Not just Vegan Movies …

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Our planet is the only place where we can live so why are we helping to destroy it??

Our bodies are ours to live in until we die so why are we killing our self with bad food choices?

In many of those documentaries we can see how the way we live is killing not just us but also our planet. Why are we so selfish that we don’t care what our kids, grand kids or even their kids will have left?! And are we so sure that our care – free lifestyle won’t make some big changes on this planet that it will affect also our own lives? Why we seem not to care?

I think it all started with Joaquin Phoenix … I was watching some videos with him and I came across of Earthlings and after that everything changed. I became vegan and I started to do my own research about this subject.

Don’t believe everything you see or hear. Always do you own research and look on things from different angles. Because not everything is how it seems. Do you think that the animals on our plates died of natural causes, or that they were killed painlessly?  that the animals in ZOOs, sea worlds are happy to be there so we can see them.

Here is a short list of must see documentaries and movies not just about veganism but also about what is going on in our world. I watched almost all of them from the beginning till the very end. You can find them almost all for free on youtube or try here: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/category/health/

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?

Thrive is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s really going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, thrive offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

Before watching EARTHLINGS please be aware that some images are disgusting and hard to swallow!!! Maybe easier is to start with this speech and if you can get through some short images in there you can also survive Earthlings. I watched it once. But I will never forget what I saw. Now I’m vegan and I’m never going back!!!

Gary Yourofsky’s entire inspirational speech held at Georgia Tech in summer of 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

Earthlings

Already been nicknamed “the vegan maker” for its compelling footage of puppy mills, slaughterhouses, sporting events, and more, Earthlings is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and features music by Moby. The documentary sheds light on all facets of animal suffering in the food, fashion, pet, entertainment, and medical industries.

The Cove

This Academy Award-winning documentary follows activists, filmmakers, and freedivers in a covert journey to uncover the horrors of dolphin hunting. Set in the Japanese town of Taiji, The Cove exposes viewers to an industry’s negative ecological impacts, cruel practices, and political cover-up.

I Am an Animal

I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA is a November 2007 HBO documentary about Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), and her struggle for animal rights.

Forks Over Knives

This recently released food documentary focuses on the groundbreaking research of T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD. With an eye to healthier living through healthier eating, Forks Over Knives follows Campbell and Esselstyn in their similar journeys to put the idea that food is thy best medicine to the test. This is a must-see for health-conscious vegans.

Food, Inc.

The movie that got major buzz, had everyone and their parents packing cinema rows, and convinced a lot of omnivores to go vegetarian, features interviews with food experts such as Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation and author Michael Pollan. Food, Inc. reveals a wealth of information on the United States’ food industry and is perfect to watch with those considering the veg lifestyle.

Vegucated

Is a 2011 American documentary film that explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet. It “follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

Fast Food Nation

Based on a book – Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) is a book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.

Super Size Me

Morgan Spurlock takes on a 30-day McDonald’s diet and documents the drastic physical and psychological effects. The in-depth exploration of the fast-food industry and the food it promotes is enough to turn you off from fast-food forever. Watching Spurlock gain weight, have increased mood swings, and discover that his liver has started to accumulate fat doesn’t hurt either.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

May I Be Frank

An emotionally compelling story of a man who realizes his physique and health are preventing him from his life dreams, May I Be Frank is sure to inspire. Frank Ferrante, a depressed, addicted, and obese man, takes on a 42-day transformation with help from the employees of California’s vegan restaurant chain, Café Gratitude. Eating only raw food, practicing gratitude, and getting a weekly colonic, Ferrante experiences an amazing life overhaul.

The Gerson Miracle(2004)

Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928.

The Beautiful Truth(2008)

This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases.

Something on lighter tone 😉

The Fox and the Hound

This is a true Disney classic about two friends who are torn apart due to societal expectations. Yes, animals do suffer from what humans deem right and wrong. You’ll wish that hunting never existed and that cute dogs and foxes could be best friends forever after watching this movie.

Babe

Beloved by children and adults alike, Babe’s charismatic lead has made many go veg, including the film’s lead actor, James Cromwell. A cute pig raised by dogs, who then learns how to herd sheep through peaceful means? It’s not hard to fall in love.

Charlotte’s Web

Watch this in conjunction with Babe and your affection for pigs and other farm animals will seriously quadruple.

Chicken Run

In this animated movie, the main characters are chickens who are trying to escape a farm so they can live, and not be made into pies. Homages are made to The Great Escape.

In next post I will be writing about the books to read 😉

Peace and Love, G

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ZCUT Cardio Series Week Three

ZCUT Cardio week 3September- Week 3

So here it is in the end. I’m really struggling with my workouts this week. I started this week with small detox. So I was trying the Banana Island (eating only bananas), so my meals were consisting mostly of bananas smoothies with a 1/2ts of Spirulina. And somehow I managed almost 4 days (consuming almost 2500kcal every day so I was not starving).

The first day was fine but on second and third day I had really bad headaches from the detoxing. So I was not really feeling like exercising. 😦

So I felt very good after finishing my detox and I’m definitely cutting my coffee intake down.  So only one normal coffee a day. The rest decaf or tea. And I will be trying to cook more from scratch no more ready sauces.

