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Forks Over Knives March 31, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

Last night, we watched Forks Over KnivesI recommend it with whole heart and no reservations.

Following the path of scientists who have documented the direct correlation between diet and disease, it’s a film that changes lives.

It’s a film that is saving  lives.

Most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Something that the Meat and Dairy industries would prefer us not to know.

A plant-based diet is far more healthful than one that emphasizes animal products:

* Plants contain antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water, all of which are health-promoting.

* Meat has minimal nutrients and also contains health-damaging saturated fat, cholesterol, steroids, hormones, high levels of pesticides, excess protein and other undesirables.

The film documents positive health changes in firefighters, cancer patients, over-medicated individuals with no energy, heart attack survivors.

Adopting a whole foods plants based diet got them off their meds, extended their lifetimes, and improved the quality of their lives.

They want you to see this film.  So do I.

When we take responsibility for our health and switch to a whole food plant based diet, the risk of death from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke,  hypertension, and cancer drops dramatically.

It’s that simple.

For more information:  Forks Over Knives

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Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Vinny Grette - March 31, 2012

I’m all for eating more leaves – but kale didn’t turn me on! I haven’t given up tho’ 🙂

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

A big pile of kale doesn’t appeal to me either . . . but I love it chopped into soups or sauteed with onion and stirred into rice, potato, and pasta dishes.

Other options ~ swiss chard, spinach, beet greens, etc.


Andra Watkins - March 31, 2012

Kale chips are really tasty, Vinny.

2. kateshrewsday - March 31, 2012

Nancy, that is astounding….really? I shall watch it as soon as possible. Thanks.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

It’s an excellent film, Kate.

The turn around in unhealthy patients who switched diets is hard to ignore ~ they walked away from “death’s door” and got off meds for diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Well worth watching and considering.

3. Tammy - March 31, 2012

YES! I loved watching this with my children. It really had an effect on them and in fact, I shall pull it out again in a couple months when the effect is waning.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Seeing the dramatic improvement in patient after patient is quite inspiring ~ they all seem so vibrant and enthusiastic.

We need doctors like the ones in the video ~ physicians who go to the grocery store with patients and then teach them how to prepare GOOD FOR THEM FOOD.


Tammy - March 31, 2012

I so agree with you Nancy! I loved the movie and found it so completely inspiring.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Most Americans are thoroughly brain-washed about needing to drink milk and eat copious amounts of meat . . . but the evidence is clearly to the contrary.

If we want to be healthy, we cannot rely on the government to oversee our diet. We must become our own nutritionists.

4. Carl D'Agostino - March 31, 2012

Did it give any indications if the dish and the spoon are still running?

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

They are . . . they don’t want their chest cavities split open to undergo heart bypass surgery due to clogged arteries. 😆

5. Andra Watkins - March 31, 2012

I can’t stand milk, but I do like cheese. I eat the occasional piece of beef but am otherwise a fish and plant eater. I’ve been that way since I met MTM, and I haven’t really missed the rest of it.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

We use soy or almond or rice milk instead of cow’s milk (which is the perfect food for calves, but not for us). We never eat eggs, other than in brownies, cakes, and cookies.

But cheese and butter are still on our plates. And probably will remain there. 😉

6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - March 31, 2012

I watched the first trailer, not the second. I think one of the biggest evils is processed food and they really seemed to focus on eating more plants. I’m on board with that, although I don’t plan to become vegetarian. But I think a bigger culprit is processed food with its excess sugar and sodium.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Processed food is poison . . . but the evidence against our excess consumption of animal products is also growing.

As our meat and dairy consumption has increased in the past 50 years, health issues have risen in close parallel. And the same thing is happening around the world as people switch to the Standard American Diet (SAD).

Pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals profit from our addiction to fat, sugar, and other refined foods.

The more educated we become, the harder it is for the Food Industry to manipulate what we put on our plate. This film is definitely worth a watch even for those who don’t want to change their diets right now.

7. joannereturns - March 31, 2012

The following comment is intended for those who finally GOT it ~ DUH!!!

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates

8. Crowing Crone Joss - March 31, 2012

It is an excellent film, well documented and presents the issue with grace as well as facts. We are truly our own worst enemies and it’s exciting to see how many people are turning away from processed foods and GMOs.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

I agree completely, Joss.

When the facts support a specific POV (as they do here), proponents are able to speak their truth quietly and clearly . . . with under-stated grace.

9. colonialist - March 31, 2012

I get very confused and fed up (or not, in the other sense) by the conflicting data constantly put out. Veggie diets are good for one, bad for one, good for one … Margarine is the best thing since – er, on – sliced bread, and then it is one molecule away from plastic. And so it goes.
Vegan diets really seem overkill, but my granddaughter does another over-thing by overachieving on one over and over again. 🙂

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

I recommend watching THIS film then, Colonialist.

It sets out the science in a straightforward factual manner and then shares anecdotal clinical success stories to substantiate what the large scale data shows.

colonialist - March 31, 2012

I will – but mention that other contradictory ones I have seen seem very convincing, too.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

I hear you . . . this is the age of mis-information:


10. sufilight - March 31, 2012

I have been desiring of eating less meat products and make the majority of my diet plant based, so started using the Wok this week to saute the veggies lightly. Also make veggie juices at home. I realize that diet is super important for one’s well being. I basically have no choice but to eat healthy, need to be strong to retain the remaining hearing I have.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Good luck, Marie! Anyone with health issues owes it to themselves to explore better nutrition as “medicine.”

