So this week the TV did my job for me by showing “The world’s best diet” on Channel 4.
I watched it taking notes-yes I am that sad! To see if I could spot the patterns, problems and the key to a good diet. And to be fair it was glaringly obvious! Anywhere with access to processed food, fast food and lots of snacking had an obesity problem-Quelle Surprise? The countries eating fresh fish, vegetables and shock horror animal fats (FATS!!!!!!!!!! Its madness!!!!) As their staple diet were all lithe and slender. I mean the French were sat there having a 3 course 2 hour lunch break of seriously rich food, but they didn’t snack between meals and they took the time to enjoy their food and appreciate what they were eating. Has anyone really ever totally appreciated a McDonalds I mean really appreciated it, like it was the best meal you’ve ever eaten. No I very much doubt it, and if you have please go out back and have a chat with yourself! You have probably eaten one in less than 5 minutes then been bloated for an hour then starving again straight after.
The Italians were making their own proper pasta by hand! Which means it isn’t the same as the low quality, over processed rubbish we get fed over here. I actually have a friend who is gluten intolerant like me go on holiday to Italy and he found he didn’t experience the same symptoms eating proper Italian pasta and Pizza as he does over here. He can only put that down to the quality of the ingredients and lack of chemical additives-read the back of your bread packet it makes for scary reading.
So firstly, it makes me wonder why the government, health bodies, doctors etc. still can’t spot this obvious link to rising disease and obesity and therefore be able to give out the right message? (Money, politics…..conspiracy theory). And also why we as a nation still trying fight against this obvious answer like we can’t believe it is that straight forward?
I do get this a lot in my job and many people have said that it is basic common sense when it comes to your diet, but there is so much mass marketing and conflicting advice from the NHS, Government, Doctors Etc. that it confuses your brain to think the common sense route must be wrong?
It sort of goes like this……”So your telling me I should just eat real, natural food like fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and dairy in their natural state as grown on the land for hundreds of years instead of chemically enhanced, factory processed, manmade mass marketed food that makes billions of pounds every year? Hmmm that’s an interesting theory Nicola but I may need some time to think about how that can be possible……………………….
Anyway, I am not going to simply rant on about my thoughts on food marketing, conspiracy theories etc. as I run the risk of sounding like one of those people that doubts Neil Armstrong’s moon landing (I bet at least one of you reading this is one of those people and I’m going to get the full hit next time I see you) I just want you to spend the next week or so (whilst I’m not here spying on you) really looking at what you’re eating, read your food labels, look at where your food is coming from in the bulk of your diet and consider how much of what you eat is as nature intended bar the cooking process.
PS. Now I know all of my clients are breathing a sigh of relief that I will be away for the next week, but just remember, I will come back rested and refreshed and raring to go-if you think I’m tough when I’m tired imagine what rested is like…………………………
PPS. I’m going to say well done to my client who will know who they are but I can’t say for legal reasons (otherwise I have to say other clients are available a la` the BBC) for having to put two extra holes in the belt due to some awesome weight loss goings on-Yey!