Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seeing "Forks Over Knives"

Over the weekend we were on the east side of Michigan.  As that is the only place right now in our state that "Forks Over Knives" is playing, we made the time to go see to the movies (thanks to gracious grandparents).  The movie was ok.  If you, or someone you care about, hasn't read "The China Study" or other books exploring  the benefits of a whole food, plant based diet, what they say is true, it could save your life.  However, if you are already moederately well-versed in all things vegan, the movie is more like icing on the cake.  There were a few things I learned that blew me away.  Like the fact that the U.S. spends 80 billion dollars (much of it on preventable food induced illness) each year on heath care.

But what really kind of put the wind in my hair, was the little theater we watched the movie in.  The landmark Main Art Theater in Royal Oak was adorably quirky.  Several times voted the best place to see an independent film by local press, the theater certainly seemed to cater to a different crowd, our crowd.  Paul ordered a peanut butter vegan cookie.  Our popcorn came in a bag printed with water based ink on chlorine free paper.  Hot tea was available to order.  Inside the theater we got to talk to other vegans about the books they were reading.  I imagine it's what people in cultural hubs get to experience much of the time.  For us, it was a totally out of the ordinary treat.

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