But let’s go back to my workout diary.

Workout log 15.-21.9.2013

Sunday 15.9.2013 – Runing time:

6km =

Monday 16.9.2013 – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 11: Time Challenge

Workout 11: My time: 11 min and 29 sec (Zuzka’s time: 13 min and 38 sec)

Tuesday 17.9.2013 – DAY OFF

Wednesday 18.9.2013 – Runing time:

6km =

Thursday 19.9.2013 ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 12: Time Challenge

Workout 12: My time: 12 min and 20 sec (Zuzka’s time: 13 min and 29 sec)

Friday 20.9.2013 – Runing time:

6km =

Saturday 21.9.2013 – Runing time:

6.01km = 32 min and 21 sec

I’m completely off my schedule. I was suppose to start again from the beginning with workout 1, but I just don’t have any more will power for it. This schedule is not working for me at all. I love the ZCUT Cardio Series but is just too much cardio for me specially with the running 3-4 times per week. I will have to come up with better workout plan for myself !!! And I definitely prefer  more do as you feel workout plan. 😀

I won’t be commenting if it’s working or not regarding loosing weight or cm because I wasn’t able to finish even one month. But I’m sure it’s doing something if you are committed to it.

I started to really enjoy my running with my hubby  it is not very easy to do so every time but we are sticking to it anyway.

ZCUT Cardio Series Week Two

September- Week 2

So I’m continuing with ZCUT Cardio Series and sticking to my running.  I’m not use to such a strict schedule – usually I’m doing whatever workout I’m in the mood for but I will do it at least until the end of this month and maybe I will do my own schedule for the next month. 😛 It’s little bit too much of cardio for me and I’m missing the strength training.ZCUT Cardio week 2

Workout log 8.-14.9.2013

8.9.2013
Sunday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 5: Time Challenge
Workout 5: My time: 9 min and 9 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 10 min and 33 sec)
Fun workout less intense than those two before.  But I liked it 😉
 

9.9.2013
Monday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 6: 10 min Interval Training
Workout 6: 10R (30/30) no rest intervals just 4 exercises back to back.
Just crazy! This one was intense especially for my butt. 😀
 

10.9.2013
Tuesday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 7: 10 min Interval Training
Workout 7: Another IT this time 7.5R (40/40) and again no rest, this time 5 exercises.
This one was tougher than the previous IT. 40 sec is long time for some exercises.
+ Running time:
6.02km – 35 min and 2 sec
 

11.9.2013
Wednesday – DAY OFF
 

12.9.2013
Thursday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 8 – Time Challenge 
Workout 8: My time: 15 min and 10 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 13 min and 55 sec)

+ Running time:
6.02km – 33 min and 32 sec
And we are breaking the record 😉 Our best time ever. (At least for now)
 

13.9.2013
Friday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 9: Time Challenge
Workout 9: My time: 10 min and 20 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 11 min and 55 sec)
 

14.9.2013
Saturday – ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 10: Time Challenge
Workout 10: My time: 10 min and 25 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 11 min and 46 sec)
After this one I can really feel my tights.  😛 WOW
+ Running time:
6.02km – 33 min and 37 sec (5 sec short on last one … but still second best)
 

I hope that when I finish with this series I will have nice legs and but at least because I can feel them almost after each workout 😀

 

ZCUT Cardio Series review

So what will you get?

This set of three DVDs contains 12 all-new workouts. The warm up, cool down and ab bonus are the same on all three DVDs (I think once is enough, but never mind). This set also comes with a calendar with workout routine to follow for the first month so you know exactly where/how to use the DVDs. zcut

For the second and third months, you can go to Zuzka Light’s website and download the schedule for the two following month. If you follow the rotation calendar, for the first month, you work out 5 days a week, and for the second and third months, you work out 6-7 days a week. The calendar is pre-set, but she said that you can add more cardio to the program, although you should still expect to see results even if you don’t.

More about the workouts

Exercises are all body-weight and workouts require only minimal equipment — a chair, a mat, and (optional) a box or something to jump over for some of the lateral jump moves.

The exercises consist of Zuzan’s signature moves — things like burpees, jumps tucks, etc. They are pretty high impact, but that intensity definitely helps you get results in a short period of time.

Zuzka also does a demo of the exercises before the workout starts, so you can see what’s coming and how to do it. The demos are a few minutes long and are at the start of each workout.

The main portion of each workout ranges between 10-15 minutes long. There is one warm-up and one cool-down routine (both are 7 min long) included that you do each day you work out. So if you do the warm-up, one workout, and the cool-down, each workout should take you just about 25-30 minutes total.

Also, there is no music in any of the workouts, so it might be good to have an iPod or other MP3 player handy if you like to listen to music (as I do) when I work out.

She also mentioned on her Twitter feed that you don’t need to do any additional workouts if you do these. But if you really want to see results you need to focus on your diet otherwise nothing will help you to get the body you want.

Zuzana is a beautiful person inside and out and I love that she keeps it real. She’s struggling along with you and she lets you know it.

