I am sure many of you have heard the buzz on Jamie Oliver’s new show “The Food Revolution.” The buzz has been building and the show debuts this week. If you don’t know anything yet about it yet, let me just tell you: this guy is so passionate. He’s taking on the American diet and starting with the food that children eat.
“We don’t teach kids about food.”
The video below is of him speaking at TED. Please watch it when you have time; it’s incredibly inspiring. It just makes so much sense; it’s what so many of us have known and have been feeling for a while — that the whole system is messed up and we need to make the right decisions that aren’t just about the bottom line.
This guy is about food. At the beginning of the video he says, “I’m not a doctor. I’m a chef. I don’t have expensive equipment or medicine. I use information, education. I profoundly believe that the power of food has a primal place in our home that binds us to the best bits of life.”
He reallyjust gives it to the United States. “The labeling in this country is a disgrace!” Yeah, it sure as shit is.
He’s NFA. He’s calling for food education, for less sugar in school lunches, a weaning off a fast food diet. The standard American diet sucks and we all need to care. When a child can’t identify a tomato, we have a real problem.
One thing I don’t like is the focus on obesity — because it’s so not about that. The standard American diet sucks, whether it’s being eaten by a fat person or a thin person. I think a lot of people feed their kids (or themselves) crap because they aren’t overweight. I hope you’ll keep that in mind when you’re watching because it’s something I feel very passionately about!
I love how Jamie says he’s saving lives even though he’s not a doctor. Food is medicine. A healthy lifestyle is preventative medicine. Why on earth would we deny ourselves that? This isn’t about, “Oh you can never have fast food again.” I talk a lot about what I call “positive nutrition.” Don’t focus on what you can’t eat — appreciate what you can! I wish I had been taught at a young age to appreciate healthy food; sometimes, when I’m eating something amazing, wholesome, and natural, it makes me so sad because I think, “What the hell took me so long?!”
In the video, he demonstrates how much sugar a school child gets from chocolate milk. I’m sure so many of us still get that much added sugar in our diets.
To me, healthy food is about health. I think about how people would react if they saw a child light up a cigarette. That’s how I feel when I look at what my mom feeds my 5-year-old brother. It’s absolutely shameful and I simply don’t understand it. Like, I can’t comprehend it. I try and I try but my brain just doesn’t work. We know this stuff is unhealthy.
And there are certainly people who cannot afford to eat healthy or who don’t have access to fruits and vegetables. That’s why we (we the fortunate, we the lucky, you, me…we)…we need to support programs that will change this. Getting fresh food to certain areas of the country — especially urban areas that are populated by minorities — is a real challenge. We need to support the lawmakers, companies, and programs that can help. Jamie’s program is coming at this problem from all angles to change individuals and policies; that’s starting a revolution.
If you’re as fired up as I am, sign the petition on his Web site!
OK enough from me! I think this is a great topic for further discussion and I’d love to hear what you guys think!