“People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.“
As far as I can remember, Netflix has always had controversial food documentaries. Over the past year, two documentaries of such genre sprung up advocating two completely different ways or creeds of eating.
One titled The Magic Pill is a documentary by celebrity chef Pete Evans who, alongside some top nutritional experts and doctors, advocates for a ketogenic diet – which is a diet consisting mostly of healthy fat sources and protein from animals that are preferably pasture raised. They made a convincing argument by showing real life transformations as a result of the diet.
Another documentary, titled Game Changers, also had celebrities alongside nutritional experts and doctors. But instead of a Keto diet, this film advocated for a vegan, plant based diet. They made a convincing argument by profiling elite athletes who’ve switched to a vegan diet and improved their athletic performance as a result.
So what are my thoughts? To be honest, I found both films to be a bit biased, and they definitely add to the confusion of what healthy living actually looks like and feels like. The one thing that’s consistent in both films, and what I believe is a key factor to healthy living, is making sure you get away from processed, highly refined foods that are high in sugar, preservatives and trans fats, and replacing them with real, whole foods (preferably organic and local) – such as vegetables & fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, dairy and meat (preferably from pasture raised animals).
In a blog titled Reversing Diabetes without medication, I wrote about 2 studies in which participants ate two completely different diets and achieved the same results. Again, the key thing was eliminating processed foods.
As a health professional, I find that people are quick to jump around from bandwagon to bandwagon looking for that special diet that will give them the results they want – and quickly. The problem is that a lot of these diets are built on hype, are a marketing ploy and are very restrictive for the average person to be able to stick with in the long run. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve recommended therapeutic diets for certain clients, but only once I have a whole picture of their current health and when I know that I will be supporting them in the long term so they will actually achieve results in a healthful way.
If you’re going to watch these films, make sure you watch them both. Then, once you’re done watching, I highly recommend watching the less-biased documentaries that I suggest in my blog titled My Beef With Cowspiracy.