Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution versus LAUSD

frlrg_3332If you watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last week it was beyond disturbing.

A chef comes from England to help America eat healthier and is treated like a criminal. We live in Los Angeles, one of the most progressive cities in the world with medicinal pot dispensaries, but cannot “afford” healthy food our children.

Where is the freedom and democracy that our country was built on?

The Los Angeles school board has given Jamie looks that could kill when he shows up at meetings, forbid him to enter any school kitchen or cafeteria and almost sent police officers if he showed up on school premises.

It is now a known fact that this generation of children will not live as long as their parents.  With diabetes, heart disease and cancer on the rise it is hard to think they have a chance at health at all.  And one of the main causes?

The American diet. Somehow we’ve forgotten that kids need to eat healthy also. 

With sugared cereals, colored sugary drinks and milk, an abundance of processed and fast foods it’s a wonder they are as healthy and resilient as they are now. This way of eating is not the way America used to eat.

We as a society must stop the desire of instant gratification for our youth by allowing them to have destructive food choices.

I’ve never had so many insulin resistant children in my practice who are sluggish throughout the day, with little to no energy to even be at school never mind run in P.E.  One 13 year old I see would try to pace himself so he could actually have enough energy to get through his day.  Unusual?   It’s more common than you think.

The results after 2 weeks of having a child or teen consume clean non-processed foods with more protein?  Energy way up, weight down and sleep much improved.  Food is powerful in so many ways.

When are we going to wake up and realize our children can’t continue to subsist on processed foods full of ingredients you can’t even say or recognize?

Hopefully Jamie Oliver’s Revolution can make a dent in achieving small changes in the school system which will provide a bridge and open up the conversation for health in our youth.  Until then, consider purging your home and diet of processed packaged foods with more than 5 ingredients. 

And if you have children in your life, consider making a healthy meal with them, or shopping at the Farmer’s market for fruits, and vegetables – you may be saving a life.