What on earth am I talking about now? The gravy train? This tends to go with music, or at least some weird story, doesn't it? I suppose it does, but it could also relate to how we view food. Confused? Good! Let me help you unravel my thoughts.
Think about the food you eat, what does it consist of? How much of your trolley is fresh, clean foods that aren't in a packet, bottle, sauce etc. Yes, this includes the wines, beers, ciders and spirits. Over the last couple of decades, with the help of the food industry and the marketing gurus, as a society, we have come to think of food as a source of pleasure, and being a super cook, only if we use bottles, packet seasoning etc. It doesn't help with the various 'diets' telling us that we are only good enough if we loose those extra kilos, and the doctors giving us quick fix pills to ward of the symptoms of discomfort which are only doing their job of saying
"Hey Mr (Mrs, Miss, Ms) get your act together, because this body ain't doing so well and it needs help"
In our learnt, fast pace culture of the modern world, I suggest we have gone way too far to the other side of health. Yes, many have taken up the road back to basics, and this is to be applauded, there are also many who, are still finding their way.
I was having a conversation with a client a few weeks ago, and he was asking for my ideas about a 'get back to basics and avoid acid forming proteins' diet, one that goes full circle to the beginning of the health trend era - the late 60's.
Since the late 60's, an upsurge in 'eating right' took on an ethical tone, and the avoidance of food types really take over. The introduction of Atkins and increase in vegetarianism which, interestingly are the polar opposites seemed to flourish at the same time. Spurred on with the increase awareness of life style diseases, cancers, and general ill health, the idea of quick fixes, starving the body or even total indulgence were and still are the methods of choice. The idea of getting back to basics and eating for health isn't new, it is going around in full circle, like most trends and fashions do. In my opinion, all this has done has increased confusion with in the professional and general population, and my response is pretty much "Lets just keep it simple" . I also will question the need for the fad super foods, which while they are high in anti - oxidants, polyphenols, and fibre etc. They are also high in price, which makes them generally out of reach for the average person on a basic wage feeding a family young and growing teenagers, or, who like my parents are on the pension, and at times struggle to pay the bills let alone pay for super foods.
In my opinion, foods don't need to be trends, fads or 'special'. Every day ingredients can make a health difference. Getting back to the basics of the health message of least processed the better is a standard comment i make. Do we really need to have this packet sauce to go with those veggies when olive oil, herbs, and a dash of balsamic vinegar is not only tastier and cheaper, but also healthier? And what is wrong with making super tasty green salads with what are now considered to be super foods - grated beetroot, rocket, endive and and zucchini spaghetti? These are everyday ingredients, which when prepared differently and a possibly in a different combination increases the health value, but also makes it cheaper to be healthy.
I have a few rules of thumb, so to speak that I adhere to when suggesting things to clients.
Naturally, if you want help with any of all of the above, help is available in a variety of ways.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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