Bridges fit to print


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

FIT­NESS coach Michelle Bridges made a fly­ing visit to Bel­mont last Wed­nes­day.

Ms Bridges was whisked from the air­port to meet fans and sign copies of her lat­est recipe book Food for Life at Big W in Bel­mont Fo­rum.

“This is my 14th book,” she said. “I can’t even be­lieve I’m say­ing that; I know, it’s in­sane.”

Food for Life was writ­ten to get peo­ple back into the kitchen.

“Most peo­ple are very gun shy about cook­ing, the skill has def­i­nitely been lost through­out the coun­try,” she said.

The book has healthy meal op­tions but also sweet treats made with nary a chia grain.

“Oh, I’m a foodie,” she said, “don’t ever think that I’m just a let­tuce leaf, car­rot stick girl trust me.”

“Of course I am (a car­rot stick girl),” she ad­mit­ted, “but it has to be ex­cit­ing to look at.”

She said she loved how food brought peo­ple to­gether.

“One of my all-time favourite things is to look down a ta­ble at a bunch of peo­ple all eat­ing and talk­ing and that makes me feel very at home.”

She said the na­tion’s re­la­tion­ship with food and obe­sity was com­plex.

She com­pared it to rein­ing back the to­bacco in­dus­try but harder, since peo­ple need food to sur­vive.

“There’s so much mar­ket­ing and money that goes into try­ing to get peo­ple to eat cer­tain things. It’s a big in­dus­try and there are a lot of peo­ple mak­ing a lot of money on mak­ing Aus­tralians un­healthy,” she said.

She said she’d sup­port a sugar tax only af­ter a de­bate.

“Re­search tells us the pop­u­la­tion who con­sumes a lot of sugar are the ones who would be hit in the hip pocket the most from a sugar tax and that’s tough,” she said.

“I think ed­u­ca­tion is key. “You only know what you know and if that’s all you know then that’s what will be handed down through the gen­er­a­tions.”

She said peo­ple needed to take care of them­selves and one an­other.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d466717

Michelle Bridges with Char­lotte Mid­dle­ton, from Cloverdale.

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