We received some new footage from the school meal program in Ruhiira, Uganda today! The pictures were taken by Stephane Keil, a graduate student at Columbia University’s new Masters in Development Practice (MDP) program, who is spending the summer in the Millennium Village there.
It’s sometimes easy to get caught up with our partners on this side of the “table,” but we can’t forget the ultimate beneficiaries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Thanks for the pictures Stephane!
[The food being served is called “posho,” made by boiling maize (or corn) flour in water. It is most commonly cooked to a dough-like consistency and eaten with vegetables. Here, it is served as porridge. Posho is common all over East Africa, known also as ugali (in Kenya) and nsima (in Malawi), among other names.]
FUJI-TABLE FOR TWO Bentos (lunch boxes) went on sale today at all four Café Zaiya locations. The Bentos sold like hot potatoes – if you live in New York, come out and try one out!
Lots of events this week. Here are some pictures from the TFT New York chapter’s happy hour on Thursday, and the TFT booth at a Japanese festival on Saturday. Thanks for all the support!
We had our first ever TFT USA-wide gathering in DC this past weekend, with supporters coming in from New York and San Francisco!
Walter Willet’s “Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy” is a no-nonsense guide to healthy eating and on TFT’s required reading list. Some of the insights are simple, while others turn conventional wisdom on its head. But in either case they’re based on the best scientific evidence available today.
Dr. Willet’s seven recommended diet changes:
- Watch your weight: a lower and stable weight (up to a certain point) reduces the risk of many long-term health issues including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer.
- Eat fewer bad fats and more good fats: bad fats = saturated fats (found in whole milk and red meat) and trans fats (in hard margarines and most baked goods and fried foods in restaurants). Fats that are solid at room temperature should be a warning sign! Fats from vegetable oil, nuts, fish and whole grains are good for you!
- Eat fewer refined-grain carbohydrates and more whole-grain carbohydrates: refined carbs lack nutrients, and also cause sudden increases in blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to a crash and a quick onset of hunger.
- Choose healthier sources of proteins: eat beans and nuts, with some fish, poultry and eggs. Don’t eat too much red meat.
- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, but hold the potatoes
- Use alcohol in moderation: one drink for women and two for men have been shown to be beneficial to health.
- Take a multivitamin for insurance
And exercise. If you do just this, you’re well on your way to a long and healthy life!
Last Thursday, Michelle Obama unveiled the USDA’s new design for a healthy diet, replacing the age-old food pyramid that we’re all familiar with.
Does this picture remind you of anything? It’s a Japanese Bento box (and more specifically, a FUJI-TABLE FOR TWO Bento box)! The only place to get delivery of an authentic Japanese Bento box in New York City is FUJI Catering.
I just came back from a weekend in a small town in Indiana where I attended a friend’s wedding. The weather was beautiful (if a little hot) and I had a great time at the wedding.
But as we went out for a late lunch after flying in, all we saw was fast-food chain after fast-food chain. The only other food establishments in town were (literally) a pizza shop, some bars with bar food, and a lone café that was closed for lunch by the time we had arrived.
Here’s a picture from the “Dollar General” store – a 2 liter (quart) soda for just 75 cents…
Once TFT USA establishes a presence on both coasts, we really need to make our way inland.
(My healthy meal of the day: a FUJI-TFT Bento (lunch box))
One of the things I love most about this job is the amazing people you get to meet. TFT – especially in the U.S. – is a small organization and we wouldn’t exist without partnerships and without wonderful people who always surprise you with their generosity.
Today, Food Couture LLC – a site with delicious recipes – committed to making regular monthly donations to TFT to support our school meal programs. Check out their website at http://foodcouture.net/. Most of their mouth-watering recipes are also healthy – a perfect match for TFT.
Speaking of wonderful people, on Monday evening we spoke with a designer and coder team who support our mission and who have agreed to take the time out of their busy schedules to revamp our website.
I just want to say a big thank you!
Greetings from TABLE FOR TWO USA’s headquarters in New York! TFT USA hired its first full-time employee (me) today, and we’re gearing up for an exciting summer. We’ll keep you posted on new partnerships, events, and the latest on food, nutrition, and everthing TFT-related. We can use all the help we can get, so send your ideas our way to infoUS@tablefor2.org!
I thought I’d start the day off with my own, healthy TFT breakfast (with a 25 cent donation). I’m committing to eat at least one TFT-qualifying meal a day.
TFT meals sold in the U.S. to date: 28,595(+1)
Ready… set… go!