I called my mother last night to ask her a question and she cut me short because, and I quote, “I can’t talk, I gotta go, I’m watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” I was like “okay… whatever”. I had remembered seeing commercials for it, and thinking that it was something I should Tivo, but time moves fast, days go by, and I had forgotten to do that. I was out and wouldn’t be home or near a TV for several hours, so I made a mental note to try to check it out online, which I just did.
I have never really been a big fan of Jamie Oliver. I enjoyed the first series that he had on Food Network many years ago, The Naked Chef, which I liked because I had lived in London my junior year of college and it reminded me of my time in England. But his more recent stuff, like Jamie At Home, I just couldn’t get into. Maybe it’s because I like rooting for the up-and-comers, the people that represent the average person taking it to another level. In his newer stuff, I felt like, “oh here’s this rich guy with a big country house trying to tell everyone how great it is to eat fresh from the garden. Like everyone has the luxury of that…”
But healthy food is a topic that I’m passionate about, so I put all opinions about Jamie Oliver aside and looked for the show online. I just finished watching it, and I was captivated about the entire thing. I loved it! I just signed up for the Tivo Season Pass. I think the work that he is trying to do with the show as far as educating people about what is healthy food and what is unhealthy food is commendable. I know from my own family, how difficult it is to get them to understand the importance of reading ingredient listings, and how hard it can be trying to pass on your knowledge to them about how harmful many of the chemicals and additives are to the human body. I’m glad my Mom (and most likely my Dad also) were watching it because everything that Jamie Oliver was saying on the show was EXACTLY what I’ve been telling them for years. Except, of course, since I’m their daughter, they don’t want to listen to me, but maybe if an internationally known celebrity chef says the same thing, they will hear it. I’ve been making slow but steady progress with them over the years, and now whenever I visit them, they always have fresh fruit, salad, and healthy food in the house. However, they also have a few chemically laden processed foods in the house, so I know that old habits die hard.
I love how the show exposes what goes on in school lunchrooms in this country. When I was in college, during the summers, I worked at an elementary school in my hometown. My college summer break would start in May, but the elementary schools still had class until the end of June. I helped out wherever needed throughout the school. I remember spending time in the cafeteria, walking into the big walk-in refrigerator and freezer, and being shocked at the big boxes and the foods that I saw there. That was about 20 years ago, when I knew barely anything about healthy eating. But I was instinctively scared and revolted by the fake frankenfoods that I saw there. So it’s so great to me how this show is exposing that. I’m sure it’s gotten much worse since then.
I love how the show sets up Jamie as the protagonist, trying to make changes for the better, while it seems as if the vast majority of the people that he encounters are antagonists, and are against what he’s trying to do. The fact that he is fighting the good fight, and persevering in the face of such ignorance and adversity, is very inspiring. The part where he breaks down into tears of frustration, and explains that he is following his gut, and doing what he knows is right because it feels right to him, resonated with me completely because over the past few years, I have learned from my own personal experience that that is the way some pretty amazing things can be achieved. Even if you don’t know why you’re doing something at the time you’re doing it, if your entire body is telling you to do it, there must be some reason for it. Not only have I learned to heal my gut through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but I have also learned how listen to my gut, how wise it is, and how important it is to follow your gut instincts at all times and not let your rational mind talk you out of doing things.
It’s very sad to see all of these kids whose bodies are being negatively effected by the foods they are consuming because the people who are feeding them just don’t know any better. They’re not educated about food and nutrition. They’re trusting that the government and major corporations are concerned about their health. The sad harsh reality is that the government and corporations don’t care about health at all, but only money and profits. I grew up on a steady diet of sugar, sweets, canned, frozen, and processed foods because my family didn’t know any better. I know what it did to my body. I remember how horrible I felt all the time. Luckily, most of that time was before high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and all of the other chemicals used now. I’m so thankful that I never got diabetes, but both my sister and I have horrible vision and are extremely nearsighted from all of the sugar we consumed while growing up. We are the only two in my family with severe myopia and we are the only two that grew up on diets full of sugar. (if you do a google search on myopia and sugar, many many articles pop up). In addition, we are the only two in my family who have speckled teeth due to Fluorosis because our pediatrician prescribed multi-vitamins with fluoride in them. Of course, now the medical community knows that giving children too much fluoride when their teeth are developing causes fluorosis, but back then, they didn’t. We were the guinea pigs. So I know first hand how damaging and painful it can be for children who are doing what they’re told when the people that are telling them what to do are misinformed, ill-informed, or uninformed.