Debunking fad diets and food myths
Women are being encouraged ito forget fad diets and food myths and instead feel empowered by eating what they like.
The Wonder Women workshops, run by Massey Universty, are a series of discussion seminars talking to Manawatu women about nutrition, the female body, eating and mind food.
Doctor Carlene Starck was challenging women to ‘‘stay away from fad diets’’ and listen to their bodies.
The research scientist and amateur athlete said conflicting information was confusing women about they could and couldn’t eat.
She did not want women to be following the latest craze on the internet and depriving themselves of important foods, or feeling bad about themselves when they tucked into a piece of cake.
Carbohydrates, such as potatos and bread, were not ‘‘evil’’ and the average active woman should be eating them, she said.
‘‘It’s all about balance,’’ she told a group of 15 women at the first workshop last week.
Starck said she had often felt confused about food as a teenager, and as an athlete.
But now as a research scientist she wanted to educate women on research-based health and nutrition.
‘‘I want them to feel empowered – I don’t want them to restrict themselves in any way.’’
And so the Wonder Women workshops were born..
During the workshop sessions, she encourages women to think about where their sources of energy and nutrition come from.
Whole food, dietary fibre, protein and fats – but not trans fats – were things women needed.
That’s in tandem with listening to one’s body and mind, she said.
‘‘My big rule is actually listen to your body.
‘‘It’s not about what you look like. It’s about how you feel.’’
Linda Shailer, from Massey University, is helping to run this month’s weekly workshops this month.
She said there were ‘‘a lot of myths out there’’ about food that needed to be squashed.
The workshops were a way to inform women about their health as well as give an opportunity to speak with an expert on the topic.
The Wonder Women series is running throughout the month of August. For more information visit Massey University’s website or call the rec centre on 350 5080.
Dr Carlene Starck wants to educate women about food and nutrition.