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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 August 15, 2018

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

              Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

              Video Summary

              Why is it important to train up our core strength?

              There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

              This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

              Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

              In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

              One Exercise, multiple benefits

              There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

              By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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              When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

              Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

              In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

              What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

              What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                  Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                  Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                  3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                    Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                    4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                      Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                      A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                      A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                      On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                      5. You’ll improve overall balance

                        Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                        6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                          Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                          7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                            Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                            How to hold a plank position

                            1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                            2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                            3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                            4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                            5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                            6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                            7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                            Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                            Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                              How to improve your plank time gradually

                              1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                              2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                              3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                              Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                              Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                              You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                              • Prolapse
                              • After prolapse surgery
                              • Pelvic pain conditions
                              • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                              • Previous childbirth
                              • Overweight

                              Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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