One of my health-conscious friends
introduced me to Forks over Knives last time she visited.
It’s a documentary from 2011 that explores the potential for people to improve their health through choosing a vegetable-based rather than meat-based diet. In fact, Lee Fulkerson (the director) is so passionate about his research that you can now watch the entire ninety-six-minute movie online, apparently for free. (We used Netflix.)Alan and I watched Forks over Knives with interest, and I think they make some very compelling arguments for eating more vegetables and less meat. When worded that way, I doubt anyone would disagree. To become a vegetarian is more extreme than most of us are likely to go, but the movie makes a powerful case for lethal links between processed and meat-based foods with various cancers, heart conditions, and other diseases. You might think it cruel to discuss such a movie during the holidays (or that I have no right to talk having shared a couple of recipes for candies lately), and I don’t mean to be a curmudgeon, but as the year draws to a close and we reflect on what we might change in 2017, I think improving our diet is always one worthy goal. Lizzie said that she and her husband haven’t become vegetarians, although they’re trying to be “flexitarians”…using meat now and then rather than as a staple of their diet. Her husband mentioned that he’s been trying to eat whole grains and veggies for breakfast and lunch and then allowing himself some (smaller) portions of meat with dinner.
However we slice it, the typical American diet laced with sweeteners,
fatty and fast foods is not healthy!
I don’t know if you make New Year’s resolutions, but on the eve of 2016, this might be a good time for all of us to take stock and reinvigorate our menus with more veggie-based dishes for 2017. I’m definitely attempting this, and if you have any vegetable recipes you especially enjoy, I’ll try them if you’ll share them with us. Thanks! (P.S.—Forks over Knives also publishes a cook book and has other resources available online.)
“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.” (Romans 14:1-3, ESV)