Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm Ready to Join the Revolution


Last night I decided to watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution with VC. I'd seen the previews and was intrigued. VC is at the age where he is interested in eating well and enjoys a good stirfry. To get a teenager to this point is a miracle in itself!

Jamie is so darn "cheeky" and contagious that if I lived closer I would have been one of the 1,000 participants to visit his kitchen as part of his bet with the local DJ curmudgeon turned ally by the end of the episode.

One of Jamie's techniques to attract and inspire people to participate was a flash mob (which is basically a choreographed production that unexpectedly takes place in the middle of a public place - like the Black Eyed Peas did on Oprah a while back)...

Which leads me to another one of my goals: To participate in a Flash Mob. I'll need to keep my ears open for local flash mob opportunities....

Flash mobs aside, if you have a teen who has an interest in healthy eating, or more importantly, a teen who eats only crap, you may want to consider watching this show together next week. I've even gone ahead and "signed" his petition online. I swear this guy could sell me dog poop at this point!! What he is doing makes complete sense. If you watched the young girl on the show who's been basically only given 7 years to live if she doesn't change her eating habits, you can see why young people in our country are in dire need of change. And it may be up to this quirky Brit to do it.

(I am typing this while munching on a carrot - no really!! disclaimer: I basically used the carrot to chase down the yellow Peep I ate beforehand)

21 comments:

mac said...

That is an amazing coincidence!

I have a goal to participate in a Flesh Mob.
Well it's sort of similar ;-)


Seriously, my 15 year old son is a vegetarian. He has been for almost four years, HIS choice.
He transformed himself from a chubby boy (like his pappy) to a very thin young man. VERY thin. I almost worry about him but his doc says he's fine.

Michelle Pixie said...

We are eating almost 100% organic food here to get healthy. No fast food, no soda, no lunch meats, no food with nitrates, no crap. We've been going strong for almost a year...I would love to be a vegetarian but the hubby needs his meat so we eat meat/poultry/fish about 4x a week and the rest of the time we eat vegetarian. I think Jamie is brilliant and he is doing a really great thing!!

Lisa Paul said...

Your new boyfriend, Jamie, would not approve of that Peep! The funniest thing for me is that he's an Englishman. I'm married to an Englishman and I know they have a genetic aversion to vegetables. Except for peas and carrots. And potatoes and beans. Which they insist are enough vegetables for any one day. (Forget anything green and leafy.) Don't even try to serve them anything orange (except for carrots). Squashes are pushed to the side of the plate.

Vodka Logic said...

I might just have to watch that show.. I have seen the ads and it looks interesting.

Have you ever seen "You are what you eat" another British show.. omg ... they analyze poop on that one..

Thanks for the review.

alessandra said...

Good, in Italy we eat lots of vegetables, and ....I really can see you in a flash mob ;)

Jayne said...

Good to hear that Jamie is firing things up over there. There is a proportion of the population here in the UK whose idea of nutrition is just totally shocking. The excuse is usually lack of money and yet just a glance at food pricing would show them that seasonal veg is *so* much cheaper than pre-prepared foods. It's frustrating, especially as this is the nation who remained healthy on the *very* frugal post war rationing. Where did all that knowledge from Mum and Grandma go to?

Jamie also took on the UK government for the appalling state of school dinners here. At the time, 35 pence was spent on each child's school meal per day, but in prisons the amount was *60p*. So while I'm extremely frustrated at those people who place little or no importance at all on veg etc. it's clear that our Government has been doing absolutely nothing to lead by example.

Joy said...

I'm going to send Mr. Oliver the link to this post via his website (I'm assuming he has one) and out you for that Peep. You're in trouble!!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

My niece is 15 and my nephew is 16 and they both eat pretty darn healthy. I think they're not the norm though....I also think it all starts when they're kids and I can't believe the way some parents feed their children. I know that's judgmental, but, dang.

Salt said...

Yes!! It is one of my goals to be a part of a flash mob also. Although not one that involves dancing. I'll leave that kind up to you.

I wish I could get my brother to watch that show. He eats EVERYTHING. And somehow doesn't gain an ounce. I'm alternately jealous and grossed out.

Kristin said...

I seriously ADORE Jamie! I'll forever miss The Naked Chef!

NIKOL said...

I totally want to be in a flash mob, too. And I know several other people who want to as well. You'd think with so many people interested, there would be more flash mob action going on. We just need a leader!

I haven't watched the show, because I haven't paid attention to when it's supposed to air. But I totally want to watch it, and with what little I know of the show, I completely support his mission.

Holly said...

Jamie Oliver is pretty awesome. Much more entertaining than other celebrity chefs!

Mommakin said...

I might tune in. We're working on changing our eating habits around a not so great schedule - any little bit of help...

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

I love Jamie, he's so funny. I also love the flash mob ideal - YouTube has a lot of them uploaded. I'd totally participate in that!

I have no real worries about my teenage daughter - she's taking a food course in high school and they've managed to set her straight. She wasn't bad before though, and I don't buy too much junk food for the house.

Vive le revolution! ;)

Jill of All Trades said...

Isn't that a great show and what it is for. I love that he is trying to change us and hope he succeeds. I already eat that way (can't tell though) and so do my girls. I'm with ya!

Rebecca Jo said...

I watched both episodes on Friday - & while his messy hair distracted me a bit, I loved the show - & his mission!!!! Wanna punch Alice, the lunch lady, in the face though..

Leproust Vintage said...

ohhh I have been wanting to watch this! I will have to try and catch it soon.

I say chase your dreams and be part of a flash mob!!

Michele said...

I think I might have to check this out. Been wanting to change a few "eating" habits I have...

Thanks for sharing ;)

Lucy said...

I have been wanting to check him out too. I watch some British show, on BBC, I can't think of the name that examines what people eat for a week and then try to change their habits, it is amazing. Anyways, my family would kill me if I went all health craze on them. So, I sneak it in slowly and they don't complain as much. I call it doing the 'Baby steps'.

Janna Bee said...

I totally missed the show this week. So the DJ ended up eating his words, huh? (Hahaha, get it?) I LOOOOVE British men. The accents...

Tracie said...

Woot woot! That show is filmed in my area. I'm a Marshall graduate. Yes, everyone around here really is that fat. If you don't believe me, come up for a visit and go to the Golden Corale with me sometime during the first of the month. *shudders*

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