I Was Taken Hostage at the U.S. Capitol

You never think it will happen to you.

Yup, I thought it was just going to be another normal day…

 

Whew – that was intense!

(and yes, all photos in the video were taken by me. :)

 

Avoid a Hostage Situation for Your Visit!

If you’re headed to the Capitol, check out the current MENU and prices at the Cafeteria!

Right now: “Whole Fruit” is at the very end, lumped in with desserts, snacks and candy – wouldn’t it be cool if fruit were the first item mention? :)

Here’s the current list of prohibited items: sadly, “Food or beverage of any kind” is on there.

Remember:

It’s all about making smart and healthy food choices! What do you KNOW will be good for you? :)

Also:

  • Instead of eating big meals, you could go in and strategically snack at the cafeteria.
  • Each piece of fruit will only cost you $1.25, compared to $10 or $15 for a meal and drink.

 

Let’s Take Action + Change This!

 

Who oversees the food at the cafeteria?

I’d be thrilled to get in touch and discuss what the options are!

If you find a name, or know the person – let me know! :)

 

Contact your elected officials!

After all: we are going to “their house” – it’d be awesome if they had healthy food in the “refrigerator!” :)

There’s a lot of talk in DC about keeping Americans healthy – let them know it’s important when you visit DC, too!

 

Others who might care:

Michelle Obama

The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.(Michelle Obama, 2/9/10)

 

Jamie Oliver

We’re losing the war against obesity in the US. It’s sad, but true. Our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods, and today’s children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. It’s time for change. It’s time for a Food Revolution.” (from the site)

 

The Slow Food Movement

“Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” (from their site)

 

Who else?

These are just a few names, and I know there are TONS of people out there who care about our health, nutrition, and well-being!

If you know someone else who’d care about this, consider sharing this video with them – and let us know about their work in the comments!

 

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Have you ever been held Food Hostage? I want to hear how you survived! (and how can we improve THAT spot, too!)

I’d love to hear your response + any other thoughts you have below.

 

Looking forward to learning more!
Nathan

 

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Former life: actor/office worker/virtual assistant; lived in Los Angeles for 11 years. Since then: sold nearly everything, took a $5 flight to Hawaii, lived there for 3 months, wrote an eGuide about all of it, and still traveling. Currently: digital nomad - looking to improve myself, have fun and serve others.

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2 comments on “I Was Taken Hostage at the U.S. Capitol
  1. Mozart says:

    Yo, Nathan! Powerful article!!! I’m glad you are advocating for healthy food at tourist destinations!! Love it. When I go to amusement parks with my children the food almost always sucks! At the zoo in Syracuse its mainly fried and sweetened food. I just ate some fruit, some fries, and tons of water. It is super tough though.

    • Nathan says:

      thanks mozart!

      and i hear ya buddy! the fruit and water route seems to usually be the best to go – and definitely cost effective!

      If you can bring in small amounts of food, go nuts – literally: almonds, walnuts, pecans are also super healthy, plus nutritionally dense!!

      or since you’re at the zoo: hop over one of the fences and grab the veggies they give the animals!

      (let me know how that goes!) :)

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