Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jamie Oliver

So, is anyone else watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? Maybe some of you want to talk about it if you are?

I think it horrifies me in a train wreck kind of way.

The part where he ground up all the "unsellable" parts of the chicken and made a nugget, which the children actually wanted to eat (!!), was particularly gruesome.

I will fully admit that we are not great eaters here. While remodeling the house we practically lived at the darn McDonalds. And I do have frozen pizzas in the big freezer. I do make Jack get whatever fruit choice there is if we are eating out (instead of fries) and he NEVER is allowed soda, always milk.

However, when we do eat at home I cook with recognizable "food". We don't eat hamburger helper or green ketchup, we don't eat a lot of red meat, I use whole grains, we eat vegetables (never from a can unless it's a bean), and we love fruit. BUT, again, I am not even close to wonderful about food. I do give him hot dogs (I try to choose "healthier" ones) and spaghetti o's and what have you.

But he is about to start school next year, and I recognize that I am about to lose some of the control I have over his food choices.

Take that milk I always make him drink - we never give him chocolate milk. I do have the chocolate powder in the pantry, but he never even asks for it unless he has been playing in the snow. On Food Revolution every child there is choosing colored/sweetened milk.

I wonder what kind of milk I will find him choosing...

And then last night the kindergartners on the show didn't recognize a single fruit or veg when he showed it to them.

I went through our fridge this morning and quizzed Jack on everything I could find in there. (I told you that show made me uncomfortable.)

He did pretty well, but we do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables around here. (Including tofu, which most people in this area think is bizarre.)

Before we had even started watching the show Dave and I were talking about his lunches at school and I was already pretty adamant that he carry a lunch. Jack has issues with hypoglycemia and if he does not eat food regularly all hell breaks loose.

But after watching Jamie fill that dumpster with saturated fat? HOLY CRAP. Terrifying. What in the hell are we feeding kids at school for goodness sake?

And don't even get me started on the knife and fork thing. I mean really, kids who can't use a fork??

Jack is five now, and I let him help me prepare foods all the time. He can measure ingredients, find ingredients in the pantry/fridge, make sandwiches, pour his own drinks, etc.

I could go on and on about this stuff I suppose. About local food (hard to get here sometimes. I can find fruit easily, but even the "farm stands" are stuff that is trucked in), organic food, slow food, etc.

It is ALWAYS on my mind, but I am not always great at doing anything about it.

This show however? Totally makes me change my mind about doing something about it. Both in our house and wherever Jack ends up going to school. I recognize that in many ways Jack has the "luxury" of my being able to always send a nutritious lunch with him and not every child has access to that. Which is upsetting in so many ways.

A few things to read if you haven't already and are interested:
a teacher blogs school lunches
Food Inc, a great resource
Jamie's website
ABC, where you can watch episodes of Food Revolution
And there is always Supersize me, which I have not seen, but I now am vowing to see.

If anyone does want to babble about this show, or food in general, I will try and reply in the comments instead of via email so that everyone can follow the "conversation" if they choose.

29 comments:

  1. I taped the show and haven't had a chance to see it yet. I did see SuperSize Me about 5 years ago--and I think I've eaten at a McDonald's about three times since then.

    I've read most of Michael Pollan's books, and like you, we do eat our fair share of kiddie stuff (my middle child could live on macaroni alone). My older two eat lunch at school, and on Fridays they are allowed to buy. One of them bought yogurt and a soft pretzel for lunch yesterday. I am not happy about the menu offerings. Hopefully, this new show will cause some momentum to build toward changing school lunches--actually cooking food at the school instead of re-heating the frozen stuff that gets trucked in.

    Whew, this became quite a rant. I do look forward to watching the show--and I'm sure I'll go running for the produce department as soon as it's done.

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  2. I watched it too. The chicken nugget thing was disturbing. I bet there is a way to make some at home out of real chicken and freeze them. I may have to look into that, my son eats nuggets all the time... Definitely going to have to step it up in the cooking department.

