Video Clip: Strong Body Strong Mind Documentary

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist May 19, 2011

Chinon 8mm Movie CameraLast month, I wrote about a healthy living documentary for our local PBS station that I was privileged to be a part of.  I attended the screening party recently at the University of South Florida and was frankly a bit disappointed as the documentary seemed to focus almost exclusively on exercise as the optimal way of being healthy with eating well a distant second on the list of priorities.

The few times healthy eating was actually discussed, it was referred to in a vague and general way.  Specific recommendations for what to actually eat and how to prepare the food for optimal nutrition were not included.

I spend nearly two entire mornings filming my part in this documentary including a lengthy interview most of which hit the cutting room floor!

The good news is that the 3 minutes or so that survived in the final version did highlight a few key points about what healthy eating involves.

  • Grassfed beef was highlighted although my reasons for eating it didn’t make the final cut.
  • Sprouted rice cooked in homemade chicken broth was demonstrated.
  • The veggies I prepared were cooked in ghee (I thought butter wouldn’t make the cut because the documentary was way too mainstream in focus)

All in all, even though the documentary was not nearly hard hitting enough on what it truly takes to be healthy, at least these three main points were included which hopefully got people at least thinking about eating grassfed beef, germinating their grains, using homemade broth and making sure to cook veggies in a healthy, traditional fat like ghee!

Here’s the clip which also turns out to be a great how-to video on a typical healthy meal that I prepare for my own family.  What do you think?  Is the filming too much like the Food Network or is enough Real Information there to be of benefit for folks being exposed to it for the first time?

Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com

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Comments (27)

  1. What about all the information about White rice having had the bran removed and thus would make it more processed. Never heard anyone recommend white instead of brown rice. Very interesting. Humm–would love to know more reasons why??

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  2. I enjoyed it. Not a lot of food though. Was that a family -size meal or just for show. It sounded like you; the cuts were a little confusing but you could tell it was from the editing. What I want to know is, where this healthfood store is!! WOW. I thought it was a regular grocery store. You can buy all that in one place where you live? I’m totally in awe. My healthfood store has about 1 or 2 of any item. Mostly medicinal, some pantry items (sugar , oil, etc). but nothing fresh. I buy low temp milk from them but couldn’t get my regular order this week because the farmer didn’t deliver it. Whole Foods is about 50 miles away. Yes, that’s five O miles; one way.

    I can dream though. Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. And by the way, you looked GAW-JUS!

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  3. Great job! Little by little the truth will come out and help people. I hope people will find your blog because they saw the clip. Those are the people who will want to change and benefit the most from the documentary.

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  4. Love your videos! What’s up with the brown rice after all that about white being better for our guts? I was so happy to read that on your site that I went right back to white basmati and have never been happier! I thought you and your family ate white basmati instead of brown, sprouted or not. Keep up the video production! I recommend you at each of our WAPF chapter meetings for folks who want to know “how to” with all these great WAPF foods.

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  5. Hi Sarah,

    I liked the clip, but felt it was way too short – of course. Instead of showing how you make a meatloaf (who doesn’t know how to make a meatloaf), it would have been good if they had shown you talking about the choice of ingredients while you made it – why grassfed meat is healthier, why you use pastured eggs, why you chose that brand of ketchup, why you chose organic veggies, why real fats, etc. But….. what can you expect from mainstream media eh? Sounds like they had their agenda and sculpted the program to fit that agenda. But good work on the clip you did, I enjoyed it!! :))

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  6. I liked it. If they edited out lots of things you would have like to have had included, why don’t you consider putting a documentary together with some of the real foodies out there! I’ve gotta think one of you all has a connection to someone who could put something together. Might be a bit grass roots (pun intended), but look what happened with Food Inc and Food Matters. Truth is, we’re a fast paced, visual culture, and people like seeing these documentaries making things concise and understandable for us. I definitely think you all need to focus on nutrition for kids and pregnant mothers along with research of Dr. Price as a topic in there. Give it some thought!!

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  7. I understand your disappointment, but the clip is great! I agree with an earlier comment that hopefully it will make people wonder about the ingredients you used, and maybe they will do some research to learn more.

    I like to do double duty with my broccoli. I lightly sautee/simmer it in chicken stock, and then as butter as well. :)

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  8. Hey Sarah! Great job :) I am sorry that some important things got cut, but your point was still made. Also, just to see someone COOKING is important…that seems to have gone by the wayside for so many mainstream families. Plus it’s a meal with a grassfed meat, a sprouted grain and a veggie (with butter/ghee!) so that’s incredible. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Amy! You are right – it is great that grassfed beef, germinated grains cooked in homemade broth and cooking veggies in butter/ghee was at least mentioned!

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  9. It’s too bad that they didn’t include more of a discussion, at least in what I saw here. WHY we eat what we do is just as important as WHAT we eat. Otherwise people can’t figure out what to choose when faced with choices other than exactly what you demonstrated. But you are out there and perhaps viewers will drop by your virtual home and see everything that you offer, for free, whenever they are willing to look!
    Melissa @ Dyno-mom\’s last post: I put my heart into my breakfast club!

