Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution


I am so inspired by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution that I am committed to share healthy, easy, creative, and yummy recipes on my blog.

If you don't have time to cook, make time. If you don't know how to cook, now is a good time to learn or at least ask your help to cook healthy meals. All you have to do is to research on the internet for easy and healthy recipes, or if you wish, you can check out my mabuhaygirl.multiply.com (click 'Tags' below my sponsors box and look for 'Healthy Eats', Eats Good', 'Lunchbox Treat', and 'Food') for a step by step guide on how to cook quick, healthy, and delish dishes.

I believe that to be happy, one must be healthy and fit to enjoy life.

I hope everyone watches this video. It will only take 20 mins. of your time and it could probably change your life for the better.

Bravo Jamie Oliver!

Again, life is all about balance. Fast food will always exist, but we have the choice to eat healthier food. Eating healthy meals everyday is great for the mind and body however, junk food once in a while is good for the soul. 

In our local news...

Local green schools fight US junk food
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:43:00 01/17/2011

MANILA, Philippines—The country’s elementary school yards are being transformed into vegetable gardens in a bid to fight US-inspired junk food addictions that are causing an explosion of health problems throughout society.

At one of the showcase schools in Metro Manila for the burgeoning health food project, teachers and students are joined by parents in tending lush plots that have an assortment of vegetables.

Every available space is used to grow nutritious greens that are harvested in cycles—as free food for the school’s mostly poor students or sold as part of a livelihood project for their families.

Where there is no soil, portable hydroponic gardening is promoted using discarded plastic bottles as water receptacles for plants that hang symmetrically in rows.
“It’s amazing what many things you can do with a little innovation, and a little bit of imagination,” Parañaque Central Elementary School principal Edita Baggayan, 65, told Agence France Presse (AFP) as she inspected tomatoes in a mini-greenhouse.

“Children here are taught proper nutrition, and we involve parents in the project because we want to take families away from a lifestyle of eating junk foods,” Baggayan said.

Nearby, boys in khaki trousers are busy removing weeds and watering the upcoming harvest of thick green okras, eggplants and moringa leaves.

There is a row of cabbages, vines with budding luffa fruits and winter melons that are typically used in a variety of traditional Filipino dishes that are fast vanishing from dining tables in favor of takeout and instant foods.

Broccoli and cauliflower were last season’s harvests, but they will be grown again in the second semester, Baggayan said.

Measurable impact

During AFP’s visit, students hungrily tucked into their chicken-vegetable soup at lunchtime, with some going back for second servings.

School nutritionist and cook Dulce Aranda said the program was having measurable impact on the malnourished students.

She said 100 of the most undernourished children among the roughly 3,000 students were picked for a feeding program using the harvested vegetables when the initiative was launched last year.

“Our charts now show they are more healthy, attentive and are performing better in school,” Aranda said. “We just hope they will carry this through when they grow up. There are just too many people who are unhealthy.”

Bad eating diets

Fast-food outlets are perhaps even more ubiquitous in the Philippines than in the United States, which ruled the Southeast Asian nation as a colonial power for nearly 50 years from 1898.
The Philippines has a wildly popular home-grown fast-food chain that has outlets even in remote towns, while the famous US brands are also widespread.

In homes, rice remains a staple for most meals but accompanying dishes are typically fried and heavy in oil.

As a result, lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are ravaging the adult population, especially people aged in their 20s to 40s, leading to a bonanza for pharmaceutical firms.

“Everything now is fast or processed food,” said Dr. Carmela Pagunsan, the medical director at the Manila unit of French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis.

“We have bad eating diets and sedentary lifestyles. Parents and their children don’t go out and do physical activity anymore, don’t eat vegetables and fruits,” Pagunsan said.

Cultural in nature

“If you go to the malls now, you will see many overweight children and young adults. They have not been trained to be fit, to have proper diets.”

She said the problem was also cultural in nature, with Filipinos having a propensity to over indulge in salty, fatty and very sweet foods, particularly during festivals and celebrations.

The government’s National Nutrition Survey in 2009 showed that 27 percent of adults were overweight, while 25 percent reported having hypertension.

“That is a gross underestimation in my view,” Pagunsan said. “Because there are many more people out there who don’t know they are hypertensive, who don’t get the medicines they need and who don’t see a doctor for consultation.”

“And because they go undiagnosed, they do not have any compulsion to control their lifestyles, not knowing that complications are already setting in,” she added.
Pagunsan said her company alone marketed five anti-hypertension medicines locally, while also selling oral medication and insulin injections for diabetes.

Market still growing

“The hypertension market is still growing,” Pagunsan said, adding that the number of applications for patents covering generic hypertensive drugs in the Philippines was on the rise.

The Department of Education launched the vegetable project last year, and it hopes to replicate the success of the Parañaque school and others in Metro Manila nationwide to produce a new generation of health conscious Filipinos.

Pagunsan said the vegetable project was commendable, but noted it may take a lot more to change the Filipinos’ mind-set.

“The public’s awareness of the problem is in the spectrum of between low and medium. They are generally aware, but they don’t do something about it,” she said.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to preparing home cooked meals for your family? 


aurieme said...

Time and convenience is the biggest problem I have.

I am vegetarian, so I eat healthily. (I believe more people should become vegetarians and even vegans!) However, preparing good vegetarian meals takes time and planning and of course fresh veggies. I have to plan my days in order to find the time to visit the grocery store and grab veggies and organic products.

McDreamer said...

I love Jamie Oliver!!! I watch The Naked Chef, Jamie @ home, and food revolution, and I really admire him for his passion on helping the kids get proper nutrition...

love reading your blog!!!

Weyn said...

Hi Ms Jenni! I have been a follower of your blog for months now, and I find your "Eats Good" posts very engaging and inspiring. (I also love the table setting posts because in a Filipino's dining table, we're slowly losing the art and skill of putting together a creative or at least decent table setting.)

May I also introduce you to VSA (Village Supported Agriculture)? You may view the details here (http://beeconomic.com/philippines/), though I'm not exactly promoting that website; it's where most of the info is posted.

VSAs are popular in other countries as a means of supporting local farmers while customers get the freshest and best produce. :)

Hope you have a great day!

ChichaJo said...

I love Jamie Oliver and admire him for all he has done to educate people about cooking and healthy eating (along with his fantastic work on the Fifteen Foundation...he is so awesome!)! Definitely supporting his food revolution!

The biggest challenge is really time..but there are way to get around that. I believe you can serve your family tasty, healthful, home cooked meals with a little planning a creativity :)

Anonymous said...

I love Jamie Oliver, Because he's cute. amazing. :)

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