You would probably expect someone like me who has studied nutrition, to completely agree with the statement ‘you are what you eat’. After all, my job is to convince you that you need to eat nutritious foods. Eat healthy become healthy, it’s simple, right? Sorry folks, I wish it was that simple.
But you already know this! Every time you switch on the TV, read a magazine article or link in to social media, conflicting ‘truths’ abound as to what is good and bad food. First fat is bad! You should eat low-fat to avoid heart disease! Now that’s wrong! Now fat is good and you need full fat! Eggs are the best source of protein? What about the cholesterol … bad for you? Meat, is it bad or does it have a high bio-availability of protein and other nutrients that are good for you? And on it goes until most of us don’t know what to believe or who to trust. I wish I could tell you I’m about to make things crystal clear but that would just be another lie. I can tell you from my own experience though, that a good understanding of nutrition allows me to see through a lot of this apparent confusion for what it really is. But even this knowledge doesn’t make the journey of implementing healthier eating any less challenging.
I have come to the conclusion that unless you are someone like Hugh Fernley Whittingstall, running a small holding, growing and making your own food and producing your own meat and dairy, there is no way to know with any certainty that what you are eating is healthy. The Hugh’s of this world can ignore the media hype but the rest of us have very little control over food quality and its possible effect on our health. We are in the vulnerable position of having to trust others. People are unaware of the changing nature of food! The egg of fifty years ago looks the same today but nutritionally it is very different. In its purest form, eggs and most other natural foods can only truly claim their rightful status if they have been grown or fed naturally in a natural environment.
The Illness, pharma, healthcare including [gyms /health stores /alternatives] and food industries are big businesses that are busy selling ‘health’ in one form or another. They battle it out in the public arena like the gladiators of old. They need to win your trust to keep you invested! But this constant stream of media sensationalism creates a great deal of fear and solves nothing. Ongoing stress is a waste of your valuable energy and is NOT good for your health. Think about this for a moment if your health is their concern, what if by some miracle we all became well enough tomorrow not to need them – what would that mean for business? There is a place in our lives for all of these services but see it also for what it is – business. The only person that really cares about your health is you! And, you are not powerless in this! The good news is, looking after your health is a choice you can make at any time. It will be challenging! Our society is not currently set up to make this easy for you. More good news – if you are reading this blog you are still alive. What you are eating hasn’t killed you – YET 🙂 Read on if you want to find out how to keep calm and carry on in the face of forces outside of your control. There is a lot you can do for yourself in the pursuit of better health.