I was shocked and felt somewhat guilty to find that it is six months since my last blog – life has been very busy. Me, my husband and our dog have just returned from spending the winter in the South West of France, house-sitting for our friends. It was an amazing opportunity, one too good to miss and one we’d love to repeat given the chance!
Aside from the breathtaking scenery, the dry sunny climate, snow-capped mountains and the fun of trying to speak French, it suited our ketogenic/paleo diet very well, although sometimes perhaps a little too much red wine was consumed! The local markets had some amazing produce, cheeses and saucisse were the mainstay of our diet.
I have also been busy studying whilst away, my science access course now well under way. I am now well and truly committed to a future career as a Nutritional Therapist. Having surprised myself by enjoying and passing my chemistry module, I have since completed biology and am now completely fascinated by the final module on anatomy and physiology. I would love for everyone to be able to absorb the same knowledge on how our bodies work (and don’t work!). If I can pass on my enthusiasm and help others by simply approaching life with good nutrition and well-being then I will have succeeded in my goal.
I was prompted to write this blog whilst watching the news broadcast today with the long awaited news that Public Health England have published guidelines for food manufacturers to reduce sugar content in foods by 20% in 2020. Are we actually finally waking up to the fact that sugar doesn’t provide any nutritional value but is extremely detrimental to our health?
Figures published suggest that children are currently consuming three times as much sugar per day as is recommended. 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese when they start primary school and 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese when attending secondary school. This greatly increases their risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
It’s not just food manufacturers that need to comply with these guidelines but also small cafes, coffee shops and fast food restaurants as 30% of food is consumed outside of the home environment. Foods to be targeted include cereals, breakfast foods, biscuits, yoghurts, ice cream, confectionary and sweet spreads.
Whether healthier alternatives are introduced or whether the products are simply cut in size by 20%, these targets could mean that we consume 200,000 tonnes less sugar in the UK by 2020.
These figures are based only on the foods which are quite obvious in their sugar content, there are so many hidden sugars in other products and foods that we could reduce in our diet but this is a great first step forward in tackling childhood obesity.
I will be back with my blog again very soon, I have lots to share – my latest passion is fermented foods, making my own sauerkraut, coconut milk kefir and recently I’ve make my own cream cheese too. They’re all great gut-healing foods and so easy to make.
Good to be back, sorry it’s been so long!