Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Thoughts on "Hungry for Change"

This past weekend I watched the documentary "Hungry for Change" on Netflix.  The film opened my eyes to the extent of the harmful effects of certain foods like MSG and sugar as well as the huge hoax that is the diet industry in America - duping people with false promises and using guilt and shame to make us feel bad about our bodies (although I kind of knew that already).  I liked the focus on the idea that diets should not deprive us in any way - that we should just be putting more and more of the really good foods into our bodies, which they say will eventually cause us to not want the "bad" foods. I also liked the way the movie explained that our bodies are actually just starving for us to treat them to the nutrient-rich foods they crave.  Overall, the film was average in my opinion, a little corny and a little extreme.

However, I was slightly bothered by some of the messages in this film:

1) The idea that some foods are labeled "bad" for you and should be avoided because of their very harmful effects.  There should be a spectrum.  It is OK to eat pizza sometimes, I don't think foods should ever be off-limits, white bread is delicious and sugar cravings are not the worst kind of cravings you can have ;)

2) Juicing. The film REALLY pushes juicing and detoxification.  But there are certainly other ways to kick-off a healthy diet.  Plus I don't have a magic bullet and I get WAY too hungry for a liquid diet to sustain me - I will slap somebody. 

3) That you have to go "all in" and become some sort of crazy, vegan health nut.  There are small steps everyone can take to add more nutrients into their diet.  Hell, I am going to grab some chia seeds, nut butter and kale next time I am at the grocery store thanks to this movie.  But I am also going to grab egg rolls from the freezer section.  I love egg rolls.

I will say that one of the best messages I took away from this film was that we need to love  ourselves and our bodies unconditionally as they are RIGHT NOW.  The film has inspired me to say that to myself in the mirror more often.  I do believe that once we love our bodies unconditionally, we will want to treat it to the best foods it needs... which might occasionally be an order of french fries and some sugar-laden treats.

Anyone else seen it?  What did you think?


  1. I love your points about the film. Those kinds of books/movies just tend to be too extreme for my taste.

    1. Yeah, I get turned off as soon as I feel like a documentary is biased toward a certain opinion or lifestyle. And this one also felt kind of judgmental and snooty.