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Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Food, Glorious Food
One of the amusing things about working in advocacy for eating disorders is that I know more about food and nutrition than is good for me.
I have the ultimate reply for those who urge "Daily Mail" nutrition regimes on me - who can forget the stepmother's cutting from the Daily Mail that said if I had eaten more lettuce, I wouldn't have got cancer - and that is to tell them to read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. Cherry (or cherry tomato) picking is what journalists do best....
Yes, I know about superfoods, broccoli, chillies, tomatoes, blueberries, going vegetarian, going vegan, cutting out sugar, eating more chocolate, carrots, cranberries, steak, sardines, satsumas and salt. I have heard that I need to lose weight, put on weight, stay the same. I should eat more often, eat at regular times, eat when hungry, snack, not snack. I have heard about eating for my blood type, my star sign, my ethnicity, eye colour, as my ancestors did. I know about the dangers of processed foods, chlorinated salads, cooked foods, raw foods and additives. I know I should drink a glass of wine, shouldn't drink any alcohol, should drink green tea, shouldn't drink any tea etc etc etc.
So it is with great delight I have been receiving advice from one of Australia's finest eating disorder specialists about my nutritional requirements. He has sent me a load of food emoticons to remind me to eat. So far they have contained pizza, ice cream, cake, a carrot and a glass of wine.
Who am I to ignore his advice?
(Picture: Miranda Bunting of Miranda's Murmurs and me with cake!)