Tuesday, March 23, 2010

State of our Health Address

I know, I know: no one wants to be told they're doing anything wrong, or that things need to change, or that we're killing ourselves. But isn't it obvious?

Don't we look different than we did 20, 30, 40 years ago?

Don't we eat differently?

Don't we die differently?
Cheeseburger and French fries, close-up (focus on cheeseburger)
We're only lying to ourselves if we don't find the connection between what we put into our bodies and what is happening to our bodies. I am convinced that diseases and sickness are connected to what we eat in ways that we are not even aware of yet ... and why wouldn't they be? Food is our fuel, and if we're using junky fuel, then our bodies can't do what they're supposed to.
So, it's time to take a long look at the stuff that we put into our bodies: the amount of sugar, the lack of nutrients, the copious greasy, fried, fatty stuff, the lack of vegetables (and please don't think that french fries count as a vegetable. Please.). We need to look at what kids are eating (or not eating) in schools. We need to look at what we're cooking at home. I'm experimenting with new things: homemade cheeseless pizza COVERED in vegetables - and guess what? It's goooood. I need to be learning to cook for myself, so that when I have kids I'm giving them the best foods possible, and not some fried junk from a restaurant. My parents fed me balanced meals growing up, so how did I become so lazy? I'm not sure, but I'm not allowing it go on any further.
For further study, watch this video. Then, when you pick your jaw up off the ground, check out Jamie Oliver's site.
And, mostly: let's be honest with ourselves about what we're doing to our bodies, our children and our futures. If we don't look at it carefully and just get defensive, it really could kill us.


  1. although i will not agree with you that cheeseless pizza with veggies is "good", i will agree with the rest. i heard some crazy statistic about diabetes and children in the next 20 years. and when i say crazy, i mean scary (don't remember what it is, i just know it stunned me)

  2. Amen sista! I am on the bandwagon....you can see this by the list of books I just checked out of the library.
    5 ingredient Vegetarian
    Gluten Free Diet
    Lactose Free Cookbook.

    I rest my case.

  3. I simply love Jamie Oliver and I really do love to cook. I applaud you for learning how to eat differently now.

    Loaded Veggie pizza is amazing! I still haven't mastered making crust yet. I have a recipe from a friend but haven't tackled it yet because Friday is Pizza night and I work until six. We usually use multi-grain flat bread and I think that's a good option.

    Biggest thing to cut out ... high fructose corn syrup. I think sugar is a better option than that. I did just discover fair trade organic sugar at Whole Foods. We are making the switch mainly because of the fair trade option. It's made us cut out sweet tea. I can't afford to be putting that much money for tea bags and for sugar into something they are just drinking away. I'd rather spend it on fresh fruit and veggies.