Game Changers Film Takeaways
We have watched all the vegan documentaries and yes, The Game Changers film was game-changing in our opinion.
This isn’t your typical plant-based foods documentary (what else would you expect from a movie by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan?)
What we liked was its focus on elite athletes and body builders. Too often, vegan films shadow incredibly sick people who are hard to relate to, or, seems too feminine.
No spoilers here, because we recommend that you watch it. Here are some of our biggest “aha” moments and controversial points from The Game Changers documentary.
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We are not vegan ourselves, and we become nervous when our clients tell us they are going vegan. It’s a challenging diet. However, we are huge advocates for eating more plants. There are significantly more people that are unhealthy because they don’t eat enough plants than people who don’t eat enough meat or dairy.
Why We Won’t “Debunk” The Film
Documentaries like The Game Changers are not a summary of scientific findings. That would be far too boring for any producer to turn a profit. The purpose is to compel people to become vegan. Therefore, massaging studies to show the benefits of a vegan diet is to be expected.
It’s true, some of the information in the Game Changers documentary is weak, lacking scientific evidence. Before writing this article, we fact-checked and enlightened ourselves by hearing arguments from both sides, pro-vegan and anti-vegan.
After a dozen hours reading articles and listening to podcasts, the below takeaways hold true (to the best of our judgment). Additionally, it’s interesting to note that there is one thing that everyone agrees on.
Industrially produced animal products are of poor quality and unethical.
Producing quality animal products is significantly less efficient. Therefore, to consume only the highest quality animal products, we must first reduce the quantity of consumption as a population. The Game Changers documentary helps encourage us to eat more plants.
Game Changers Film “Aha” Moments
These “Aha” moments, in our opinion, are strong evidence that eating more plants is highly beneficial.
1. Soy doesn’t raise estrogen levels.
The Game Changers film explained why soy doesn’t raise estrogen levels. Vilified in the early 2000s by studies showing that soy disrupted male hormones in mice, these effects were never demonstrated in humans.
While still debated, newer studies show that the phytoestrogens in soy actually block estrogen absorption, by taking up their place in our body’s estrogen-receptors.
We also wanted to put it out there that you never even need to eat soy if you don’t want. It’s like a meat-eater avoiding lamb… no big deal. There’s plenty of other plants out there. For us, the Game Changers soy estrogen finding was game-changing.
2. Vegetables reduce inflammation and promote blood flow.
Eating veggies help the arteries stay clean and clear when compared to meat and dairy. They also reduce inflammation which means, for athletes, faster recovery times and fewer injuries.
Blood flow is blood flow, which brings us to the next point…
3. Plants promote bigger erections, which last longer.
In The Game Changers documentary, Dr. Aaron Spitz, author of The Penis Book, conducts an informal test with three college athletes. The test shows their increases after eating a vegan meal vs. a meat-filled meal.
While this casual study is light on the data, the results are significant and immediate. Additionally, it makes sense since erectile dysfunction can be a precursor to heart disease. I look forward to seeing the replication of studies and will update this post with new studies.
Read more: How to eat more vegetables.
4. Eating plant-based for 7 days can reduce cholesterol by 100 points.
The Game Changers film follows a New York Fire Department initiative promoting plant-based diets since 67% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are caused by heart attacks.
The Brooklyn unit highlighted was given vegetables for a week and tested for their blood pressure and cholesterol, to predictably positive results.
While this is still a small sample set, we’ve seen the same thing in our personal lives as well as many of our clients who take our Couple’s Clean Week Bet.
5. In the US, meat consumption is 3X the global average..
And, as of February 2019, the US ranks number 35 on the list of the world’s healthiest nations. Shifting away from meat would save 1 million liters of water, per person per year, and reduce agricultural emissions up to 73%.
For the environmentally friendly people out there, this is a good reminder that even cutting meat out of a single meal a week can make a difference.
Read more: Do I need protein powder?
Game Changers Film Personal Takeaways/Opinions
Why “Light On Science” Doesn’t Phase Us
The reason why modern diets are so confusing is because of the media. Google whatever you want, like “do carbs make you fat?” and you’ll get a million conflicting answers.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find the cattle industry with their hands in a few “studies,” pro-keto dieters spewing their thoughts, and the hardcore vegan reminding everyone that they’re killing the world.
Many people smash documentaries like The Game Changers because the are “light on science.” Well, the US is one of the most scientifically advanced nations in the world and this is where we stand:
Health and fitness is a trillion-dollar industry, but 70% are overweight and 40% are obese.
Does it seem like science has been reliable? This is why we always encourage self-experimentation. If something sounds beneficial, give it a try and journal about the changes and challenges you experience.
This is what we recently did with intermittent fasting. At first, it sounded extreme and how could we not eat breakfast?? After three months of self-experimentation we were hooked, and finally, two years later, we created this Intermittent Fasting How To Guide to help others make the transition successfully.
Our Call To Action
There’s no doubt that The Game Changers documentary has an agenda to promote a plant-based lifestyle. Some of the data is light, but the stories we enjoyed most are of the professional athletes who saw measurable gains when changing their diet from meat to vegetables.
For us, the biggest success of this film is simply showing mainstream America that you won’t shrivel up into a twig if you eat more plants.
Instead, you can still compete as a top-level, muscular [NFL football player, Olympic cyclist, ultra-distance runner, Olympic sprinter, pro MMA fighter, World’s Strongest Man, body builder, you name it]. We were especially excited to learn from the Game Changers documentary that soy doesn’t raise estrogen levels.
Our CTA for you is to watch The Game Changers film and discuss it with your partner, family, and friends. Instead of listening to the recommendations of pro-vegans or anti-vegans, try eating mostly plants and document how you feel.
Thoughts on our review of the Game Changers Film? Post a comment. Thanks for reading!
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