Think About this Thursday
A few month’s ago I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. If you haven’t seen this show or haven’t heard of Jamie I really recommend you check him out. Basically, he went into an LA school system to teach the kids about food. Before he could start teaching them, he needed to know exactly what these kids already knew so he gave them a little quiz. When provided with the question “Where does butter come from: A. cows, B. corn, or C. sunflowers” a disturbing number of them actually answered B. CORN! These were high school kids…not young children who just haven’t learned this material yet! How can we let our children grow up with so little knowledge of the food that nourishes them?
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Think About This: Scientists are currently working on growing steak in a laboratory! Now, I understand that this may appeal to you if you are choosing a vegetarian lifestyle but there are many cultures who eat a completely vegetarian diet without laboratory grown meat products. Why are they trying to grow lab meat? Because for some reason we humans have decided that our steaks need to be bigger than the plates we eat them on and that meat should be served at every meal! If we reduced our meat consumption and raised animals in a sustainable and ethical manner, we would have little need for test tube beef!
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So, what is the goal of Food Day? Here is their statement from the website:
Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet—to inspire a broad movement involving people from every corner of our land who want healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. In other words, we want America to eat real. We want to get Americans cooking real food for their families again. We want fewer people at drive-throughs and bigger crowds at farmers markets. We want to celebrate fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy whole grains—and to support the local farms and farmers that produce them. We want all Americans—regardless of their age or income or geographic location—to be able to select healthy diets and avoid obesity, heart disease, and other diet-related conditions.
So, what can you do on National Food Day to help spread the real food message? Here are just a few suggestions!
- Shop at your local farmer’s market
- Cook a meal (or 3!) from scratch!
- Make up your weekly menu with at least 2 meat free days!
- Head to the grocery store and pledge to only buy real foods…replace your margarine with butter and your chicken nuggets with real chicken!
- Attend a Food Day Event: use their event locator to find one in your area!
- Use this free Food Day School Curriculum to teach your kids about real food!
- Sign Jamie Oliver’s petition to Support the Food Revolution
We need to get back to a way of eating that nourishes us, not one that just supplies the proper nutrients. Drinking a vitamin enhanced nutritional beverage will give you the recommended daily allowance of nutrients but is it a healthy way to live? Wouldn’t a plate of broccoli, brown rice, and free range chicken be a better way to get your RDA of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C, and iron?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.