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What the health and Forks over knives

Can you believe that there are only 3 days left in 2017?! This year has gone by crazy fast! I can’t believe it! I’ve been enjoying a low key weeks at my parents house. This week has been full of seeing friends, work out classes, and lots of sleep in days. Over Thanksgiving, I watched two health documentaries- What the Health and Forks Over Knives.

Both of these movies have similar messages– that a plant based diet is the way to live. Also that eating a plant based diet can help eliminate many obesity diseases and eliminate a lot of medicines to cure these diseases.


Salmon with lemon, roasted veggies (zucchini, bell peppers, and potatoes)

What the Health

This movie has gotten a lot of talk recently and it basically says that all processed meat is a carcinogen and very unhealthy for you. I’ve even heard that some of my coworkers are trying to go vegan because of this movie. The narrator tries to talk to many health organizations about why meat is listed as a healthy diet on their websites. Additionally, you follow the stories of a few patients who switch to plant-based diets and get a lot healthier over time.


Teriyaki vegetable ramen at The Westside Cafe, West Vail

Forks over knives

Forks over knives has a similar message but this movie follows a two doctors and watches their research and how it has affected others. Both, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, do research about how cancer is linked to meat eating diets. Also, the doctors who switch their patients to plant-based diets do a lot of teaching and cooking with their patients to help them learn how to cook healthy meals.

what-the-health-and-forks-over-knivesVegetable pad thai made with Trader Joe’s stir fry mix, white rice, and rice noodles

My thoughts

Both of these movies are very informational and educational. However, they have a bit of a bias and I’m not sure that there will be a final medical discovery on this subject in my lifetime. As a pescetarian, I don’t eat meat, but I do eat seafood and dairy. After watching these movies, I’m trying to cut out some eggs and dairy from my eating habits. For me, this means not eating this items at my apartment when I’m cooking by myself, but allowing myself to eat them at restaurants. For the month I’ve been trying this, I haven’t noticed a big difference. Also, it’s interesting because I’ve had digestive issues since August, and I eat a relatively plant based diet. Additionally, for people who eat diets that are mostly fried or meat, going more plant based would benefit them. I think that cutting out some meat for more plants will always be a good eating mantra. My favorite is Michael Pollan, Eat Food, Not too Much, Mostly Plants.


Oh She Glows– Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pasta, vegan cashew cream sauce


To learn more about plant based eating and the research behind these movies. Also, these movies are on netflix, so take a watch!

What the Health
Forks Over Knives
Plant based on a budget

Have you seen these movies? Do you have an opinion either way? Share them with me!

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  • JRo

    I couldn’t make it more than 10 min into What the Health – it is sooo one sided, poorly researched, and conspiratorial. There are better documentaries out there with balanced, well-studied, and meaningful information for healthy living. I’m a scientist and this one did not pass the sniff test.

    • Caitlin Edwards

      Hi JRo- Thanks for the comment. I agree that What the Health was a very one sided documentary. In general I think both of these movies are one sided. But I do think that they have some good knowledge about health and wellness for people who aren’t super educated in this area.

      Have a great holiday!