I am lucky to have been bought up in a home that was abundant in good, healthy food. Very lucky. I remember having vegetables and good cuts of meat to eat at night. Fruit was always on the table and we were never allowed to drink Coke. Occasionally we were allowed treats, but that’s what they were. Treats. The school canteen was only open 2 days a week and I was allowed a ‘sausage roll’ from there once every two weeks. I looked forward to this treat and appreciated the value of money and what it cost to buy food and provide for a family on a working class wage.
After school we would disappear on our bikes until meal-time around 6pm. TV was only one hour a day. We were active. No video games to play. Any calories consumed during the day was used up running around with the kids in the neighbourhood.
That is why I am so inspired by what a number of people are now doing to teach children (by way of their adult caretakers) about healthy choices in school and out. Just like Jamie Oliver. I find him beyond inspirational. I met him once when I was dining at his restaurant in London. That night he took the time to visit every table and talk with people about their meal, who they were and what they were doing in their lives. He didn’t have to, but he did and I have been a fan of his ever since. He even offered to donate time to an AIDS charity I was on the committee for in New York.
Anyway, back to my point. I am finding this new eating regime relatively easy compared to some people that don’t eat healthy food in their real life. I put this down to the education my parents gave me when I was a child. I am fortune, but there are a lot of parents out there that don’t know how to feed their kids, or themselves.
Reading the blogs I love tonight, I came across this very talented guy called Alex Unger. He has ‘imagined’ the idea of a healthy shopping cart that promotes better buying in the supermarket itself.
One of the topics that Dr Rensburg discusses at length in the first seminar I went to is the burden of obesity on the health system. People like Jamie Oliver and Alex Unger should be applauded for thinking outside of the box about this problem and looking for a solution to what I believe is at crisis point in this country and many more.