Mediaplanet: What inspired you to pack up, travel and create “Food Matters?”

My father Roy was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety. After unsuccessful treatment using conventional medicine, we tried to explain that food was better than drugs, but he wouldn’t listen to us.

We decided that a film featuring advice from world health experts would be the ideal medium to explain it, and it worked! Within three months of us showing him the footage he was off all his meds, 50 pounds lighter and has been in impeccable health ever since.

MP: What differentiates “Food Matters” from other food films and documentaries?

The film takes a hard-hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. The film exposes a growing body of scientific evidence proving that nutritional therapy can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than most conventional medical treatments. Featuring interviews with leading medical experts from around the world, you learn what works, what doesn’t and what’s killing you. So you can reclaim the vibrant health that is rightfully yours.

MP: What are simple ways that people can start incorporating healthy eating into their everyday lives?

Add in more goodness. Focus on all the nutrient‐rich foods you can add into your diet, gradually crowding out what doesn’t nourish your body. Try to incorporate more raw food components to your diet such as leafy greens, sprouts and other unprocessed and alive foods rich in enzymes and nutrition. Green juices are great for this if you’re short on time or need an energy boost.

"As people continue to discover the power of food as medicine, we predict more grass‐roots movements, an increase in demand for unadulterated foods and a greater demand for farmers markets and local, sustainable shopping."

We also suggest starting your day with proper hydration. Staying hydrated is so important for every function in the body, including toxin elimination, energy and weight maintenance. So try and start each day with a big glass of water, and continue to hydrate throughout the day. We especially love probiotic‐rich kefir and kombucha to hydrate and support a healthy gut.

MP: What are your views on fad diets?

Fad diets put your body under a lot of damaging stress and are often filled with Frankenfoods harmful to your health. The short‐term, intense nature of fad diets and the mentality of restriction and calorie counting does not contribute to true, long‐term wellness, physically or mentally. Your body needs long‐term care and nourishment from real, living foods and healthy daily practices to rebalance and prevent disease.

MP: Describe your thoughts on food being a mechanism for healing.

Food is one the most powerful ways to transform your health. It’s the foundation for good health as our bodies run on nourishment, nutrients and the energy provided by real, wholesome food and hydration. If we’re loading our bodies with toxic food and drinks, then our bodies are unable to heal itself and truly thrive, increasing the risk of chronic disease and illness.

MP: What do you think the future of our food has in store?

As people continue to discover the power of food as medicine, we predict more grass‐roots movements, an increase in demand for unadulterated foods and a greater demand for farmers markets and local, sustainable shopping.