Forks Over Knives

August 12, 2011

“To begin with, it is true that people have a craving for oil, dairy, and animal fat, and that includes the medical scientists who study the problem. We are immersed in an environment of toxic food that is attractive, tasteful, reasonably priced, and heavily advertised. And there are powerful commercial interests that want no change in the American diet.” – Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

Can I Change?


Dr. Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell, PhD think I can, and they give me hope that plant-based nutrition will help me sustain both health and energy. It is evident that the health-care industry is out of control and that pharmaceutical marketing is a form of gossip with stockholders. We are eating what larger forces direct us to buy, cook, consume, and call healthy. See “Forks Over Knives” today.

The film, according to IMDB, “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.” The film according to this blog gives the viewer pause to reconsider his/her own relationship with food and reintroduce the oft-ignored value of taste. I caught a screening at the Laemmle Cinema in Pasadena on a Saturday morning. My next stop was to Whole Paycheck/Foods to buy Esselstyn’s book. Modifying my diet has been an easy leap and one fully supported by Greg. He cooks meals without meat so that we can enjoy it together. Cooking has a new cast of characters and changes up worn routines. I feel better and suspect that although I won’t become a spokesmodel I might even lose some inches. Win win.

Start with the website:


A disproportionate amount of the home page is a variation of “calls to action.” Social media links instantly connect us with an unspoken peer pressure as we scan the names and profile photos of friends who have “liked” this movie, or at least liked the Facebook page which represents the movie which represents the opinions of the doctors in the documentary. We can share the website, tweet about it, and even meet others who crave more interpersonal interaction through Meetup. I should be thankful there’s no link to Vegan Sweethearts Dating Site. Visit the store, buy the book, buy the movie, or get exclusive content when you surrender your email privacy.


I like tempeh now and invent with it regularly in my cooking. I am vocally critical of restaurants’ menus which do not offer a plant-based entree option (yes, Hoff’s Hut has chicken, beef, pork or eggs in every single dish! Even salads aren’t safe!) Finding places like the Veggie Grill are like a lost civilization to me as I nibble and savor each bite of veggie-centric food. Sustainable menus seems inseparable from plant-based nutrition.


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