Jamie Oliver: Why We Need to Learn to Cook

I have posted about Jamie Oliver in the past…he has a great approach to healthy eating and children. Prevention of childhood obesity is so important to the overall health of our children and future generations.

It is a sad fact that if we do not control obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the United States our children will not live as long as their parents.

Eating healthy is not as hard as it seems…Jamie Oliver is trying to help educate parents and children. He offers good, fresh foods as an alternative to processed foods. He promotes health ways to prepare these foods.

Check out this interview he did with Jillian Michaels and tune in to Jamie at “Food Revolution” for healthy food tips and some entertainment as well.


JO: Parents need to get educated about the issues and get involved. They can start by learning to cook a few simple dishes at home, so their kids get familiar with real food made from scratch. They can teach the children to make better choices — don’t pick the chocolate milk. It’s white milk only. And then they can start hooking up with other people in their community who are care about the same things. The Food Revolution Facebook communities are incredible groups of local people sharing stories and working together to improve school food, and the health of their kids.

JM: As I am sure you are well aware, for many Americans times are extremely tough. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully on a budget?

JO: Absolutely. Some of the best food I have ever eaten comes from some of the poorest places I’ve visited. The difference is that in those communities, cooking skills are still passed down and everyone knows how to cook. So that’s the first thing. Learn a few recipes for some inexpensive healthy dishes. Start with an omelette, it’s a beautiful dish, and eggs are very cost-effective. Add salad greens into your life. Or a little spinach wilted in a hot pan with a little olive oil and garlic. These aren’t hard things to do and don’t cost a fortune. Try to buy only things where you can actually identify what the ingredients are — ingredients that might have been found in your grandma’s cupboard. Big stores in America are trying to do the right thing, and bring more fresh food, to more people for a fair price. That’s the only way we’re going to be able to make change. Big business has to decide that it’s good business to have healthy customers. And we can help them do that by making different choices. If you stop buying processed foods, they will stop selling them.

via Jamie Oliver: Why We Need to Learn to Cook – Healthy Living Center – EverydayHealth.com.

About lorettelavine

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