On our way home from a wonderful trip to Sydney. It’s going to be tough adjusting from long sunny days to the extreme cold that all of the UK seems to be suffering at the moment. The newspapers have been full of stories of the weather…. There have also been some shocking stories about our diet.
First ‘British have worst diet in Europe’. Apparently we eat four times as much junk food as France, Greece or Italy.
Next – The Guardian – Half of all food bought in the UK is ultra processed.
They seem shocking statistics, but I suppose if you look at how the floor space is divided up in a big supermarket it seems credible.
These were swiftly followed by a headline in the ‘I’ Stroke Warning for over 40’s’. Taking into account weight, drinking and lack of exercise 1 in 6, 40-69 yr olds will suffer a stroke…..
These statistics are potentially reversible by making small changes. Education is key. I believe in looking around the world and seeing what healthy customs other cultures have and learning from them.
I love traditional British fish and chips – I eat the fish and leave the batter. However Australian fish and chip shops are something else!
Choose your fish and how you want it cooked, plain grilled or deep fried, salt, no salt, which type of salad would you like, with or without chips? How good to have healthy options! So you can have a takeaway that’s healthy! The picture is of one of our favourites, in Cronulla.
Another statistic that I’ve already mentioned is that 5 out of 6, 60 yr olds already have a degenerative disease. I worry that we think this is normal for your age. We accept ill health, but it’s always worth making changes and seeing what can be achieved- it’s never too late. Removing processed sugar from your diet can have countless benefits, from weight loss to joints feeling better, headaches improving….. Simple changes bring big rewards.
Positive story to share – I had a message today from a young man who 3 months ago found that his cholesterol was 8.2. ( I don’t know his age but mid 30’s ). He declined drugs and went for a 3 month review last week. He did his research, dramatically changed his diet, no processed food or refined sugar. I believe he also had his first meal at lunchtime. He lost 2 stone, and his cholesterol is now 6.9. Whilst this is still high it is definitely moving in the right direction! I love to hear examples of people making positive changes and getting results!
So my message today is don’t get downhearted by all the gloomy statistics, we can all make changes. As the shampoo advert says – you are worth it!