On my return from my Christmas break in France I popped onto my bathroom scales, yes I do occasionally check. It was no surprise to find that I had gained a couple of kilos I could feel that there was a little more adipose tissue around my waist. Those patisseries were so good!
I don’t normally stray into the overcrowded world of diets, that’s probably because I don’t know much about them except that on the few occasions I have tried the latest “fad diet”, the last one being the “Dukan” it has ended in failure. The question I sometimes ask myself is “If they did work why do we keep falling off them and putting the weight back on?”
Last week-end my attention was caught by an interesting article in the Sunday Times by AAGill. Back to basics. He alleges that we have forgotten the basic food laws that have kept humans healthy for centuries.
In my opinion AA Gill is a talented journalist often critical but with a down to earth pragmatic approach to many subjects. If you are a subscriber to the Times it is well worth checking out the original article here. If not here are a few of his guidelines for eating healthily. He reckons that we are focusing on what we eat instead of how we eat. He may well have a point.
- Always eat sitting at a table that is set for a meal. This sets up an anchor and a ritual.
- Always eat with a knife and fork. Old fashioned manners. Eating with fingers just won’t do especially out of cartons (see rule 8)
- Whenever possible eat in company. Eating is a centuries old way of communicating and bonding with other humans.
- Never eat standing up and certainly not in the street and this includes take away coffee.
- Never eat with a screen in the same room, that refers to TVs, computers etc. How many of us would admit to doing this one.
- Eat meals at fixed times. This creates routine and teaches the body to eat at certain times and therefore we will not be so prone to snacking.
- Keep meals varied thus engaging the taste buds and the senses
- Never eat from plastic, paper or cardboard
- Never eat in a car. Crumbs all over the car and it’s not safe.
- Enjoy your food.