You see, I was really overweight growing up. I mean really overweight. I taught myself about nutrition and exercise. I was able to lose the weight and become so much healthier, so this is an issue that is meaningful to me. But when I did it, I took the initiative myself. No one taught me. No one told me that it is not just a diet, it's a lifestyle change. And no one is teaching these kids, the future of our country, about nutrition. Until now...
This Food Revolution, it's not about just eating carrot sticks and saltines and being super model skinny. It's not about that at all! It's about putting real, wholesome, nutritious, tasty food in our bodies, in our children's bodies. It's about cooking from scratch and knowing what you're eating. It's about moderation, not deprivation. It's about eliminating chemicals, additives and preservatives from our diet.
So I think it's great that Jamie is going into these schools and trying to get rid of all the easy to make, processed crap. And we as a country need to support that and make sure our schools have the funding to feed kids nutritious food.
But it goes beyond that. It's not just the kids that need help. We live life on fast forward in this country. We work too hard and too long, and we don't take the time to slow down and take care of ourselves and our family.
Is cooking like this more expensive? Unfortunately, yes. But if you read my blog regularly, you know about when I was laid off for 6 months. You know that last year my husband and I took new jobs and now bring home only slightly more than half what we were making before. We are able to pay our bills, but we pretty much live paycheck to paycheck. It is stressful at times, but we are able to make it work! You plan your meals around the produce that is on sale that week, you cut coupons, and you do what you have to do because if you don't, you won't be around for long.
Does cooking like this take more time and effort? Again, yes it does. But you can find and come up with recipes that only take half an hour, or that you can throw in the crockpot before you go to work. (I love my crockpot!) My husband and I cook dinner together every night. It is our quality time together. When we find that our prep is done and we're waiting for something to boil or cook, he sings to me and we dance together in the kitchen. It doesn't have to be a burden.
Do we have kids yet? No. But I'm positive that when we do, we will still do this. We may adjust recipes to make them quicker or easier, but we'll still use real food. I know we'll do this because it is an issue that is so personal to me. And that's why seeing Jamie change the food in schools means so much to me, even though I don't have children.
So now, whether you watch the show or not, I'm asking you to sign Jamie's petition if you believe in what he is trying to do. Just click the Food Revolution button above and it will take you directly to the petition. Jamie wants to take this petition to the White House, to try to save America's cooking skills and improve school food, and I think we need to support him!
Below, you can see a video of Jamie asking for your help too!