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Fresh: Documentary Review

A large part of adopting a healthy lifestyle is becoming enlightened through education. While there are so many theories, claims and studies out there claiming to have THE “answer,” at the end of the day it is really up to us to make our own decision. It is only at this point that we can truly understand what it means to live a healthy life consciously, that is driven by our own innate desire, not by external channels or influences. I believe that this is the true path to becoming successful and achieving your goals, because if we are walking this path for anyone other than ourselves, we are bound to fail at one point or another.

One of the best ways to become educated and engaged in adopting a healthy lifestyle is through documentaries. Fortunately, there are many being released these days giving us the opportunity to truly see the REALITY of the world around us. The veils are being lifted and we as a consumer are now regaining the power of choice. 

The Fresh Documentary is similar to many of the other documentaries out there, but it most certainly focuses on ACTION. This is very important for me as a avid health documentarian, because there are only so many documentaries you can watch on the topic of health before you feel as though we are helpless and doomed. That is why this documentary is so important and effective. While it certainly sheds light on the injustices of the food industry and its tyranny, it provides action steps and highlights those who have been brave enough to take them. 

Americans Fear only 1 Thing… Inconvenience 


The Fresh Synopsis


FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

This documentary is a fabulous way to begin opening your eyes to the possibility that we can make a difference and we DO have the power to change the system. While it will not be easy, if you start getting engaged, even the simplest steps can lead you to joining the movement that has the power to change this system. It highlights the inner workings of the food industry from how it is created, to how it is controlled and how it has become the broken system it is today. While it certainly paints a bleak picture of industry it does provide hope with a few quirky characters who are undoubtably leading the counter culture revolution.

Will Allen of Growing Power


Our Leaders:


The film’s astute talking head is Berkeley’s Michael Pollan, the genius behind some health favorites: “Food Rules,” “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and “In Defense of Food”. Pollan is most certainly the food movement writer whose commentary is interspersed with the movie’s real stars guiding us through this food paradox.

One of the leading roles is Joel Salatin. Joel plays a prominant role in “Omnivores Dilemma” and now comes to life as a funny, fast-talking, media-savvy Virginia farmer who, against advice from everyone, transformed acres of eroded land into a self-sustaining farm that serves as the example for success and change. Visit him at Polyface Farms.

Second up is Will Allen a former professional basketball player turned Milwaukee urban farmer who happens to be terrifically inspirational. His operation is Growing Power, a three-acre lot in the middle of an urban area where he raises organic vegetables, using waste from the city to fertilize his soil. He brings spirit and teaching, too, to a community that doesn’t know the value of fresh food.

Finally we have Independent Kansas supermarket owner David Ball. Ball is an entrepreneur who touts his win-win situation, describing how, in the wake of the rise of corporate supermarkets the likes of Wal-Mart, he set up a cooperative with local farmers to provide fresh, locally grown food at affordable prices. Products from the Good Natured Family Farm are sold in his markets, restoring his business, creating economic vitality in nearby rural areas, and, at the same time, improving access to healthy foods in Kansas City.

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms


To conclude, this documentary most certainly got my gears working – so much so I actually wrote three pages attached to this post, (but I will save those for another day). The main message is that FRESH is worth watching, as is important to stay engaged and even more important to remain aware. Think of this as a part of our LIFE schooling 🙂

Get Started by Watching the Movie HERE or Buying it HERE


Don’t Forget to Join the FRESH movement by Signing up for their Cause! 

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  • Reply Fig+Sage April 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Love it! Awesome review, Lauren 🙂 I can’t wait to watch it!!

    Also, on another topic – I’d love to know if you have any nutritional suggestions for one of our readers who wrote into us with severely dry skin. Your page/comment box won’t let me paste the url but just posted it today. Any insight you have is welcomed!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Severely Dry Skin is usually related to either the Gallbladder or the Kidneys. The gallbladder is in charge of bile flow which initiates the breakdowns of fats in the body and without proper bile flow then the body will lack proper fat digestion. This is important because the skin is desperately reliant on fatty acids as they compose all membranes of cells and contribute to the production of oils at the cellular level. Secondly, the kidney may also play a role as the kidney is in charge of fluid balance. If the person is drinking enough water (1/2 their weight in ounces daily) and is getting enough healthy minerals (unheated sea salt, vegetables) than they might still be suffering from dehydration due to poor kidney function. In this case it is probably best to do a kidney cleanse. Depending on what their other symptoms are we could better determine if it is rooted in the gallbladder or kidney. A good way for them to get started would be to read Kickin it with Kidneys, Luscious Winter Skin and Kidney Cleanse.

  • Reply Kayla April 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I just watched this documentary last night! I absolutely LOVED it. My husband and I have been buying organic (and try to do local!) for a few months now, and have been juicing (after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”) for about a year and a half. I loved how this doc was more about action, like you said. It’s all great if we watch and learn, but actually doing something is key. Thanks for this review!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Yay! More people to join the movement 🙂

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Awesome Kayla! More power to the health community… we are growing!!

  • Reply John April 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Great blog. Keep up the good work. I was thinking of becoming a blogger too but then my goals were changed but now I am thinking of doing that again. Regards.

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