Excited that it was finally available on Netflix, last night I watched the documentary, Forks Over Knives. I’ve been a fan of the Engine 2 Diet and The China Study for a while, but I didn’t realize how closely related this movie is to both of them. To put it simply, the movie is not for everyone. But, in my opinion, IT SHOULD BE! I’m sure some of you won’t like what I have to say. But, keep in mind, our blog has 5 different writers, and not all of us share the same opinions. So, you’ll still see some meat recipes on our site! That is, unless they change their minds, too! :)
The movie is about 1.5 hours long, but it took me and my husband much longer to watch, since we stopped and started it many times to talk about certain things. At one point, I was on the verge of tears. And, one time when we had paused it, I went into the kitchen to pour out my brand new 1/2 gallon of organic cow’s milk. You know how sometimes, you just have those moments of clarity? That’s what it felt like for me. I just couldn’t have it in my house anymore. If you look below, you’ll see that we’ve clearly been confused about which milk to drink for a while. I went through the pantry and fridge and pulled out all of the milk I had in the house and Lance and I started to ask ourselves….what do we want out of milk? Seems like the doctors and commercials and some government agencies (they do protect us, right?) tell us it’s calcium. I remember my son’s doctor telling my pre-teen son to be sure to drink TONS of milk during his teenage years. Why? I guess so that his bones would be strong and not crumble away. I suppose it’s because cow’s milk is “natural”. Hmm. Below is a picture of my younger son with the different milks we had in our house. And, we usually also have goat milk added to the mix!
Who wouldn’t want to to empower yourself with as much knowledge as possible to keep him safe and healthy? :) Since we had all of the milk out, Lance (husby) and I excitedly started calling out how the different vitamins and minerals each had and were comparing them to each other. We wanted to try to answer the question – why, if we think cow milk is pretty gross, has pus in it, and just seems weird in general to feed a human milk from an animal, why? Why are we still feeding it to our kids, when we won’t drink it ourselves anymore. Quick question – if the government and your doctor said that human milk was better for us than cow’s milk, would you go stock your shelves with it, or would that gross you out a little bit? It’s just something to think about. Do you think that doctors have all of the answers? Do you think doctors have differing opinions? They do.
Since we were calling out the different nutrients in the milks we had in the house, I thought I’d make a chart so you can see what we saw. Draw your own conclusions – I’m just telling you about our night. :) I put what I considered category “winners” in RED.
|*all measurements are 1 cup||Central Market Organic Almond Milk – Organic||Pacific Natural Foods Hemp Milk –Original||Pacific Natural Foods Hemp Milk – Vanilla||So Delicious Coconut Milk – Unsweetened||Horizon Organic Lowfat Milk – 1%|
|Vitamin B12||Not given||Not given||Not given||50%||Not given|
Some things that were surprising to me:
I always thought that hemp milk had quite a lot of sugar in it. I found it interesting that cow’s milk is not far behind it. And, cow’s milk was definitely the winner in the protein category, but I have to wonder how many people are drinking milk for the animal protein in it? And if so, why is animal protein better than any other plant based protein or calcium for that matter? I’m curious to know.
I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone and I don’t want to go on and on about why I loved it so much. But, I will tell you this. I dumped my cow’s milk and don’t plan to give it to my kids anymore. And, I have been on the verge of a 100% plant based diet for a while now, and I can safely say that I am finished with meat now. (I will need to transition my VERY pick y 5 year old because he lives on turkey sandwiches and I don’t want him to get sick! Oh and if you have any ideas or suggestions for him, PLEASE send my way!) I wouldn’t drink milk from my nursing dog (or my nursing neighbor), and I wouldn’t eat my dogs! So why would I eat a cow? Or a pig? Is there REALLY a difference between which animals are appropriate to eat?
Please don’t take it from me – I am not an extremist about anything and I will never judge anyone who doesn’t see things the way I do. And I can’t make a promise with all of my heart that I will never have a filet mignon again! But, if you are reading this and curious about it at all – PLEASE watch Forks Over Knives and also Crazy, Sexy Cancer. I strongly believe that these two documentaries will at least empower you with knowledge that you didn’t have before – and I know that they will give you something to think about.
Who else wants to go on this journey with me? Please comment, whether you agree with me or not – I would love to know other people’s views!
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone! I’m off to find some plant based recipes I can serve on Labor Day! To start, it looks like there may some here.
Health and hugs…
There is no money in healthy people or dead people. The money is in sick people.
Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.