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Change Your Food Change Your Life

3.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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NEW! Change Your Food; Change Your Life - Professional 80 Minute DVD - Beautifully produced and packaged - BEST MONEY YOU COULD EVER SPEND ON YOURSELF -- SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON MEDICAL COSTS. FEEL AND LOOK GREAT! Illustrates the health benefits of a plant-based diet that can help you regain lost energy, lose weight, and avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Packed with practical advice on how to change your life by changing the food you eat.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jill Ovnik
  • Directors: Bill Youmans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Digital Sound, DTS Surround Sound, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: BYP Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007YJGFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My 9 and 6 y/o daughters and I watched Jill's DVD as soon as it arrived. We've been Vegan for a very short time and watching her DVD reinforced the reasons why. She provides a wealth of information, including the detriments of eating animal products and the overwhelming benefits of eating plant based foods only. I especially loved her trips to a grocery store and a natural foods store. She pointed out many items that we already use and some we hope to try. Her recommendations were very helpful. My daughters got a kick out of her trips to various restaurants. It made them very hungry!! And her outtakes were hilarious. It showed how very real and down-to-earth she is.
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This DVD will give you some facts and figures that you never would have previously entertained. Jill Ovnik, the creator and "star" of the DVD, walks the viewer through her personal transition from a diet which included meat and dairy products to a diet that is completely void of such items, a vegan diet.

If you are a vegitarian that is ready to go to the "next level", or if you are a meat eater that has thought about veganism, this DVD is for you. If you have health issues, especially those that could be related to meat consumption, (heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis) then this DVD is for you. You will learn about the benefits of a meat-free, vegan diet in terms of solid facts and statistics. Jill will take you shopping to explore the many choices that are available with such a diet. She also details several recipes that are favorites of hers and instructs viewers how they can go about eating in their favorite dining establishments while still adhering to their food preferences.

Give this DVD a chance--it will, as the title suggests, change your life!
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I received my DVD yesterday and watched it last night. Jill Ovnik does a wonderful job in presenting the facts in an interesting, down-to-earth way. I have read many books on veganism and believe her presentation is very accurate. The plus is that she is witty and grabs your attention. I will watch it again and again, and learn something new each time.
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I checked out this video from my local library after going vegan several weeks ago. While the intent of the DVD is good, it is poorly produced and seems more like a home video. I am glad I did not purchase it.

The first part of the DVD is a speech she gave regarding the problems of the SAD (Standard American Diet) and why vegan is better. She essentially rattles off statistics and flashes charts on an overhead projector. There could be much improvement here and the content seems too alarmist, which tends to scare people off. I actually felt sorry for the people in the audience and was often embarrassed for her.

The second portion of the DVD is video of her shopping at a local grocery store and natural food store. She walks around picking up processed food products and indicates which ones she likes. I would have preferred more focus on whole grains and vegetables, especially some of the ones most people don't know about or are afraid to try.

The third portion of the DVD is video of her ordering food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at local restaurants. There was good content here and lots of ideas to share. I do think she should have mentioned how some seemingly vegan foods can have animal products. Did she ask the Italian restaurant if there pasta has eggs in it? Or if the oatmeal at the breakfast place is made with milk? These types of questions would have been helpful.

The final portion of the video is recipes. This was the best part of the DVD -- she give practical advice and easy preparation. This portion of the video should have been expanded.

I'm somewhat glad I watched the video, but overall I was disappointed. Jill is a charismatic woman with lots of vegan experience and great advice to share. I just think a more thought out, professionally produced video would have been worth the cost and effort.
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This is a *great* DVD.

I learned more from this DVD than I did from dozens of doctors I've been and books I've read to over the years.

What I especially like about this video is the second half which not only goes to a health store supermarket and tells us *brand name* products we can but, but then also the narrator of the DVD takes us out for breakfast, lunch and dinner and shows us how easy it is to order a vegan meal at any *regular* restaurant.

I watched this DVD at about the same time I was reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's wonderful book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" -- [...]
As a result of my vegan diet and my increased exercise, I cut my cholesterol from 184 to 150 and my triglycerides from 221 to 169 IN SIX WEEKS, BABY! Six weeks!!!!!!

I am now faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and, soon, will be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Seriously, this DVD shows how much you owe it to yourself to get a.) off the junk food, b.) stop listening to mainstream doctors who know *nothing* about nutrition and c.) start listening to people who have your best interests at heart.
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The intent and content of this video is outstanding. The person who speaks and teaches throughout is a formerly overweight woman who lost weight and improved her health by switching to a vegan diet. She admits once that she occassionally may slide, but is thankful there are not vegetarian police watching. Her slide presentation is full of very good content, but is just poorly done given that it's old transparencies on an overhead projector. I can imagine though with the same information done on Powerpoint it would be awesome. She has a section on the video where she takes us shopping. I think this section could've been expanded a great deal. She points out just a few items that are good transition foods like Boca burgers, but doesn't show the bulk sections, doesn't discuss grains or cooking methods, barely points out beans on the shelf. The final section is around some basic "cooking" demonstrations if you can call what she does cooking. She basically throws some stuff into a food processor for different recipes and bakes it or eats it fresh. Not too bad for working moms who are looking for quick meals for kids, but as someone who likes really cooking this video falls far short. She does provide some interesting looking dishes at the end without any recipes for them. Probably the part I found useful was when she goes to various restaurants and orders an insane amount of food off the menus just to demonstrate how you can make just about anything on a menu vegan, or at least vegetarian. With a little confidence and creativity she showed that asking them to leave out the butter, cheese, chicken, etc. can really work.
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