Today I rewarded myself with an afternoon of relaxing and catching up on all things blog – it’s been a little quiet over the weekend, but I know that you will excuse me when I say that my Sunday journal had been postponed until today due to a rather weighty French dissertation on local food production. Yes! The beast is done! And now that I can take a big breath and reflect on what I’ve written, I have to say that I really enjoyed learning about locavorism and how it actually benefits national food production.
It seems fitting then that on my break today, I watched the documentary Forks over Knives. It’s been on my “to watch” list for a while, but it’s not something that can be put on in the background – you’ve got to really concentrate to take it all in! The documentary reflects upon our perceptions on protein, animal vs. plant-based, and how these differ to what has been scientifically reported. It also goes into how we are naturally predisposed to search out energy-rich foods, but nowadays these are hyper-concentrated due to our production of pseudo-foods; products which barely resemble their natural counterparts and therefore are not as well interpreted or absorbed by the body.
After what was a rather bland and over-simplified report on sugar by the BBC last week, it’s great that there are documentaries such as this one right at our fingertips (quite literally if you have Netflix) – I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for some empirical evidence into why we need to be more mindful in our food choices, and how we can change our diets for the better. I often find that watching videos such as this one help me stay on track with eating well – in fact, it’s made me feel even more passionate, as dissertation writing really did create some insatiable food cravings! If you do watch it, hopefully this will help you keep your naughty food habits in check too.