What do I think?

I’m only on second week but so far I really enjoy the workouts. There are similar to ZWOWs, but more cardio related.

The only thing I don’t like is the warm up and one aspect of the cool down: The warm up needs a bit of cardio-prep like high knees or something to get as ready for killer cardio. So add couple of jumping jacks or something after the warm up and before the workout and you are set. As for the cool down, there’s no upper body stretching which is bit odd. The stretching is so great for the legs and lower body. So add couple of stretches for your upper body and you should be fine. 😉

And if you are complete beginner I advise that you start with her ZWOWs and  if you are managed go for it.

For the price of this set, you really cannot go wrong, and considering you can do each one multiple times before getting bored. So you are getting months’ worth of workouts for small price. I think Zuzka deserves our support after many years of free workouts what she provided for us (since 2009 when she was with bodyrock.tv). So if I have to join her Zgym or buy her DVDs for some money I will. She deserves all the success in the world for what she has done for so many people.

About Zuzana (Zuzka) Light

From those who don’t know who she is. She is co-founder of bodyrock.tv, fitness personality and personal trainer. And she is originally from Czech republic.

Past

She started her journey back in 2009, when she and her husband started bodyrock.tv. They shared more than workout videos with their viewers -recipes, pep talks, fashion hauls, traveling. Many of us fell in love with her approach, personality and of course her good looks. This fairytale lasted until  22.10.2011 when they announced that there where splitting up, but that there are staying friends and that they will be still working together.  Everything seemed to be fine, Zuzka was in picture for little while, but than she disappeared completely.

Present

But luckily for all her followers she came back and she is better than ever. She created new youtube channel in December 2011 and gave us new – first ever ZWOD (Zuzna’s workout of the day) on the end of January 2012. Since than she has her own website: http://www.zuzkalight.com/ and than she created her first ever DVD series ZCUT Power Cardio and other series where following ZCUT Power Strength, ZCUT Power Yoga 1,2; Zcut Six-Pack Power Abs and ZRopes.

And after 70 ZWOWs now she came up ZGYM new workouts for paying members. You will get new ZWOWs, ZShreds, ZSpecials and other bonuses for $9.99 per month.

If you don’t want to pay or you can’t afford it, you can still do her previous workouts which are for free. You have ZWOW 1-70 available on her site or on her youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ZuzkaLight

I loved bodyrock in the past, but I was not really publicly sharing my love for them, because of the way the workout videos where shot. I’m not following bodyrock anymore. I tried to stick with them but after Zuzka left it was not the same and it’s getting even worse. At the beginning when Lisa -Marie first showed up it was refreshing. She seemed nice – like speedy Gonzales :D. Again somebody who is saying you should love yourself for who you are and than you should work with what you’ve been given. And couple months later she is completely different person (boobs job, nose, big lips). She looks fake. And the angles of the videos are getting more and more like porn than actual workout videos. I know that in those days sex sells but does it have to be so obvious?! Also in Zuzka’s workouts you can see her body but its more decent. So I’m not ashamed to share my workout routines with other people.

But I’m thankful for bodyrock.tv but mainly for Zuzka because she is the main reason why I felt in love with fitness.

 

Peace and love, G

 

 

September – New Month, New Workouts

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSeptember- Week 1

So we have already September. Wow the time is really running. And the kittens are one month old. :O

So I have ZCUT Cardio Series DVDs so this month I’m definitely planning to try it out and we will see how it goes. And of course I will still do my running with my hubby 3-4 times a week. I think now I’m pretty consistent  with my workouts so I have to really concentrate on my diet!!!! And I really must drink more WATER! The weather is changing its not so hot here, but I still have to drink more water than I do now! Hydration is important!

Workout log 1.-7.9.2013

1.9.2013:
Sunday – Day OFF
 

2.9.2013:
Monday- ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 1 – Time Challenge  
Workout 1: My time: 8 min and 53 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 9 min and 52 sec)
It was short time challenge but it was. Like every workout with burpees in it. 😉
 

3.9.2013:
Tuesday- ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 2 Time Challenge
Workout 2: My time: 14 min and 9 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 15 min and 24 sec)
This one was definitely a killer. In the workout you are doing 10 reps,than 20 reps up to 70 and believe me those 60 and 70 were bad ass.
 

4.9.2013:
Wednesday- Running time
6km – 37 min
 

5.9.2013:
Thursday ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 3 10 min AMRAP
Workout 3: My score: 2 rounds + 5 Abs Splitters ( Zuzka’s score: 2 rounds + 16 CrabTT)
 

6.9.2013:
Friday ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 4 TABATA
Workout 4: 5 rounds tabataMy score: 6.9.2013: 29, 65, 45, 39, 74
Somehow I managed to write down my scores during 10 sec rest 😛 Short but also intense one.
 

7.9.2013:
Saturday ZCUT Cardio Series Workout 5 Time Challenge
Workout 5: My time: 9 min and 9 sec ( Zuzka’s time: 10 min and 33 sec)
It was fun and short. Only 4 rounds of 3 exercises. But I was still glad that it was over. 😀
 

Love and peace, G.