With work and school and preparing healthy food and keeping up with an regular exercise schedule, I have little time to watch TV…but I have watched the last two episodes of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” (I missed the first two, since watching little TV generally means missing promotions for whats coming up ON television.)
I have been a fan of Mr. Oliver ever since getting DVDs of “Jamie’s Kitchen” (the show about how he trained a bunch of young people, many from less-than-fortunate backgrounds, to cook) and episodes of his regular cooking show from the library. He strikes me as what I think he really is: a regular bloke who feels fortunate to have found something he likes to do that actually works as a career (we should all be so fortunate).
I also believe that he really does care about good, healthy food (he cracks me up every time he says “veg” instead of “vegetables” or even “veggies,” but all that may mean is that I’m easily amused) and about people who are struggling to find their way. So, even though I’m suspicious of most of the “reality” show genre (is it really reality if it’s edited within an inch of its life?), I’m enjoying this new show and believe that, editing aside, the premise is for real.
If you don’t think obesity is a problem in this country, then you haven’t seen Episode 4, with it’s supersized caskets, one teenage girl who lost her morbidly obese (400+ pounds) father when she was far too young to lose a parent, and another who has had weight problems since age 2 and has now been told that her liver is in such a state that she might only have 5-7 years left to live.
I’ve been obese (something I will discuss on this blog) and I’ve been of normal weight. I prefer the latter. I eat reasonable portions of healthy food most of the time, indulge occasionally (enjoyably and guilt-free), exercise regularly and enjoy fantastic health (seriously…I can’t remember the last time I was sick, and I have great blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, etc., etc.). This requires some thought, effort and diligence, yes, but I wouldn’t call it hard.
More people can live this way. They can eat healthy food (and enjoy it!), love the feeling of being active and be confident that they are paving the way toward not just a longer life, but a healthier, more physically and mentally independent one. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, I want to do my part to help them.