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking. This cooking clip in the middle of a documentary that talks primarily about exercise as a way to stay healthy made no sense to me either. Without pieces of the interview to go along with what I cooked, people would be clueless.

      At least I can use the clip here for folks who get the whole Traditional Food thing!

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  10. As a newbie to NT I learned a couple of things in that short clip. I was introduced to germinated rice, I had never heard of that. I was also, introduced to sauteing vegetables in ghee (I always steam, but I bet sauteing in ghee is much tastier and it seems it may be quicker). I would like to learn more about these.

    I am glad Hannah mentioned about it looking like you used the broth for the broccoli the way the film was cut, because I thought you did.

    I like how simple and effortless you made it look, because I have convinced myself that making dinner is so time consuming and NT cooking seems to need even more.

    Thank you so much for your newsletters and your wonderful videos.

    jan

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  11. Great job Sarah! I’m sad to hear they didn’t use your interview which I’m sure was fantastic, but I think it’s great you were able to take part in the Healthy Living Documentary. What you shared on grassfed meat, eggs, butter and ghee will hopefully cause a stir out there to the folks who are still cooking low fat and low nutrient foods.

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  12. I have no faith in PBS anymore, since the hatchet job they did on Dr. Jay Gordon when they were filming the thing about vaccinations a few years ago. It was disgraceful what they ended up showing. They wanted doctors who spoke out against vaccines and then parsed the interviews to show only what PBS wanted viewers to see and hear. How disgusting. Same thing the History Channel does. The only history any of us know is the history the gubment wants us to know, not the real truth. Look how long they had us believing Christopher Columbus discovered America! It’s hooey.

    One sad thing about the video is that you did all your shopping in a grocery store instead of a farmers market. Was that their idea? So it looks as though you purchased *store* eggs (even if they were from pasture fed chickens who would know?), just the word “salt” was used (not sea salt being stressed) and at first I thought you were adding the chicken stock to the broccoli, but then it ends up being what you cooked the rice in?? What was in with the broccoli besides the ghee?

    For anyone interested in reading about the fiasco with Dr. Gordon’s trip through the tulips at PBS, here’s a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-gordon/pbs-frontline-show-about_b_554691.html

    Give it a minute to load. It’s quite enlightening reading as to how we’re all led down the garden path — about everything, not just vaccines. My Mama always said never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. She sure was right.

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  13. I agree with others: it was good. Probably too short to be of any real value. The stuff you show is familiar to ‘us’, but to a ‘regular’ person it would be strange. You would need time to explain about why grassfed meat is better/worth the money, why germinate rice, why cook in stock, etc. But for the time you had: very nice! The meal looked delicious.

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  14. Sarah,
    I think this is a great step forward! I know you feel disappointed as you have so many hours invested into the project, but from the outside it looks great. You are able to get across a lot of good information and important points within the constraints of their format. And what didn’t make it into the final version can be a rehearsal for the next opportunity that comes your way! Kudos!

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  15. I think it looks good, Sarah. They were putting together a documentary that the average person can put their minds around. If the processed food-eating population made the changes to their lives supported by this documentary, they would all be better off.

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  16. For being such a short clip, I think that the important items were still there. I like it. The meat loaf sure looked good and I like how easy the meal was. I think it was a great introduction in to making meals that are budget friendly while at the same time being nourishing and delicious.

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  17. Sarah,
    Great video. It goes beyond the “eat organic” for your health. You highlight some real important Traditional Food points: grassfed beef, germinated rice, and cooking with broth and ghee. Mentioning raw milk in such a short video might make you look like a kook. People looking to change their diet may see this video and begin doing research to find out why this way of eating is healthier. Then, they will see the true benefits of raw milk and other Traditional Foods. Great job!

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  18. Hi Sarah,
    I’m sorry they didn’t keep more of what you taped in the documentary. Sometimes it feels like they ask for our input just to appease us, and then do what they wanted anyway.
    I watched your clip and I wanted to tell you just a few things that struck me upon first viewing. The beginning was okay, but when you payed for the groceries it looked – well – fake. Once it got to you telling us what to make it was much better.
    I have only two tips. First, relax. You look a little uncomfortable at the beginning, but as it goes on you get much more comfortable. Remember we’re interested in what you have to say.
    The other thing is when you switched from making the meatloaf, to the broth, then to the broccoli. I thought at first you were putting the broccoli in with the broth because of the cut, and you kept calling the broccoli “that” in the beginning. You might want to say broccoli just so we know what you’re talking about (instead of guessing what it is because we can see the green).
    Other than that I think it was well done. I hope we get to see more of the clips you did for the documentary!
    Hannah\’s last post: Soapbox Thursday- Why are Doctors Dumb

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist May 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

      One thing people don’t realize is that when you film these things they are exhausting. You do take after take with bright lights shining in your eyes, and microphone shoved down the back of your pants, tons of makeup that makes your eyes itch (I usually wear little to no makeup). I have no control over how the video is edited either. I just cooked the meal and how it turned out at the end was how the editor chose to portray it. I had absolutely no input on this.

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