I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last few years, more and more foodie TV programs have been going on about our western diet and how it has got to change. The first ‘personality’ that I noticed doing this was Jamie Oliver, I’m not saying he’s the first to say it, I’m saying he’s the first that I heard it from.
Our western diet is causing massive problems for almost all nations in what we call the ‘western world’. I’m not just talking about the cost to many individual’s health, I mean from the cost of healthcare, to the cost in lost productivity, to the cost in packaging and transportation and to the cost to the environment, these all have real financial implications for everyone living in the ‘western world’ regardless of whether you have a modern western diet or a more traditional one, you’re still going to end up paying for it through taxes.
One of the most informative pieces I’ve seen on this subject is Jamie Oliver’s “Eat to Save Your Life” and thanks to Donal over at The Good Mood Food Blog letting me know about 4OD, I was able to watch it again recently. Unfortunately I can’t embed the program here so if you want to give it a look follow this link, it’s not a short piece but it may open your eyes to the value of a good diet, it certainly helped me to think more about what I eat.
So why won’t this food revolution be televised? It can’t, these changes need to take place in the kitchen, it’s up to us to make the decision to cook for ourselves, it’s up to us to take the healthy option, it’s up to us to find out what fuel our body really needs, not what we want to fuel it with.
And the healthy option does not mean giving up the food we love, it means being aware of what’s in these dishes and working with that so that we can maintain a balanced and healthy diet.