30 Day Writing & Image Challenge, Food & Drink

Day 21: Everything in Moderation

Confusion is rife

The media – social, online & offline – is full of advice about what we should and shouldn’t eat. Bookshops are bursting with books on the latest and greatest diets; low fat, high fat, low carb, low salt, the Mediterranean diet, the Keto diet, the Paleo diet, the Vegan diet and the Vegetarian diet, to name only a handful.

I’m confused; it’s beginning to get to the point where, whatever I put in mouth, I feel guilty for eating. For example, I now feel uneasy when I eat a banana. Why? Because it’s a carbohydrate and it’s full of sugar. When I was growing up, I was taught that bananas are a fantastic natural source of potassium, good for muscle function and helpful for regulating blood pressure. Now I’m left wondering, are bananas healthy or not?

Is freedom of choice enough?

I’m not against anyone eating how they want to eat; we all have choices to make about what we want to put in our bodies, but I can’t help wonder how we can make the right choices about our health when the advice is so conflicting.

Not only is it about us making choices I also have concerns about the food available to us. I just watched a Ted Talk on the benefits of a high fat, low carb diet when used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. The evidence shows that such a diet helps to reverse the symptoms of the condition and help people back to good health. This is a fantastic result and another inspiring story of food having the power to heal us.

However, during her talk, she mentioned that this diet suggests people eat low or no grains, stating that many of the grains we see on our shelves are so processed that they have lost much of their nutrient content anyway. Now, much like bananas, I thought grains were one of the good guys. I’m currently eating lentil soup and frantically wondering, as tasty as it is if I’m putting toxins into my body. I’m also left wondering that if this true for grains, isn’t it true for many, if not all, of the foods available to us?

Everything in moderation

This isn’t meant to be a rant about diets, who eats what or what I do or don’t eat; it’s my frustration at the anger I have at feeling so out of control with regards to what is good and what is bad to put into my body.

My ultimate thought is that I’m going to follow the rule I’ve always followed; everything in moderation. As long as we are sensible to vary our diets and put in some of the traditionally good stuff – fruits, veg, grains, seeds, healthy fats and pulses, and then add in some of the traditionally ‘bad’ stuff – processed foods, bad fats, sugar, and high salt, then we can’t go wrong.

How do you eat?

I’d love to hear how other people manage all of the conflicting information in the media on what to eat or not eat.

N.B. These are all books we own…

2 thoughts on “Day 21: Everything in Moderation”

  1. As far as fruit and vegetables are concerned it’s a good idea to grow your own. In the UK lots of people who are keen gardeners have allotments where they grow and nurture their own produce. A greenhouse is also a common must have for some . This provides some reassurances because the grower is in control rather than mega profit making companies. That said, most people don’t have time to grow their own and in the fast pace world we live in that’s understandable. Best advice is to buy organic ,cook your own food from scratch and if you do buy stuff from the supermarkets take more notice of the labels and choose wisely.
    The good food life is attainable but like everything else these days it takes extra effort, the old adage is applicable here that is nothing worth having comes easy !

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  2. I agree, it’s a nightmare. You basically have to stop reading stuff and whatever you do, don’t watch any Netflix documentaries… they will leave you in a foetal position wondering if you’ll ever eat anything again. One website I remind myself of is called 100 Days of Real Food. The title alone grounds me. Basically the safest way to go about it is to view processed food as not real food. Real food can be tiered as well, for example, bananas, in my humble opinion, are definitely healthy but not a superfood fruit like grapefruit or blueberries. As long as it came from the ground or a tree you’re good to go. And meat, well, if you must eat it buy the highest quality you can afford and eat it as infrequently as you can. I read a great book called The Omnivore’s Dilemna which includes the context in which the food is eaten to be of importance. Clearly I could go on about this so i’ll stop there!

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