We all have things that we're passionate about. Things that we love doing. My husband and I both love to cook. Most of the meals we make aren't fancy schmancy, they don't use exotic ingredients and you won't be seeing either of us on any cooking magazines, but we still have a great time. I love food. Food is a necessity of life. We need it to nourish our bodies, but food is so much more. If I think back to some of my best memories, there's almost always a meal involved. Such as Thanksgiving dinners with my whole family gathered around a table, or some instances, many different tables. Food has a way of bringing people together.
There used to be a general respect for food. We respected the land it was grown in, we respected the animals our meat came from and we respected those that grew and harvested our food. Now, more than ever, there's nothing but disrespect. Think about it. On the news we always hear about the growing numbers of obesity in America. People are just eating whatever and whenever. They're not respecting good, quality food; instead, they're choosing to live off of fast food restaurants (click here to read a disturbing article about what's really in those "all white nuggets" and other fast food favorites) and highly processed foods. We've all heard horror stories about slaughter houses and how we're wiping out entire species because there's no respect for the animals. Don't get me wrong, I love meat and I could never be a vegetarian, but I do feel we owe it to the animals to at least respect them.
Why I am writing all of this? I recently watched a video of Jamie Oliver giving a speech about a campaign he is working on here in America. The video is below, and in it, Oliver talks about the obesity problem and how the leading causes of deaths in the United States are almost all diet related and preventable. The video is a little long, but it really has some good information.
I just love this video. I think he makes some great points. We have to teach our children the importance of healthy food. This is something Nick and I still struggle with. We are trying to eat healthier and teach Bailey about foods. Even if we splurge at home and have a starch filled dinner, I can guarantee you it's healthier than going to your local fast food chain and having dinner. We do go out to eat about once a week to some sit down dinner in town. We have occassionally given Bailey fast food to eat, but honestly, I could count on one hand the number that it's been.
You don't have to be a great cook in order to eat healthier. All it takes is a little time and practice and you can create easy, healthy meals for your family. Don't we owe it to our kids to teach them how to properly take care of their bodies? And besides, eating around a dinner table together is better than eating from a paper bag any night of the week.
If you managed to make it through this long post, sorry, this video really spoke to me and I so believe in what he is saying. We can all make sure our children grow up healthy and with a knowledge of good food.