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Five Things We Can Learn From the American Pie Movies

Who can forget their first experience watching ‘American Pie’ back in 1999? Yes, 1999. That’s how long this popular, sometimes scandalous movie series has followed the misadventures and awkward sexual encounters of its lovable cast. 

And since it’s been nearly nine years since the third installment – ‘American Wedding’ – Pie fans have new reason to celebrate as the fourth movie – ‘American Reunion’ – comes to theaters tomorrow.

So in honor of this all-American movie, we’re bringing you the “Five Things We Can Learn from the American Pie Movies” on this eve of the film’s release.

Laughter is good for the soul. The mood of the ‘American Pie’ films isn’t a somber one, and we think that’s a good thing. According to researchers at the European Society of Cardiology, laughter has a positive effect on our vascular function and blood flow, and can even play an important role in preventing cardiovascular disease. And other research has shown Laughter Yoga to provide such benefits as lowered stress hormones, improved self esteem and relief from insomnia. So don’t take yourself too seriously, because it may just improve your health. (more…)

Hungry for Change Leaves Viewers Utterly Satisfied with a Healthy Lifestyle

By Karen Sherwood for NutritiousAmerica.com

Last week nearly half a million people tuned in to see the free online premiere of a new documentary, Hungry For Change. Happily, I was one of them.

Hungry For Change challenges your perception of food, diet, wellness, sickness and happiness. This film is a must see for every person old enough to eat and conscious enough to care.

It is narrated by a team of wellness warriors, namely Kris Carr, Christiane Northrup, David Wolfe, Jason Vale, and others who gently push the film along by highlighting the urgency to change what you eat and how you live. They call for a new hunger, one for real food and self love.

The film follows the daily routine of a struggling thirty-something career woman whose lackluster routine and poor food choices fail to support her. Her routine is all too familiar as she throws away the remnants of last night’s dinner; pizza box, tub of ice cream, and liter of diet soda, only to find herself filled with self loathing, and body rejection as the new day begins. We connect with our heroine’s food regret, and self consciousness. As the film progresses we become emotionally invested in her struggle and desire for change.

The message of the film is quite clear; there is no diet, pill, surgery, or quick fix that will bring you true everlasting health. Health is so much more than fitting into your skinny jeans, it is in fact, a new lease on life. (more…)

Healthy Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games

For those swept up in the romance and thrilling plot of ‘The Hunger Games,’ it’s a well known fact that leading lady Katniss Everdeen and her fellow citizens were living a life far from luxury in District 12.

Starvation was a daily reality for most everyone confined within the city walls, but Katniss’s time spent in the Capitol training for the Hunger Games pitched a different tone – and menu. Delicacies like lamb stew, foie gras, and chicken in rich, creamy sauces were in well supply, tempting her taste buds and nourishing her body through the rigorous training she endured for her battles in the arena.

To give you a taste of the two vastly different words Katniss experienced – both of living in plenty at the Capitol, and living in want in District 12 – here is a list of 5 healthy recipes to help set the tone and table for all of your Hunger Games festivities. (more…)

John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch Calls Obesity Epidemic an “F-ing Joke”

Taylor Kitsch appears shirtless in most of the upcoming John Carter movie, but he isn’t just a celeb with an expensive trainer on a strict diet. The Canadian actor is actually a personal trainer and nutritionist himself, and takes his work very seriously.

Kitsch revealed in a recent Men’s Health interview that that he lost 35 pounds in just two months to play photographer Kevin Carter in 2010’s The Bang-Bang-Club, and it wasn’t easy.

“It’s just way too extreme, and being a nutritionist I found it hard. Everything I knew just went out the window,” he said, admitting that the weight loss had affected him in many ways. “I was very bipolar. My mood swings were f**king insane. I was very emotional, I had night terrors, I couldn’t sleep. It was a zoo.”

All the effort was worth it to him though, and that’s how Kitsch describes his work ethic, in and out of the gym. You have to put forth the energy in order to reap the rewards.


Vegucated Documentary Now Available on DVD

Vegucated movie posterIf you’re curious about a vegan diet, but don’t know where to start, Vegucated is a good place to start. Directed by vegan educator and filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson, the documentary follows three individuals as the go from serious meat-eaters to complete vegans. The movie is funny at some moments, while eye-opening and dark at other moments.

The film explores not only these individual’s social and emotional journeys as they try out a vegan diet by cutting animal products out of their lives, but also educates the viewers about the realities of the industrial meat industry and shows viewers some of the first steps to becoming vegans themselves. “My hope is that people will watch this and say, veganism is not only not crazy, but it’s also a common sense solution to some of the world’s most serious environmental problems,” Wolfson told DietsInReview at a NYC screening in October. Watch our full interview below.


