“Food makers told to cut calories by 20% by 2024″

Britain does indeed need to “go on a diet”, but not this one. Read the article here.

I heard the news this morning whilst driving and really had to calm myself. It made me angry because the government are targeting children. I can tell you now, this will not work and there will be as much if not more obesity in years to come. There will also be more chronic illness – physical and mental.

Strangely (irony), I found myself in exactly the same situation four years ago. Do you remember the Change 4 Good campaign? I was incensed at that time too and had to write a blog. (It’s here.) Well that worked didn’t it? Here we are in 2018, fatter than ever before and sadly, this includes children. I want to shout at the government “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got”! This “new” campaign is same old, same old..


The fundamental problem is that we simply can’t be bothered to cook – we suffer and children suffer. We just shovel in cereal for breakfast (or not), grab a sandwich and chocolate bar for lunch and bung something in the microwave for dinner. Then, because the body is desperate for nutrients, there is hunger between meals, so out come the biscuits, crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks. A while ago, my friend added a slice of home made banana bread to her child’s packed lunch (coconut flour used and no added sugar) and she received a letter from the school saying that cake was not allowed. How do we educate everyone?

Even if we try to be healthy (the way the government want us to eat), we check the calories, fat and sugar on packages, eat fruit and have a low fat meals. Snacks may include cereal or fruit and nut bars. It won’t work.

If the body is not given the nutrients it needs, it will constantly make you hungry in the hope that you will supply them. Bear in mind that a “product” is a profit-maker. That’s OK with me if it’s an item of clothing or a pen or a wardrobe, but not if it is “food”. For example, the raw materials for a supermarket mac ‘n’ cheese are as cheap as chips. Its packaging possibly costs more than the contents in some cases. The cheapest I could find was £1 for a meal for one and at the top of the range – £3.50 – £4. The manufacturers are making a fortune if a supermarket can sell this for £4 and remember – supermarkets have to take a cut too. Macaroni cheese isn’t the best nutrition, but of course it depends on its ingredients and what is served with it. I would never buy it (and ready-made comes with an assortment of chemicals).

“We eat too much” is what I heard a dietitian say on the news. Yes we do, but there is a reason and if we eat according to government guidelines, nothing will change. It beggars belief that a dietitian could sanction this way of eating. We eat far too much concentrated carbohydrate food – pasta, bread, rice, crisps, biscuits etc.

In part, we eat with our eyes. If we follow the new recommendations, we will be looking for the foods that appear the greatest quantity, for the least calories. Carbohydrates fit the bill..and we are at the mercy of the roller-coaster caused by glucose and insulin.

I’ll attempt to put it simply -

  • Carbohydrates ingested are reduced to glucose (simple sugar) for absorption. Blood glucose rises.
  • The hormone insulin is released to metabolise the glucose. Blood glucose drops..
  • BUT, the insulin takes longer to be reduced. Insulin in the blood stream makes you HUNGRY.

The fact is, eating carbs all day makes us eat MORE. Nothing will change until we learn how to eat. We should be buying natural proteins (meat, fish, eggs, raw milk, and cheeses); traditional fats (butter, tallow, lard and other animal fats, coconut and olive oils); natural fresh vegetables and in-season fruit; occasionally, traditionally made bread; some nuts and seeds. I would always recommend organic, but at least know the provenance of what you buy. Occasional treats will do no harm – but even they can be healthier if you make them!