Three Eye-Opening Docos For Your Lazy Weekend Viewing

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while being on holidays for, ahem, eight months, it’s that days are easily spent exploring the world. Reading articles, discovering amazing new websites, cooking a new recipe, or watching a documentary you once may’ve overlooked in favour of that epic new release.

The beauty of all this spare time is that you get to benefit too, Happies. I get to sift through the millions of not-so-interesting things and, hopefully, present to you a couple of things worth taking the time to explore yourselves.

Like these documentaries, all of which I had the pleasure of viewing within a few days of each other. And all of which I highly recommend you watch if you haven’t already. Captivating stuff!

1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

For anyone who’s ever questioned the benefits of juicing as they sit there munching their fried chicken, I urge you to watch this film. Created by likeable Aussie businessman, Joe Cross, this film captures his epic journey from sick, to inspiringly healthy.

You see, Happies, Joe has a rare auto-immune disease. He’s overweight, on a truck load of medications, in pain, and willing to do anything to get healthy again.

Cut to some incredible amount of days, weeks, months later and he’s cured. Fixed. Not on his meds. And not overweight. He’s also managed to pick up the delightful Phil Staples on his travels, who suffers the same disease as Joe, and fix him too.

Watch it if: You’re looking for an inspiring story of hope, health, and happiness that addresses the benefits of juicing, greens, and processed food avoidance. It’s also great if you’re overweight, stuck for options, and looking for a new lease on life.

2. Forks Over Knives

If you’re a believer in eating for health, this movie will open your eyes up to the incredible potential of food as medicine. It outlines the dangers of eating a diet high in processed, animal-based foods and argues that these are the root cause of serious illness such as cancer.

Watch it if: You’re addicted to Maccas. Or, you want to further educate yourself on the benefits of a plant-based diet with lots, and lots, and lots of greens.

3. Food Inc.

I can’t tell you how much this movie changed my perception of food. While it is important to note that the information being given is based on the USA and their totally whack food practices, it’s – erm – food for thought for us Aussies who really want to take notice of where our food is coming from, and how the animals we eat are treated.

After watching this film my husband and I have decided not to eat pork anymore. And proudly continue with our organic, cage-free chickens.

However, the movie also talks about cattle feed lots, and the effects of eating beef that is grain fed, rather than the preferred grass fed. While a large proportion of cattle in Australia is grass-fed, there’s currently a push to relabel Australian beef products to educate the consumer on whether the cattle is grass or grain fed,  or grain-finished, which is a loop hole in the system that allows cattle to be grain fed for 70 days, yet still classified as grass fed. Confusing, much? This is only the beginning.

Watch it if: You want to start asking more questions like: Where does our food come from? What’s in it? How did it got to my plate? Do I really want to eat this again?

Stay Happy,

Yaz xx



  1. rebeccahawkesdiary · December 8, 2011

    I love forks over knives and thanks for these suggestions! Another great documentary is Earthlings but I warn you, it really tells the truth about how we treat animals. Pretty graphic to the point where I could only watch a third of it and I’m vegan…Eating organic cage-free chicken still means that the birds are cramped up in barns with their beaks and claws cut off with a hot blade so they do not puncture flesh when they fight, and are fattened too quickly to the point that their legs can’t often support their weight. I used to only eat free-range (e.c.t) until I recently found out the truth that these methods are still not cruelty free. X

  2. Amy · December 9, 2011

    Hi yaz,
    How do you go about watching these? I’d love to watch fat sick and nearly dead but apparently you can only see it at their movie tour in the states?

    • Yaz Turker · December 12, 2011

      Hey Amy, I watched them on NetFlix. Can you subscribe from Aus? You get 1 month free and then it’s about $6.99 a month after that and you can stream as many movies as you like. I so hope you can get it. If not, maybe try Hulu or TVDuck. Fingers crossed, it’s great viewing. You can always ask them on their FB page, too? The guy’s Aussie so he should make sure Aussies can watch it 🙂 Yxx

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