Ok, If you’re a regular reader of this blog, and you’re familiar with Gnarly’s stance on clean, natural ways to fuel your body, then you’re going to want to check out this documentary by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch called Hungry for Change. these two Nutritional Consultants turned filmmakers have not only created a very watchable and interesting documentary that discusses how we eat in a modern society, but it really goes into the why -and it turns out the why is damn interesting. The film brings ideas of socialization, addiction, and even how our body has been programed by millennia of evolution to crave certain foods. It also discusses how a modern 9 to 5 workaday life is affecting our diets as well. One of the scariest statistics the film brings up is that ¼ of men in the U.S. and ⅓ of women are on a diet. That’s insane. A diet is not something you jump on and jump off when you feel you’ve achieved some goal of looking a certain way. No, totally wrong. A diet is what you feed your body day in and day out so that it can do the things you ask it to do as efficiently as possible. A diet is how you fuel your body so you can run farther, lift heavier, swim stronger, etc. Looking and feeling your best are byproducts of this type of healthy lifestyle.
Not to get on our high horse, But Gnarly was built around these principles. We’ve built our stuff with real integrity. Hopefully that’s evident as soon as you turn the label around and look at what we put in it.
We’re talking about promoting real, sustainable health. And Hungry for Change speaks to that. The greatest thing about the film, besides that it doesn’t dumb down the issues, or make the struggle to eat clean a black and white, good vs bad, it’s-easy-to-eat-right–if-you’re-a-good-person sort of argument that we’ve all heard before, is that instead it takes you through a very logical process of how our body is setup to deal with food, how our bodies cravings get exploited, and how we as society decide to deal with it on a daily, meal by meal basis.The result is that you come away from the film with a better understanding of why we eat the way we do and maybe how an individual could effect some real change in their daily eating habits. Trust me, it will change the way you’ll view how and why you eat what you eat.
And when you’re done, check out the Hungry for Change website. It has all sorts of really useful advice on cleaning up your eating act. You can even watch the first 20 minutes of the film right there.