Please Note* Today’s Auf Geht’s, Mama! contains images that may disturb you, unless you are a surgeon, in which case, you have no worries.
A review on…
Scary Food Documentaries
My husband was browsing a popular infotainment website and came across a recipe for something called “Cheese Straws.” I looked in horror at the photo:
We have been watching a lot of documentaries on food recently. Originally, it wasFood Incorporated that paved the way for better eating habits. We switched to as many organics as we could lay our hands on, and we played with foods outside of the Standard American Diet (which, sadly, is entirely possible to maintain in Germany).
We watched another documentary called Food Matters; though not as snappy as Food Inc, it highlights the problems of the American diet and the current medical system in America.
The third scary food movie we watched was Forks Over Knives, which has much of the same information as Food Matters, but it’s presented in a neater package.
The cheese straw that broke the camel’s back was a fantastic documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which is about a man who takes drastic measures (drinking nothing but freshly-pressed juice for 60 days), to save not only his own life, but to inspire and help others. We bought a juicer the next day.
With all of these documentaries rolling around in my brain, when I saw the picture for “Cheese Straws,” my first thought was how closely they resemble Atherosclerotic plaque, which is the number one killer of Americans today. What IS Atherosclerotic plaque? It is the fatty stuff that sticks to your arteries. If you want to see how closely it looks like a Cheese Straw, watch the video below.
If you don’t have three minutes to spare, skip to the part where they’re doing the surgery:
Cheese Straw baking, nein, danke!
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan (who is interviewed in Food Inc)
The Gold Coast Cure, by Andrew Larson, M.D., and Ivy Ingram Larson (interesting read and some good recipes)
The Daniel Fast, by Elmer L. Towns (not the best read, but it gives a good outline of fasting for spiritual reasons)
Forks Over Knives, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D. (good recipes and an overview of the movie)
Super Immunity, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. (is interviewed in many of the documentaries)
Note: Some of these books contain certain philosophies and opinions I do not agree with, but it does not mean the nutritional principles have no merit. Test everything. Hold on to the good; let go of the bad!
Despite the weather, I have been getting out and running, and I am now up to 20 miles a week. I still have a long way to go before I’m in marathon shape, but since I have until the third weekend in July, I think I’ll do fine.
In case you missed it, I did sign up for yet another Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon, which I distinctly recall saying I would never do again (around mile 7 of the first one).
I am now running all my mileage in my forefront trainers–the pink Newtons. I save the Merrell Trail Gloves for short runs with Noah and everywhere else (to strengthen my feet). I’ve had no pain in my arches, ankles, knees or feet, so I’m hoping I can do the next marathon without the knee braces–so far, so good!
To combat the wind & cold temps, I’ve discovered the naturally wicking coziness of Merino wool, and I try to wrap it around as many parts of my body as I possibly can.