What do I mean about “the perimeter thing”? Just keep reading and you will understand.
About 5 or 6 weeks ago, I happened to be watching CNN to catch up on the news. It happened that they had more of a “feature” show on, rather than the news, Anderson Cooper 360. I watched for a bit, and found that they had Jamie Oliver on. If you don’t know who Jamie Oliver is, he is a British Chef. He is a TV Chef. He has had a number of cooking shows on British TV over the years. He’s OK, I’m not a huge fan, but I have watched some of his shows from time to time, and my wife Feyma has picked up a few good recipes from Jamie’s show over the years too.
What was Jamie doing on CNN? Well, he was talking about his new TV show in the USA, called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Jamie went to a town named Huntington, West Virginia, which according to a US Government study is the most unhealthy city in the USA. This is based on things like obesity, diet, health problems and such, which are found in the city, and compared to other parts of the USA.
When I saw Jamie talking about this, I found it interesting, I wanted to learn more. Let me say, I am obese. I have been obese for nearly my entire life, since my early childhood. I have experienced health problems due to obesity. Over the past 10 years, I have lost a lot of weight, but I am still obese, just a lot less obese than I was a decade ago. I hope that in a few more years I will no longer be obese. But, even if I still am, I am feeling better and living a more healthy lifestyle than I was a decade ago.
So, what Jamie wanted to do was to start a Food Revolution. I change in the way that the people in Huntington ate, and how they lived. I was excited about it myself, because I wanted to further change my diet, increase my exercise, and become healthier myself. So, I decided to watch Jamie’s Food Revolution myself and see what it was all about. As of the time that I write this article, four episodes have been aired, and I have watched them all. I have picked some very good tips,
and I have watched as Jamie has tried to change things like the school lunch program and other things in West Virginia. I feel that what Jamie has said and done has had an impact on me, and done some good things for me. It has reinforced my already existing desire to improve my life and my health.
It so happens that just about the same time that Jamie’s show started, my wife started working on a big job in her consulting business. Because of this, she has been away from the house quite a bit lately. So, I decided to take on more of a role in the grocery shopping and cooking part of the household duties, in order to assist my wife.
Now is the time when the “perimeter thing” will come into play and you will know what I am talking about. You know, I have heard over the years that the healthiest part of the grocery store is the part around the perimeter of the store. The Produce department. The meats department. The dairy area. The middle of the store is the area where there is not much nutrition, and where most people spend the bulk of their grocery budget! That’s right. The cookies. The twinkies. The ho-ho’s. Basically, the junk food. Of course, there are exceptions like the spices, the cooking ingredients and such, but for the most part, the bulk of the nutrition in the grocery store is along the perimeter.
So, in the past weeks while I’ve been doing a lot of the grocery shopping, I have found myself spending a lot of my time along the perimeter. Yesterday, I want to the store, and I half filled my cart with produce alone, and I bought some meat. I didn’t buy anything else. My bill was only half what I expected it to be, and I came home and cooked some very nutritious and very tasty food!
Amazing! It tasted good and it saved me money. How could I complain about that? Thanks, Jamie, for re-energizing me.