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Food Revolution

March 28, 2010

If you have not seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution yet, you must! Well, if you’re my sweetie pie and your eyes glaze over when I start telling you about, perhaps you mustn’t, but there are many of you out there who will find this fascinating, heart-breaking, inspiring, frustrating, and definitely worth your time.

Jamie Oliver is a chef who has been on TV for quite some time, who has young children of his own, who has made it is mission to improve the way we eat. He already did something similar in his homeland, Britain, and was kind and thoughtful enough to try to inspire similar change here, in the land of processed foodstuffs.

So far only two episodes of the series have aired; both are available to watch at anytime here, on ABC’s website. I watched both this morning, riveted. Jamie is visiting Huntington, WV, which was recently determined to be the unhealthiest city in the U.S. Not voted unhealthiest city in some sort of twisted web poll, but literally the unhealthiest city in the country, based on mortality rates. Or something.

Watching the show I couldn’t believe what schools are allowed to feed children! It’s absolutely criminal, in my opinion. Jamie is trying change the way the whole town eats, so of course he wants to start them when they’re young and impressionable. The kids eat sausage pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch. They throw away their produce, and when he goes into a classroom of 6 year olds, none of them can even tell him that the vegetable he’s holding in his hand is a potato, despite the fact that it’s the main factor in one of the dishes they can name without problem: French Fries.

Improvements were already taking place by the end of the second episode, and I can’t wait to see what happens for the duration of his time there.

From a life coaching point of view, I can’t believe how amazingly well Jamie Oliver is doing at following his true path! He makes mention of the fact that when he follows his heart, magic happens. When he doesn’t follow his heart, terrible things happen.  That is probably the major lesson that I wish to pass on to anyone I coach, and remind myself of this same lesson regularly.

Now, back to my Sunday of bathrobes, People magazine, and cat hair.

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  1. March 28, 2010 5:51 pm

    I LOVE Jamie. Love love love! I have him on Twitter and whenever he tweets something I like to pretend it’s all for me!

    LOL 😛 All kidding aside, he’s such a great chef! In his previous cookbooks too you definitely get the idea that you want to eat food that comes from the earth, and to just go back to basics!

    Now, if only my ex hadn’t left with his cookbook! Grrr!! 😛

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