Jamie Oliver: The 2010 TED award

by Marla on February 28, 2010 · 19 comments

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It is said the average time people spend reading and listening to blog posts and vlogs is about 80 seconds.  This video is a whopping 21 minutes.  You might not hang for that long, but you will learn loads if you do.

I received a comment the other day in regards to my Skinny Citrus Fizz (Soda) post:

“Thanks for the lecture. How about a post without all the reprimanding?”

At first the comment made me sad, then I got frustrated.  The words sat in the “pending” folder for a few days.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post a negative vibe. Thankfully I got over myself and decided to hit “publish.”  Blogs are an open forum of communication right?  Someone cared enough to visit my blog, read my post and share their thoughts.  They were honest.

I am gonna share some more of my thoughts with you.  We know our society is at a crisis point.  So many folks can’t feed themselves properly.  They constantly make the wrong choices.  They eat way too much industrial, overly processed “foods” that are putting themselves and their kids into early graves.  I seek balance and awareness and that is what I share with you.  If you feel reprimanded, do share.  With all the healthy movements going on in the blogosphere and the media these days you will probably start to feel pummeled.  I would love to be a leader in the crusade of bringing back homemade meals and limiting overly processed industrial foods.

Guys, here me out: I strive to be a healthy food ambassador!

Recently the celebrated chef Jamie Oliver won the TED prize.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design.  This is a non-profit group of some of the world’s most influential “thinkers and do-ers.”  The TED prize honors folks who have “wishes big enough to change the world.”

Jamie Oliver has gone global with his campaign to teach kids and their parents how to take better care of their health through their food….fresh food.  He firmly addresses our global obesity epidemic.  He has a big voice and an even greater heart. Oliver is trying to promote change like so many of us are.  Many have all ready heard his message, but most have not.   The main components he  addresses are issues I share at Family Fresh Cooking all the time.

Here’s an overview about Oliver’s great projects and endeavors.

  • School Food: We need to better whats out in our schools big time.  Oust the vending & soda machines, bring in high quality fresh foods.  Whole foods need to be acknowledged over highly processed junk foods.  Fast food needs to leave our schools in order for our childrens bodies and minds to function at high levels.
  • Industrial “Food” Sources: Food labels are misleading folks into thinking they are eating the right foods.  Large industrialized food companies are interested in profits, not healthy people.  Of course some corporations have clean intentions but people really need to learn how to read labels.  Mostly importantly they need to get back into their kitchens and cook.
  • Priority Shifts: Globally we need to face obesity as a condition that weighs heavy on our bodies, our environment and the global economy.  Our doctor offices are inundated with overweight people with diabetes and severe medical conditions due to the foods they eat.  People have actually turned food into poison….food is meant to nourish, not kill.
  • Independence: Children need to learn how to cook for themselves….real life skills that they can maintain through their lives and teach their own children.  Of course we need math and science, but first and foremost we should all know how to navigate a kitchen.
  • Create Awareness: Through awareness Oliver is trying to get funding to switch out the junk food and bring in the fresh. With the additions of community kitchens, appropriate website development (you got one right here,) and good honest healthy initiatives we can all partner together to create a great change!  Jamie has a petition for those interested in helping to further his endeavors in this food revolution.

To learn more about Jamie Oliver click HERE.

Farm to Table

Tomorrow morning I leave for my first foodie based “business trip.”   Thanks to Foodbuzz and the American Egg Farmers I will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ with a group of mom bloggers to learn all about one of my favorite protein choices: the egg.  I can’t wait to meet everyone involved with this trip.  We will be touring Hickman’s Family Farms & we will be learning about the Good Egg Project.  Farm to Table is where it’s at folks.  I can’t wait to share stories of this adventure.

Oh, and did I mention I get a quiet room at a beautiful resort all to myself for one whole night?  Gotta love those eggs and time away.  I’ll miss the kids and the hubs, but i’ll be thinking sweet thoughts of them while  in the desert.  I will come back a renewed, better educated happy mommy & wife.  Love it.

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