Two nights ago I managed to watch Fat Head after my sister recommended it. It is an indie documentary which is sort of a rebuttal to SuperSize Me. In Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonalds for 30 days and gains weight (duh!) and tries to prove that McDonalds is the evil mastermind behind the weight gain ‘epidemic’ in the United States. Tom Naughton, the man behind Fat Head, thinks that Super Size Me is a load of bologna and goes out to prove it. He also decides to eat fast food for 30 days but instead of eating anything and everything, he skips the fries and soda. He doesn’t eat salads or tries to order ‘healthy’ stuff from the menu, he just eats smarter.
I enjoyed the movie, it was smart, clear and quite funny. I have been thinking about what I eat and what I feed my family (yes I do cook and feed them) ever since I watched Food Inc. I sometimes fall off the bandwagon and sometimes I don’t. I need to find a style of eating that tastes good, healthy and is easy to cook too.
I am currently liking the idea of Paleo (AKA the paleolithic diet). High in protein, low in carbs and fat basically while consciously eating cave man style, i.e. hunter/gatherer. It makes sense. I have only managed to lose weight when I cut down the carbs and sugar. I have been doing it for a couple of weeks and I also feel that my energy levels are better than usual, and trust me I don’t get nearly enough sleep.
Having a daughter also makes me want to put her on the right eating habits track instead of creating a problem now and having to deal with it later. I want her to be fit and healthy not just weigh a healthy weight. I want her to be able to make the right decisions and understand why she is making them. And trust me children do learn more than you think you are teaching them. She now very firmly tells the cashier in supermarkets that she does not want our groceries to be bagged because we carry our own reusable bags. I never talked to her about it, but after seeing me do the same thing a couple of times, she just mirrors what I do.
A couple of weeks ago they had a ‘healthy food’ theme and now asks if this food or that food is healthy, so I guess if I drill it into her she will eventually intrinsically know what food is healthy and what is not.
I also loved the part where he explains LDL and HDL, what I always thought was cholesterol, but really turned out to be cholesterol carrying proteins and how they affect our bodies. A simple animation cleared my whole misconception of the issue.
With so much information available which is so readily and easily accessible, we sometimes get so overwhelmed with it and making the right decision becomes harder.
So seriously, go watch this movie now.
You can also follow Tom Naughton’s blog for more info.