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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You CAN Trust a Skinny Chef

Hi! Welcome to my blog.

I firmly believe that most people (most, not everyone) want to be healthier. They want to be able to feed their families healthy food, and they want to learn how to make it. But most people also don't know what makes food healthy, and if they do, they don't know how to cook it. That's where I come in. I love food, I love to cook, and I'm not obese. I do believe that loving food and being obese do not have to be connected. Here I will share strategies, recipes, and techniques (as well as some educational tidbits) about food and cooking.

With all the talk about obesity (especially in children), diabetes, and the health care debate that does not even attempt to touch these issues, I have decided that I have sat idle for too long. There have been many times when I have thought to myself, "I wish there was something (or more) I could do." Well, I have come to the realization that I cannot change the world...alone. But as an internet user I guess I can do something. And this is my attempt.

Rant: when was the last time you were in an elementary school lunch room? As a substitute teacher, for me, that was yesterday. Here was the menu: Hot dog in a white bun, gigantic smiley face french fries, canned peaches in heavy syrup. Who's idea was it to call this lunch nutritious? And it gets worse from there. Think french toast sticks and syrup...for lunch. "Taco Salad" (which means ground beef, tortilla chips, and cheese- a.k.a. Nachos). Chicken wing pizza (this one is self explanatory). Notice how not one of these main entrees (which is what most kids have solely on their plate) do not have one vegetable. Kids are picky eaters. However, when we don't even give them the tools to choose healthy options, what hope do they have?