Today's nutrition - my point of view
I'm not a nutritionist or dietician I'm just a normal guy who's lived a normal life. I've always eaten what I want and when I've wanted it (but in moderation) which has been the key. I've liked a drink and still do, yet I've always exercised and been physically active. I've had a 32 inch waist since I was 20 years of age with a 36 inch chest. I'm 47 now still with a 32 inch waist but a 46 inch chest. No I'm not writing this to be self conceited as I'm not like that, I'm writing it with regards to all the contradictory eating plans and diets that dominate the fitness world.
I'm not saying I don't eat healthy as the majority of my eating plan is made up of what I class as healthy foods, then again what exactly is healthy eating? One article says one thing, then another says another, every single thing we read I guarantee there will be a another article contradicting it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away - apples are full of fructose (fruit sugar) too much fructose will make you fat. Eat a protein rich diet and low carbs to build muscle and lose the fat, protein rich diets put added strain on your kidneys. Eggs were bad - but now their good nutrition.
We were warned about fats, now there's a sugar warning as some fats are good. HDL is good cholesterol LDL is bad cholesterol, apparently. But then apparently there's no bad cholesterol, it's supposed to be good for the brain but it's also been linked to dementia. Eh?
I know there's constant research and things are going to change indefinitely but will there ever be a defining line with regards to healthy nutrition, after all we are totally individual. Every single persons food choice will react differently to that individual, look at all the intolerances people have to specific foods, allergies inflammations etc yet there's other people who can eat those food groups with no negative effects.
This is because of the modern world, the modern world has deconstructed our food, foods were once used as our medicine now they have become the need for our medicine. I remember growing up and going in the larder to get veg for the pot, it was fine most of the time but if it smelt or looked rotten we'd discard it or just cut off the bad bit. Now we go by the date on the packet, purchased 2010, bBest before 2016. I know I'm exaggerating but I think you get the message. Why don't foods rot anymore? I'll tell you why, because they are full of additives and preservatives, basically rubbish to retain their shelf life.
1 in 10 cancers are caused through our diet and that is fact, everything we put in our mouths has to be processed by our bodies yet our bodies are not designed for the modern day additives created in labs. I know it's evolution and not revolution and things should change, but surely for our health not a foods longevity.
I know I'm writing this totally hypocritically as I've eaten rubbish and still now and again do, but I hasten to add no where near as much. I'm scaring myself researching it all, I'm nearly tee total now and we'vemstarted to grow a lot of our own veg, now that's no lie. But I still like a curry now and again, who doesn't.
Why really should we need nutrition advice, fruit, veg, meat, water, eat then drink? We need dietary advice due to the popular demand of convenience foods. It won't be long before Bettie's hot pot will be replaced, watch this space! Bettie's hot pot meal, just add water.
Did our grannies ever calorie count, I doubt most would have heard of calories or would have been getting offered nutritional advice. They cooked with fats and lard and cut off the bad peice of flesh if it was starting to rot but discarded it if it smelt. They say gran knows best and with regards to food choices she really did. I wonder if my gran had her multivitamin everyday? I doubt she needed it, oh and my gran is still around at 95 and still buzzing; and no she's never had a multi vitamin. OK she thinks she's called Frank now but she's still happy and still here.
We all process food differently but let's not process process food ,then the process of digesting our food will be a natural process.
Now let me proceed with this little article, macronutrients, micronutrients, water; we need them all but not from brightly coloured manufactured packages made to capture our eye. They are put in those packages to do exactly what they've done, they have attracted you to them. Now you've picked it up and read all the ingredients (which most begin with E then a number) put them back down and waddle yourself over to the more brightly coloured aisle full of fruit and veg. They are standing proudly in their not so bright but clear cellophane packaging but with not an E number insight; the aisle your gran loved.
Proceed to the butchers counter and basically grab anything, but not those burgers that say 10 for a £1. I think granny would buy the mince and make the burgers, although I doubt very much if she'd heard of a beef burger; or a nowadays additive burger.