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  3. I just watched it today while cleaning. Needless to say I thought it would just be on inthe background. Nope. I was glued to the set. I couldn't believe the chicken nuggets. Gross! The kid who didn't even recognize a tomato?!! I'm no health nut either, but I genuinely thought everyone ate a salad with their meal from time to time. Enough that their 5 year old would know-tomato! So sad. In LA we have a great program called Nutrition Network which ships us fresh produce each month. A new vegetable to try. Some of the things I have never had either-like jicama. Now I realize just how important that program is. How about the parents who just got to busy to take their kids in for regular check ups? That was pretty outrageous too. And, the fact that people were really resentful to him. As for our school lunches, we have tons of fresh fruit that the little kids don't eat because it isn't sliced. My fourth graders tend to take it home in their backpacks. We used to have amazing salads that the kids liked, but budget cuts have us back to frozen taquitos most of the time. Definitely, pack a lunch.

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  4. I watched part of it last night.. I recorded the rest. I will sit down tonight to watch it. I heard it was good. It really makes you think about what you are feeling yourself & family

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  5. Jane, one of my criticisms of Jamie's lunch was the orange that was cut in half. Jack would not be able to eat that orange without someone getting the skin off for him. Now an apple? That he can eat!

    The Dr thing was equally outrageous. Kids should see the doctor once a year for a well visit for goodness sake.

    Meg,
    Yogurt and a soft pretzel is an okay choice for a lunch I guess, but for a kid like Jack? Thats the stuff that worries me. If he doesn't have some solid nutrition 3 times a day he will absolutely have one of his hypoglycemic "attacks". I often hear about kids as young as 7 or 8 choosing a muffin or something for lunch. Why is that even an option? When we were in school you didn't have choices like they have now and I actually think that was probably a good thing.

    Brigide,
    I have made chicken fingers by dipping chicken tenderloins before. It was pretty easy, but you would have to be pretty organized to make enough of them at one go to make it worth it. Maybe trader joes or whole foods or some place sells some sort of chicken finger that is actual chicken and not ground up bones + stabilizers?

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  6. I work in an elementary school, and be comforted in knowing NOT all school lunches are the same. It varies from state to state on the nutritional regulations. Check your local district on THEIR restrictions/ meal plans. But, I always sent my son to school with a packed lunch from home. It was much less expensive, more nutritional, and he wanted to bring a lunch mom made. It's also a great opportunity to send a sweet little note in each day. Don't worry Mom, he will do O.K. :)

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  7. I was horrified when I sent my son to school and I got to see the menu! I try very hard to feed him healthy, balanced meals every day so I send him to school with a lunch. I also feed him breakfast before school so he is not hungry enough to really eat the school provided breakfast. It drives me nuts that his school allows 4 & 5 year olds to choose their food, i.e. chocolate or strawberry milk, pastries, sugary cereals, etc. Oh, I could go on for a looooooong time. With all that being said, I do allow cake, candy, chips and the like as TREATS. These are not every day foods.....not even every week foods. And we do occasionally visit good old Mickey D's :) It is sad to me that some parents are unable or unwilling to feed their kids a healthy meal.

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  8. I packed my son's lunch every single day. I didn't approve of the food choices they served. Plus we don't eat beef or pork (or items that resemble them...) and his school had a clean plate policy. So, I packed it. Every day. Turkey, wheat thins, string cheese, grapes, yogurt and a thermos full of ice water. I varied what I sent, but always healtier options.

    I don't buy any prepackaged food - everything is from scratch at my house. Which is a big pain in the neck when I want to make something fast. with my gall bladder (or lack of) I can't eat most prepackaged or jarred items.

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  9. My husband and I watched the show. I could not believe that they actualy got into a debate over forks. The first thing I did was call and have my daughter ask my grandaughter if she has forks and knives at school, she's in kindergarden. She said they get plastic forks and spoons. Her teacher said they use plastic because of germs and no child in the school system may have a knife because they are deemed a weapon, come on a plastic knife a weapon.

