If you’re like me, you’ve turned on Netflix and spent countless minutes scrolling through each genre, desperately looking for a show or movie you really want to watch. Fortunately, the documentary section is always a reliable source for thought-provoking entertainment.
Most recently, I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, which follows Australian entrepreneur, filmmaker, author and wellness advocate, Joe Cross, and his journey to learn – and teach – how to be healthy in an unhealthy world. While healthy eating is an important aspect of living a healthy life, Joe talks to a variety of experts about things you can do to improve your overall well-being.
Here’s what I learned:
Drink your fruits and veggies
In the first movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe discusses his 60-day juicing fast where he lost almost 100 pounds. This theme carries through in the second film as Joe describes juicing as an easy way to get your fruits and veggies, and meets other people who have tried and succeeded with the diet.
Out of sight out of mind
It’s easy to go to the cupboard and grab a bag of chips or another unhealthy snack. To help avoid this, it’s important to set yourself up for success. Stock your fridge and cupboards with healthy foods, and keep those healthy snacks in open view. For example, place bananas or apples on the counter. Also, hide your unhealthy snacks in an area where you won’t always see them.
Find your support network.
Dieting and exercising can be hard work. Whether your meeting people at the gym or online, developing relationships with those who have similar passions or goals can help you achieve yours.
Healthy and austainable changes.
You don’t need to participate in marathons to be healthy. Make small, progressive changes to your diet and exercise routine that can be sustained over time.
The power of plant food.
This shouldn’t be news to anyone. Fruit and vegetables are good for you! Eat them.
It’s okay to spoil yourself once in a while. But, try to keep consumption of these types of foods in moderation. For example, if you eat out three nights in a row, try to make sure you balance it out with lots of home-cooked healthy meals for the rest of the week.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 is an informative documentary providing a lot of food for thought (pun intended) for anyone interested in their health.
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