Demi Moore’s Raw Diet Prepares Her for Role in Lovelace

By Arleigh Aldrich

Demi Moore, set to turn 50 in 2012, will play the role of feminist and activist Gloria Steinem in the upcoming film Lovelace.

Moore is most notably recognized for her roles in Ghost (1990) and G.I. Jane (1997), among many other films. Most recently she’s made headlines for her divorce from Ashton Kutcher. One question you might ask yourself if you were to watch all her movies back to back: Does this woman not age?

Having almost completed half a century of life with three kids and a successful film career, Moore doesn’t look a day over 30. So what’s her secret?

Moore has been outspoken about following a strict raw food diet and practices Bikram Yoga, more commonly known as hot yoga. With the raw food diet, she eliminates preservatives and many toxins. Some of the benefits include little (or no) cellulite and she can still enjoy a bowl of pasta!


Breast Cancer Isn’t What’s Going to Take Me Out

Guest blogger, Carol Dunlop is certified through FiTour as a Personal Trainer and through the American Red Cross as a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. She has competed and placed in several Fitness America and National Bodybuilding competitions. Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2011 and she is sharing her story of survival at DietsInReview.com. Check out her website, OptimumBodySculpting.com.

Having watched the movie “Five” on Lifetime TV that depicts five different breast cancer stories and the impact that this disease has on everyone, including those around you, I have come to the conclusion that this disease isn’t “it” for me. I probably won’t know what “it” will be, but breast cancer will NOT cause my demise.

The movie starts with the story of a little girl wondering why her mom is in her room and wanting to know why all those people are in her home. It’s set in 1969, at a time when children were seen and not heard and neither were they told anything about “grown-up stuff” apparently. My heart went out to that child and I couldn’t imagine having my daughter in such a confused state when there was something obviously wrong with me. (more…)

Vegucated Documentary Makes its US Debut

Vegucated Movie PosterIn the documentary Vegucated, filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson sets out to show how the vegan lifestyle can be adopted by anyone. It follows three New Yorkers of different backgrounds as they adopt a plant-based diet for six weeks, and then asks them if they’ll go back to eating as they did before. After winning the prize for the Best Documentary Feature at the Toronto Indie Film Festival, Vegucated debuted in the U.S. last week in NYC with a screening and a Q&A with the director and cast.

Although most of the audience members at the New York screening were already vegans, the film serves as an introduction to the vegan diet. None of Wolfson’s subjects had ever been vegan before, and the film teaches viewers the basic tenets  of veganism along with Ellen, Tesla, and Brian.

To illustrate the health benefits of a vegan diet, Wolfson takes her subjects to see Dr. Joel Fuhrman before and after the six-week experiment. Fuhrman specializes in helping patients achieve  better health by adopting a plant-based diet and is the author of several books on the subject, including Eat to Live and Eat for Health.


Zoe Saldana’s Killer Workout for Colombiana

By Kelsey Murray

Zoe Saldana is a beautiful, talented young actress who is really starting to gain the attention and fame she deserves. Her newest movie to hit the big screens was Colombiana, which opened in the USA on August 26, 2011.

In the film, Saldana plays Cataleya, an assassin who is in killer shape (no pun intended). In order to get the fantastic physique to portray Cataleya, Saldana trained three or four days each week with her personal trainer, Steve Moyer. Saldana has worked with Moyer since 2009; the trainer also works with Amanda Righetti and Shannon Doherty.

Moyer and Saldana both wanted to keep her already athletic build, but also wanted to keep her injury-free and healthy while training for and shooting the film.

“I give her a lot of credit – she knows how to eat healthy for herself,” Moyer said of Saldana. “I give her the tips and suggestions when she wants them.”


Healthier Southern Recipes from The Help

If you love rich Southern food like creamy shrimp and grits, crispy fried chicken and rich, silky pies then you probably left the movie theater hungry after watching The Help, the film based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.

“About 20 minutes into the movie, you’re craving fried chicken,” director Tate Taylor told Food & Wine.

The Help, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer analyzes the relationship between African-American maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi.

“Since the story crosses race and class lines, the cooking does too,” reported Food & Wine. “There are scenes of ladies’ luncheons with tomato aspic and cocktail meatballs and scenes calling for soul food like collard greens and fried chicken.”

If The Help left you yearning for black-eyed peas and fried green tomatoes, make some of your favorite Southern classics with fewer fat and calories.