On a serious note and I'm not joking as we were planting out last year a couple of young children came over with there dad and asked what we were doing. We said we were planting potatos and if they wanted they could plant one. Then later on in the year when they were ready to be dug up they could dig them up, take then home and make some proper chips with them. This is no lie, the young lad couldn't believe chips were made from potatos which grew in the ground. He thought chips were from McDonalds or the chip shop. They were shocked to realise where most of the vegetables came from, they genuinely had no idea. Do they not get educated at school anymore?
It's not so much the child's fault, after all a six year old child will eat what's put in front of them and also copy and want the same as what their parents are consuming. If as a parent we cook healthy and eat healthy foods with enthusiasm I guarantee your child will do the same. Yet we don't, we rush home from work, pick the kids up from the in laws and on the drive home call in to one of those big clown drive throughs (saves you cooking when you get in) also it'll pacify the kids for while. Convenience again, or is this just laziness? I know we are all busy people, but basic natural ingredients thrown in a pot makes a fantastic healthy convenient meal, if the pot is big enough it will last a couple of days too.
Healthy eating has become a chore for most as it involves time and preparation, convenience rules!!! Long live obesity..
Our diet and the education of it begins from an early age, at home by us the parent. Mine did, so did my mum's and my mum's mum. You can't blame the too easy to get convenience foods and the fact that we are all too busy. OKif we are too busy, don't be too busy for your child's future what you are feeding them now. The ease of your busy lifestyle is shaping them for their years to come. Fish and chips used to be a treat and a burger was only eaten on someone's birthday. Treats and birthdays happen everyday now for most.
I know I shouldn't look and judge but for someone who practices and wants to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle, I feel I'm entitled to say something. We are entitled to our own opinion after all. We are what we eat and we have become ruled by convenience and habits. We see it everyday, overweight parents with overweight children gorging on a Gregg's pasty or similar, I just want to cry; what future is there for that child. OK as the parent you can choose, you chose to be overweight and pretend to be happy and know the battles you are going through. So why put your child through his or her future life of torture. Like you, when they are older if they want to eat garbage then it's up to them, but until then help them get educated in health. It's so easy to gain the weight and become accustomed to convenience food, yet so hard to change once that habit has been engrained, you as their parent no this so well.
Stop being lazy and using the excuse that healthy food is expensive because it really isn't; meat, veg, fruit, water. Then the occasional treat, move more, move often, have your cake and eat it in moderation!
Here's just a few simple pointers to help you and if you aere not interested for you then help your child.
To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small manageable steps, like adding a salad to your diet once a day, rather than one big drastic change. As your small changes become habit you can continue to add more healthy choices.
Prepare more of your own meals and stop making excuses, cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
Make the right changes, when cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives.
Simplify - instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
Read the labels, although labels on food to me means they are full of things that shouldn't be there. But if you must, it’s important to be aware of what’s in your food as manufacturers often hide large amounts of sugar and salt in packaged food, even in food which is claiming to be healthy.
Focus on how you feel after eating, this will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you will feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous or drained of energy.
Drink plenty of water, water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated causing tiredness, low energy and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.
At the beginning I mentioned my waist size, whether it's being self conceited or not, in this modern world I'm proud of myself. I've done what I've enjoyed but I've done it all in moderation which is definitely the key to success. I've never denied myself food choices, I've just exercised and eaten one ingredient foods. What I'm saying is if I've done it anyone can.
Move more and not so much eat less but eat right, one food natural ingredients and you won't be far away; and if the food doesn't tot don't touch it and educate the young don't let them slide down that slippery slope he have all slid down. Prevention is better than the cure.
I'm sorry if I've hit a nerve, but it's true. We are lazy, that is the real reason obesity is becoming an epidemic. You'll be amazed how healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand. When you start exercising you will want to start eating healthier, you'll start feeling more energised and wish you'd have done it years ago.