Food for thought – 5 documentaries on Netflix

Netflix – the TV of our generation;

Most people I know, including myself, are guilty of using Netflix for entertainment. Maybe guilty is the wrong word here, because that is like the whole sense of Netflix, to entertain, isn’t it? Sure, it’s great to come home from work or uni or school and put your feet up, watch something that doesn’t demand too much attention or thinking and just relax. I genuinely like that a lot! And I’m a bit of a series-junkie myself, because series are just the BEST, am I right? Following the same characters, picking your favourite, betting on what’s gonna happen; so thrilling. But today’s post is not about fiction, it’s about real life happenings. A while ago I promised myself to not be a lazy sack of potatoes and just watch what is easiest or funniest but get into documentaries a bit. I mean Netflix has loads of them on literally every topic you could think of and they’re educational and still have a story that is entertaining. So I thought about my interests and found a few things to watch, which I did and now recommend to you!

What the health

We never really know what is inside of our food, do we? We believe what the packaging or the adverts tell us, or maybe we don’t even believe it but we don’t care enough to do further investigation of it ourselves. Isn’t that ridiculous, that it is not important enough for us? I mean we’re talking about the things we put in our body. Nutrition is like one of the biggest factors to obtain a good level of health. I watched what the health and I thought it was very interesting, I learned things I never knew before and it changed my diet in a way that I’m very thankful for today. I’m not the most „clean-eating“ person myself but at least I care and I try my best most of the time. This documentary is just stating some facts that may make you think about what to put in your body and what not or in what quantities. You really should watch it, if you ask me.

Cowspiracy

This one’s about the main cause of the earths bad condition and even though I care a lot about the environment, try to avoid plastic whenever I get the chance and I already stopped eating meat for mostly that reason, I still consume dairy and fish. I mean what I do already makes a huge difference and everyone should celebrate every little step they take in direction of an environmentally friendly life, but I still felt bad after seeing this. The main cause for climate change is animal agriculture, that is a fact you can’t deny, but it’s kept secret from the biggest environmental organizations like Greenpeace and so on. Why? Because people don’t like others telling them they should change their daily behavior and that would have the effect of people not wanting to donate to an organization that tells them so. That’s why so many people don’t even know about this issue. I’m not telling you guys what to do either but I highly recommend watching this documentary because it’s real food for thought!

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Blackfish

I’m a huge sucker for the ocean lately. It always makes me happy when I’m at the sea but most of the times I don’t think further about how amazing it actually is. How immense, how endless and how many interesting animals live there. I found the documentary Blackfish per accident and decided to watch it because it’s about orkas and they are freaking cool animals from what I’ve known before. It wasn’t only about the whales themselves but also about how seaworld existed as an attraction and how so many people paid to see killer-whales do tricks with human beings in a tank that is WAY (like really waaaay) too small for their size, compared to the big wide ocean. It also explains the manipulation of the trainers that worked there, how most of them didn’t realize how wrong their job, that they just loved and worthshipped, actually was. I don’t want to spoiler too much so if you’re interested in that sort of thing you should definitely go check it out.

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A Plastic Ocean

Another thing about the ocean again, because as I said, how cool is it? What is not cool at all is how the conditions of what’s in the ocean have changed. Because logically you would think it’s fish and other sea animals, right? Well yes, but also a fucking lot of plastic. I’m talking LOADS. That’s why I watched A plastic Ocean and it was truly shocking. I have no words for it other that I knew it was bad but I’ve never seen it in that way. Microplastics going into the stomach of all kinds of sea animals or even in birds, I tell you that is not pretty to watch, but it is so necessary! I recommend this documentary, next to cowspiracy, most because it’s not only informative and interesting but also makes you change your own mindset in the easiest way possible and we all know that humans like to take the easiest way. Please just watch those two because they made me realize once again how important it is to live as sustainable as possible. And both of them made me challenge my own mind to think about consuming fish, as I already said. After seeing this one it doesn’t sound that yummy anymore, with all that microplastic that I’d be eating when eating the fish.

Ted Bundy – self portrait of a serial killer

How did this end up here some might ask themselves, haha. Yeah, I do enjoy educating myself in different fields, like nutrition or pollution or everything that helps you live a more conscious lifestyle but at the same time I just love mystery and crime. Well that sounds wrong. I don’t love crime, I like learning about it. Series, movies, books about investigating a crime are my favourite but when I saw that there was a documentary about a real life serial killer on Netflix I thought, why the hell not? It is a truly horrible story and it doesn’t pass me without hurting hearing what this man has done to so many women, nevertheless it’s interesting. The whole background story and his own perspective is just something I haven’t heard about before, even though I learned about Ted Bundy in school. So I started watching it and I like it even though I’m not yet finished. If you’re interested in that sorta thing you sure know what to do.

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That’s it, that is the five most recent documentaries I’ve seen and I’m for sure gonna continue searching for more that appeal to me and when I’ve found them and watched them I’ll let you know. Also please let me know if you’ve seen any of them already or if you’re planning to do so now and what’s your opinion on them. And as always, recommendations of others are more than welcome. 🙂

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