Friday, January 28, 2011

We Saw a Sneak Preview of Forks Over Knives!

Staying informed and inspired in a world conspiring against us.
Last night in Cleveland we were treated to a special sneak preview of the movie Forks Over Knives, complete with a delicious plant strong dinner courtesy of Whole Foods and a short Q and A after with Rip Esselstyn, Dr. Esselstyn and two of the subjects of the film.

Forks Over Knives is a documentary about the scientific/field research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University and the medical research of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, woven in with stories of real life people who's lives have literally been saved with a plant based, whole foods diet.

Two beautiful people, Ellen Darby, the Healthy Eating Specialist at our two Cleveland (East Side) Whole Foods locations and Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet.

It was a packed house! Totally sold out!

At a minimum, it's a great movie for anyone who is interested in health but can't make it through the somewhat tedious read that is The China Study.  It presents, in an easy to follow way, all of the relevant findings of Cambell's work along with a wonderfully visual account of Esselstyn's story and conclusions. It doesn't hurt to see lives transformed in front of your eyes--reversals of diabetes in a few months, drastically improved blood cholesterol numbers in a matter of weeks, elimination of vast amounts of expensive drugs with horrible side effects. At a maximum this film would be the wake up call that Americans so desperately need to WAKE UP and see the obvious--that The Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny's is death on a plate.

A good friend of my husbands, filmmaker Andrew Jareki (All Good Things, Capturing the Friedmans), once said, "You get fat and then you die." And he's exactly right. The diseases that are a direct result of obesity--heart disease (the number one killer in America), diabetes and cancer--are all known to be caused by our diet. (Except about 1-2% of cancers which are genetic flukes.)
Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. It was seeing and hearing him speak about one year ago that totally convinced me to stop using oil in my cooking and to go totally plant strong.

There is something so moving about this father and son team working so hard to do good for humanity.

The movie will be released on March 11th in select theaters around the country. Please support this effort and go see it. Encourage everyone you love to see it too, especially teenagers and children who are mature.

Why? Well, if you are here reading this blog, you may feel that you already know this information. My feeling on the matter is that I need continual reminding and inspiration to stay the course and to go against the masses. It's why I continue to read book after book on the subject. Surrounding yourself with scientific nutritional information is big weapon in my arsenal of maintaining a healthy weight. Using a series of tools like continually reducating myself, as opposed to following a precise food plan (which I always failed at ultimately), is what freed me from the yo-yo dieting trap. For a very insightful article from Peer Trainer on just this subject click here.

For a full summary of the movie and the evening, read this post from the Happy Healthy Long Life blog.

What are the strategies that you employ to stay your course of losing or maintaining a healthy weight?

Do you watch movies on the subject of food? Do you continue to read books on health and nutrition? Or do you feel like you know all you need to know?


Sarah @ Flavoropolis said...

This sounds like it was awesome! I'm from Cleveland, and I went to a similar event for the documentary "Peaceable Kingdom" in that very same auditorium! Makes me wish I was still back in Cleveland, except for the snow and all.
I'm constantly learning more about food and nutrition, it's been a passion of mine for years but humankind still doesn't understand nutrition very well at all so there are always plenty of new discoveries to keep up to date on.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I haven't seen too many movies about it, but there are a lot of books about the subject I've read. I would love to see more documentaries about it!

QZB said...

Great coverage of a GREAT event! I wish everyone I know and love would see this important film, and I'm going to do my best to make sure they do. This is one topic for which I don't mind being the (possibly annoying!) advocate, because we're talking about people's lives and quality of life and that is worth hammering on about. Most of my causes I keep to myself until someone seems interested --- NOT THIS ONE!

The best thing was, I ran into a man in the parking garage before the show and we had a little chat while we were waiting for the payment machines to function. I ran into him again after the show, and he is not only the husband of San’Dera Nation, who is profiled in the film, but also works in Cleveland's public safety sector. He's eager to have the information presented to city officials, which would be beyond exciting.

OK, fangrrl ravings over. This is an amazing film. TWO THUMBS UP!!

katshealthcorner said...

I've watched Food Matters, Super Size Me, and I've been wanting to watch Food Inc (they have it on Netflix). Have you seen any of these?

Chris said...


The film pointed out that 1/2 the board of the FDA are high-ups at major food manufacturers. To say they have alterior motives and agendas....

One out of every seven dollars spent in the US goes to the medical industry (insurance, pills, doctors, etc.). This is a machine that this community does not want to stop. Millions of people make their living off of poor health. What would they do if America got healthier?

Food is medicine. We are in charge of our own health. It is our responsibility, not our doctors'.

Knowledge is power.

Mama Pea said...

I LOVE this post. How exciting for you to have met the men behind the science and the movement!

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Mama Pea-I am incredibly blessed to be living in the small community that is Cleveland's East side, where Dr. Esselstyn has done his groundbreaking work. His family is wonderful!!!! His wife Anne and daughter Jane are continually educating and inspiring this community. Rip dedicates a lot of time and love to us from his home in Austin too. Again, blessed to be a part of this movement.

Ellen said...

Wendy, your plant-strong passion is so contagious and I know you will continue inspire many! I'm so happy to know you and to be on this path together!

Jill in Chicago said...

SOOOOO Jealous you got to see sneak preview and got to hear a talk back with Rip and Dr. Caldwell! I can't wait to see this film; in fact I find the trailer itself to be extremely compelling. I've been watching it every few weeks or so, and it serves as a menu-planning and meal inspiration :)

Healthy Librarian said...


What a fantastic evening!! With all those people--what a surprise to run into you 3 times.

Your post is terrific & captures the spirit & energy of the night. So glad you took pix. When did you find to time to write it up?

Gotta be the energy from your plant-strong diet!
Chris was right--it did feel like a rock concert.

If you want to remember any of the key points--and the awesome health stat changes made by some of the films' "stars"--I summarized them here:

The Research-Based Documentary That Will Change the Way You Eat. "Forks Over Knives" The Story of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's China Study & Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's Heart Disease Reversal Study. Getting Your Health Back on a Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet

@Ellen (if you're reading this) from Whole Foods--YOU are amazing & Whole Foods did a phenomenal job.

Amy said...

Can't wait to see it. Is it about eating a vegan diet?

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Amy-yes, that is the conclusion that the doctors draw, but it's all about how they got there.

Ellen said...

Dear Healthy Librarian,
Yes, I am reading this. Thank you for your kind words. Love your blog and just lovin' this plant-strong movement!!!

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