I never thought of myself as a revolutionary.
Simply because I always thought it would include significant amounts of shouting and long hours of standing holding banners. And crowds.
As much as I love outdoors, I wasn’t quite sold on any of those.
Growing up, everything we ate came either from my grandparent’s farm or our own vegetable garden. Again, not because we were defiant of anything, but simply because that was the way of nourishing families. Everything was eaten in season, fresh or preserved by proper fermentation process and grown fuelled up with the power of natural fertilizers.
Things turned out to be much different once I landed in Canada, especially when it came to having my own family and trying to nourish my kids. The reality hit me once they started school. I started noticing how much junk there was, hidden even in the so called “healthy choices”. It wasn’t pretty. And I was actually getting more and more upset seeing that the children were actually hit the hardest by the effects of eating processed, packaged items.
One day I stumbled upon Jamie’s School Dinners TV show and his campaign to make changes in school nutrition in the UK. I was absolutely amazed not by the idea itself, which on its own is absolutely great, but in his perseverance in fighting obstacle after obstacle when dealing with the system and close-mindedness.
I may not have his culinary qualifications, but we definitely share belief that food has an enormous power in our lives, not only to nourish our bodies and minds, but has been an essential building block of families, communities and cultures.
Therefore I have joined the global Food Revolution movement to support the idea that healthy food is simply a basic human right of all of us and that we simply have no choice but to improve our food choices for us and our kids.
I joined the movement, because I believe that by educating people on the proper nutrition choices and showing them the better way to feed their families we will make a difference in their lives and in our society.
ONE HOME COOKED MEAL AT A TIME.
Being a Holistic Nutritionist, I can tell you that globally, we are headed for a health crisis. Our Canadian statistics are simply shocking...
- 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
- 43% increase in ADHD
- 37% increase in teen depression
- 200% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old
- Canadian obesity rates among children are rising at an alarming rate increasing their risk of developing serious chronic diseases later in life
- As a society we are getting sicker and sicker while spending millions of dollars fostering more illness than health
This is just the tip of an iceberg we are dealing with and those can all be improved by something as simple as change in dietary and lifestyle habits.
So is there anything that can Be done about it?
I believe there is a lot and has very little to do with governments, protests or even the food industry itself.
Perhaps it is time to stop and rethink our everyday food choices. Real place where the change needs to take place is in our own kitchens. You may think that an individual action won't make any difference, but I am here to prove to you that one by one, systems can be changed and the shift starts with a simple action of taking responsibility for your own health into your own hands.
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
For me, Food Revolution is…
- ...as simple as teaching my own kids what the good food choices are and providing them with essential like skills, like making meals for themselves.
- Showing them where the real food is coming from and how it influences their bodies for them to stay healthy and perform at their best levels.
- Finally enjoying each other’s company over meals with friends and family...
- ...and that is more powerful than any rally or national campaign.
So if I can teach more children to do just that, I believe in a better tomorrow for all of us.
So I guess I am a revolutionary after all...
...without much shouting involved.
Want to join the movement?