New footage from Ruhiira, Uganda!

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.]

The TFT Nutrition Bible

Walter Willet's book

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Choose healthier sources of proteins: eat beans and nuts, with some fish, poultry and eggs.  Don’t eat too much red meat.
  5. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, but hold the potatoes
  6. Use alcohol in moderation: one drink for women and two for men have been shown to be beneficial to health.
  7. Take a multivitamin for insurance

And exercise.  If you do just this, you’re well on your way to a long and healthy life!

Indiana

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…

soda

Once TFT USA establishes a presence on both coasts, we really need to make our way inland.

Thank You

FUJI-TFT bento

 

 

 

 
(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!

TABLE FOR TWO USA!

25 cent donation

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!