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Sunday, January 16, 2011

‘Eating’ – 3rd Edition, An Award-winning Lifestyle Film


‘Eating’ is a ‘must-watch’ film. Briefly, ‘Eating’ gives a broad view of the changing dietary patterns all over the world, why and who is pushing this change, the impact of the change on our bodies and the environment, and finally, what each one of us can do to prevent us from destroying ourselves and the Planet.

Mike Anderson, the writer, narrator, and producer of ‘Eating’ was baffled seeing his relatives and friends suffer from ailments such as cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. As much as he wanted to avoid charting the same path, he was also curious to find out what got them there. After spending a few years researching on the subject, Anderson had his epiphany. The answer was simple. It was SAD (Standard American Diet): a diet marked by high levels of unhealthy saturated animal fats, low fiber, high processed foods, and low plant-based foods.

Sounds familiar, right? And, why not! A SAD diet is what many Indians are also consuming these days.

The last few decades have seen a marked dietary change all over the world with processed foods, and meat and dairy products becoming ‘mainstream’ food. These decades have also seen a rise in the number of people suffering from health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart problems, cancers, kidney problems, constipation, digestive problems, calcium losses from the body, osteoporosis, arthritis, gout, and a host of others. ‘Healthcare’ has suddenly become the all-important word. The promise of healthcare reforms has brought governments to power. The unfortunate part is that the problem is no longer American. U.S. food giants have spread their tentacles all over the world, India being a case in point. The last five years have seen an explosion of eateries such as KFC, McDonald’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, PapaJohn, Kraft’s – you name it and the unhealthiest of all foods has quietly arrived at a store near you.

Mike Anderson was moved to produce ‘Eating’ by many factors; however, these factors can be condensed to one sentence of intent: ‘Eating’ was produced when Anderson suddenly became aware of what the simple act of ‘eating’ was doing to him, his family, and the rest of the world. As part of his research, Anderson switched to an experimental low fat vegan diet and was astonished to see the wonders that it did to him. He did not stop there; he compiled his research into what is arguably one of the most profound public works on vegan nutrition.

Anderson coined the term RAVE diet for the type of vegan nutrition he proposes. A RAVE diet promises to reverse diseases and prevent any from occurring in the future. For the uninitiated, RAVE stands for:
No Refined foods
No Animal foods
No Vegetable oils
No Exceptions & Exercise

The film explains the tenets of the RAVE diet and reaffirms that a plant-based diet is the most important element in any healing protocol. You can find out what people are saying about the RAVE diet by clicking this link.

How to procure your copies of ‘Eating’

You could order copies of the film from ‘The RAVE Diet & Lifestyle’ website by clicking this link. Please check the shipping carrier conditions and accordingly customize your order.

You could also order the film from this link on Amazon.com.

In conclusion

'Eating' is sure to change your life in many ways. Through the film you can meet survivors who literally arose from their deathbeds and have been healthy ever since they adopted a low fat vegan diet. While the first part of the film focuses on the health reasons to switch to a plant-based diet, the second part elaborates on the environmental and ethical reasons fr the switch.
There is never a wrong time to do the right thing. Hopefully, many of you will be able to watch the film.

“Americans are not unique. When people in other parts of the world abandon their traditional plant-based diets and start eating like Americans, they start dying like Americans. The pattern is not only obvious but totally predictable. No matter where you look, when people adopt animal-based diets, heart diseases and cancers suddenly become their biggest killers. This is now happening throughout the world in countries like Japan and China where they are replacing rice and vegetables with meat and dairy products. American eating diseases are spreading like wild fire. The one thing that an animal-based diet does best is kill people. It does this by clogging arteries and restricting the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. Deprive the heart of oxygen, you get a heart attack. Deprive the brain of oxygen, you get a stroke. Deprive the tissues and cells of oxygen and you set up the underlying cause of all cancers.” ~Mike Anderson in Eating, 3rd Edition~

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2 comments:

  1. Veganism is not about us, it’s about other animals. When we focus on the human-centric benefits of being vegan (there are many), what we do is make veganism ALL about us. The problem is we have a speciesist view of the world. We generally believe that the planet is ours to exploit and use up. Our speciesist indoctrination from birth leads us to believe that we are the “crown of creation”. We now firmly and mistakenly believe that other animals are here for our use, that they are resources, “things” and property. Nonhuman animals are none of these things. They experience, they love; they remember; they form relationships; feel pain; and they deserve at least one right — the right not to be used as property. So let us not do them a great disservice by focusing on the ancillary benefits of being vegan when we talk to non-vegans. We must remember that veganism is about nonviolence and justice.

    If we are focusing on human-centric benefits (health and environment), we are leading people down a speciesist path. If we were talking about domestic violence, would we focus on how much money the government would save by educating the public about domestic violence? It’s besides the point that governments would save billions of dollars. If we were talking about rape, hopefully we would not say that because rape is everywhere, therefore we should talk about how we can make rape more “humane”.

    We should ask ourselves when we talk about nonhumans, would we talk about human rights issues this way? If the answer is no, then we need to address the speciesism in our own lives. If we present a speciesist position to the interlocutor, they will take this speciesist position away with them and if they by accident become vegan, it will be for all the wrong reasons and it will not hold. If they become vegan for health reasons, it will not hold the minute it becomes inconvenient. This is demonstrated time and time again. And if they do not become vegan straight away, this is THEIR decision. It does not mean therefore that we should present anything less than veganism.

    Let’s us educate ourselves on how to present a non-speciesist clear moral position about veganism. Please view some essays on this site
    http://www.unpopularveganessays.blogspot.com
    and please read some essays on LiveVegan http://www.facebook.com/LiveVegan and view these resource pamphlets http://www.veganpamphlet.com/
    http://www.vegankit.com/.

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  2. @LiveVegan: Thank you for writing in and for articulating the abolitionist vegan stand.

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