By Dana Shultz for DietsInReview.com
Are you ready to get serious about real, honest food? Then mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 19, to join Food Revolution Day and celebrate the real food cause.
The man behind the movement is world-renowned chef, cookbook author, and TV personality Jamie Oliver. Oliver has made a name for himself in the last decade with his passion for the cause of real, healthy food. In 2010, he started a campaign called Food Revolution in order to spread his message about the importance of healthy eating. And this cause has become more relevant than ever as our nation is in the midst of a widespread obesity epidemic.
As part of his Food Revolution movement – which also gained its own TV series in Britain and the U.S. – Oliver has traveled to hundreds of schools to investigate the type of food that’s being served to our children. What he found was alarming – that the majority of food kids are eating today is high in fat, low in nutrients and very processed. And even worse yet is that children have no idea where their food comes from and couldn’t identify a vegetable if their life depended on it. This, Oliver says, leaves our nation’s children more disconnected from the source of food than ever, and thus ill equipped to navigate a healthy diet.
But the good new is, Oliver’s efforts have sparked widespread interest in knowing what’s in our food and where it comes from; and millions of people – including countless celebrities like Eva Longoria and Khloe Kardashian- have now joined the cause.
This Saturday, you can join Food Revolution Day by attending or hosting an event that serves and celebrates real food – focusing on locally-sourced, fresh food. The purpose is not just to fund-raise, but to inform people around the world about the importance of eating real, quality food. And Oliver is hoping millions of people will come together in support of the cause.
Hundreds of schools, businesses, chefs and restaurants and foodies all over the world have already agreed to take part, and you can, too. Locate food events happening in your area by visiting foodrevolution.com. There you’ll also find the resources needed if you’d like to host an event instead of attend one.
And for a little parting inspiration, here is Jamie Oliver’s food philosophy as shared on his website:
“My philosophy to food and healthy eating has always been about enjoying everything in a balanced and sane way. Food is one of life’s greatest joys, yet we’ve reached this really sad point where we’re turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of. I believe that when you use good ingredients to make pasta dishes, salads, stews, burgers, grilled vegetables, fruit salads, and even outrageous cakes, they all have a place in our diets. We just need to rediscover our common sense: If you want to curl up and eat macaroni and cheese every once in a while – that’s alright! Just have a sensible portion next to a fresh salad, and don’t eat a big old helping of chocolate cake afterwards.”
Feeling inspired? Then join the movement this Saturday to become a part of this very worthy – and healthy – cause.
If you love good food and want to be a part of a day that is all about sharing information, talents and food-related resources, click here to get involved with Food Revolution Day.