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6 Documentaries You Should Watch To Reconsider Your Daily Meals

6 Documentaries You Should Watch To Reconsider Your Daily Meals

Have you ever felt like a movie influenced certain moment in your life? Well, these 6 documentaries related to nutrition, sustainability, and the environment are going to make you feel the exact same! It’s quite a logical thing that nutrition and health are related, but we barely know how these two are linked to the environmental changes our world is facing. You may have noticed organic and vegan food trends are growing, so if you are wondering why, these documentaries will give you an idea about what is actually going on.

1. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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    Follows the story behind an environmental activist trying to find the real solution to climate change. He realizes that the one which should be responsible of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution is not the transportation industry, but another industry that you have probably never thought about.

    If you are concerned about sustainability and environmental changes, you may sometimes feel like your small changes are not actually changing the situation. If you feel like you don’t know how to start doing more for our world ‒ and this activist felt exactly the same ‒ watching his journey on looking for the real solution is definitely going to inspire and motivate you to start making real changes.

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    2. Vegucated

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      Even if you are not vegan and you’re not planning on being one, you should watch this documentary.

      Why?

      This documentary follows the life of three “meat-and-cheese-loving” New Yorkers, who take the challenge to eat on a vegan diet during six weeks. Their journey involves all aspects of veganism, from health studies, environmental education, and a cruelty-free lifestyle that end up changing their lives and the way they think about food.

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      In my opinion, education and respect are also the ways to change the world. We may disagree on every single thing, but respecting other people’s opinion can give you a better approach on how to make a difference. Besides, this documentary will help you to learn something new about health and nutrition!

      3. Food, Inc.

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        Have you ever wondered why buying a package of burger, fries, and soda can be cheaper than getting a bowl of salad? It has nothing to do with food trends, and if we analyze it considering the process these two meals have to go through, it doesn’t even make sense.

        Food, Inc. brings all the answers about how our food is grown nowadays, and the effects it has for our health and the environment―showing the controversial truth on how cattle is grown. This based-on-health-problems documentary, and the alimentary industry of United States, will show you how big industries are feeding animals with hormones, grains with pesticides, and gmo’s.

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        4. Racing Extinction

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          This documentary focuses on sustainability issue and how to make more people conscious about climate change―shows the efforts from scientists, activists, and journalists who document the mass extinction of species and how they have tried to create awareness of extinction issue, with campaigns on how we can make it stop, or at least reduce. More than making you feel hopeless and overwhelmed about all this problems, this documentary also shows how small actions can create a positive impact.

          And if you like photography, then this documentary is for you. It was created by the Oceanic Preservation Society, and this year (2016) it won the International Green Film Award from Cinema for Peace. 

          5. Food Matters

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            All of us must have heard this line before: “You are what you eat”, and the first thing that pops into your mind might be physical appearance. But what about the impact that a food has on our health and nutrition? Food Matters shows how we are capable of healing or even damaging our body depends on the foods we eat. Nutritionists, doctors, and journalists show their studies and theories on how we can heal or even revert illnesses based on our food choices.

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            6. Forks Over Knives

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              Yes, we all know pizza and french fries are not the most nutritious foods, but watching the real impact of this kind of food has to our health, you won’t think twice about changing your alimentary habits; because as crazy as it may sound, the right food choices can actually save your life.

              And I know this sounds too dramatic, but when it comes to nutrition, the truth is that our body has the capacity to heal itself from almost every illness. This documentary is based on studies made in several years by two doctors who had no idea they were going to find how degenerative diseases like cancer and diabetes, could be controlled or even reverted with a plant-based diet, avoiding animal products, and processed foods.

              Anytime you feel like the choices you make or the small actions you do have no relevant importance in the world, remember that something as simple as the way we eat has a huge impact to our health, animals lives, and environment. I assure you that after you watch at least one of these documentaries, you’ll be full of emotions and feeling influenced in a positive way.

              “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

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              Last Updated on December 9, 2019

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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