7 Jul 2010

Somewhere, Jamie Oliver is Weeping

While perusing the kale, I overheard this conversation between two girls walking through the organic vegetable shop in the St. Lawrence Market:

Girl 1: Ugh, eating healthy is so ... ugh.

Girl 2: I know, but I feel guilty when I don't.

Girl 1: For once, when I go to Wendy's, I want to just order the Baconator. I'm so tired of those salads.

Girl 2: What about the Taco Salad? That one is sort of *waves her hands around* fun.

Girl 1: That IS what I get. And it's not "fun" - it's SALAD.

Girl 2: Well, you need to tell yourself that in the long run, you'll be glad you chose the healthy option.


OMG. That is so not pukka. I really don't want to be *that* person who one day is on a 'healthy' kick and then gets all judgmental of what everyone else is eating, but if someone out there reading this actually thinks the salads from fast food restaurants are a "healthy option", I have to interject now (I was too much of a pussy trying to mind my own business when the conversation was happening in front of me).

You can look up the calories and fat easily for the Southwest Taco Salad, but what's even scarier are the ingredients. I've circled the only things in the salad that could possibly count as healthy food - and I was being generous with my circles (you can bet most of those ingredients were raised from genetically modified seed - and not the helpful type that simply adds vitamins to the plant - and sprayed with tonnes of chemicals). I did not bother to circle any dairy, egg or meat products as they're all factory farmed and therefore hideous. You don't have to be a wannabe vegan or veggie to want to stay away from them. Click to expand:

Everything else not in green is total and utter shit. It's not just not healthy, it's straight-up bad for you. Don't let marketers suggest anything otherwise. Don't waste your money on it. Don't put it in your mouth.

Can Jamie's Food Revolution come to Canada? Please?


Anonymous,  4:06 pm, July 07, 2010  

I would love it if his show came to Canada! C'mon Jamie!

Anonymous,  10:00 pm, July 07, 2010  

I think you need to uncircle the garlic - most likely the stuff from China, not Ontario grown garlic. I saw once how Ontario garlic growers are struggling to compete with cheap Chinese garlic...and the chinese seed their clouds with silver iodide.

Anonymous,  11:02 pm, July 07, 2010  

You would have fun analyzing Booster Juice. Now that is marketing genius.


Julianne Ward Lawrence 11:45 pm, July 07, 2010  

What about the fact that I think Bounty chocolate bars are healthy because they have coconut in them? That's valid, right?

BloggerBride 3:25 pm, July 08, 2010  

This reminds me of a conversation I heard on the subway:

Girl 1: I think I'm going to do a detox.
Girl 2: Which one?
Girl 1: The one Beyonce did. The Kanye Pepper Detox.

...yup. Kayne Pepper. I weep for the health of our youth!

Foxy Renard 10:39 pm, July 09, 2010  

What on earth were they doing in the organic shop in the market?!

Susan J Barker 4:53 pm, July 11, 2010  

Totally with you on that Jen! It is getting harder and harder to really eat clean food, everything tries to fool you - my favourite peeve is the word Lite, which depending on the product could be light on fat or light on sugar, but rarely both. Lite on fat means more sugar! And who says that fructose is any better than glucose or sucrose, they are all sugar!

I am subscribed to Jamie's site and would very much like to see him come and spend some time in Canada -- for christ's sake, Canada is at least still related to the UK, but the USA is the estranged long lost uncle!

So Very Domestic 3:54 pm, July 16, 2010  

It's maddening, isn't it?! How can anyone assume that anything from a food court could possibly be good for them? And sidebar, I *loooove* me some St Lawrence Market! My mother used to drive us down there at 5:30am every Saturday morning, and depending on what we got, we'd do Paddington's for breakfast.

Jen 3:35 pm, August 03, 2010  

Kanye Pepper Detox. Buhahaha.

Lucas deep 9:40 am, July 17, 2022  

I've been making homemade taco salad for a long time and it's a healthy food. It's awesome! When I tell my friends I had taco salad for lunch, they always assume it's the tortilla bowl, fake cheese-laden glop. They couldn't be further from the truth. My favorite add-in is part of a tin of organic tri beans - a combination of red kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans.

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