3 Health Documentaries That Changed My Life
Written by: Kat Gal
My life used to be a disaster. My health was a complete mess.
Throughout my childhood, I was abused, leaving me with quite a bit of trauma and anger to carry all throughout my young adult years. I struggled with depression all my life, I resorted to self-harm and I struggled with eating disorders from time-to-time; self-hate was my only friend.
But at least I was physically healthy. Or so I thought as I wasn’t getting frequent colds and such.
Then, not long after I turned 25, it all started to spiral downward. It started with hip problems taking me out of my beloved sport, running, which I did competitively in college. Then came the headaches, coming on more and more frequently than ever before. Eventually it all turned into one giant headache – for 4.5 years, I had a headache basically non-stop, day and night, every moment of every day, only the intensity fluctuated.
I had migraine episodes too. Try having an extreme tension headache AND an extreme migraine at the same time. Not fun. Chronic neck pain, constant muscle pains, fibro symptoms and so on. Let’s add the lower-back pain that I can thank an uncaring yoga instructor for.
Living in Barcelona, I spent an entire summer pretty much in bed in pain. It wasn’t ideal…
I was desperate. I went to doctors, but no one could help. “You just have to live with the headaches forever.” “Even though your blood pressure is normal, let me prescribe you some blood pressure medication as it may help your headaches a little.” “Why not try anti-depressants?” “Let’s try botox.” “How about some anti-seizure medication?”
The list was long, but none of it made sense to me. Nobody had answers and I continued living in constant pain, despite doing things I thought would help me.
Then I saw a documentary, followed by two others that changed my life.
1. Food Matters opened my eyes to the fact that food can be poison, but can also be medicine. I realized that I was in charge of my life. So I started researching nutritional medicine and nutritional healing. A whole new world opened up: documentaries, books and blogs. Yes, eventually I found Fitlife.TV too.
2. Forks over Knives introduced me to the plant based diet. I was already a vegetarian. The idea came to me around age 10, but my parents didn’t support me, so I waited for another 10 years to do it. I gave up meat cold-tofu and it was easy.
I was proud and I am still proud of my decision. But I realized that I was a junk food vegetarian, living on chocolate, bagels, cheese and ice cream. Some fruits, but not many vegetables. I was skinny, but I didn’t eat healthy. This documentary was just one of the first steps for me to realize that plants are medicine and nutrition.
3. You Can Heal Your Life was the documentary that truly made a shift for me. After Food Matters, I dug in deeply to nutrition, but when I watched this documentary on Louise Hay’s work, I realized that the mind can heal the body too.
Nourishing the body, detoxing, exercising and so on are extremely important, but it is essential to take care of your mind and soul. Having studied psychology in college, it is kind of funny to really connect the dots. So I dug deep into self-development and my life began to shift radically.
It took me a while, but once I truly started looking at my life from the holistic perspective, everything changed. The mind, body and soul are connected. They all need to be nurtured, nourished and loved.
It was small steps, consistent loving actions and deep trust in the process that eventually allowed my healing to occur. My hip healed. My headaches stopped from one to another and have never returned. The random pains are gone. My new-found pain-free life is full of energy and smiles. Depression and self-destruction are parts of my past, self-love and happiness are my present.
These documentaries were only eye openers, but they truly allowed me to find my way to healing.
Do you have a favorite documentary that helped you on your journey to health? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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