It’s true that our coach team is usually trying to find ways to get you OFF the couch. But they also understand that everyone needs a little down time now and again. So what better way to R+R on these darker, colder days than cozying up with a good food show or documentary? Gather up your family and some healthy snacks (check out the recipes at the end of this post) and get watching!
Without further ado, these are the coaches’ top five food film picks (and conveniently, they’re all currently on Netflix):
1. Fed Up (2014) – Do you have a serious sweet tooth? Fed Up will have you mesmerized and may change how you eat, forever. Through compelling story telling, it connects the dots between disease and high-sugar diets. (You’ll also learn all the sneaky ways extra sugar makes its way into our meals.)
2. Forks Over Knives – Get ready to be inspired: many diseases (prediabetes, for example) can be reversed with long-term healthy changes in our diet and lifestyle. Even if you’re not vegetarian, this film will challenge you to make more meatless meals and enjoy eating them.
3. Chef’s Table (2017) – This gorgeous and impressive display of culinary skills emphasizes quality whole foods (sans hormones and pesticides) and shows that delicious meals can (and should) be made with just a few choice ingredients.
4. Food, Inc. (2009) – If you haven’t already seen this shocking documentary, now’s the time. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing its highly mechanized hidden underbelly. Compelling interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael and Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) reveal surprising truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and what this means for us as a nation.
5. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010) – Here’s the proof we all need that changing our diet diet can not only help us lose weight, but it can also change our health–and our lives– for the better. This inspiring film follows the personal health journey of Joe Cross, an Australian businessman whose junk food diet left him 100 pounds overweight and with with some serious health problems. (There’s also a sequel.)