If you are what you eat, then healthy is a good place to start according to Penticton Mountie Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
Diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer in November 2013, and given only two years to live, Moskaluk was unable to complete his treatment at which time he turned to what for him was a last resort, a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
Today he’s healthy and back on the beat.
And soon, coming to a theatre near you, everyone will have a chance to see Dan and wife Sheanne’s (she lost 130 pounds on the same diet) stories in the documentary film Eating You Alive.
A pre-release screening of the production which also features the likes of celebrities actor/producer Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar-winning director James Cameron and popular magician and entertainer Penn Jillette, is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Shatford Centre, it’s only Canadian stop.
In addition to the film officials and the screening there will be food tasting and a question and answer session during the evening which will be emceed by the Moskaluks.
“We became part of the cast of Eating You Alive, as a result of my reaching out via direct message to the producers on Facebook back in February, after seeing the trailers with the teaser ‘coming soon.’ Eating You Alive resumes the story of whole-foods, plant-based nutrition in similar fashion as Forks Over Knives, but in a much, much bigger production,” said Moskaluk.
Launched in 2011 as a feature documentary, Forks Over Knives, backed by scientific research, presents a radical case (at the time) that diseases can be prevented and even reversed by not eating animal-based and processed foods, and opting for this alternative.
“In the message I simply asked when the movie was coming out explaining that we were big advocates of whole-food plant-based nutrition (clean vegans),” said Moskaluk. “I gave a brief description of our situation with Sheanne’s weight loss and my recovery and within 20 minutes Merilee Jacobs, the co-producer, called me and we talked.”
Although the production was finished Jacobs was so taken by the couple’s story she asked Dan to send a clip via YouTube.
Three days later they were on their way to Atlanta, Ga. and then to Chattanooga, Tenn. where the additional filming took place.
According to Jacobs the producers felt the Moskaluk’s story served the purpose of the film and decided to include it. Dan is not sure how much of the movie they will be in but added: “I know we didn’t end up on the cutting room floor.”
The day-long shoot in Chattanooga went well and was quite emotional for all involved according to Moskaluk.
He recalled the artist who wrote the movie score had tears in his eyes after learning about the Penticton couple’s journey.
There will be two premiers, one in New York City and the other the first week of December in Los Angeles which the Moskaluks plan to attend.
“It (the diet) saved my life and saved Sheanne’s life too, we’re walking proof of it, there’s no two ways about it,” said Moskaluk.