What can we eat? Four words you will probably have heard over and over again this week after reports that eating meat is as bad as smoking 20 fags a day. Sugar intake should be cut too oh and carbs get a grilling somewhere as well. Probably from me. Now today comes news that saturated fat isn’t so bad for you after all. Just as I’ve been saying all along!
Who is right? What can you eat?
First of all, let’s get the so-called science behind the meat-is-bad-for-you reports out the way. It’s neatly debunked by Zoe Harcombe. She did it so I don’t have to. If you want to know why this latest report is garbage, do please read her piece. It’s short and to the point. On a more prosaic level as someone tweeted last night: “Human race wouldn’t have survived this long WITHOUT animal protein! A Lion does not eat spaghetti!” Precisely.
So, what CAN we eat?
Have demolished that lot it’s fair to ask what can we eat now? Well it depends. On whether you want to lose weight or not. Zoe Harcombe says: “The golden rule of diet remains unchanged and that is – eat real food! This means meat, eggs and dairy from pasture-living animals; fish; nuts and seeds; vegetables and fruits in season. Enjoy whole grains and starchy veg only if you are normal weight – limit these fattening foods if not. Red wine and dark chocolate and what more could a man want? Or mouse!” Though you’ll probably want to skip on eating mouse. Maybe she meant mousse?
I realise Paleo-style high-protein eating isn’t for everyone but it’s certainly for me! I haven’t just lost weight. I am measurably healthier – tests carried out by my doctors – science in other words! I feel a lot better. I haven’t had a cold since I began and I have heaps more energy.
Do what feels right
I say find what works for you and stick to it. If you get can your doctor to sign off on it too (as I have with Paleo) well, so much the better! Do whatever feels right for you. Try to get a bit of exercise every day as you’ll feel happier if you do. Try not to smoke. Drink in moderation and try to relax and enjoy life. Food is not to be feared. It’s to be savoured, relished and enjoyed. So most of all I’d say be sure to enjoy your food. What better way to try and stop yourself from eating too much of it?
Lent going well so far
As promised on Tuesday I am giving up cheese for Lent. So far it’s gone well. Early days yet but I am loving the focus this has afforded me. Feels easier to keep to this than a New Year’s Resolution would. Chocolate would’ve been too difficult – I do only eat the very dark stuff which has very little sugar in it. And not that much. Coffee – FORGEDABOUDID! I will NEVER give that up. NEVER! As for sugar, well, I’m cutting cutting cutting down on that. Not quite ready to give it up but I’m getting there. I could try a sweetener but that feels like cheating. Important to try to gradually lose the sweet tooth.
Sugar as a comforter
I had the most appalling back pain yesterday. No idea what caused it – which is bit scary. Suspect I pulled something a bit, twisted awkwardly picking up a box full of shopping or taking the bin out. Anyway, I was in great pain and was greatly soothed by a sweet cup of tea. Though I suspect the very strong painkillers I found in the bathroom cabinet helped a bit too!
My point is, sometimes you need a bit of sugar and I don’t care if it’s psychological or physiological. A little bit is nice. It’s even nicer if you’re mostly doing without it. That way you don’t need much for a comfort dose.
Right, that’s me for the week. Hope what remains of your week goes well and have a good weekend. Thank you for listening.