Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

He’s Back!

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on April 7, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

If you are needing some inspiration, be sure to tune into chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution starting April 12, 7 p.m. on ABC.  Jamie Oliver has dedicated himself to teaching people how easy it is to cook and eat better, healthier foods.  He loves to point out that we are killing ourselves with our poor diet choices and sedentary lifestyles.  His main focus on these shows is to go into the school system to try to change school menus.

I have long been appalled at what school cafeterias serve, all under Federal guidelines to meet nutritional standards!  That means as part of a “healthy” lunch, your childrens’ school can serve desserts, french fries and processed meats.  That is why my kids have almost always taken their lunch.  With the current Federal standards and the way schools interpret them, it’s no wonder we have an obesity epidemic.

Jamie Oliver shows just what makes up some of the popular foods we eat such as chicken nuggets.  You probably won’t want to eat another chicken nugget if you see what’s in them.  American kids have abysmal eating habits and parents are partly to blame.  The food industry with the millions it spends on junk food and advertising aimed at children is also to blame.  But parents can raise healthy eaters by offering fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking at home.

The exception is poor people.  They often don’t have access to stores that carry decent produce, if any, and the price of junk food is often cheap compared to healthier foods.  This is something that has to change in our country if we want to control health costs.  Everyone wants to cut reimbursement rates to doctors and hospitals and hold them accountable for rising costs.  However, just as much emphasis needs to be placed on individuals to be responsible for their own health.  If you are 5′ tall and weigh 300 pounds, you are going to have joint pain and shortness of breath as well as a host of other problems.  Don’t expect your doctor to have a cure if you can’t control your weight.

So tune in and watch Jamie Oliver.  It just might be the push your family needs to do better.  In the meantime, check out the HMG Health and Fitness Expo on April 16 and 17.  I’ll be cooking at 4 p.m. on Saturday.    

Upadated on April 7, 2011

2 Responses to “He’s Back!”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I'm so glad you posted about this! I'm going to set up my DVR to record Jamie's show. I couldn't agree more about needing to change regulations for school lunches. We have got to start feeding our children healthier foods, AND show them how to eat healthily at home by providing them with a good example! Great post!

  2. Lisa Tedder says:

    Thank you Elizabeth. I have always tried to teach my kids about good nutrition.

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