April 5th, 2010
I’m finally caught up on all of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution episodes, and I just wanted to share my thoughts. Not that my thoughts are of much consequence, but many people, and more every day (Hi, new readers!!!) read this blog (which is about me, in case you were confused ;)).
I’ll start with the good:
1) Jamie Oliver is adorable. I would watch his show even if he were talking about Nascar. You think I’m joking? He has a British accent, therefore I could listen to every word he ever utters. Someday I’ll blog about my obsession with everything British. But for now, suffice it to say that Jamie Oliver is on my “Reasons Why I Need to Move to England” list.
2) His goal is not to be some food snob, it is to help people. I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone making a living by making a better world for mankind. Food is just one way that you can help people. I am helping people by helping adults get their bachelor’s degree. My husband is helping people by designing highways to better meet the needs of commuters. Anyone with a mission to better the lives of others deserves, at the very least, our attention. Mr. Oliver, you have mine.
3) He is personal. He doesn’t start in Washington and change the policies (not that he could), and he knows that he can’t even step into the cafeteria and change the menu. He has to change the people. He picks out a family to support and connects with a group of high schoolers who are desperate for change. I truly believe that to encourage positive change, you have to build relationships. It can be a slow process, but that’s what Jamie is doing, and that’s when he has the greatest impact.
The not so good:
1) The schools should not be responsible for teaching children how to use a knife and fork or what a vegetable is. Those life lessons reside with the parents. I think that the school now has to teach the children because parents have obviously shirked that responsibility, but it’s just downright pathetic that a cafeteria worker has to instruct ten year olds about culinary etiquette. Whatever happened to the dinner table??
2) Preachers should not ever preach a sermon about eating healthy foods. Is there a direct passage from the Bible? No. You can infer from biblical passages that God cares what we eat, but a sermon should not be devoted to any diet aside from our spiritual one. My parents always said to me, “right doctrine teaches right living”. Preachers, spend your precious 45 minutes a week carefully explaining Scripture. For an individual to come to know Scripture better means that they come to know Christ better. And to know Christ better will inevitably affect the way one lives. I guess I’m worried that young Christians watching will think that boycotting McDonald’s is backed by Scripture. But truthfully, when a church or an individual starts legislating on things which the Bible does not, it leads to legalism. And I will never, ever support legalism, even if it means a diet of less trans fat.
So all in all, I believe that Jamie is doing the best with what he has to work with, but it really supports my initial belief about changing the way we eat. Change has to begin in the family. Government can try to tell us what to eat, schools can try to feed us all the right things, but it is the family’s responsibility, to teach, nourish, and live-out what it means to live a healthy life style.
Have you seen Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? Do you feel that he is doing the right thing? What are some things you would change? Do you think he will be successful?