After a conversation with Simon on his response to my post on pork scratchings, and him following a high fat, low carb (ketogenic) diet, I’m starting a conversation on diets and dirty diets and what we think about them…….and what we could do……
To start off…….let’s think of a better word than, DIET…….
In the queue at KFC……
All I see, is that, if in general a lot of us are getting fatter, not thinner, then the diet we are encouraged to eat, isn’t working. Huh?
But, all I have to do is JUST exercise more, eat LESS and eat a BALANCED DIET. I would be just fine THEN, wouldn’t I?…… If only, if ONLY it was that EASY. If it was I wouldn’t be writing this.
How did we get here? Can we change it? How do we make a real difference? Where do we start? How can I, change my old bad habits? How do I make it easier, but not a quick fix? Who’s missed out the most? Is it true that there are more obese people in the world than starving? Does that actually mean anything?
I’m also interested in addiction and what, and how we crave as addicts. Can we ever be sated? What’s the hit? Salt, Fat, Sweet, hi Carb, the more the better. Food highs.
But how do we get to the point of change? I don’t feel ready.
This is not about devising a new diet, but to investigate what’s going on in the food world, which needs to drastically change and get healthier and fairer, and the foodie world, where I find it can be too elitist, too middle class and prone to snobberie. Let’s open it up and share it out.
I met someone at a party recently and we were talking about Beth Ditto. He was absolutely disgusted by her, (verging on venomous) and that she shouldn’t be a role model for the obese. He thought this was so wrong. Beth Ditto is just who she is, and she gives hope to anyone, especially women, that you may not fit the mould put in front of you, and probably never will, but instead of trying or wishing to squeeze into it, to be happy, you can stay exactly as you are. (Hard one, that, eh?)
Beth Ditto isn’t the problem. It’s the food we are eating. Don’t be quick to blame the recipients of this freaked out world.
Later that day……just a few minutes ago read Joanna Blythman’s blog post Demise of the Diet, which was more of what I had already been reading, on the idea of diet. She writes very clearly on the debates surrounding diet and nutrition, and has a clear understanding of the conversations going on in medical profession at the moment.
If you want a hefty load of info on Diet and Nutrition, then get The Diet Delusion, or Why we Get Fat, by the science writer Gary Taubes. (here’s his blog, which answers his critics) But for a much simpler read, then get the new book By Dr Briffa, Escape the Diet Trap, (scroll down to ‘Escape the Diet Trap Content:’ further down the page.) which clearly explains what I’m thinking and what Simon has been saying.