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  10. I had a customer in the shop today telling me all the horrible things he had learned in a movie called
    King corn? Stuff like that keeps me up at night. I think everything in moderation.... I know coffee,chocolate and sweaters you can never have enough of!

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  11. my husband insisted we watch this (he never watches tv) and we had our 5 year old also watch the first 40 minutes or so. his comment was - why did the kids have a choice (pizza versus chicken)? why weren't they only given the healthy food? good point.
    one thing i didn't like about my son's preschool was that i didn't feel that the teachers modeled good food behavior - they didn't sit down and eat with the kids and were unconcerned about the unhealthy snacks they offered on disposable plates.
    i admit that my son eats his share of nuggets at home - i try to choose the least terrible sounding ones, but i prefer to make my own baked chicken strips. (he prefers them less.)
    we belong to a csa and have a garden and are aiming for a mostly edible landscape, so we get loads of veggies here, but my son will only eat carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers. and tonight a single green bean. oh joy!
    one sad thing about school is that it should be a place that can help fill gaps where parents fail (i.e. provide meals for kids whose parents can't afford much, teach them things their parents couldn't) - so even if parents don't feed their kids well, they should theoretically get healthy food at school. and theoretically that is what nutritional guidelines should provide for. but we fail in so many aspects of schooling in the states (teaching to the test and such). i don't know why. (my son tonight mentioned that the 'chefs' at the schools were cooking unhealthy food - and he wondered why their bosses made them do that.)
    anyways, i am still sending my son to public school but have opted for a charter school. okay, this comment is getting off topic, but i am enjoying the show and hope it gets other parents thinking about these sort of issues.

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  12. I have watched the first episode and I've also been reading "Real Food" by Nina Planck. And simultaneously I'm missing living California where fresh food and healthy options were abundant and trying to do the best that I can to make some changes here. My kids are fairly open to different foods - Peter more than Ned, but we cook a lot (it's hard to eat fast food very often when the nearest FF restaurant is 40 miles away) and have a "you must at least try it" rule. We do eat a lot of PB&J, but the jam and peanut butter is homemade, the bread is whole grain, and I spread the jam pretty thin, so I see it as fairly healthy. I'm not sure who vilified the PB&J, but with homemade jam and peanut butter and whole grain bread, I see it as a pretty good choice. I love in "Real Food" that Planck says that fat is good for us - natural fat that is, not processed fats. Kids especially need fats for all of their growth and development. But, most of the fat they are getting at school isn't natural fat and that is scary!

    I love that you want to take on the system. I'd love to hear about anything you specifically do. My kids, like Jack, will probably always be able to take a lunch and as long as we are here, where school lunch is just about as disgusting as it is in the school on Food Revolution, they will do it. But, I love that you're concerned about the other kids and the community. I think watching Jamie Oliver's show has fired me up, but also discouraged me at the same time. Everyone else seems so against him and not to even have a clue of what he is trying to accomplish!

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  13. That first paragraph is a little jumbled - sorry! It's late...off to bed!

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  14. OMG! I'm so glad you posted about this because I've been wanting to talk about it! It was horrifying! I could see the kids not knowing eggplant, but tomatoes and potatoes?! And not being allowed to use forks?! Good grief! N and I watch it together and I quiz him on things--like whether or not they use forks and knives at lunchtime. N said he was never eating another chicken nugget while we were watching that and was amazed that all the kids who were there were willing to eat it!

    At N's school I can login to see what he bought for lunch. The lunches seems to be fairly healthy - at least compared to that show. But, they do have a section of chips, candy, cookies, pop, etc. I don't like that. He's actually a pretty healthy eater on his own, but when he has card that lets him buy whatever he wants that's a lot of temptation for a 9-year old. I think it helps to some degree that he knows I'm looking at what he's buying and questioning him on things. Who knows how long that will last, though.

    It also made me think about high school, where I often had a chocolate shake and a Suzy Q for lunch. I'm curious to see the episode next week with the high school.

