Plant-based support group to premiere Hollywood documentary

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 22, 2016

 When Paul Chatlin switched to plant-based nutrition in 2014, he’d prepare a week’s worth of meals on the weekends and freeze them to free up time during the week.

When Paul Chatlin switched to plant-based nutrition in 2014, he’d prepare a week’s worth of meals on the weekends and freeze them to free up time during the week.

File photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield-based Plant Based Nutrition Support Group has been selected to host the national pre-release of the new documentary “Eating You Alive” Oct. 4. 

The premiere will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Seaholm High School, 2436 W. Lincoln St. in Birmingham.

“Eating You Alive” features leading medical experts and researchers, who discuss why half of the adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions and how whole-food, plant-based nutrition can be used to tackle health problems. Four Michiganders — including the plant-based group founder, Paul Chatlin, of West Bloomfield — are highlighted.

Chatlin said he was filmed for over two hours, and during that time he shared how he reversed his heart disease by switching to plant-based nutrition. The clip that was selected, he said, is the “perfect 30-second piece.” 

“I love animals, and I especially love my dog, Sophie. … I made a comment in the movie saying that every year when I take my dog to a checkup, my vet asks me what I’m feeding my dog,” Chatlin said. 

Chatlin has been taking Sophie to the same veterinarian for 10 years, and each year he is asked the same question: What are you feeding your dog? 

“I’ve gone to my doctor for 30 years, and he’s never once asked me what I ate, and what I find interesting is it took for me to entirely change my diet for me not to have triple bypass surgery.

“How is it that three years ago I was in such bad health that here I am, three years later, by just watching what I eat, not having surgery? I feel so good. That has to tell you that I think nutrition does play such a big part in people’s lives,” Chatlin said.

On Oct. 3 the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group, PBNSG, will also host an intimate dinner with the co-directors, producers and other special guests at Taste of Ethiopia, 29702 Southfield Road in Southfield. Seats are limited to the first 35 people, and the dinner costs $40. 

Prior to the movie release, the largest plant-based dinner ever held in Michigan will take place at Seaholm High School at 4 p.m. Oct. 4. The dinner will be catered by Amber Poupore, of The Clean Plate and the Cacao Tree Café. Tickets cost $30, and there is room for 350 people. The dinner tickets do not include entrance to the “Eating You Alive” premiere. Tickets for “Eating You Alive” cost an additional $20. 

A panel discussion will be held after the movie. 

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful documentary because it will shed light on an issue that most Americans are asking questions about, but they don’t really have any real solid information, because so much of what we think is nutritional science is industry advertising cloaked as research,” said Kerrie Saunders, executive director of PBNSG.

Saunders was also featured in the documentary, and her segment focuses on the addictive properties of certain foods — she has a background in dealing with substance abuse and addiction. She shares her personal story about living with a severe dairy allergy, and she discusses the American health crisis, she said.

The other two Michiganders who are part of the documentary are Poupore and former University of Michigan football player Marc Ramirez.

“What it means to PBNSG is it kind of backs up our message of educating and the benefits of nutrition before pills and procedures,” Chatlin said. “Michigan is in really bad health, and I hope PBNSG is going to change that.”

To purchase tickets for the dinners and the pre-release showing, visit www.pbnsg.org and select “Eating You Alive.”

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