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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Not only Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: Episodes 1, 2 and 3

I will admit that I missed the first few episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution weekly broadcast. Sometimes life just gets too busy to do everything. However, knowing that this was not a series to be missed, I quickly caught up on . I have got to say Jamie has me on the edge of my seat. On the one hand, I am blown away by the details that are specific to Huntington, West Virginia. The statistics about the health problems which prevail in this town are alarming. However Huntington is not alone. It may represent the worst case scenario, but my children’s school and my home are not so far off. I started thinking about how some of the phrases or bits of conversation spoken on the show ring true to my life and maybe also to yours. I wondered how I could bring just one aspect of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to you through Veggie Toddler. I decided to keep a running list of random, paraphrased bits of dialog from each episode that I find inspiring or enlightening. Enjoy.

Episode 1:

- Kids are eating chicken nuggets for lunch at school and then again for dinner. There’s something wrong with eating the same processed food for two meals in a row.

- Kids are eating only the processed food and dipping sauces on their lunch tray and throwing away the fruit and freshly made bread.

- Kids and Cooks see nothing wrong with the processed food they are eating.

- Seeing older kids and their weight problems is an indication of what happens when you surround kids with the wrong kind of food environment.

- You have to cook from raw ingredients if you want to eat healthy.

- Fresh food doesn’t stand a chance on the lunch tray when it is offered next to processed food.

- The goal is to get kids to enjoy fresh food as well as understand it.

Episode 2:

- The key is to get kids to care about what goes into their bodies.

- During the chicken nugget “experiment:”

o Jamie: “Why would you eat it if you think it’s disgusting?”

o Kids: “Because we are hungry.”

- We need to get the kids excited about what’s for lunch.

- We need to jazz up the kids and get them excited about the food they are eating.

- If kids don’t know what stuff is, they won’t eat it.

- Mrs. Blake saw a problem and fixed it. The kids couldn’t recognize vegetables so she taught them to, just like you would anything else.

- Kids can cook.

- I’ve tried something new.

Episode 3:

- The elementary school lunch has one choice. That’s it. The way it should be. So when you make a change, it’s simple.

- High school lunch has many choices. Everyone is lined up on the French fry line. No one wants salad.

- We need to create a culture where students want to choose the right food.

- Everyone’s supposed to be investing in those kids.

- About the elementary school kids eating Jamie’s food: They like broccoli as well, don’t they.

- It’s just food – without the additive and preservative stuff.

- About preparing fresh food for school lunches: We can systematize this in order to make it normal.

- Kids and teenagers react to peer pressure, both good and bad.

- The French fries count as the vegetable.

- Just because kids want French fries doesn’t mean you should give it to them.

- How often do you get to truly listen to teenagers?

- You can’t argue with teenagers.

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