    Thanks for starting the discussion! :)

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  15. I wonder if Corn King is about HFCS? That's another thing that really does bug me. It takes me the better part of 15 mins to find a loaf of bread in the grocery store here that does NOT have hcfs in it. Sigh.

    I think part of what really bugs me about the show is that I was both a teacher and a student in the school district we live in, and NEVER, throughout my 15+ years in that district, did I find lunch appetizing. Even as a teacher I always brought my lunch because their food was disgusting.

    It's interesting to hear that some schools still have a "clean plate policy." Dave and I have talked about that at length because when I was in elementary school we had lunch monitors who made sure you tried everything on your plate. I am fairly certain that in today's world that would be villified and the school would never hear the end of it. (And it wasn't until high school that we even had a choice at all, much less choices like cupcakes or freezy drinks or whatever.)

    One thing that bothers me is that at Jack's preschool the most amazing thing they have done for him (and us!) is to get him to try all sorts of new foods. He will now eat things he would never dare touch before. I believe a large part of that is that they eat "family style". The teachers and the students sit at the same table and eat together. It allows the teacher to encourage trying new foods, table manners, and motor skills...

    Which brings me to the teaching to the test thing! We learned life skills in school too. How to sew on a button, how to write a check, etc. Certainly small kids should be learning about nutrition too???


    I couldn't agree more that the school should be filling in the gaps where parents might be/are falling short. But sometimes I think that might be easy for me to say since I have ZERO academic concerns about Jack and I find myself far more impressed when he comes home from preschool learning sign language or spanish or music (bagpipes last week, lol) or about conservation or a million other things I just don't know/don't think to teach him.

    I must say I am somewhat happy to hear that others are finding themselves stuck to the tv when this show is on. I really didn't think I would find it the least bit interesting and yet, I CANNOT LOOK AWAY.

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  16. I have been watching Jamie's new show and love it! I knew it would get me all worked up and it has. Hopefully it will get more parents involved in these issues. I am fortunate to homeschool, so my daughter eats fruits and vegetables throughout the day and we grow our own fruits and vegetables. I, too, was horrified when the kids in the show couldn't even recognize a tomato or potato!! If you haven't read Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle -- it is a wonderful book on food.

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  17. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Jamie was on Oprah on Friday with a chicken nugget recipe just to let you know. I was always afraid of giving my kids cows milk plain or otherwise the boys never had an ear infection either, I think that helped.

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  18. Definitely watch supersize me and king corn.

    we're watching this show, too. I am most disgusted by how much the kids throw away, no matter what the lunch is.

    we actually eat really well (much better than I thought, apparently), but i'm more motivated to get the kids out in the garden more this summer and also really push the 'trying new things' - since we have issues with that.

    get jack a bento box or laptop lunch box - they are fun to fill and encourage variety, I think!

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  19. I have long been about eating 'real food'. McDonalds is a once in a blue moon 'treat' around here and it is mostly for french fries and a coke, because I do believe in everything in moderation, including moderation.
    I have always packed my child's lunch and I will do so as long as I can. She was the one who noticed that the milk offered at school all came with HFCS and decided on her own, she was quite content with me just packing her a water bottle for her lunch. While it's hard to afford to eat mostly organic and fresh and local as much as possible, we do it because the cost of not doing so is greater to us. I make my own jam - takes 2 afternoons (One for our strawberry patch and one for our peach tree) out of the summer and it lasts us for a year. I tend to bake my own bread and have a garden and yes, can alot of our own produce. And I work outside of our home, I'm not someone who has alot of time on my hands, but I make time for what's important.
    At the age of 6, they started keeping an eye on our daughter for early puberty - over 90% of the girls diagnosed with this, they don't know what causes it. Could be our diet, could be the crap, like growth hormones in our food supply, could be in the water, could be in the bad plastics found in everything, from canned food to well, the list goes on. Did you know bad plastic is in the lining of microwave popcorn bags?
    I get all worked up about food and what passes for 'food' these days. While I know I'm lucky in the fact that my kid is not a picky eater, I also never allowed 'kiddie' food in this house. I even made my own baby food, because I realized how much cheaper it was for me to do so and involved much less packaging.

