I adore Jamie Oliver, he was in Australia last week promoting his Ministry of Food. I was watching his programme where he shows how horribly animals are killed and comparing that with how they are killed on organic farms - completely different, but completely gut wrenching. He is a great man, I loved his School Dinners programme in England and being a High School teacher I am well aware of the disgusting crap that teenagers eat and how it affects their behaviour. We don't have cafeterias in our schools, but the canteen food is overprocessed, they literally destroy a salad roll with the whitest rolls and the lashings of butter. Anyway I am carrying on, Jamie is a God and his website is awesome, some fab recipes.
I'm watching this now and it's just insane that people get so defensive about food. How can you argue for kids to eat processed crap over home made meals made from whole foods. I hate the meat stuff but I'm still glad Jamie is doing this!
I loved it! I wanted to jump through the screen and help him when the lunch ladies brought him to tears!! What is wrong with our country that we think it's ok to feed our children chicken nuggets, fruit cocktail and white bread and call it a healthy meal. Those kids were clueless too - even after Jamie showed them how they make chicken nuggets (mushed up chicken parts, including bone fragments) and the kids were grossed out until he made it into the shape of a "nugget" and then they looked like deers in the headlights and said they'd love to eat it. Yikes! I was happy that my kids knew most of the vegetables that Jamie held up for the class to name.
Wasn't that just shocking, Maryann, that the kids couldn't recognize a tomato or cauliflower or a potato. Of course when he held up a chicken mcnugget and french fries they couldn't wait to shout out the answers. Scary! It reminded me of the late night segements they do where people don't know who the Vice President is.
This show was great. To expose the reality that there are a lot of people who think that products with 15 ingredients that they can't pronounce and have nothing to do with real food are okay to eat, and that convenience has to be a large consideration of what you eat, it's a show that's needed.
I also used to be a teacher, and the effects of diet on behavior are unbelievable. So many kids didn't eat breakfast, so thier mornings were shot because thay were tired and hungry, then they would go to lunch and half the time didn't eat in the cafeteria anyway - they would have a 16 oz soda and chips or a slice of pizza - every single day. So their afternoon was shot because of the junk and caffeine. It's disgraceful that there isn't good cafeteria food and an outlawing of all junk in a school.
I have to say that it is one of the hardests things to do, to get children to eat healthy if you don't be strict from the beginning. I tried my hardest when they were young but they go to one birthday party, sleepover, school function, fast food restaurant and the junk food secret is out of the bag. I don't have a leg to stand on that I eat macrobiotic/vegan and my family eats standard American food. My children (with the exception of my son who will try anything) refuses to eat my way. I still try to incorporate healthy foods but my daughter especially is very, very stubborn. So I can relate to what these people are dealing with in the schools, especially if they are uneducated about nutrition and are binded by funding.