Watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was enlightening, sad, nauseating, and frustrating all at once. Did you see it? This might not get me many fans, but while watching, I honestly wavered back and forth between feeling sorry for the people of Huntington, WV because they didn’t even know that the food they were eating/feeding their children was pretty much toxic and thinking. . . well if you want to eat crap, be obese, and die young, go ahead. I can understand where the fists would come out if someone comes into your community trying to say that their way is better, but all these people have to do is look around at each other and at the statistics that got them on the show in the first place. I felt bad for Jamie as the attitudes flared and as the school principal and lunch women seemed to WANT him to fail. Don’t they want better for their children than they have for themselves?
I plan on continuing to watch the show because I adore Jamie Oliver and think he is doing a good thing, but there will likely be more cringing.
Anyway, the show got me thinking about my own past eating habits and things that used to pass my lips without a second thought. Disclaimer: I am not judging any of the foods presented nor am I judging people for eating them. In fact, there’s a chance that on occasion they might make their way back into my life. The point of the post is more to explore how our norms change over time.
I used to think nothing of polishing off a bag of Cinnabon Stix with a large MochaLatta Chill and an extra side of frosting. Going to the mall with my friends inevitably meant eating food court food, and it doesn’t get any more food court than Cinnabon. Looking back, its not even the calories or fat that gets me, its the fact that they really weren’t that good!
Pixy Stix! Why didn’t I just sit down with the sugar bowl and a spoon?
My college friends will recognize Tostitos Salsa con Queso as one of our main food groups, I am pretty sure. And when I said above that these foods might make their way back into my life on occastion, I mean you Salsa con Queso.
It’s bright orange and doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but its still pretty tasty, especially after a night out!
I used to loooooooove Coke. I drank it all the time. Now I have it a few times a year, usually just when we have Sales & Marketing meetings that are several days long and well stocked with sodas and snacks. But even then, knowing what I know now about what’s in Coke and how bad it is for me, I don’t enjoy it as much. This is one habit that is hard to break, but it totally baffles me when I see people downing 4 or 5 of these a day. It makes my teeth hurt!
I do remember school lunches being pretty awful, but I brought lunch pretty often. In high school I brought every day! And then there was dining hall life. . . soft serve ice cream and salads every day. Throw a few Cokes on top of that, and I wonder how any of us accomplished anything!
Ok, your turn! What foods or drinks did you love at one time. . . and now the thought makes you cringe?