    It takes time and effort to make alot of your own food, like bean burgers, chicken fingers, jam, bread, etc. However, I find when I invest an evening (or weekend afternoon) in such an effort, it pays off beautifully, because then I simply reach into the freezer for dinner one night, I know how much sugar is in that pb&j sandwich I made or I serve her an english muffin for breakfast that I made myself with no HFCS for a fraction of the price of the organic ones at the local natural foods store. Once you start learning how easy it is to make these things yourself, you then discover how good things taste, then it's hard to go back to 'convenience' foods.

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  20. I'm right there along with you!!!

    We home school, so I don't really have to worry about school lunches, but my oldest 2 did attend public school until 2nd and 4th grade. I sent the kids lunches to school, but they wanted to be like everyone else and eat school lunches, where we live over 85% of the kids are on a fully paid for breakfast AND lunch program through the school, so most kids eat school. We paid $2.45 per day, per kid for lunch plus it is an additional .35 if they wanted milk. {we don't drink regular milk, we drink rice milk, so they just had apple juice or grape juice).

    Many days they would get in the car after school, and start crying because were so hungry that they
    couldn't wait until we got home to eat. So I started sending them a snack (half a sandwich, fruit, dried fruit or a granola bar) to school in their backpacks. They were allowed to eat a snack at 10:30 at morning recess.

    I would ask them what they had for lunch each day and they would tell me, what they were neglecting to tell me was that they went through the line, got their food, but were not actually eating the school lunches,because it was so gross...

    The only thing they would eat was the ceaser salad which got served once every 2 weeks) and they would both go to the salad bar daily and get orange slices.

    One day I got a call from the school and they said they were confused, because the boys brought in more money for their lunch account...they saw the boys had lunch bags from home, so had not been letting them eat the school lunch anymore. So my poor buys were eating their snack I sent them at 10:30 and nothing until they got home at 3:30.

    Funny they noticed they had lunch bags, but no one noticed they weren't eating at lunch time...

    Anyways, we eat very well and healthy, as much local, organic & whole foods as possible. It is expensive feeding a family of 6, but we also opted not to take the medical insurance provided by my husband's employer...$1168 a month, not including the dental plan...so to me it well worth it to pay a little bit more for good quality food. It is worth it to be as healthy as possible! In the past 2 1/2 years since the boys have not been in public school, they have only once a stomach flu, and are getting over their first seasonal cold they have had since they quit public school.

    Don't get me wrong, we are by no means perfect, we buy Oreos here and there and make hot chocolate on cold mornings (although I do make it from cocoa powder, organic sugar and vanilla}, but we do throw in marshmallows :)

    Like everything else, in moderation is my rule...once in a while the kids have soda, but usually it is because I want one.

    Once in a great while we eat fast food, but usually we are all so sick with in 30 minutes we remember why we don't...

    There are many benefits to eating healthy, whole foods, we didn't always eat this way, we took little steps, tried some new things
    , read a few books here and there. I can't tell you how much better I feel in general, so much more energy...

    Anyways, my fingers are tired now :)

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  21. I do try to do the right things to allow us to eat better, but unfortunately fail often. Although one previous commenter notes that she is able to provide made from scratch meals for her family and work full time, I have not been fortunate enough to find that balance. The times I do try to make things from scratch ahead of time, it ends up being a really stressful endeavor, and makes me question why I am doing what I am doing. Is it because I truly want us to eat right, or because I want to give the perception to anybody who inquires about our eating habits that we are eating right?

    That said, I really appreciate living in a modern society that allows us certain conveniences that allow us time to do things each of us enjoys (for some of us, that coincidentally is cooking, in my case, crafting or relaxing are far more enjoyable experiences). I just wish that the 'modern' part of convenience cooking didn't get so far ahead of itself that the additives are actually bad for us. Wouldn't it be great if we could go to any super market or fast food restaurant and not have to read labels or think about our choices - that they truly were all good for us, and taste good?

