Best Vegan WFPB Documentaries and Where to Watch Them

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I’m always keen to learn more about plant based nutrition, and have been reading How Not to Diet by Dr Greger on and off (It’s a BIG book, definitely one to dip in and out of) for a while now and it’s inspired me to incorporate for WFPB (Whole Foods Plant Based) into our diet.

WFPB isn’t just being Vegan- its about a diet focused on whole foods in their natural form- Fruit, Vegetables, Whole Grains, Legumes. Also- no Oils, no refined Sugar. Essentially- if it comes in a package, it’s processed and is to be avoided!

That means no vegan faux meats, or traditional desserts laden with fat and sugar. If I’m honest, I don’t think I’d ever be able to give these up completely. For example, I can’t imagine never eating Toad in the Hole (Sausages in a Yorkshire Pudding batter) again. But I’d like to keep such foods to a minimum. I’m aiming for about 80% WFPB. Progress, not perfection!

I wanted to share with you the documentaries that inspired me to incorporate more WFPB into my diet. They are all on Youtube so 100% FREE to watch.

Quick note- I’m not militant about Veganism or WFPB. I believe what everyone eats, or doesn’t eat, is their own choice so if you choose to eat meat, dairy, eggs, etc we can still be friends! I’m just sharing what I have found to be interesting or compelling to me.

Forks Over Knives

This is the Gold Standard for WFPB eating in my humble opinion!

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. On separate paths, their discoveries and groundbreaking research led them to the same startling conclusion: Chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives. “

Eating You Alive

This documentary is focused on how what we eat determines our health, and how we can turn our health around by eating a WFPB diet.

Nearly 30.4 million people die each year from chronic diseases and $3.8 trillion is spent in healthcare costs in the U.S. alone for treating what the CDC defines as “among most common, costly and preventable of all health problems.” Tackling one of the greatest health catastrophes of our time, this powerful film reveals how what we eat exacerbates illnesses and, more importantly, explains — in an accessible and engrossing manner — how we can prevent, arrest and even reverse chronic diseases through diet. Along with professional insights from several leading physicians and medical researchers, Eating You Alive features compelling endorsements from celebrities such as director James Cameron and actress Suzy Amis Cameron, actor Samuel L. Jackson and entertainer Penn Jillette, in addition to moving testimonies from everyday individuals who have healed themselves with whole foods. It’s time for a revolution in healthcare and it starts with the next bite.

Diet Fiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgwiIszQE5w

This film exposes the lies sold to us by the $50 Million dollar a year diet industry.

This film exposes the most popular diets on the planet as well as several misconceptions about weight loss and nutrition. It follows the audacious filmmaker Michal Siewierski (Food Choices) in his treacherous journey into the controversial world of weight loss and dieting, as he uncovers several shocking facts and confronts common misconceptions, and misleading information propagated by the industry over the last several decades. Showing the often-devastating effects that obesity has on people’s lives and exposing the viewer to new disruptive ideas and science-based evidence that could potentially lead to long term sustainable weight loss and improved health.

Plant Pure Nation

The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time – whole food plant based nutrition. It follows Tom Riner from the Kentucky House of Representatives as he battles to get WFPB guidelines into legislature.

Food Choices

Join award-winning filmmaker Michal Siewierski on his three-year journey to expose the truth about our food choices. This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. Featuring interviews with 28 world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Michael Greger, Rich Roll, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr Toni Bark and several others. This film will certainly change the way you look at the food on your plate.

Notable Mentions

Other films that are worth a watch (But may only be available on streaming) are

What the Health

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (One and Two)

Cowspiracy

Seaspiracy

Vegucated (It’s Old, but I like it as you see 3 very different people become vegans!)

Engine Rescue 2 (Features Dr Esselstyns son, Rip Esselstyn. My only gripe with this one is that we never see how the families get on with their new way of eating!)

Have you seen any of these? Got any more recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. We try to eat a more plant-based diet as well, and watching documentaries was a great way to get an introduction to WFPB! There’s a couple of these I haven’t seen. Thank you for the list!

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