so i've been addicted to jamie oliver's food revolution since i first watched it last season. this season i'm still loving it. i highly suggest anyone to watch it! it's disgusting learning the true facts about school lunches and processed food in general. i have always, and still do unfortunately, proclaim that i loved school lunches growing up. ever since day one i remember loving the food. my mom didn't have chocolate milk on hand like the school did and we didn't have cookies with every meal. i mean, who wouldn't like that? i loved school pizza, burritos, ravioli, sandwiches, etc, etc... but i also remember always liking vegetables growing up. at a very young age i remember picking fresh asparagus on the side of the road with my baby sitter and being so excited to go back and eat it. that's a great example for why fresh food is good for children. they learn that if they can grow it, they can pick it and cook it themselves. what's so sad is that last season on jamie oliver he went into a classroom and the kids couldn't identify fruits and vegetables. didn't we learn that in kindergarten?! i remember very vividly learning a new fruit/vegetable every week and tasting it. maybe some schools just don't do that whether it be for lack of interest or funding. i guess that's why it's so important to feed your kids good food. now i know produce from the store is expensive. trust me, i know. the first place you hit in the store is the produce and when i'm done in that section i walk away with a good 1/3 to 1/4 of the cart being just produce and knowing that that's what's gonna make up about half of the cost of my bill! but it's worth it. it's sad that going through a drive-thru fast food place and hitting their value menu for burgers and fries is the cheapest and most convenient way for people to feed their kids. i don't know how people can be giving their children pop, candy and fast food at such a young age. the toxins in that food is what's causing obesity, sickness, and probably (just an outsiders view) why the rate of child mental disability rates are rising. so back to school lunches... yes, i enjoyed the crap i ate at school. some people think i'm crazy. but, on pizza day they always served corn. yes corn and pizza. i'm still puzzled by that. it may not have been the freshest corn, but i always ate it. i always ate the veggies on the lunch line. once i hit high school, we were blessed with the option of salad bar. i can tell you i probably hit the salad bar lunch line as often as i hit the regular line.
so now, as a conscious adult, i feel for the most part i make pretty good decisions when it comes to the food i eat. i think every now and then i like to eat junk just like the next person, but i think i've been blessed with fairly good genes and a passion for sweating at the gym... even though i enjoy my tv time on the couch! (<-- this is where the good genes come into play) i enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes. i love thinking that anything with regular flour can be better with whole wheat flour. and that anything that comes frozen or in a box will taste much better and make me feel better knowing i made it from scratch. i like knowing that i can control my sugar intake. (i can picture my family laughing at me right now since they all know i grew up drinking coffee in my sippy cup and drank this coffee with spoonful after spoonful of sugar until i was about 19 or 20... not always in that sippy cup haha) i like knowing the ingredients going into my food, not just reading it on the side of a box. i love fruits and veggies and love, love, love salads! i hope we're able to pass this thought onto our children someday. we never have pop in this house and we absolutely love milk and water. don't get me wrong, it's good to treat yourself every now and then, but i think i'd want to give my growing children only the best foods to help them grow mentally and physically.