4 Documentaries I Really Liked

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning!

I started yesterday morning with a glass of bright green juice. In the mix: kale, spinach, apple, celery, cabbage, and carrot. Deeeelicious!

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Since we’re on the topic of juice, I thought I’d mention Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. A bunch of you guys left comments about it yesterday and it was one of the reasons that I decided to give juicing a try. If you haven’t seen this film and you’re thinking about this juicing stuff, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Joe Cross, who starred in and made the documentary, was suffering from an autoimmune disease. He was taking a ton of steroids that weren’t really working and he was basically at the end of his rope, so he decided to start juicing as a way to regain his health. It’s definitely an inspiring story about taking control of one’s health.

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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is just one documentary that I really liked. Here are a few more of my favorites!

Food, Inc.

You guys probably already know about Food, Inc., right? If not, please watch it. It will change the way you eat (and how you see Perdue chicken).

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The World’s Most Dangerous Drug (Meth)

I don’t know how Mal and I ended up watching this documentary (I guess we were curious after watching so many episodes of Breaking Bad), but this film totally blew our minds. Meth is one crazy-ass drug.

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The King of Kong

I’ve talked about this documentary on CNC in the past, and I always end up recommending it to friends for a good laugh and some serious “drama.” If you share my sense of humor (weird and geeky), you’ll definitely get a kick of out it!

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Workout

After drinking my green juice, I headed to CrossFit for a workout. I always like to eat something before I exercise, but I didn’t have time yesterday morning. Plus, eating right before a CrossFit workout is kind of awful. I ate a bunch of guacamole before a workout last week, and I totally thought I was going to barf it up a few times.

STRENGTH

Deadlift
10 X 1
All sets at 90% of 1RM

METCON

“Nemo”
3 RFT:

6 Power Cleans
12 Lateral Burpees
Rx: (155, 105)
L3: (135, 95)
L2: (95, 65)
L1: (65, 35)

After a warm-up, I worked with Kerrie on the Strength part of the workout, which was Deadlifts. We worked our way up to 215, but after a few reps, my form started to suffer, so I took off some weight and used 195 pounds for the rest of the reps.

For the WOD, I used 85 pounds for the Power Cleans and finished in 3:01, which was one second faster than my friend Kerrie. The two of us were racing to the finish on the last round of Burpees, and I managed to do my 12th one and stand-up right before she finished. I rarely ever beat Kerrie in a WOD, so it was definitely a little victory for me! And, of course, I wouldn’t have gone as hard if Kerrie wasn’t right next to me going balls to the wall trying to beat me, so she’s definitely my favorite competitor.

Breakfast

After I got home from CrossFit, I was starving, so I immediately reheated some roasted sweet potatoes and cooked up some chicken sausage for breakfast.

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I also drank a glass of Dandy Blend with canned coconut milk mixed in.

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Lunch

A few hours later, I started to get hungry again, so I reheated half of a sweet potato and topped it with Greek yogurt and bacon. On the side, I had some kale sautéed in coconut oil with a little salt and pepper sprinkled on top.

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Dinner

For dinner, I made Chicken Bacon Alfredo, which was frickin’ amazing. The recipes on PaleOMG are incredible and, of course, you don’t need to eat a Paleo diet to enjoy them. They’re just healthy, delicious recipes.

I de-Paleo-fied (obviously, that’s a word) last night’s meal by adding 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan to the sauce, which made it, oh, so cheesy. HUGE fan of this recipe. Definitely a keeper!

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For dessert, Mal and I plowed through another bar of chocolate. Those Vosges people definitely know how to make some tasty chocolate!

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Health News & Views

When I’m hungry, I’m more likely to reach for quick, easy foods in my kitchen, which are not always the healthiest. I’ve learned though, that with a little strategic organization and stocking of my refrigerator, I’m more likely to reach for nutritious choices. Here are my go-to tips for giving your fridge a healthy makeover!

How to Give Your Fridge a Healthy Makeover

Questions of the Day

Do you ever watch documentaries? If so, which ones have you really liked?

P.S. For the pug people””One of my Twitter friends tweeted this to me last night, and I thought it was so adorable: Pug Palette.

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122 Comments

  1. Hungry for Change is a great one about eating healthy….kinda like a combo of Fat, sick, and nearly dead crossed with Food Inc. BUT, if you want to see a really funny weird doc…..Winnebago Man is one of my favs.

  2. My husband loves them so we watch them quite a bit. I really like Forks Over Knives, The Happiness Project and Inside Job from the ones we have watched. I even stayed awake for all three of those 🙂

    1. @Lindsey: I was just going to list Forks Over Knives! That’s a great one, and really shows how much you can affect your health with your dietary choices.

  3. I saw Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead as well as Food Inc. While I loved so many of the points, I’ll admit they are depressing the more you research. You can’t rely on “organic” labeling anymore because so many products I’ve found (hello chicken/beef broth) have MSG in them. Plus, where I live, it’s very challenging and super expensive to buy organic produce… and even then it only means that any herbicides/pesticides used were made from natural sources. Doesn’t mean they weren’t sprayed at all.

