Food Log #9

31 Mar

I found that this week in class when we discussed what our parents thought was healthy food, how different everyone’s answers were.  All the answers were different, but there were similarities at the same time, such as what things on the TV said were healthy, vegetables and the like.  I mean in my family, the answers one of my mom gave were pretty similar to what other said.  Though the reason she gave for why she considers fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean-meats such as fish and turkey that she gave was that it is because it is what doctors say is healthy, and since she and my other mom both work in a medical profession they would know that sort of thing.

Yes sometimes we eat what is popular, such as Greek yogurt, but it always for the health benefits, since Greek yogurt has a lot of protein that is the main reason why we eat it.  But, what my parents consider healthy is also based upon what my brothers, as track and cross country runners, should eat and what one of my moms diets since she has diabetes.

Personally, I find it difficult to follow the rules of what is healthy to eat at school, because there’s just so many options, but I try and take my mom’s advice to try and eat portion sizes of foods.  That and to not ‘graze’ throughout the day.  Either way I found that that class was very interesting and I enjoyed hearing what other people said.


Weekly Blog Response #8

24 Mar

For the food blog response I read a short piece about a recall of mini chocolate chip cookies that have walnuts in them.  It was called “Allergen Alert:  Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts.”  They left the walnuts off the recipe, a labeling error, and no adverse reactions have been reported.  Honestly what struck me about this piece was that it could have relevance to what we viewed with Jamie Oliver.   I’m surprised that they were lucky enough to realize the error before anyone got seriously hurt.  Parents could have bought these cookies for their children, who, if they had nut allergies, could have been seriously hurt, if not killed due to allergies.

There are things that I think are wrong about this article, like the fact that it is so short and there’s so few details provided.  How did the labeling error happen?  How were they able to realize that there was a labeling error?  I feel like with the way things are with food production are and all the concern over food safety that something such as this would happen.  What if the cookies had been sent to a school?  How many children could have potentially ended up in the hospital?  I’m just stunned that something like this would happen, could happen with how many things are done by computers today, which I think is how they would be able to produce the labels.  It just stunned me really.

Food Log #8

24 Mar

So this week we talked about school lunches, particularly in relation to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  What struck me today in class was that while we were listing the barriers that Jamie Oliver faced and everyone was talking about them, I wasn’t sure if any of the others realized that those were the same barriers they would face if they tried to change things here on campus.  There’s the cost of the food, it’s more expensive to buy the amount of food fresh to feed the campus at all of the different locations that there are to eat.  Not to mention the fact that the cooks on campus have to continue to have food available during all of the hours they are open.  I understand that people on school, or at least the ones in the class, but they need to understand that there are people who work to make sure we all have food to eat in the dining hall each and every day.  It just makes me frustrated when people talk about it the way they do in class.  The workers there are some of the nicest people I have ever met, they work hard and it’s not their fault if people do not like the food.

I agree the quality of the food could be improved, but it is also college food, equivalent to school lunches.  The fact is the food could be worse and as far as college food goes, in my opinion it is good.

Though this is also just my opinion, and response to some of the things I heard today and have been hearing, and in response to the discussion we had of barriers that Jamie Oliver faced.

Weekly Blog Response #7

17 Mar

For this week’s food blog response, I read a blog called “U.N. Special Rapporteur: Five Ways to Fix Unhealthy Diets.”  It was an interesting blog to read and while I do think that the five points listed as ways to help fix unhealthy diets could work, there are problems that I do not think were fully addressed.  It mentions taxing junk food and unhealthy food and while that has the potential to work, there is still the issue of the price of healthy food.  A lot of food that is healthy in stores is also more expensive to purchase, for a family that may not have a lot of money (or a college student) the unhealthy option is sadly more available to them.  It makes sense, the five ways, but they need to realize that for each change they make there is the potential for a new problem to occur, and another problem to be realized before they are even able to see the effects of the changes, such as the high cost healthy food.  However, over all I found the article to be interesting to read as the ways made sense to me.

Food Log # 7

17 Mar

This week in class we started out talking about hunger in the world and it got me thinking about that sort of thing.  I realize that seem to focus more on hunger in the poorer countries, but I thought back to my experiences on SU’s SPLASH program that I went on before I came here as a freshmen.  On the trip we worked with homeless people, and at homeless shelters.  We helped make jams for a place in Sunbury, and then we spent the week in Washington D.C.  Honestly, that trip had more of an impact on me concerning hunger and the hungry in the USA then some of the videos.  That may not be the best choice of words, but it’s true.

In DC we spent a day making sandwiches to hand out to people.  We put them in paper bags, then hit the streets to hand them out.  I know the people were hungry, you could see it, but in my opinion there is no better way to help someone than to do it personally instead of through donations. We got to see the smiles on their faces and hear their stories while we gave them the sandwiches, and heard them thank us.  To me that made me more motivated to do something to help with hunger in the US than those videos did.  They were sad, yes, and they got their point across, but being able to help someone in the way I did on SPLASH had more of an impact.  This week in class had me remembering those experiences I had on the trip.

Weekly Response #6

25 Feb

For this weeks blog response I spotted an article that caught my attention called “The infamous Chipotle video: will it help get rid of gestation crates?”  It caught my attention mainly because I remembered the video of the pigs in the gestation crates and was completely disgusted by them, honestly I called home after that class and told my mom never to buy ham from Smithfield.  I read through the article and honestly made me hate the gestation crates even more.  Especially the list of reasons for why the companies could potentially use them, and even then, they are just cruel.  I agree with the overall idea of the article that the gestation crates should be done away with, and I do hold hope that the Chipotle video will provide more people with knowledge about the poor treatment of the pigs.  I haven’t seen the video but from the description provided by the author of this blog post, and a description of the response to the video was, it seems like it is a very plausible way to be able to raise awareness about this issue with the gestation crates, and how cruel they really can be to the sows who are placed inside of them.  Personally I think the video will work so long as it is available for many people, it will help spread awareness of an issue of animal cruelty.  It is something that the public, in my opinion, should be made aware about, and this video will help with that.










Food Log #6

25 Feb

Today in class we talked about our culture tool kit in reference to food and discussed our different experiences with food.  My culture tool kit for food is so very mixed and honestly when it comes to my heritage the only really cultural food that my family eats that reflects our heritage is corned beef and cabbage.  We’re Irish but that is always the one Irish food I can name off the top of my head that we eat regularly.  Otherwise, the food that makes up the experiences in my tool kit includes a lot of different kinds of food from different cultures.  This includes several Norwegian cuisines.  My cousin married someone from Norway and when they moved back to the States, she brought with her, her own traditions.  My personal favorite would have to be the Norwegian waffles.  They’re thin, buttery, and you can eat them with just about anything.  However, there is one ingredient in them that makes them very hard to make: horn salt.  Not something that most people have in their kitchens but it is in mine.  That and a Norwegian cook book which I now want to go home and look at to see if there is anything in there that I could try making.  I’d love to expand my knowledge (and thus my toolkit) of food and food experiences and quite frankly I see using the fact that I have family in and from Norway as a good reason to try to cook some Norwegian dishes.  Hopefully they’ll turn out okay.  At least that’s what today’s class got me thinking about, and wanting to expand my cultural toolkit.