When I first started a vegan diet, I did it as an experiment. I wanted to get rid of my addictions to some unhealthy foods and to shed a few pounds. My main motivation to start was my health. I believe food is medicine, and that you truly are what you eat.
“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food” ~ Hippocrates
The first three weeks of eating a vegan diet were hard. A vegan diet simply means no animal products, including dairy, eggs, and meat. At times I felt deprived. I had never intended on continuing on a vegan path for more than the month I committed myself too, but something happened along the way I did not expect… after three weeks I felt really good!
In fact, I had no desire to eat meat or dairy. My taste buds had adapted and I felt great. From that point on my new decision was to continue with a vegan diet for as long as it felt right. To this day I love eating a vegan diet. I love the way I feel physically, mentally, and spiritually. Although it was completely unexpected when I started, a year later I can now tell you a vegan diet feels like home in my heart.
"So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seemed to me that man was not born to be a carnivore." ~ Albert Einstein, March 30, 1954
That's why I was so excited to check out Vegucated. It's an outstanding documentary that follows 3 New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. I saw myself and my own journey in these three people. To say I missed cheese in the beginning would be a complete understatement. I understood their struggles and feelings first hand. This, I expected and enjoyed about the documentary.
“To me, Vegucated is about the shift that happens when you sit at one side of the dinner table, looking at the vegan on the other side with amusement, envy, or perhaps, slight horror. Then you receive some information or inspiration and suddenly find yourself on the vegan’s side of the table, seeing the dinner in a whole new light.” ~ Marisa Miller Wolfson, writer-director
What I didn’t expect was all the education I would receive about our current food system that, for the most part, I had no idea about. I was horrified! My husband was horrified. A couple of times I closed my eyes feeling a tad bit sick. This documentary was not overly graphic but the sadness I felt in my heart over the way things are cannot be ignored.
My hope is that we all become educated about the food in our fridges, where it comes from and how it is produced, so that we can make educated, empowered choices in order to follow the path which feels right in our own heart. I would love so very much for everyone to see Vegucated, and would especially love to know what you think?
Here is what my husband had to say about the documentary:
“I really like the movie as it made me reevaluate how I think about where our food comes from. I spent a few days really thinking about and wrestling with if I wanted to just forget what I saw and keep living my life as I had been for the most part (head in the sand) or If I needed to open my eyes to what really is going on out there. The path of least resistance is to put my head back in the sand and as appealing a choice that is I just can’t in good conscience go forward knowing what I now know….and for that I am grateful.”
Vegucated gets four thumbs up (both from me and my husband).
Check out the trailer: