About Me/ Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

I am thrilled to have been selected as an Ambassador for the Food Revolution- a volunteer position given to individuals who have shown a deep commitment to real food.  I give my spare time for free to further the mission of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

My focus started with raising awareness of our sugar crisis here in America and my daily sugar avoidance struggles.  (And you thought the oil crisis was bad.)  The amount of treats presented to U.S. children on a weekly basis is bordering on obscenity.  My intention at first was to encourage others to track the amount of treats that go into their child so they can stay within the healthy range of pediatrician recommended 2 to 3 treats per week.  I believe this will help lower the never before seen levels in childhood obesity and diabetes.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in three Americans will suffer Type 2 diabetes by 2050.  I also believe school lunches need to be revamped. This blog is one woman’s first hand account, or as I like to say, “Food Fight.”  

After about one year, my focus shifted to real food. (For further detail, see my home page header titled, “One Year Later- What I’ve Learned.”) I’m focusing on all the fun you can have with real food- and it is definitely not a deprivation lifestyle- fake food is.

I am a writer and food activist residing in the Sonoran desert- land of rattlesnakes, scorpions, colorful sunsets and blooming cactus. This was a big change from the Midwest where i was born and raised.  My hometown is known for its numerous summer festivals, long dark winters, and the mosquito- which i looked up every year to make sure it really was not the state bird. I love both places.  Of course, i believe i could be happy living in almost any city.

I have two little girls and am married to my dream guy, whom I met in front of a chocolate fountain.  My chocolate fountain.  After college graduation at a Jesuit University, where i earned my Business Administration/Marketing degree and studied Journalism, i learned the ropes of retail sales, working at a global company for three years. I left to study the art of chocolate by self-taught experts and became an artisan chocolatier myself- a type of chef specializing in chocolate and other confections.  I opened up a retail store of my own- a 1000 sq. ft. stone-front Belgian chocolate store nestled under a bed and breakfast.  I created chocolate confections with my own hands for about seven years, continually learning and understanding the nuances and chemical principles of chocolate.  I had fun being an artist using chocolate as my paint and realized i had a love for working in a kitchen.  I trained my twenty person staff in most aspects of the business.  It is at this time where i developed my love of heart-healthy, antioxidant-filled dark chocolate. I filled my shelves with it, food of the gods. This is also when i discovered an affinity towards freshly roasted walnuts, almonds, pecans and macadamia nuts.  I had fun training my young staff on how to tell one nut from the other!  (And how to actually wash a dish.)

Since then, I’ve been doing the mommy gig. I get paid in giggles, smiles, planning fun parties and buying them cute dresses.  I LOVE writing, food photography and connecting with people- especially on social media.  I am passionate about good food and health for kids and adults.

It is sad to see children who entrusted society to care for their health, but homes, schools and food manufacturers failed them.  And now these children have to worry about monitoring their blood sugar levels, taking diabetes medication, and/or battling their weight when they should be worrying about first crushes, bike routes, hair products, good grades and memorizing the lyrics to their favorite song.  My dad suffered from Type 2 Diabetes, and i saw first hand how it can affect one’s quality of life- the insulin shots, the diet regulation, blood monitoring, mood swings, episodes of unconsciousness and trips to the emergency room.

Children deserve proper food education and implementation.  Thank you to all the parents, schools and food manufacturers who do things right, and recognize your social responsibility.

Peace, Love & Real Food,

Amy

10 Responses to About Me/ Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

  1. fstopfun says:

    Great blog : ) A few years ago an old family friend lost a stunning amount of weight by giving up sugar. I looked at the amount of sugar in everything and was so sad that the food industry has destroyed quality food and has made high sugars and over processed junk the norm.

  2. fstopfun says:

    The sad part is now the school system has decided in Maryland that parents are no longer capable of providing nutritious meals for our children. check out what they sent over and my blog about it. It is from last year. http://baltimoreelevated.blogspot.com/2010/11/eating-school-breakfasts-improves-math.html

    Now the schools are providing free breakfasts for every child in the mornings. My kids eat at home and I have forbid the teachers from giving them coco puffs and pre-cooked french toast sticks! Insane.

  3. We are only as healthy as the foods we eat — that’s a simple concept yet the schools somehow can’t seem to grasp the significance of it. My new book, “Mighty-Me and the Rainbow Plate” is an entertaining way to teach the little one how to eat healthy by eating foods the colors of the rainbow.

  4. musingmar says:

    I found your blog through your video on the Food Revolution Day site. I look forward to following and joining in the ‘food fight’!

    • RealFoodie says:

      Nice! I love the name of your blog…love your pictures…and you and i write in a very similar fashion. I felt like i was reading one of my own posts when i read the one about your soup with the brussel sprouts and pancetta! 🙂 And so happy you are joining in the revolution to educate people on all this gooooooooood foooooooooood!! Great meeting you…

      • musingmar says:

        It’s always a pleasure to find people with similar interests and outlooks. We all approach these in our own way and can learn from each other! Good to meet you too!

  5. Hey Junk Food Journal,

    I’m casting a Food Network show i think might be a good fit for you, please email me at bianca.macaluso@rtvshows.com for more information. thanks!

    Best Regards,
    Bianca Macaluso
    Casting Associate-Relativity Television

  6. tvkapherr says:

    That what I like about WP, I surf around and find a blog like yours! I like it! You have a follower! Feel free to drop by and visit my blog Cats at the Bar.

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