    So I always peel my apples and peaches and save on produce where the pesticides are much lower (pineapple and bananas).

    I need to try that chicken bacon alfredo recipe – it looks absolutely wonderful!!

  4. We watched Food Inc. It was the Smithfield Farms one that really got us. Don’t get me wrong though, we still eat meat. But we did change brands and refuse to buy particular brands now due to their practices. We liked King of Kong too. The Mr really loved it and I thought it was pretty good “drama” wise. 😉

    We don’t mind documentaries but I’ll say the best one I’ve ever seen was Witness From the Balcony of Room 306. We watched it at the Natl Civil Right Museum in Memphis and it doesn’t matter your race, you will forever be changed by watching it. I bawled through the whole thing…in public.

    1. @Allison:

      I TOTALLY RECOMMEND HAPPY!

      My hubby and I probably watch is once a month as a reminder! happy is the best documentary ever… really puts things into perspectives!

  5. Did you use the Delicta Squash or just spaghetti squash? I think I’ll try this tonight but don’t reallllly want to run to the store just for a special squash when I’ve already got a spaghetti squash at home!

  6. There are two documentaries that I’ve really loved:
    The first is “The September Issue,” which is like a real life “Devil Wears Prada.” It’s all about how they put together the gigantic Vogue September issue.
    Also, I loved the Bill Cunningham documentary all about his work with the New York Times and taking fashion street style pictures.
    Both I would totally watch again!

  7. I LOVE King of Kong!!! My fiance and I own it on DVD and we make all of our friends watch it if they haven’t seen it before. The responses are usually mixed, you have to be a bit of a geek to love it lol. For me, it never gets old. Steve Weibe Rocks!

  8. Great choices in documentaries, I’ve seen “Fat, Sick…” & “Food, Inc.” & both were fascinating! I got sucked into a documentary awhile back about Navy Seal training, it was hard-core & very interesting! Bacon on greek yogurt, I’ll have to file that away for a future try!

  9. I loved all of those Docs, too!
    I have a strong stomach and an inhuman amount of apathy for most things. But even I had to stop buying Purdue chicken after watching Food Inc. I buy local chicken now. It just really hit me!

  10. Food, Inc. is actually what convinced me to be a vegetarian. I had been an on again and off again one for years, but this documentary convinced me to be on again…2.5 years and counting. Oh and FYI to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet…it will make you cry. 🙁

  11. I love documentaries!! Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is the movie that peaked my interest about juicing, it really was very inspiring. I just started Food Inc., but I’m a little stressed out because I’m afraid I’m going to see inhumane animal treatment and then I wont be able to finish watching it 🙁 I love the National Geographic docs on Netflix!!

  12. I recently watched The Imposter, Queen of Versailles, Searching for Sugarman, and After Porn, and all were really well done.

  13. Super Size Me really opened my eyes. That documentary was one of the reasons I quite eating fast food. I liked how instead of just showing overweight people eating fast food, it was about a healthy man who eats fast food and shows the effects it has to himself. I seriously recommend it!

  14. I loved Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I juice pretty regularly but I’d love to do it on a daily basis! I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned about food and nutrition from documentaries. It’s really changed my perspective on a lot of topics. Some of my favorites are Food Matters (nutrition vs. medicine), Forks Over Knives, and Dying to Have Known (on holistic cancer treatment). Also, random but my husband really got a kick out of “Mansome” (about male hygiene) – really funny!

  15. Ew, completely agree about eating before a WOD. Especially when it’s hot out. Helen almost got me last summer. 🙂 Juli’s Chicken Bacon Alfredo = amazeballs, to use one of her favorite words. SO GOOD.

      1. @Tina: Current faves: Italian Meatloaf, Brazilian Curry Chicken. Go-tos are her Easy Shredded Pork and Easy Shredded Beef. Easy, simple, Crock Pot, throw it all in and forget it. And so good.
        (I modify the curry chicken to my tastes. It’s posted now on the blog with shoutouts/blog love to you, too.)

  16. I really like “The Thin Blue Line”, “Stevie”, Werner Herzog’s “Into The Abyss” and “My Brother’s Keeper”. All of these films raise very provocative questions about crime, morality, and redemption.
    Although some documentaries can be hard to watch, I think they can be very beneficial if they can change our perspective or cause us to be more compassionate.

  17. Ive been meaning to watch “fat, sick and nearly seat” for awhile so hopefully this will motivate me to move it up higher on my priority list.

    Ive recently started cross fit and am definitely NOT paleo (hello dairy), but trying to incorporate more paleo meals into my diet. Just last night I was pinning about a million recipes from OMGpaelo. I also like the recipes from civilized caveman, you should check that out if you havent already!

