When I first got started in this path to live naturally and eat Real Food I read books, I watched documentaries, I googled, I visited blogs and websites. I had a thousand questions. Why? What? When? Where? How?
The reason I played with the words and named my blog Naturally Mindful is because I wanted to put an emphasis in the Mindful part. I don’t expect people to just read one of my blogposts and say “oh, that makes sense. I’m going to do that from now on”. I want my readers to be left with questions of their own at the end of my posts. Why? What? When? Where? How?
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance”
So I thought why not share with you 5 documentaries that changed my life. As a follow up post another day I will share the books that changed my life. I have watched more than these 5, but these are the one that truly had an impact in my life and opened my eyes and my mind.
5 Documentaries that will change your life
Do you know where your food comes from? How it’s been processed? Who controls the supply? Who is profiting the most?
The answers to these questions can be quite unsettling, especially when we think government agencies like the USDA and FDA should be protecting us. This documentary impacted me as a consumer and as a parent, a must watch.
This film follows an experiment in a small village in the mountains of France, where – in opposition to powerful economic interests – the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic, with much of it grown locally. Featuring interviews with children, parents, teachers, health care workers, journalists, farmers, elected officials, scientists and researchers, we learn about challenges and rewards of their stand.
After watching this film I didn’t just get a greater idea of the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides in our food but I felt like starting a little revolution right here! Can you imagine if we decided to grow vegetables in the schools teach kids about growing their own food!? I get so excited just thinking about it!
My husband grew up recycling because his city offered curbside recycling, I didn’t. When we moved to our current city there was no curbside recycling offered but my husband diligently every week brought our recycling to containers scattered throughout the city. Before this film I had an inkling about the effect humans have on the environment, but oh boy, did this film really opened my eyes. Every action we take has an impact on our planet. Why did I become mindful in being a steward to our land? Because I want my children and my children’s children to grow up in a healthy planet.
Where is your bottled water coming from? Is it safe? A behind the scenes film about the unregulated huge business of bottled water and it’s harmful cycle; from the effect of the production of the plastic bottle, the impact on the environment like the millions of bottles and caps that end up in out oceans killing our sea wild life, to the toxin found in the water many believe to be safer than tap. A huge eye opener, this film is the reason I only drink reverse osmosis water that I buy by the gallons in my own reusable container and why I carry a reusable glass bottle. For further reading on the dangers of plastic click here to read my previous post.
When I hear that this country suffers from poverty and that there are people going hungry makes me angry, because growing up in a “third world country” I have seen extreme poverty and it is unimaginable to most people here in the US. But in this country there are millions of families going hungry, it is a fact. As a parent can you imagine what it’s like for your children to cry ask you for food and you have to tell them there is nothing and to sleep on their bellies because that relieves a little the hunger pains? Fortunately I don’t know what that is like. The food system in this country is complex, corrupt, and not easy to fix. But I truly believe in that those of us fortunate enough to afford certain quality of foods can change the landscape of the food demand and supply. I used to feel guilty about paying $15 for an organic and pastured whole chicken, until I realized that only by me supporting this farming and growing practices will one day these foods be available to even those unable to afford them.