We’ve been vegetarians for over 15 years will NO ill effects from missing nutrients and NO protein deficiencies. We’re not taking any prescription medications and have plenty of energy for walking, biking, swimming, and general carousing. 😉

11. BrainRants - March 31, 2012

Except for bacon.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Of course. That goes without saying. 😉

12. creatingreciprocity - March 31, 2012

Very interesting, Nancy – thanks.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Watching people cut their cholesterol and blood pressure levels from dangerously high to normal . . . without drugs = AWESOME!

13. Maggie - March 31, 2012

You can do amazing things with vegetables to make them extremely delicious… much more delicious than they initially appear. It’s more than just “rabbit food.”

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

Exactly. The possibilities are endless . . . soups, stews, stir fries, pasta dishes, lasagna, chili, curries, salads, dips, wraps, tacos, burritos, etc.

14. Patricia - March 31, 2012

I still eat meat and dairy products but not nearly as much as I used to. Growing up there was meat with every meal–except Friday when there was fish. I am the only person in my family who hasn’t had a heart attack before the age of 60. So I guess my change in diet is helping me stay healthy.

nrhatch - March 31, 2012

I’m glad that you’re beating your family’s odds, Patricia. Nothing tastes as good as BEING HEALTHY feels. 😀

15. Three Well Beings - March 31, 2012

I did see this documentary, Nancy, and I agree with you. I have since found myself to be rather evangelical in my belief that we absolutely have to take responsibility for what we are doing to sabotage our own health. I really feel sad and a bit frustrated with friends who have all sorts of chronic disease but aren’t willing to look at what they’re eating. The work of Michael Pollan has become very important to me in helping me understand all the science behind a healthy diet. I’m glad you reminded me of this documentary. I could stand to see it again! Debra

nrhatch - April 1, 2012

All we can do is point them in the right direction. What they choose to do with the information is their responsibility. Even if they decide to maintain the status quo.

Change comes from within.

16. sweetdaysundertheoaks - April 1, 2012

Nancy thanks for this. You know I have a big interest in saving my heart. I know I talk alot about burgers and I do love them. But we eat them rarely and I do not eat any other red meat. I had a small filet for our anniversary and I just didn’t enjoy it. I also drink rice milk in place of milk. I eat lots of veggies but I am not good about fruit except for bananas 🙂 I just found the best quinoa cake recipe on a friends blog last night, I think CH will even eat them. He is still a meat and potatoes guy but he will eat what I cook 🙂 My true vice is cookies. I love cookies.

nrhatch - April 1, 2012

BFF is a “cookie monster.” I prefer chocolate . . . straight up! 😀

We keep a bowl of oranges and a bowl of apples in the fridge and have one or the other (or both!) with most meals. We keep bananas at room temp. We augment those staples with fresh pineapple, grapes, watermelon, and other in season fruits.

We also toss raisins into our salads . . . along with nuts and sunflower seeds.

There are days when we don’t eat 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies . . . but they are few and far between.

17. bluebee - April 1, 2012

My niece (mostly a vegan :-)) told me about ‘Forks Over Knives’ but I don’t think it’s available here in the right DVD format, unfortunately. It’s an absoutely fascinating subject. I also saw this re Bill Clinton and his adoption of a plant-based diet:

I think following such a way of eating can certainly help us reverse and avoid many of these diseases (definitely heart disease and certain types of cancers), but not all, because some are environmental from factors other than food, some mechanical/anatomical, some epigenetic/genetic etc.

nrhatch - April 1, 2012

Thanks for adding the youtube clip, BB. I’ve talked about President Clinton’s switch to a plant based before, but didn’t know how to post videos yet:


You’re right. We cannot eliminate all illnesses through diet and exercise alone. The estimate given in the movie is that 70% of diseases could be reversed and/or eliminated if everyone consumed a plant based whole foods diet.

18. Pocket Perspectives - April 1, 2012

Thanks again for the “heads up”…. odd how difficult it can be to change one’s eating habits and patterns. The more information the better…thanks!

nrhatch - April 1, 2012

Some people make sweeping changes at once ~ they give up beef, chicken, and turkey . . . “cold turkey.”

Others make smaller, incremental changes. Adding more and more meatless meals to the menu mix:


Either way . . . it’s a step in the right direction. Better for them, better for the planet, and better for the animals they would otherwise be consuming.

19. Booksphotographsandartwork - April 1, 2012

I’m still trying. No red meat ever. Oh wait I have had bacon three times this year. Two times more than last year probably. I discovered the Sonic BLT. It’s the best. From now on I will get it without the bacon. Now I just have to get rid of chicken and turkey. And junk food. Darn those Doritos just now were so good. I will try to get hubby to watch the video. He is totally not into health in any way. It drives me completely crazy. It’s maddening.

nrhatch - April 1, 2012

Bacon three times a year doesn’t sound like a heart-threatening habit, Linda. Go for it! 😀

It’s the daily “splurges” that really add to our waistlines and cholesterol levels.

20. Team Oyeniyi - April 8, 2012

I think I could quite happily live on very little, if not no, meat. I actually used to eat very little meat before John and the kids came home.

I should try and cut down their meat consumption.

nrhatch - April 8, 2012

If you need any suggestions for hearty, filling, tasty meatless meals, let me know. What I did was take our favorite recipes (e.g., lasagna), swap out the meat, and add in more veggies and beans.

21. eof737 - April 22, 2012

It’s now on my list… After Food Inc, I was shocked for days… 🙂

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