The girls and I - any anyone else who has seen it - have enjoyed perusing it, noting which families from which countries eat more fresh food, more packaged food, more meat, more fruits and vegetables...as you might expect, the three American families, as well as the British family, consume a lot of packaged foods. In China, the Beijing family does too, but the family from the rural village doesn't. An incredibly happy-looking family from Ecuador have so little...
In addition to the photo, the authors lay out everything purchased for that week, by categories like Grains, Dairy, Meat/Fish/Eggs, Fruit/Veg, Condiments, Sweets, Prepared Foods, Beverages, Fast Food, Restaurant Food, etc. Each category has a total cost, as does the week's meal itself, in local as well as American currency. Within each category, each item is identified by the name and amount of food, i.e. pork chops, 6 pounds. One American family spent $77 on beverages. Beverages!!! Soda and beer, mostly.
Jenn has been thinking about this too, recently, here and here. Her posts reminded me of my neighbor's reaction, when she read the book - "We should have a neighborhood challenge to eat better!"
I think it's like voting - every vote does count, just as every choice we make about food counts. We do the best we can, and hope our choices continue to tip the scales in favor of healthy food for children and families and living wages for farmers.
Yesterday from the Farmer's Market, I got:
- Gala apples - small, sweet and juicy, the first batch I've seen this year
- Cucumbers - a small heirloom variety
- Red potatoes
- Chinese green beans
- Fresh ravioli (side note for Lisa - Theresa says to check out Katherine's MySpace site, that her baby looks JUST like Marilou)
- Fresh figs
- Cucumbers (we literally can't keep them for more than a day or so - the girls eat them like candy)
- Tomatoes - the last for awhile, as we've had 45 days above 100 this year and they are spent
- Small onions
- Squash (summer) - lots of it, different kinds
- Squash (spaghetti)
Tonight we'll eat at Jovita's - yum, greasy cheesy Tex-Mex - to see our favorite band play and catch up with all of our school friends and delicious babies.
For the rest of the week:
- That ravioli, with oven-roasted tomatoes, eggplant, & onions
- Caesar salad with grilled chicken
- Stir Fry, with the green beans, some bok choy, and the rest of the chicken
- Bean and Rice taco extravaganza
- Corn & zuke frittata with cucumber salad, if they last.
I should also note that it's 6:30 AM right now - we had a friend sleep over last night, and Hazel, staying up late, got hungry and ate very late last night. I think she had a peanut butter sandwich and a pile of carrots. This morning she woke us up at 5 AM gagging and coughing - she experienced a little reflux from eating so much so late! Luckily, that seems to be all it is, as I don't need a stomach virus right now...