Monday, April 12, 2010

Food Revolution!


Have you been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? I am more amazed at each episode. You can watch full episodes online through the link above.

Jamie is a TV chef that is starting a movement to get Americans to eat healthy. He's chose Huntington, W. Va., America's most Obese City to start the Food Revolution.

It seems Americans have lost their way with food. With inexpensive fast food, cheap convenience foods, and busy schedules the art of cooking from scratch and eating around the table is all but lost.

Leftovers On Purpose (this blog) was born out of my becoming aware that I needed to not buy prepackaged foods anymore and to cook "real food" not only for my health, but to get the toddlers started eating right. I am as busy as anyone else and I know if I can prepare food ahead of time and have it ready to heat (making my own prepackaged food of sorts), I will avoid going back to convenience and fast foods. I love burgers and fries and chicken nuggets as much as the next person. Now, it's a rare treat to have fast food--just like when we were growing up.

What I like about Jamie's show is that it's not a weight loss show or a diet show. It's a "back to basics" show. He's encouraging people to buy food and cook it at home. And you know what? It's not as hard as you might think. With a little planning, effort and determination, it can be done. Now that I've been doing it for a year, it's second nature and not hard at all.

Yes, cooking from scratch seems more expensive at first glance (who doesn't love a Value Menu?), but if you compare nutrients, you get far more nutrients if you cook food yourself. Where you might eat two fast food cheeseburgers to feel full, if you make a cheeseburger at home and put it on a whole wheat bun with lettuce and tomato and just a tad of ketchup or light mayo, you would only need to eat one to be full and you would get a lot more vitamins out of it. You can easily keep the cost down by watching for sales and buying and preparing the food in bulk, it doesn't have to be expensive.

When I started eating better last May, there was a two-week adjustment period where I really missed my junk food. I just wanted to eat and eat. But after that was over, I started to enjoy the healthy food and learned to know when I was full, not just want to eat just to be eating. I lost some weight and I felt better all around. I no longer needed antacid tablets nightly and I actually had more energy--still do!

Start your own Food Revolution!

Mango Lassi By Jamie Oliver on Foodista



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Nikki Harvey April 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I've been meaning to watch it but I keep forgetting when it comes on.
I am trying to stop buying so much of the prepackaged stuff. Most of the meals I have cooked this week were not prepackaged. My family hasn't complained yet, so I guess it's going well. I really like your blog and I'm gonna bookmark it so I can visit again :)


Country Gal April 14, 2010 at 4:51 AM

He is so right! Whatever happened to good home cooking? It's not only better for you - it saves so much money!

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