Find­ing our own path to a healthy life­style

Bray People - - OPINION - with Deb­o­rah Cole­man

HEALTHY liv­ing is where it’s at and the more trendy the bet­ter.

‘Eat clean’ is the ad­vice of many a healthy liv­ing guru, blog­ger but what ex­actly does this mean? Your kitchen is noth­ing with­out a jar of co­conut oil, al­mond milk and a dozen av­o­ca­dos and but­ter and cow’s milk are the devil – ap­par­ently.

In gen­eral, the ad­vice is that the less pro­cessed food we eat, the more thank­ful our bod­ies and minds will be. In the­ory, this makes a lot of sense. Years ago Ir­ish peo­ple didn’t ar­rive home from the su­per­mar­ket with a re­cy­cling bin worth of pack­ag­ing. They made meals from scratch and knew ex­actly what they were eat­ing.

No, our grand­par­ents and great grand­par­ents weren’t fol­low­ing the lat­est food blog, they were just liv­ing the way peo­ple lived at that time. We are sur­rounded by choice these days so it goes with­out say­ing that we aren’t al­ways go­ing to make the best one when it comes to food.

Many of us reach for the easy op­tion af­ter a long work­ing day or cave in to the de­mands of our chil­dren for a ‘ treat’ but on the whole if we eat a bal­anced and healthy diet we won’t go far wrong.

What is of ma­jor con­cern is the sheer mar­ket­ing power of some of the healthy liv­ing/eat­ing ad­vo­cates out there who are in­flu­enc­ing hoards of fol­low­ers who as­pire to live a health­ier life.

How cred­i­ble are they and what qual­i­fies them to ad­vo­cate any form of diet or health regime with­out a pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion? While the vast ma­jor­ity of these ad­vo­cates are sim­ply shar­ing their own way of eat­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and their life­style choices they must be cog­nisant of the in­flu­ence they have on their fans.

That is not to say that what many of these writ­ers, blog­gers, don’t make sense a lot of the time but surely, isn’t cut­ting down on su­gar or eat­ing more fruit and veg­eta­bles is just com­mon sense?

The case of Aus­tralian food blog­ger Belle Gib­son who fraud­u­lently claimed she cured brain can­cer with whole foods is case in point.

An ex­treme case, but for a num­ber of years nonethe­less, she con­vinced many peo­ple, in­clud­ing a cook book pub­lisher, of her au­then­tic­ity. It was all a sham, she never had can­cer and her fans were dev­as­tated to learn of her de­ceit.

Healthy means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple and as long as we all do what is right for our bod­ies, and not those of oth­ers, then we won’t go too far wrong.

Av­o­ca­dos: is your kitchen noth­ing with­out them?

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