Fed Up

Mother’s Day tradition in my family is a great big pot luck family get-together with moms, dads, kids, cousins and grandparents. And the bonus? The dads are the ones who bring all the food. And, truly, it is absolutely wonderful. Usually, after the pot luck lunch, my boys take me out for dinner which means that by the end of Mother’s Day I feel relaxed, loved, and well and truly celebrated.

Vegan and RawThis year, with all the Radical changes in my diet, Simon was not so sure about the traditional restaurant dinner. And when he asked me where I wanted to go, my response was; Raw Aura, Lettuce Love Cafe or The Naked Sprout. The problem with my three choices is that they are either raw or vegan. And while that is fabulous for me, it is not so fabulous for my three meat-eating sons.

Now, don’t get me wrong, if that is where I really wanted to go, that is where we would go.

Fed UpSimon, being the mover and the shaker that he is, suggested a Radical change for Mother’s Day. He suggested we go to a movie. But, not just any movie, to a brand new food documentary entitled Fed Up that was premiering in Toronto that very night. I can’t even imagine the hours I have logged recently watching food and health documentaries, watching YouTube videos on health and nutrition and reading anything I can get my hands on. And so, a food documentary for Mother’s Day sounded just perfect!

The kids weren’t entirely convinced, but they came along without too much hassle. And, much to their surprise, they absolutely loved the movie!

Fed Up takes the audience on a harrowing, fascinating and heartbreaking 92 minute journey into the American Food Industry. It upends, once and for all, the idea that ‘calories in, calories out’ is the only way to lose weight. And it invites the audience to take a look at food labels in the conventional grocery store and take note of the staggering amount of sugar (in all its forms) that we are consuming on a daily basis.

Fed Up ChallengeWithout giving anything away, the audience is issued a challenge at the end of the movie…to join the ‘Fed Up Challenge‘ and go sugar-free for 10 days.

Needless to say, I was thrilled and delighted to listen to the impact the movie had had on my boys. We bought them each a Fruitopia drink to have while they munched on their popcorn and, at the end of the movie, both Michael and Zachary threw out their full drinks. I thought Michael put it beautifully; “how can I drink that crap after watching that movie?”

We talked all the way home about the movie and the family is all-in for the 10-day challenge. And, even better, the boys are questioning the food that they are eating for the first time since we went gluten-free, dairy-free four years ago.

If Fed Up has made its way to your city, I highly recommend it! You just might want to re-think the Coke that usually accompanies your popcorn!Coke and Popcorn

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