Updated: Jan 14, 2019
Transitioning to a vegan diet isn't an easy one. You need a lot of good reasons to do it otherwise it won't stick. These documentaries will give you the information you need to decide if veganism is right for you.
Some people think the plant-based, whole-foods diet is extreme. Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme. - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
Are you thinking about transitioning to a vegan diet?
It's hard to make this decision and it won't last unless it's for the right reasons. If you truly feel passionate about your choice and believe it's the right thing to do then you'll never look back...
You don't know what you don't know
Socrates once said “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” We can go through life being oblivious to what is going on around us or we can gain the knowledge necessary to make change. I wish I knew what I know now years ago. As time goes on more documentaries are coming out providing us the knowledge we need to make the right decisions.
How long does it take to fully transition to a plant-based diet?
There's no magical number, it took me 2 years to become fully vegan. I've known people to make the transition in 3 months or even cold turkey. Everyone is different and only you will know your own pace.
Here's what worked for me
I took baby steps and slowly cut out different animal products over the course of 2 years. First I cut out meat, then dairy and finally seafood and eggs.
How did I make these decisions?
I started to watch A LOT of documentaries and finally learned the truth. We've been so far removed from where our food comes from. The food industry is only interested in making money and they'll do anything to keep us coming back for more. They don't really care our health or the animals health that they enslave and slaughter to make a quick buck.
Make change today for a healthy tomorrow
The food we eat has an enormous impact on our health, more so than genetics. As time goes on we're gaining more knowledge by research to show the links between the foods we're eating and the diseases they're causing.
Knowledge is power
Below I've outlined the documentaries I've watched that helped me make change to a plant based diet. I watched these documentaries on Netflix but I'm not sure if they're still available. You can probably buy them on Amazon.
Forks Over Knives - I was always told that too much red meat was bad for you. Mostly because of the cholesterol but little did I know that it was also the cause of cancer and heart disease. Eating meat was worse than I thought. In this documentary, we see the true negative effects that eating too much meat has over our bodies and how a plant based diet can reverse certain diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure.
Food Choices - We've always been told that we need certain types of animal products to gain the right types of nutrients to be healthy. For example, we need meat to get our protein or to drink milk to get calcium. In this documentary, we discover the truth about what nutrients we really need and unveil the lies we've been told.
Cowspiracy - We've all been told that gasoline cars have a huge impact on global warming secreting 20 lbs of carbon dioxide per gallon of gasoline. I even leased an electric car for 3 years to reduce my carbon footprint. I also believed that I should be unplugging electronics to save energy and to conserve water by using a low flow shower head or taking a 4 minute shower. Little did I know that meat farmers are wasting tons of our water to feed the cows and pigs that would one day will end up on someone's plate. This documentary reveals the truth that it's not carbon emissions from cars that are causing global warming but the farming industry.
Vegucated - This is a great documentary for people looking to switch to a vegan diet. Three meat eaters take on a challenge to go vegan for 6 weeks. We see the struggles they experience that are all relatable and what you can expect if you choose to make the switch. We follow them through their journey and discoveries along the way.
What's With Wheat? - Being vegan in the beginning is hard. You don't know what to eat so we tend to go for the vegan meat replacements which are typically made of wheat gluten. I also started to eat a lot of wheat more so than I ever had. On a daily basis I was eating bread or pasta. After a while I started to gain weight, get eczema, joint pain and felt really terrible overall. I started to get a feeling it had to do with the increase in wheat that I was eating. I saw this documentary on Netflix all the time and had skipped over it but after feeling the way I did I pulled the trigger. Boy am I glad I did. This was the answer I was looking for. Wheat isn't just bad for someone with Celiac but for everyone's gut which has been shown to be a huge factor in our health.
Fed Up - I included this documentary on my list because it focuses on sugar and the processed foods that are being marketed to children. If you have a family or plan on having children I believe this is a very good documentary to watch. Children today are experiencing higher rates of diabetes and obesity. We are told that exercise is needed to lose weight but that's not the problem. In this documentary, we learn the true effects of what sweets and junk food have on our children's health and how the food industry is banking on your child's addiction to their foods.
The True Cost - This documentary doesn't have anything to do with food or health. I wanted to throw this documentary in here as a bonus because it opened my eyes to the clothing industry and high fashion. Clothing companies do whatever they can to get us to buy more clothing by dropping the prices, but at what cost? I had no idea that I was supporting such terrible conditions and lives for the people making the clothes I was wearing.
I hope you find these documentaries as helpful as I have found them. They truly changed my life and I'm a better person because of them.
All lives matter
From the animals we use for our benefit, the factory workers making our clothing, the children being targeted by soda and junk food companies, to you and me. No one's life means more than another and we need to strive to treat each other as equal beings.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have. - Margaret Mead