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.


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


  • 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)

  • Check out her Let’s Move! initiative – giving children a healthy future!
  • Follow the first lady on


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!




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!




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.