Hungry for Change: Movie Review

Since my transformation into a healthy plant-based diet, I’ve set out on a mission to learn everything there is to know about food and nutrition.  The correlation between what we eat and how our bodies perform is something that interests me very much, being that I’m a plant-based runner.  I have stumbled upon many different resources (some valuable, some not so much).  Recently I got in contact with the friendly folks over at Food Matters.  They offered to let me review their newest movie, “Hungry for Change” and gave me two extra copies to let you (my readers) watch as well.  I was more than excited and watched the movie immediately.  In this post, I will do a quick review and point out some key topics that the film covers.  Then (at the bottom of the page) I will tell you how you can get a copy of the movie for yourself!

When Watching, Take Notes
From beginning to end, the film is full of extremely useful information, much of which I had never heard of or thought about.  I would suggest that when watching the movie, have a pen and paper ready to start jotting down notes.  Nearly every sentence spoken contains highly valuable information; tips that you should use to help determine your grocery shopping list.  
Main Focus  
The focus of the movie is on how the foods we are eating are no longer “real foods.”  We are eating food-like products that the food industry has created for us which have little, to no, nutritional qualities, but contain high amounts of calories.  The movie also illustrates the life of a woman who is struggling to combat weight gain, a fight that is familiar to most American women.  Unfortunately, the diets that Americans are choosing often don’t result in weight loss.  In many instances, they result in the opposite, often adding new health problems.  Once we get onto our “real diet,” the one we were intended to eat, we don’t have to concern ourselves with counting calories, watching fat intake, or feeling depressed because of what we ate.  Our bodies will naturally reward us with what it is capable of doing once fully nourished: lose weight, whitened eyes, glowing skin, look and feel younger.
Today’s Food
We have been programmed over millennia to put on fat whenever there is food available.  We are wired to store that fat for the winter, but the winter never comes.  Foods high in fat and sugar send signals to our brain’s reward system, telling us to eat more.  This was once an efficient and useful signal to follow.  Regrettably, our environment has much changed; we no longer have the worries of our ancestors, such as famine, war, and wide-spread disease.  However, the foods we eat today are excessively high in fat and sugar, and our brains still use those reward signals which tell us to keep eating.  This is one of the key contributors to our nation’s obesity, heart disease, and diabetes epidemic.
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The film pointed out many key points and facts:
* The average American consumes more than 150 lbs. of sugar and sweeteners each year.
* “68 % of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.”  Journal of the American Medical Association
* The difference between being hungry and nutritionally starving
* The food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with the scientific and financial resources to identify very carefully what appeals to the average consumer.  They produce chemical derivatives to add to their food-like concoctions that taste good and have addictive properties – Much like the way the tobacco industry adds extra nicotine to cigarettes, making them more addictive.
* The difference between industry-funded and independent studies.  That’s right – typically the manufacturer of these “food products” are the ones funding the studies which deem them safe.
* The reason people fall off diets – tell yourself “I can have it but I don’t want it.” instead of,
“I want it but can’t have it.”
* The best way to begin changing your eating habits – Start adding in the good stuff and the bad will eventually be crowded out.
* The real truth behind “DIET”, “SUGAR-FREE” and “FAT-FREE” products
* How to navigate your supermarket – what to buy and what to avoid
* The most effective detox and cleansing strategies
* What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
They also break down why certain foods and ingredients are bad for your health, including:
* MSG                                              * HFCS
* Aspartame                                   * Caffeine
* Propylene Glycol                        * Artificial Colors/Flavors
* Partially Hydrogenated Oils    * Canola Oil
* Corn Oil                                       * Shelf-Stable Foods
* Diet Sodas                                   * Processed/Refined foods

 

My Conclusion
This movie kept me focused from the very beginning.  Unlike other movies I have watched, it didn’t make me feel as if I were listening to a lecture, or sitting in a class.  It made me feel as if the doctors and nutritionists were speaking directly to me.  The film is also extremely credible, with references from authors, doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, fitness experts, and people who have lost weight and beaten disease using a natural, whole-food diet.  I encourage you all to watch it and apply the principals to your dietary regimen.  This movie has certainly been a useful tool (among many) that I will continue to use, empowering myself with the knowledge to live a healthy and sustainable life.
For more information on Food Matters, Hungry for Change, or to order their recipe book, click here.  There is a plethora of information on their website that could be of use to you.
Giveaway Details
Now it’s your chance to watch this DVD and see how it can change your life.  We have not one, but two DVDs up for grabs which makes your chances of winning that much better.  If you would like the chance to receive one of these Hungry for Change DVDs, enter the giveaway below.  Good Luck to all of the contestants and be sure to check back every day for multiple entries into the drawing.  Please be sure to read the giveaway rules below!
Giveaway Rules:  The Giveaway is only available to participants in the United States (all 50) and Canada.  The giveaway is open August 8th 12am(EST) to August 16th 12am(EST). Rafflecopter will pick the lucky winners and I will let you know who they are on this page within 24 hours of the contest ending.  Have fun and be sure to share with your friends!

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Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of “Hungry for Change” to review, and two extra DVDs to give away.  I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone and they have not been controlled or influenced by Food Matters or anyone else.

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We Have our Winners!
First off, thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway, helping to spread the word about healthy eating habits.  If you didn’t win, I encourage you to check out the movie anyway.  You can watch it for free on Netflix if you have a Netflix account.
I let Rafflecopter choose the winners… and the winners are….
Amanda Thomas & Donnie Dellinger!
Of course I verified their entries, which you can see below:
Congratulations guys!  Please send me an email at brandon@forkstofeet.com with your mailing addresses so that I can get these DVDs in the mail and into your DVD players.  Thanks again for participating and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on “Hungry for Change.”  Have a happy Friday everyone!
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