Movie (Documentary) Night

Movie night is typically reserved for the weekends in our home, but last night a string of thunderstorms decided to roll in keeping us indoors, so instead the Mr. and I pulled out the laptop for some mid-week entertainment. There were a couple of documentaries that we caught bits and pieces of here and there, weeks apart, that we could never remember where we left off, and finally had the time to watch them all the way through, at one time.

First we watched Story of Stuff.

It proved to be a clever little film that succinctly told the story of contemporary commercialism. The Mr. and I already live a pretty frugal and modest lifestyle, so most of the film was spent quietly nodding our heads in agreement. We recycle and re-use what we can and rarely, if ever, buy the latest and greatest products on the market. Our discussion after the short film, (it’s only about 20 minutes), was that it is an environmental and societal problem that we have been jabbering about for years. We are striving to do our “part” and that’s the best we can do. Unfortunately, I am afraid lovers of things would take this film with a grain of salt. Or maybe try to do better, for a day, then lose interest.

Next we watched Super Size Me.

Oooohhhhhhh boy. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the documentary here, but if you have never seen it, I highly urge you to take the time to watch it. This film is substantially longer, (about 1 hour and 40 minutes), so grab your healthy snack and be ready to settle in for a while. The short description of the film; an average guy decided to make a documentary about American eating habits, namely fast food, by choosing to only eat McDonald’s, three times a day, for 30 days. The longer message of the film; itΒ encompasses the root of most health problems and death here in the US.

After we finished the film, I was a livid individual. As a personal trainer, wellness coach, and nutrition enthusiast, I was uncontrollably ranting about people’s apathy, laziness, and sheer non-education about nutrition. The Mr. had moved to the chair across the room at this point (out of safety?), but if I had fire-breathing capabilities at the time, he would have been hairless. (Thank you my love for listening to me, although I don’t believe you could have fit a word in edgewise.)

My biggest plea to everyone is to please, please, PLEASE slow down and consider your daily choices; what you buy, where it comes from, how you are going to dispose of it, what you are putting in your mouth, what is in the ingredients list. . . . .If you don’t know, learn, read, watch videos, ask. Self education is a powerful tool. (As I raise my water glass.) Cheers to knowledge and health! ❀

(This post was originally published on our sticks or stones blog, which is no longer in publication.)


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