    I am all for grass roots, and think people who go it alone are the start to any revolution. But, we should also look to make changes that will propel us as a society forwards. Did you know Kraft sells a much healthier version of mac n cheese to its overseas customers because folks there demanded it? Of course, those of us commenting in this forum just say, oh, I make my own pasta, or I buy Annie's instead. But think of how many millions of Americans figure if something is on the grocery shelf, it must not be bad for us, because the government regulates food. Or, my kid will only eat mac n cheese from a blue box. Kraft could makes these subtle changes that no kid could even discern, and make a notable difference in nuitrition for a "staple" in many American kids' diets. The company would need pressure from consumers to make this change, but if those of us "in the know" are holed up trying to do the right thing for our individual families, it is unlikely that sweeping changes will take place.

    First Lady Obama's latest endeavor to encourage healthy eating makes note of areas where grocery stores are not available. We are just outside an area like this. You can drive for miles and not see one grocery store, but tons of liquor stores and a fast food restaurant on every corner of an intersection. Fortunately our city is trying to assist in siting grocery stores near bus and train lines, and host Farmer's Markets throughout the City (they are not certified local/organic, so basically what you buy at the grocery store, but at least people in these areas would have access to some fresh food). Again, this shows the importance of advocating for everyone to have access to healthy food. We can provide a voice for those less fortunate than us.

    Every time I see one of those generic messages to send to your Congress person about food safety, I do it. I also have some opportunities at work to assist with community efforts to start gardens. If Jack's school doesn't currently have a garden, it might be good to test the waters to see if you can get faculty support for one (SO many great lessons to be taught through gardening - the garden become part of their lesson plan, not just some silly side project) and serve the produce be part of lunch. I have seen great examples of even urban schools implementing these measures, and the kids get so excited about veggies!

    Guess this is a topic that we all have a lot to say about!

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  22. I will have to watch the show online... I pack Henry's lunch every day except Fridays when it's pizza for lunch. As far as his milk choice, I told him that day he can only choose white milk, which I have been told he obeys (by a friend who is a teacher at his school).

    When I was teaching preschool here, the licensing board had regulations about what teachers could do and not do at lunch time - we were NOT ALLOWED to encourage children to eat their lunch items in a certain order, as in please eat your sandwich before your pudding, or don't guzzle your juice box so you'll have room for other food. I always did it anyway.

    Henry's school cafeteria only has sporks!

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  24. Becky,
    Jack also is pretty quick to notice HFCS in milk. I wonder how the whole "peer pressure"
    will play into the choices he makes. Right now the peer pressure at preschool is doing
    wonders for his eating habits. He has tried everything from tomato soup to green beans,
    which we were unsuccessful at doing at home.

    Since we started making our own jam a few years ago we have never gone back to the jarred
    stuff, but I will readily admit that making my own english muffins seems like a stretch for me.
    I just do not really enjoy cooking. :-(

    Kelsey,
    Your story about them not LETTING them eat lunch makes me crazy! WTH? And it is the kind of thing
    I worry about the most with the Jack attack. It seems like no one is watching what the kids are
    really doing. I was a teacher and goodness knows I understand the whole overworked/underpaid/need
    a minute to breathe thing, but really? Someone needs to be aware of what is happening with those kids.
    Jack is really, really shy and would easily fall through the cracks.

    Jennifer,
    First I had no idea that Kraft made a different mac and cheese for other countries. That bugs me. More than
    a little. If it CAN be done, why isn't it being done? One thing I had always hoped would come out of the recent
    "green" movement is moving things that are considered "green" into the mainstream and not in a special
    aisle at the supermarket. For example, every baby should have access to formula without plastic in the lining of the can
    and you shouldnt have to go crazy seeking that out, you know?

