Many of you know that Nick and I eat a plant-based diet. That doesn’t mean we don’t have animal products or refined foods (e.g. oil/sugar) on occasion, but we avoid cooking with them at home and do our best to order vegan dishes when we eat out.
We started eating this way because we have a history of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases in our family. All of the credible research we could find (i.e. not backed by big-pharma or the meat/dairy industry) suggests that by eating a diet that is primarily vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts/seeds, and whole grains and minimizing the intake of animal protein (dairy and meat) we will be able to avoid these diseases and the costly treatment associated with them.
Now a new movie – Forks Over Knives – puts this claim to the test. (You can bet your last dollar where I’ll be on March 11th when it is released.) Here’s the trailer:
If you are even remotely concerned about the cost of healthcare in this country, if you want to be one of those spry, active 80-year-olds who can’t wait to go for a bike ride, if you suffer from any of the diseases mentioned above or have high cholesterol or blood pressure, if you are struggling with your weight (even if you only want to lose those 10 or so stubborn pounds), then I challenge you to see this movie .
In the mean time, if you’re interested in doing a little research on your own, here are some of our favorite sources on the topic. They’re packed with citations to scientific articles if you’re inclined to dig further.