Thursday, May 23, 2013
With an all-star cast of natural health professionals, "Hungry for Change" challenges the notion of weight loss diets and takes equal aim at the industrial food system that supports the diet industry. Next month, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick will host a free screening.
One of the experts who plays a leading role in the documentary is Maine resident and internationally respected women's health authority Dr. Christiane Northrup. You can see some of what she has to say in the trailer above. My favorite is: "Nothing else does it in your brain quite like a diet cola. And that's because there's a deadly combination there of aspartame and caffeine."
While exploring the marketing psychology of dieting, the film also examines foods that promote health and advocates for eating more raw, plant foods every day.
The film was created by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch, the same filmmakers who produced the documentary "Food Matters." That film examines the healthcare industry and accuses it of fostering "sickness" rather than health and promoting pills rather than food.
The Brunswick screening takes place at 23 Pleasant St., 6 p.m., June 14. There will reception with refreshments before the film starts at 6:30 p.m. A discussion follows the show.
Admission to the event is free, however, because seating is limited the organizers ask that seats be reserved in advance by calling 729-3526 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.