From Nursing Times: Nutrition is essentially a very simple thing

9 Mar

Mark Radcliffe writes about kebabs, Viennese whirls and why nutrition is simply common sense. 

Now, I don’t have anything against nutritionists and I don’t mind omega-3 but, as healthcare professionals, shouldn’t we be cautious of intervening too much? Nutrition is fundamentally a simple thing, summed up wonderfully by the American writer and campaigner Michael Pollan: ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.’ Like others, he is concerned about the industry we have constructed around the inventing, processing and marketing of foodstuffs.

 

All nurses know changing unhealthy habits is difficult, and that an ever-shifting evidence base makes for complex and contradictory messages. Food is better than foodstuffs. Plants are better than processed stuff. Meat and fish are probably fine if you don’t fill them with rubbish before you kill them. And eggs? Eggs are fine.

This is just common sense, isn’t it? And wasn’t that always the nurse’s best friend?

 

Read the full article here

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2 Responses to “From Nursing Times: Nutrition is essentially a very simple thing”

  1. cooldogcs March 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Super Suse,

    Great post and I could not agree more.

    I was hoping you could advise me on something.

    As you know, I’m a gym junkie and spend a lot of money on energy drinks for the gym. I have tried drinking water only, but it just does not give me that same feel good factor as a good energy drink like Energade.

    Do you perhaps have some great energy drink ideas that I could try make myself at home to be used at the gym. Something that has the some consistency as water but the kick of Energade.

    Keep up the good work Sups!

  2. Susan Meggitt March 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Hello – Gym junkies should all become young coconut water junkies. With a very high level of electrolytes, it’s a natural isotonic so it rehydrates your body just like a sports drink without the e-numbers and preservatives.

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