As we all know, Jamie Oliver is looking to incite a revolution — in the way we cook and eat. Jamie knows what many have forgotten… food is very personal: “What we choose to eat or feed our families every day is the most personal choice we can make.”
Jillian Michaels, America’s other favorite trainer, sat down with Jamie to find out how the revolution is going. You can read the entire interview on Everyday Health. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
JM: I can only imagine, and I must admit that I have personally found it incredibly frustrating that the American government, on every level, has yet to pass policy that is truly helpful in providing adequate physical education and making healthy food accessible to kids in our schools. I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for you, but with that said, what solutions or steps can you offer to parents so they can protect the health of their child?
JO: Parents need to get educated about the issues and get involved. They can start by learning to cook a few simple dishes at home, so their kids get familiar with real food made from scratch. They can teach the children to make better choices — don’t pick the chocolate milk. It’s white milk only. And then they can start hooking up with other people in their community who are care about the same things. The Food Revolution Facebook communities are incredible groups of local people sharing stories and working together to improve school food, and the health of their kids.
JM: As I am sure you are well aware, for many Americans times are extremely tough. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully on a budget?
JO: Absolutely. Some of the best food I have ever eaten comes from some of the poorest places I’ve visited. The difference is that in those communities, cooking skills are still passed down and everyone knows how to cook. So that’s the first thing. Learn a few recipes for some inexpensive healthy dishes. Start with an omelette, it’s a beautiful dish, and eggs are very cost-effective. Add salad greens into your life. Or a little spinach wilted in a hot pan with a little olive oil and garlic. These aren’t hard things to do and don’t cost a fortune. Try to buy only things where you can actually identify what the ingredients are — ingredients that might have been found in your grandma’s cupboard. Big stores in America are trying to do the right thing, and bring more fresh food, to more people for a fair price. That’s the only way we’re going to be able to make change. Big business has to decide that it’s good business to have healthy customers. And we can help them do that by making different choices. If you stop buying processed foods, they will stop selling them.
JM: If you could make over America’s kitchens, what three things would you immediately toss? What three would you add in?
JO: I’d toss everything that looks like it was made in science lab and add in salads.
Take a minute to check out Jillian’s and Jamie’s websites – they are inspirational and filled with great tips for healthy living.