Documentaries That Just Might Change Your Life

documentaries for conscious living

I love a good documentary, one that’s entertaining and educational. I love following someone’s journey and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. I like watching things that challenge my opinions (on certain topics anyway).

These documentaries are ones that I rave about to all my friends. They are ones that I quote, that I reference when trying to make a point. They are ones that taught me something or made me feel inspired or angry or that made me actually get up off my lazy butt and act.

Who knows, maybe they’ll do the same for you.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Stuff

It’s all in the title really. While the two guys how created the documentary are super-minimalists, this is a really excellent documentary for anyone who’s looking for more. It’s about finding true happiness through meditation, experiences, kindness, love, and each other.

Plus there are tons of tiny houses in it and dammit if I don’t love a tiny house.

Watch it here or on Netflix.


I think this was probably the first documentary that I watched about the link between climate change and the meat industry. It’s very eye-opening and kind of infuriating. It addresses the issue of the stress that the meat industry is putting on our environment. A must watch.

Watch it here.


A really fascinating look at the life of a farmer in the U.S. and the future of sustainable farming. It’s something we should all be concerned about and understand better. For our health and for the planet that we’ll be leaving behind for future generations (and their health too!).

Watch on Netflix.

Food Inc.

If you’ve ever wondered why a cheeseburger is cheaper than a head of lettuce and a tomato, you should watch this. If you want to know more about what’s on our shelves, what’s in your food, why the industry is the way that it is, you should watch this.

It’s fascintating, it’s heart breaking, it’s eye-opening. The message at the end of the documentary should be plastered all over the world. It should be taught in schools. It should be common knowledge.

Watch it here.

Before the Flood

Luke and I were so excited when this documentary came out and National Geographic put it on their Youtube channel for free (for a short period of time). It is an incredibly informative film about what’s happening in the environment and how climate change is affecting people in different parts of the world.

Watch it here.

Forks Over Knives

This is one of the first documentaries I watched about the whole foods, planted based way of living. If you are just starting out with this way of eating or you’re thinking about starting, this is a really excellent film about why it’s so good for you.

They’ve interviewed doctors and other medical professionals, but my favorite interviews are with the people who have completely changed their health and their quality of life. Their website in general is a great resource for recipes and nutritional information.

Watch it here or on Netflix.

The True Cost

The cost of fast fashion is getting higher and higher every single day. I TOTALLY used to be guilty of buying cheap, disposable clothes. This documentary really opened my eyes to not only the terrible human cost, but the environmental one as well. This is a must watch for anyone who buys clothing. It will help make you a much more conscious shopper.

Watch it here or on Netflix.

Chef’s Table

This docu-series is literally the only thing I have been watching recently. I binge watched an entire season the other night. It’s just so incredible. Each episode follows the story of an incredibly successful chef from a different part of the world.

The show is so much more than stories about food. They are so philosophical. They show you how true passion and dedication and seriously hard work can bring you to a place of true happiness. They motivate me so much to keep going on my own journey.

Watch it on Netflix.

Food Choices

This is a really great documentary for the people in your life that may be skeptical about eating less meat and dairy. I think they’ve done an amazing job to explain why a plant-based diet is one of the best for the health of humans and the health of the planet. It’s much more focused on the health benefits than anything else, which I think makes a more convincing argument for the carnivorously inclined.

Watch it here or on Netflix.


If you’re squeemish or you’re not interested in learning about th atrocities that are taking place in factory farms and slaughterhouses around the world, this probably isn’t for you.

It’s focused solely on the pork industry in Australia, but you can be certain this is happening worldwide. It’s sad and it’s disgusting and it makes me really angry, but I think it’s a really important thing to watch and understand. It’s important that we know what we’re buying into when we got to the grocery store so that we can make informed decisions as consumers.

Watch it here.

CarbLoaded: A Culture dying to Eat

I really liked this documentary. The animations are entertaining and they make the scientific information simple to understand (without being patronizing). If you want to know about why we are addicted to certain foods, this is a really great explanation.

It focuses mostly on diabetes and heart disease and why more people than ever before are suffering these ills. It cleverly addresses the questions often asked by skeptics. It was an interesting perspective on the “anti-carb” side of the argument, especially as someone whose diet is quite carb-heavy.

Watch it here.

The Magic Pill

I just watched this one recently. It’s another Netflix documentary that focuses on the health impacts of a low-carb, high-fat diet. Particularly, the ketogenic diet. I’ve been trying to learn a little bit more about this particular diet and I found this documentary really interesting. They followed the lives of one woman who was severely overweight, another who had diabetes, a woman who had breast cancer, and a family with a daughter on the autism spectrum. The results of their diet changes really made me think about my high-carb diet and have had me on a serious research-fest ever since I finished watching. Watch this space for more information about what I’ve learned about the Keto diet!

Watch it here.

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