Friday, March 30, 2012

Food For Thought


I recently watched this video via youtube:HUNGRY FOR CHANGE. I haven’t watched the whole dvd, just the trailer.

Taken from the website:

“Hungry For Change” exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more.

Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?


It really made me think. Are people really that gullible? Do people really believe that “diet” drinks, powders, foods etc are going to help them???!!! Make them happy even?? Make them look and feel better?

Honestly I'm sick of seeing and hearing perfectly healthy women, not girls, wanting to loose weight. And how stupid they are trying to do so. No carbs, no sugar, no fruit etc etc.

Why can’t we enjoy fresh healthy food? But also have a treat now and then? Why is food looked at like the enemy?

Life is so short, why would you want to pollute your mind, body and spirit with crap food? Why would you want to feed it to your kids? There are so many wonderful healthy fresh foods out there. And you can eat and be full and satisfied. And not have to eat packaged and processed All. The. Time. 

How is having a diet packaged meal in a box thing, better than making a super fresh healthy salad? Making a salad is just as quick. Don’t get me wrong I have my lazy days too. I always have frozen fish and vegetables in my freezer. I try to make sure that I know the ingredients on the back of the box, and that there are not any numbers, 621, 620 etc, that I don’t know or care to eat. I do this with all the food I buy and feed my family. I want to know what I'm eating and what they are eating is fresh, healthy and nutritious.

When my daughter started solids, I was constantly barraged with “advice” about how and what to feed her. It was always about packaged food. Now I'm not saying that all of the packaged food for little ones is bad, actually it mostly is not. The point was I love making her food, knowing exactly what goes into her tummy. She tries new flavours and foods all the time. And I'm satisfied knowing what my child has eaten. I try to make it balanced, fresh and healthy for every meal. She has had grains, pulses, yoghurt, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables plus fish and different cuts of meat. I base her food, on what I love to eat. So if I'm eating a greek yoghurt with fruit as a snack, then Georgi does too, and loves it.

I think the reason why this gets to me so much is cause I'm raising a daughter. I do NOT want her to have food hang-ups. I want her to be healthy and happy, and yeah, have a HOMEMADE cupcake or banana bread every now and then. I also wouldn’t want my daughter missing out on the joy that is Zumbo either. I think its all about moderation.

The Husband said something the other night to me that was exactly how I feel about junk food. He said that he doesn’t want to “treat” Georgi to McDonald's or whatever for the sake of a treat. He doesn’t want that kind of food, to be seen as a treat and/or reward. And I have to say I agree COMPLETELY. I have a very intelligent hubby ;) 

This no sugar thing makes me want to scream every time I hear about it. Sugar is not the enemy, you are. We need sugar, just not the quantities some people are consuming. 

I am by no means perfect, but im trying to set a good example for my daughter. Hopefully she will grow up with a love of all kinds of food, just like her mumma did.

12 comments:

  1. I am with you on the diet in a box thing. I dont want to scare anyone but when I was experimenting with diet products, diet coke , weight watchers and things like that - that is when they caught my MS and had a relapse. I am constant yo you dieter. Thing is I know I cannot have dairy. I have a dairy issue same with my family - along with gluten. But last night I made a big salad with fresh prawns and garlic topped with some qinuoa and also fresh red capiscum. We need our leafy greens. They are ultra important. I wish I knew this when I was younger and not to starve myself and go througout the day just on red bulls and diet V drinks. I shudder when I think about this. That's why it makes me sick to think that Kim Kardashian is promoting diet products and yes I have bought one of her products before and had it once and went "what am I doing?". I think Michelle Bridges is right with her % on diet and excercise and boils down to you are what you eat. You know my feeling about FRIED stuff and high in fat cheeses EVERY DAY. But yes hubby is correct Mc D's shouldnt be given as a treat. I dont eat sugar anymore - as in high fat sugar mars bars etc. But I do consume good sugar such as fruits - glucose is brain food and the brain depends on the blood supply for its constant stream of sugar so therefore I still have sugar. But yes atkins diets, alkine diets - all those stupid diets just contribute to major health problems.

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    1. well im so sick of seeing fried food around here, im scared im going to end up fried! Thanks for the comment Soph

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  2. Great post.
    Made me remember a while back someone I know posted on FB two days in a row that she was at Maccas with her 2 little ones...
    BAD!
    Now the other day I gave Abi a little of a biscuit I had, but wouldn'r normally (2 hour plane delay...) and I felt like the worst mother in the world!

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    1. Oh dear 2 days in a row at Maccas.....:(

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  3. Hey lovely Leah, I totally appreciate this post and why you feel this way, so frustrated!! You're doing amazing things for your daughter. I agree with all your points and aims. And yes, your hubby is very intelligent!! Impressed :) I suppose, though, I do see WHY these women (largely I see it in women, not men, but it does absolutely happen with men too) are doing these diet drinks, shakes, powders etc. They are confused and desperate and I do not blame them - so many mixed messages out there & on top of that, pressure to look slim (it's often for aesthetics, really, rather than health). Yes sometimes I want to just shake them & say "forget all this madness and go back to basics!!" but I do completely see why people are confused. Everyone has an opinion on food and considers themselves an expert, and freely give advice, much of which can be harmful. It's frustrating but I do have hope. There are people out there like you, Mez #liveloveglow & dietitians working hard to dispel food madness and restrictions. Keep doing what you're doing, lady. I'm sure Georgi will grow up with an incredibly healthy attitude, loving herself and food, because of you and your example :)
    Heidi xo

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    1. thats exactly what it is FOOD MADNESS!!!! Thanks for the comment Heidi, at least there seems to be quite a few sensible people like yourself and Mez around :)

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  4. Ending up fried means hello to healthy foods to eat right? :)

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    1. Right ;) thanks for your comment Anne

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  5. Oh my god yes. Yes to everything you say. I will never stop being grateful to my mum for not being a woman who banged on about weight and diet, and who has an incredible healthy approach to food. Without her, I think I'd be completely messed up. And YES to sugar not being the devil! GAH! Your bub has a good fighting chance with you on her side, Leah :)

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    1. I really hope so Hannah, I want Georgi to love food in a healthy way, like my husband and I do :)

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  6. I agree with you. Lots of food from the earth with homemade sweets. I don't buy processed foods, and yeah, sugar isn't super healthy (although there are great alternatives like honey or coconut sugar etc) but I believe everything moderation, and if it's homemade then go ahead. Life is about living and enjoying yourself, the same goes for the food you eat. I never deny myself, if I feel like a chocolate brownie then I will bake myself one and enjoy every bite; I don't categorise any food as a 'treat' (the idea of Macca's as treat makes me feel ill), rather I 'treat' myself to some quiet time reading a book whilst hubby takes care of V or get a facial etc, treats for me are time I spend doing things I enjoy.

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    1. I say thank goodness for wonderful husbands! Sitting and reading a good book with a cup of tea is a sublime treat! :)
      Thanks for your comment

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