    I do realize that we are lucky to have access to several grocery stores and it kills me that people live without
    those things. Awhile back one of the biggest school districts here did not have hot water. At all. For a very long
    period of time. The first thing that came to mind was that there was no way to even begin to wash your hands,
    prepare food, etc. without hot water. But no one seemed to care that the district was so poor they didn't
    have hot water. :-(


    Maresi,

    ARGGGGGGGGH! Not being allowed to tell a child to eat their sandwich is the stuff I mentioned about lunch
    monitoring that bugs the crap out of me. We are overly concerned with being so "PC" or whatever it is
    that we have lost all sight of the fact that we can and SHOULD be providing ADULT GUIDANCE to the
    children in school.

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  25. awesome comments!!! my husband and i were riveted to the show and had our children watch it with us for a second viewing. we made oatmeal for breakfast today (lots of groaning) but everyone got it down because cereal every day is not the only option now. the show really inspired us!

    two things i want to comment on is 1) for sure you can send your kids to school with their packed lunches (which we do 4 our of 5 days) but guess what folks? the kids trade food because thats just what kids do. so to me, you have to be prepared for some of that. my daughters are super picky and eat zero vegetables and almost no fruit so we have had to get very creative to get them to eat it. i don't even waste my time sending things to school they won't eat because they will throw it away.

    second, something that jen touched on. if you watch the show you will see the administrator come with all her usda paperwork and books etc... those are all the rules the school has to follow which are really governmental "rules" to get the processed corn and soy crap the lobbyists have forced on all of us into the schools. remember, we have soy and corn in all our processed food here in america because corporations are tied to the crops grown here, therefore the government has found a cheap way to use it by feeding it to our kids in public school. there is no way we could feed our kids so much food for such a low cost without the processed crap. soooo, if we want healthier food in our schools we will need to pay for it.

    does that make sense? a school lunch is about 1.75 at our school and you get a really cheap crappy lunch at that price. the schools can't afford to make things from scratch so if the public wants good healthy food then the government needs to put more money into it or we will have to pay more.

    it's just not a priority for most americans, but maybe the show will help change that. along with michelle obama, yay!!

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  26. love this show. my kids are getting bigger now, but as athletes they are super consious of their diets and what they need to thrive. its been nice. but we still eat crappy greasy pizza. and hot dogs.

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  27. Oh boy, you got a load of responses! The only comments I have (and seriously, what do I know anyway but we're friends so you'll allow me my five minutes on the soap box):

    1 - that show (and most) are all about shock value. And not to be all conspiracy theorist but how do we know how much is TRUE? We take it for fact automatically?

    2 - this country eats terribly. It's practically impossible for me to eat out as a type 1 diabetic. There is practically nothing that is low enough in sugar for me to consume aside from salads and even those you have to watch the toppings and dressing.

    3 - milk has a lot of sugar in it. The chocolate does not really add much to it. Lactose is sugar and while it's a natural sugar it still causes spikes and drops. Not sure if that makes you feel better or not lol.

    So that's my 2 cents, you know you do a good job teaching Jack to eat well and I bet he'll love having a great lunch packed by Mom that perhaps has a sweet note written on his napkin? :)

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  28. Another good one to see is 'The Future of Food'. It's been on Hulu. Maybe it still is...

    This subject is so close to home to me. With a peanut allergic child, one of the theories is that it could be caused from GMO foods which are in many, many processed foods in our society.

    Whether or not that's true, it's lead me into a lot of research on GMO's and there is a lot of crazy scary stuff out there about them. Right down to the government's part in pushing them through to all of us and into so much of our processed foods.

    I haven't seen the show but I plan to on-line. (I saw a bunch of clips, though.) I hope it'll be a good wake-up call for America! Overdramatized or not, there is so much truth to what is being shown.

    I was shocked when my daughter, who is homeschooled now, was in school and she was being served pizza for breakfast. Regular pizza. Just like the show. I'd never heard of such a thing!

    ~ Jennifer

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  29. I'm intrigued now and need to watch the show. Thanks for the info. We try to be organic and healthy around here and since I've had a little one around, I've started to make so much from scratch just so I know what is going into her tummy. But we do have our fair share of bad stuff, we just ate a bucket of popcorn at the movies tonight! And this weekend is Easter, so I'm sure there will be way too much sugar!

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