Day 97 – Moved by chefs

7 04 2010


I love the Food section in the Denver Post on Wednesdays almost as much as I love food itself. It’s filled with new restaurant reviews and inspirational recipes I clip and save with best intentions to cook.

Today, I read this Associated Press story: Celeb chefs launch healthy food drive about the momentum Jamie Oliver (see my Day 88 – Revolutionary food post), Rachel Ray and others are creating to get people to eat better for a healthier lifestyle.

Another article: “Quiet chef’s book a commanding work,” ironically, opens with: “Before chefs were entertainers and celebrities, they were craftsmen…” got me thinking about how these new, celebrity chefs-on-a-mission are so brilliant for coming out of the kitchen and onto the screens to influence people.

To change the habits of an overly obese nation, you go to where the people are — to West Virginia if you’re Jamie Oliver. Then you go straight to their living rooms where they’re watching the tube: the mother of the TV dinner, fast food commercials and sedentary evenings often blamed as a root cause for our unhealthy nation.

So if they can’t pull the plug on the flat screens, at least they are creating reality shows about overweight people competing to shred the most pounds and entertaining chefs are cooking real, healthy food. Michael Pollen wrote a book about it (see Day 27 – Rules to eat by post), but I’m guessing a lot more people who needed the information saw it on Oprah versus reading the book.

It’s all fine — use the best means, including the first lady and television, to move a nation to move more and eat less junk! Ironically, I turned on the TV tonight to do Classical Stretch for arms, legs and abs. (I admit I really couldn’t live — or exercise as readily — without the idiot box!)

In other electronic-dependence news (a.k.a. my iPod)…and in honor of “40 days to go ’til my 40th,” I’m compiling a list of 40 favorite songs for race day entertainment to get me through approx. 130 minutes (that’s 10-minute miles for the half marathon if all goes well). If you have a suggestion, please send it my way…

My top 40 song of the day is “Prayin’ for Rain” by Soulhat (a favorite band from Austin that I listened — and ran — to in my Atlanta days). I’m dedicating this song to trading the inches of snow we woke up to in Colorado for spring rain showers! And you can run to this song in rain, snow or shine…

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5 responses

8 04 2010
Erin

I had no idea you were a Soulhat Fan. I love that CD and Prayin’ for Rain is one of my favorites!

8 04 2010
Kelly

Very cool! One of my Atlanta roomates went to Texas Christian, so knew about them and had all of their CDs. Still love them!

8 04 2010
Kerrin

Not a great name considering your post, but “Carry Out” by Timbalake and justin Timberlake has a great beat:-) I like “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf and my 8 year old suggests “Hey Soul Sister” by Train. For some reason, “No Surprise” by Daughtry always helps me:-)

8 04 2010
Kerrin

Ok, I am showing my age…It is “Carry Out” by TIMBALAND and Justin Timberlake:-)

8 04 2010
Kelly

You and Aubrey are so much hipper than me Kerrin! I do know Train : ) …will check the others out. Have fun cheering for Miami tonight!!

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