We need to talk about breakfast. The most common question I am asked when it comes to diet is what to eat for breakfast, especially by those seeking a low-carb option. When you’ve got a whole family to sort out before school and work, breakfast […]
I was just flicking through a book that I used as a junior doctor when I first started working. Oxford Handbooks are the pocket sized bibles for anyone starting in medicine. Page 87 got me thinking – the page of nutritional requirements. At the top […]
I’ve been catching up with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and his fat fight. He likes a good fight and I’m so glad he has chosen this one. Whilst I’m a little down that the calories-in-calories-out mantra is still prevailing, there was something that was even more worrisome about it. I was so frustrated that Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, refused to talk to Hugh about the massive problem facing the NHS – that of obesity.
OK, sure, I have been heard to have a go at Jeremy Hunt previously. The way he dealt with his fight with junior doctors was dreadful but it was just that, a fight between the two of them. With this, I am astounded and frankly furious that he wouldn’t talk with Hugh about the diabesity crisis. You can’t shrug and walk away from this one Mr Hunt. The dietary guidelines affect everyone. We are getting it so wrong and if you genuinely think that we are making decent changes then come out and talk to us, shout about it from the rooftops if you think we have a good policy on this looming disaster.
George Osborne, former Chancellor, started a sugar tax which recently came in to force and I applaud that. It has critics, of course. There are those who think it will do no good and it is just another way to make the Government more money. I think it is a good start and am looking forward to the seeing the outcomes.
Then again, take a look at Hugh’s visit to the Conservative Party conference, where he found it to be sponsored by the giant that is Tate and Lyle. You couldn’t make it up. We have an enormous, uphill, sugar-fuelled struggle ahead.
Leg cramps are a common complaint for those starting out on a low carb or ketogenic diet. I was a bit worried, if I’m honest, because I have a grizzly history with cramps. I was afflicted from an early age (long before keto) and my […]
Navigating the food pyramid with the next generation is really hard, especially when you are trying to turn it upside down. The next generation, and by that, I mean my kids, are going to need a lot of help. My children are already being taught […]
I can’t get through a day without being asked – are you allowed to eat this or that. My response is always the same: there is nothing I am not allowed to eat, there are many things I choose not to eat, because I am a grown up.
It’s the language of dieting that is driving me potty and I have no doubt that the way we talk about how we are eating – the negative words and phrases we use, must be negatively affecting the outcome. In short – is how you talk about dieting sabotaging your weight loss?
The problem with the words “healthy eating” and “healthy foods” is that we can have varying degrees of what we mean by healthy. To a friend of mine, her very low-fat, low sugar white bread thins are perfect “healthy foods”. To me, that shit just turns to glucose and bang, we’re wearing bigger jeans again. She attends a slimming group. Our ideas of what is “healthy” – differ somewhat.
To me, the dieting groups such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World use bizarre language. At Weight Watchers there is point counting. The points system does nothing but encourage the wrong food choices by saying it’s OK, you just have a certain number of points a day, so you go ahead and eat those Mars Bars as long as you don’t eat anything else or, wait for it, do some exercise. More on that fallacy later.
Then there’s the Slimming World syn, cyn or sin. However you might spell it and whatever it might mean or represent, you still say the word sin. So, when you eat certain foods you are committing a sin. You are being bad. You are letting yourself down. This is such self-destructive and unhelpful language.
What you are allowed, what points you have accrued, what sins you have committed, all of these are so negative. The language of dieting does nothing but feed the negativity and after we stop with the diet, and inevitably put on weight, we go back for more. Well that’s how they make their money I suppose…making you feel bad and then bringing you back for more.
We’ve got to get past this language barrier.