  18. Do you mean pErdue chicken? pUrdue is where I went to college. The Ag people do sell chicken though… but I assume you mean Perdue?

  19. Just watched Hungry for Change, I liked it a lot and now I’m insisting that my boyfriend watch it. Farmageddon is another good one.

  20. My hubbby and I pretty much watch a documentary once a week! We don’t have cable TV so we do a lot of Netflix documentaries.

    A really good one is “Craigs List Joe”

    And just week we watched a documentary about this 85 year old sushi chef in Japan… really awesome.

  21. Documentaries are my favorite.
    “The September Issue” is one that sticks out in my mind… pretty much the real life story of “The Devil Wears Prada”.
    I just watched “The Queen of Versailles” which was weird, and almost sad but crazy interesting to see the progression of the downfall of the economy.
    Speaking of sad, “The Bridge”…oh man. So powerful.
    Also love:
    Waiting for Superman
    Spirit of the Marathon
    Spellbound (hilarious)

    and I pretty much wrote my entire masters thesis centered around the HBO series “Weight of the Nation”.

    I’m done geeking out now. but you should give those a try 😉 Happy Tuesday!

  22. I’ve never been a big documentary watcher but just this weekend I watched “Vegucated” about 3 people trying to go vegan and it was really interesting! After watching that I definitely know I need to watch Food, Inc.

    1. @Megan: I just watched Vegucated this weekend as well! I didn’t even watchmost of the sad scenes, but the 5 seconds i watched of them were eno0ugh for my husband and I to agree to try going meatless every day of the week except one.

  23. I haven’t watched a documentary in awhile – I tend to have to be in a specific mood to sit down and watch one. I read Food Inc. though, and I heard the documentary the book is based on is very good. I think I may check it out on Netflix this weekend 🙂

  24. I have to echo Dana’s sentiment on Craigslist Joe, it was really well-done.

    The one that recently affected me was Vegucated. http://www.getvegucated.com/
    I already had issues with meat production but still ate some and this movie really brought it home for me. Also, King of Corn was very insightful on how we feed our “meat” and how that, in turn, affects our nutrition and health.

  25. Now you’ve got me seriously thinking about juicing. I’m getting married in November; maybe I’ll register for a nice juicer. Your lunch looks like it was delicious. I’m sure you’ll be feeling awesome in a few days if you keep eating and drinking all of that kale. I do like to watch documentaries. My favorites are science and nature documentaries. The Pluto Files with Neil DeGrasse Tyson is really funny, and I also liked the new giant squid documentary that the Discovery Channel just put out, but I’m biased toward that one because one of the scientists featured in the documentary was on my Master’s degree committee.

  26. I recently watched a great documentary, “No Impact Man,” it’s a few years old but I had never heard of it until a friend recommended it to me a few weeks ago. It’s free on Netflix instant stream! It was so interesting and really changes your perspective on how we eat, play, shop, live, etc. impacts the environment. Though it documents a somewhat unrealistic lifestyle, it was extremely inspiring. I highly recommend it!

  27. I love watching health/food-related documentaries, but I have to say that Food Matters has been the most impactful to me, by far. It totally changed the way that I think about food, period.

  28. Thanks for sharing the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead documentary – I’m going to send this to my friend who has MS. About a year ago she decided to try a GF diet to see if that would help her symptoms, and after 4 days the tingling in her leg and numbness in her hand was completely gone. She would definitely give juicing a try to see if she could further her non pharmaceutical therapy.

  29. I’ll have to check out sick, fat and nearly dead! I have a juicer, but I always seem to forget about it. I love food related documentaries, espcially Forks Over Knives, Food Inc, and Super Size Me.

    All will for sure change the way you eat, or at least should make you start to question!

  30. One of my favorites documentaries that we’ve watched lately is The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. It’s a social/cultural documentary that was really interesting. It made me very thankful for the life I have!

  31. We watched food inc in my consumer culture and the environment class last semester and I stopped eating meat for about a month afterwards. I realized that that lifestyle isn’t for me but it was really shocking to hear some of the horror stories of the meat industry today.

  32. Totally interested in the juicing documentary! I juiced once (for three days) and definitely noticed a difference in my mood and in my waist!

  33. my friend robbie directed food inc!!! i think he’s working on a new one now”¦

    my husband is a documentary dude (his twitter handle is @filmingdocs) so all we do is watch docs. a must-see from this past year is “searching for sugarman.” i’ve a feeling it’s going to win the oscar.

  34. I love documentaries. Some of my faves are Tapped (you’ll never drink bottled water again), Who Killed the Electric Car?, The Cove, Bag It and Waiting for Superman. I loved Food, Inc. I highly recommend them all!

  35. To be quite honest I have been avoiding watching Food, inc just because I feel like I can’t deal with it. As they say, ignorance is bliss. But maybe I should just take a deep breath and get on it. And I’ll also check out the fat & Nearly Dead. Looks like great stuff.

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