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Forks Over Knives

Much anticipated and desperately needed, the movie “Forks Over Knives” is now available! My husband and I watched it on Neflix (available for instant streaming).

Trailer and website.

Timely and life saving information in a great presentation.I am not sure where to start writing about it. I think everyone should watch it. If you don’t have Netflix, than you can sign up for a 30 day trial and watch it. If you do have Netflix… there is no excuse. (It is also available for rent from Amazon Forks Over Knives.)

The truth about food is out there, and it isn’t that complicated. Health and weight is not the mystery that it is made out to be For the most part it is really simple. However, in this case, simple isn’t always easy.

But simple is sure a good start. Society is bombarded with so much health advice that often contradicts, that it is dizzying. I have always been on a quest for health, and it is easy to head in a different direction with every book or every fad trying to find the ‘secret’. It is frustrating, time-consuming and expensive.

The truth is that all the health push on our society for the last 50 or so years isn’t working.  People are getting fatter and getting diet related diseases more and more.

‘Forks Over Knives’ takes the work of experts in the field. It tells the story of The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Healthby Dr Collin Campbell.

I loved this book when I first read it, and it was neat to see him and hear more about how all his research was done. The movie also interviews and follows other well-known experts in the field.

The only drawback I see with this movie is that it is too much to cover in a video. Just like almost any other movie that has roots in books, the book has key information that isn’t/can’t all be included in the movie.

I have trouble tackling the subject down to write about. Depending on who you are, one or more of these is a big issue for you:

  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Lots of other diseases
  • Fresh water supply
  • Endangered Animals
  • Rainforests
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Ozone Layer

… and many other reasons all have the same answer. A whole foods, plant-based diet. It doesn’t answer everything in each point, but it is arguably the most important factor in all of them.

Along with the movie some of the best books on the topic that I would recommend are:

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Food Revolution, The: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our WorldHealthy Living Books)

It is a big deal, but it is simple. Not easy, but significant


  1. I watched this movie and read the book recently as well. I thought the information was slightly overwhelming to be honest! It seems like every time I watch one of these food documentaries I become crazy concerned about what I am feeding myself and my children. I already try to eat a mainly local/seasonal diet, but then add in the concerns of cancer from eating dairy, and it puts me back at square one again. I definitely agree that it is hard to watch the movie when there is so much info in the book, but I think that it gives a lot of information, and people that may not read the book first (I didn’t) may see the movie and then read the book (what I did). I think I will have to go back and watch the movie again, I am sure I can glean more information from it!

    • Heather,

      I agree with you. It is crazy all the information out there is overwellming. It leaves us in the middle of a country full of food scared and at a loss as to what to eat and feed our families. It is hard with ‘The China Study’ too because it is just a research book, he tells you all the bad but doesn’t give you much help with what to do about it. Same with a bunch of John Robbins. That is why I liked ‘In Defence of Food’. It gives some good/easy ways to try and make decisions. … we will never be as healthy as my ideal (after reading all these books) but I can work on getting a bit closer. … at least with the information it helps me understand what healthy eating (in the ideal) looks like so I know what to work toward. Thanks for your comment!


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