Last weekend I took part in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day here in Kitchener. It was hosted and put together by Those2Girls, Lisa and Diane. I was honored they asked me to be part of this. It’s very important to me to help as many families as I can eat healthy and live healthy together.
For my part I set up a booth with free water bottles and a poster with some saddening facts about childhood obesity. I did the water bottles because I really feel we don’t drink enough in a day, I’m hoping the bottles will be a small reminder to drink more. I had one lady ask me if she could put juice in hers. I sad, “nope, it’s only for water.” I know she could if she wanted to, put juice in it, but I wasn’t going to encourage it.
There were several other booths to visit and tons of activities for kids to do. My oldest daughter’s favorite booth was the Run For Life spin bike. She now wants me to get a spin bike her size so she can workout with me. I love Run For Life and what they have done for the community. Last year I did the Social Media Mile for their Cambridge Classic Mile track meet. I knew they would be there so I wore my “Future Runner On Board” shirt to support running and health with them.
Another booth my kids enjoyed was the Planting with Eco Eats. They had egg containers that the kids put dirt into, then the picked from several seeds to plant. I think we ended up with carrots, dill and another herb. My kids have been watering and watching their plants everyday to see when they will start to grow. Once they are big enough they will be transferred into our garden.
We also had local farmers and information to find fresh, locally grown foods. Not only is it important to eat a well balanced meal it is important to support local (you know where the food comes from and know what is on it).
I think for the first Food Revolution Day in Kitchener is was a huge hit!! Thank you Lisa and Diane for all your hard work. And thank you to everyone who came out.Read More
Proper Nutrition and College
As a kid we were all taught to follow the food pyramid. You need so many servings of this, so many servings of that and if you followed the pyramid you’d be super healthy! Yay!
Except, now that you’re in college and in charge of preparing your own meals, following the food pyramid can get really complicated. So what do you? How do you make sure you’re eating right? How do you make sure you’re eating foods that are good for you? What’s more—how do you make sure that you enjoy eating the foods that are good for you? That is a more complicated question than “do I rollover my 401(k)?”
Take a Cooking Class
More specifically, take a vegetarian cooking class (you can go vegan or even raw if you want to go to real extremes but for your current purposes a vegetarian class will work just fine). Put it on the credit card if you have to (just make sure it’s one of those fixed rate low interest credit cards so you don’t wind up accidentally paying for the class twice in interest fees). A cooking class is a great way to learn not just some great recipes but some gastronomy as well. Gastronomy is the science of why food behaves the way it does, which is important if you want to be able to cook properly.
Learn to Love Vegetarian Food
Why vegetarian? Because vegetarian food is better for you! You can use all of those great spring and summer veggies you’ve stocked up on but aren’t sure what to do with yet. Plus, once you know how to make great veggie snacks, you’ll be less likely to sprint to the 7-11 for Doritos when you’re hit with a snack craving. Plus, according to the USDA, most of the food you eat should be in fruit or veggie form.
Whole Grains Are Your Friends
A few years ago food made with whole grains was, frankly, often kind of gross. Now, though, you can find whole grain versions of food right next to their gluteny, processed white flour counterparts. Whole grain spaghetti noodles, for example, look a little different but actually taste better than the starchy stuff you grew up eating. Whole grains make up another major dietary requirement so working them in anywhere you can is important.
Proper Portion Sizes
If you’re older you probably remember a time when a three part meal (most likely a meat, a starch and a vegetable) didn’t completely fill up a dinner plate the size of a table. You had smaller plates and there was space between your foods. Over time we’ve increased our serving sizes to astronomical proportions. The truth is that a single serving of, say grains, is typically just one piece of wheat bread (from a small sized loaf, not from one of those big loaves). A cup of cooked cut up chicken is one serving, not a whole chicken breast.
The great thing about figuring out how to portion your food properly (you might need a food scale in the beginning) is that it is going to save you money. Smaller portions mean less food which means less money spent at the store!
It is going to take some time to figure out just how much your body truly needs of what. But don’t worry—you don’t have to be perfect right away!
“This is a guest post provided by Becky W.”
My girls are obsessed with mermaids. They lay on the floor and pretend they are swimming like them, they draw pictures of them and they love watching movies about them. As a parent I LOVE Aurora. So when Aurora came out with the Sea Sparkles line I was excited!!
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I love that the dolls have yarn hair, this makes the hair stay nicer and yet still fun to style. The doll also has a weighted bottom, so she can sit. Ours sits on my daughter’s headboard while she is at school.
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