Hey guys! Today I’ve got another vegan post to continue on from my “Tips for New Vegans” post. I hope that this article will educate you and answer any questions you may have about going vegan. I know reading medical journals and studies, or searching the web for answers can be challenging as there really is an overwhelming amount of information out there. So, today I’ve tried to weed out the complicated numbers and facts, and give you the information as straightforward and simply as possible, across one of the easiest mediums to understand; movies. I’ve rounded up my favourite vegan documentaries that I believe are eye opening and life changing. They deliver the facts hard and cold, and make you really think about how you’ve been eating and living on planet Earth.
I also wanted to encourage you all to join the 30 day vegan challenge! This challenge is put on by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and is meant to be an educational and informational challenge for anyone looking to further explore the benefits of veganism. Each day during the 30 days, you receive a Daily Message full of motivation, inspiration and information that will empower you as you go through this transition. A bevy of resources are included throughout the 30 days, all of which may be printed or conveniently accessed online. This is a great starting point for anyone who’s curious about a vegan lifestyle. You can sign up for the challenge here.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Starting with my favourite documentary, Cowspiracy is an environmental documentary following Kip Anderson through his challenging journey to uncover the truth about animal agriculture and the secrets the world’s leading environmental organizations are keeping. I had no idea that animal agriculture was the leading cause of global warming until I watched this film and now it’s part of the mission statement of my blog. Everyone has a reason for going vegan. Whether it’s for better health, weight loss, the benefit of the animals; for me, my reason was the environment. As Kip states in the movie, “you can’t be an environmentalist and eat meat”. You can watch Cowspiracy on Netflix.
Earthings is still the most shocking and powerful documentary I’ve ever watched; it’s what finally pushed me over the edge to commit to veganism 100%. This film reveals humankind’s dependence on animals for everything from food, clothing, entertainment, and science, all for our own person profit. The film is very real and raw as its all shot using hidden cameras to provide the world with shocking never before seen footage. Earthlings is hard to watch, I’m not going to lie. Certain scenes are pretty graphic, but it’s the truth about what really happens in the world of animal exploitation. You can watch Earthlings on YouTube here.
101 Reasons to go Vegan
I’d recommend starting here, for anyone who’s a little apprehensive about veganism. This video was created by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and really has the simplest way of laying out veganism. It focuses on very elementary ideas such as making the connection between the creatures we keep as loving pets and the ones we eat. It also gives excellent ideas of starting points for those new to veganism and explains the idea of transition foods such as vegan meats and cheeses. You can watch 101 reasons to go vegan on YouTube here.
The Cove isn’t directly about veganism, but it is about the exploitation of innocent animals, or rather one in particular; dolphins. This film follows legendary Ric O’Barry and fellow activists in an undercover mission to the hidden cover in Taiji, Japan where thousands of dolphins are murdered every single year. This is another raw documentary, shot with hidden cameras placed rather strategically and against the laws of the Japanese government. The risks these activists take in order to expose the brutality of this dolphin massacre is terrifying, yet necessary. Although this film isn’t directly about veganism it really makes you think about the lives and treatment of all animals on this Earth. You can watch The Cove on iTunes.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
This documentary follows the overweight and extremely unhealthy Joe Cross who is at the end of his rope when it comes to a hope for a healthier life. So after consulting many doctors and seeking medical advice, Joe embarks on a journey across America to heal his body and help others in the process. He trades his junk food for a juicer and vows to only consume fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days with the goal of getting off his medication and achieving a balanced lifestyle. Joe comes off his juice cleanse after 60 days and enters a balanced plant based lifestyle, healthier and happier than before. You can watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix.
Forks Over Knives
Finally, Forks Over Knives examines the claim that all degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed simply by eliminating animal products. The documentary follows the work of two researchers; Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn who first realized the affects that animal products had on children in the Philippines. They have since conducted various studies in a number of countries, all turning up the same results; degenerative diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer could be prevented and almost reversed by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. You can watch Forks Over Knives on Netflix.
I hope you guys find these documentaries helpful and informative. If any of you join the 30 day vegan challenge, let me know if the comments down below!