Friday, March 26, 2010
We are in need of a Food Revolution
Watching Jamie Ollivers Food Revolution tonight has my mind reeling. With all these thoughts flying around my mind it's hard to pluck out even one to articulate how this show has activated my mind.
But I will try. "Practice makes perfect!" They say.
(whoever they are...)
I knew nothing of food or nutrition growing up. I wouldn't touch vegetables (my cousins still laugh at me because I refused to eat anything green as a child) because I didn't have to at home. My mom made me carby/fatty and easy food like Hamburger Helper and I lived off Top Raman (my meals still revolve around the microwave, actually). If our fridge was fully stocked with fruits and vegetables and void of Top Raman, chips or bread I would call my mom (she was ALWAYS at work) whining and complaining that I was hungry and there was no food in the house.
Needless to say, I was a heftier heifer than I am now.
I had to find the motivation in myself to want to change and in that the will to learn by finding information and teaching myself about nutrition and my body. I'm still learning and trying to unbrainwash myself. Who would have thought that I, of all in my family, would be a vegetarian?! Pass the greens bitchez!
I've come a long way.
(btw, Unbrainwash is a word in my dictionary Mr. Spellcheck! You don't know anything! OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!!)
It makes me sad to see these kids of the show not know what a damn tomato looks like and still want to eat a chicken nugget knowing what it's made from, because I was that kid. Actually, I probably would have said, Eeewwww, I'm not eating that. LOOK! BEHIND YOU! IT'S A FLYING PORCUPINE! and eaten the chicken nugget when their backs were turned. Point being, if it tasted good, I'd eat it. And I didn't even have to be hungry. Even now, I notice my family is constantly eating just because it's there.
And I'm still making faces at chips and then gobbling the whole bag when they leave the room.
(and then puking it back up.)
And they do it because that's how they were raised, so they think it's okay and it's normal. Just like they think that being overweight is okay and normal because they are older. They just make sure they don't get to the obese point and they'll be fine. Now we have kids around and this is what they are seeing, only it's worse now because there is so much more processed fattness available to us and they are kids they'll run it off. Yes, they will work it off now but you are still depriving them of nutrients. Nutrients and vitamins that help the body and brain develop and grow properly. It's easy, cheap and the kids love it but there is so much more going on in their little bodies and minds that is being affected. Habits they are seeing and getting into that are unhealthy and just might lead to an unhealthy weight, diabetes or cancer.
Of course they like the sugary processed food! We do too, sugar is like a drug, it's addicting! Instead of giving into this retrain yourself and the kids. I saw a picture the other day of a baby shoving a chocolate bar into his mouth. He was all covered in chocolate and it was cute but all I could think of was how it was a damn shame that his little taste buds are being jacked with so early.
...ummmm... I ran out of steam and lost myself on a tangent... so, yeah. Jamie Olliver Food Revolution. Watch it. It's good. Sorry I don't make sense, I'm tired now.