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danidee27 is doing 40 things including…

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Killer At Large

Another health-conscious documentary that shed some light on the triggers from society that push towards unhealthy habits and obesity.
It’s obvious that we need to take more steps to be a healthier nation, starting with youth.



12. Bears

How could I forget this one?
We went to go see the newest Disney nature documentaries over the weekend and loved it.
Such cute little baby bears and it was great watching them travel and grow. A truly enjoyable film.



11. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

I was impressed by this one; another testament on how damaging the American diet can be, and how it can be remedied by taking care to eat veggies and fruit.

This documentary promotes juicing specifically, which is perfect because I ordered a juicer last week. I think I will try an all juice fast when I get it, do the Reboot and see where that gets me.



10. Hungry for Change

This one was particularly illuminating given my recent struggles and I am glad I watched it.
I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the format, but in the end it was effective.
I’m going to start paying more attention to the artificial sweeteners, especially in conjunction with caffeine like I’m taking now. Sugar itself and refined carbs also need to be watched.

I’ll be watching this again in a week or two as I make progress to incorporate more about visualization and positive affirmations.

This is good for anyone struggling with eating healty, losing weight, taking care of themselves, and feeling their best.



9. Food Fight

I enjoyed this one, although it wasn’t what I expected.
I think it’s a great idea to eat locally, but unfortunately it isn’t promoted in our society and it is more difficult to do than to just pop into the local grocery store.
Ideally, I’d love to get to the point where I could source and eat local, in season food more regularly.
A new Fresh Market just opened right across the street from me, so I’m excited to go shopping and let their produce inspire my cooking.



8.Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home

This was an interesting movie. We really produce a ton of garbage, and the family being shown lives in Canada, who has a much more advanced waste removal system than what I’m familiar with in the US.

I’d never heard of the “wet garbage” but it seems like a great idea to have it collected for composting on the large scale.

Composting isn’t practical for me right now, but someday it is something I’m interested in at home.

And this has definitely prompted me to really check into what is and isn’t recyclable as far as plastics and packaging go. They recently improved and increased focus on recycling in my area, but I’m not certain I’m doing it right.

This film was an eye-opener… I care about the environment, but still need to take steps to live in a more green fashion.



7. Tapped

At first I was rather skeptical about this film.
Selling tap water at grossly inflated prices is one thing, I’m paying mainly for convenience if I buy a bottle of water.
The fact that the chemicals in the plastic bottles are so toxic is what’s reminded me of why I bought my bottles.
Then, hearing about the lack of regulation on the industry was a little unnerving. The tap water may actually be safer!
And seeing the effect of people not recycling or even throwing away their bottles properly is very frustrating.
This documentary achieved it’s purpose with me, I think.



5 & 6: Inside McDonald's and Inside Chipotle

After a long break from this goal I decided to get moving again; revising the format will definitely make it easier.

I just finished watching two brief documentaries about two strikingly different food companies.

I would say that I have a bad image of McDonald’s and don’t really ever go there, but I may consider having a smoothie there sometime.

As for Chipotle, who used to be owned by McDonald’s, I learned a lot about the company. It really seems like they’re taking a different approach and it’s working for them. I also saw that they’re testing a tofu protein option in California locations to see if they will take it nationwide. Something to look out for.



4. Forks over Knives

This movie definitely has a firm stance. It’s one that I mostly do agree with- as a vegetarian for 7 years I’m an advocate of all that a plant-based diet can do.

I really identified the one thing keeping me from a vegan diet; cheese. Eggs kind of gross me out unless they’re baked into something. I don’t drink milk and I’m not really one to indulge in cakes and cookies. Cheese is another story, though. I could eat it all day long.

Somehow, I managed to let it slip my mind that cheese actually contains cholesterol. Surely something this tasty can’t. The hormones in the dairy products that are being produced today are another wake-up call.

Although the movie made me consider it, I can’t say it’s going to prompt me to make the switch to veganism. It has gotten me to cut back on dairy products, and substitute the ones I use for soy alternatives or organic dairy.



3. Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic

What I learned: Autism is a disorder that causes problems with communication and social interactions, and is linked with repetitive behavior. It is not an “epidemic” unlike what the media frenzy will lead you to believe.

The rapid increase in autism has many factors including higher awareness, not misdiagnosing as something else (childhood schizophrenia), and a broadening of the term autism. Increased predisposition may also be a factor.

What I liked: The film was sensitive while scientific. Both main perspectives to autism are portrayed, and while the director’s approach to dealing with his own son’s autism diagnosis is clear, he doesn’t try to tell anyone on the other side that their efforts aren’t right.

He does ask a lot of questions that challenge preconceived labels and stereotypes.

Having a number of autistic adults in the film really was great. They were all very different, and have varying difficulties and accomplishments from the disorder. There were also some very inspiring words from them in the film.

What I didn’t

The first thing isn’t really a flaw of the film, there is just so much that is unknown about autism still.

I wasn’t really clear on whether the disorder was neurological, physical, or psychological. There seem to be so many differing opinions and theories, even among medical professionals.



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