This dish stems from a recipe in Forks Over Knives, The Cookbook. Because of copyright rules you will have to get the book to see the recipe! I plan on creating a recipe of this dish (of course it will be spiced up a tad), so stay tuned for that. Normally, I would have created and then published my own version of this dish but I have an ulterior motive for getting this out now.
What motive you may be asking?
Over at hulu.com they currently have the movie version to which this recipe was a companion. Released in 2011, Forks Over Knives reinforced my beliefs in my ever-changing eating habits.
The doctors and researchers presented in this film are my heroes. Here is the review on Amazon.com:
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative 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. Inspired by remarkable discoveries they made, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments – while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.
The film features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
Again….Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Of course, there are many critics of this documentary and of the research conducted by these doctors. The experiments/observations conducted by T. Colin Campbell are especially scrutinized. There is a lot of confusing health-related information out in the world. Statistics can be skewed to fit any argument. What is the best way to live long and healthy? Will the choices I make to live healthy work for me but not necessarily another?
The message I took away from watching this movie was to choose to eat as much whole, plant-based foods as opposed to processed foods for optimal health. The omission of an animal-based diet came naturally to me several years ago from both a humane and health point of view. I hope the evidence presented in this documentary on animal protein, if nothing else, gives you pause for thought.
There are plenty of healthy and unhealthy raw foodies, vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, or whatever you want to label yourself on this small planet. The reality is that we all know what healthy eating involves. I hope this documentary encourages you to take the steps necessary to be your own health advocate.
Forks = what we eat with
Knives= what surgeons use to cut you up
What changes are you willing to make to achieve optimal health? I urge you to watch this documentary. Your quality of life may depend on it. Please leave a comment…