I hoped to have some answers about how or why he chose to leave the Amish once and for all, especially after the clear turmoil he went through with each decision-reversal, but that is not provided to the readers of his memoir. No, he simply leaves yet again, and the book ends with him back in the world.

I’m slightly curious what made his final exodus “final” but I doubt he knows. He didn’t seem to know why he was so indecisive.

If you’re interested in the ex-Amish, definitely check out the documentary “Amish: Out of Order” and skip this memoir.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (Review)

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 is now available to watch on Netflix (yay for the New Year!) and Joe Cross is back! If you’ve already watched FSND 1 (also available on Netflix), it’s a great follow up and you get to see several folks who were in the first documentary and how things are going for them now, 5 years later (Phil Staples included).

There isn’t a lot to say about this one, other than it was a great reminder to “Juice” and why – but that isn’t something we’re likely to forget in our household.

Fat Sick and Nearly DeadFat, Sick & Nearly Dead had been recommended to me for years. YEARS. And I kept ignoring all the recommendations. I wish I had listened! We watched the movie in September, just prior to a big upcoming move – so although we were both inspired to try juicing, we knew it wasn’t the right time to try something so drastic.

We did it anyway.

In late September we went on a moderate juicing fast (I’m not really sure why the Reboot with Joe plan is called a Fast, you aren’t really fasting… but that is the term they use, so I’m using it here). Our fast was about 7-10 days and involved replacing 2 meals a day with fruit & vegetable juice (a modified version of Joe’s Mean Green, as well as other juice/veggie combinations) – and – we both benefited. It helped Dave a little, it helped me A LOT. Continue reading