What is healthy eating?

What is healthy eating?

​I was in the supermarket the other day and I couldn’t help overhearing what a couple of women were talking about. And no, despite what people think I don’t check or judge what everyone has in their shopping trolley! They were saying that they really fancied some nice crunchy apples but there were no organic apples available, so they weren’t going to bother. What a shame you miss out of the pleasure and all the nutrients an apple can offer.

There are also posts on social media about you should eat “that food” every day, you “shouldn’t eat that because it’s really bad for you”. It creates anxiety and stress and that is just as bad for you as the things you supposedly shouldn’t be eating. One of my biggest gripes is the fad that you shouldn’t eat gluten. It can cause lots of problems for those with coeliac disease, like me. But for the rest of people it’s not a problem at all! It’s actually a distortion of a fact. Some people can’t eat grains because they contain FODMAPs, fermentable sugars that ferment in your gut and cause gas, bloating and cramps. Gluten is a protein that causes an allergic reaction in people with coeliac disease. Gluten containing foods such as wheat, rye and barley do contain valuable nutrients as part of a balanced diet. If you are sensitive to FODMAPs you might have to limit how much you eat of them, but you may be able to still have them in your diet.

The media has a lot to do with this. We are bombarded with information much of it conflicting. Medical science does not help. Just this morning a statistical analysis has shown that we should all be eating at least 2 slices of wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta to increase our fibre and prevent heart disease. Excuse me? High carb intakes contribute to obesity which is the number one cause of heart disease and diabetes. Let’s just confuse folks even more!!

I’ve always been an advocate of a simple equation. Eat healthily 80% of the time, 20% of the time you can have some of those things that we all love. Yes, I like a bit of chocolate, I have meat a couple of times a week. I don’t beat myself up if someone creates a yummy dessert at a dinner party. It’s a balance. You can eat really lovely tasty food that is healthy. Sometimes we have to take a deep breath and stop beating ourselves up for being bad instead accept that it’s okay!