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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 July 10, 2020

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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