Well work’s been straight back into the deep end after my week off!
Two meetings last night, one this morning, writing all the above up today… plus a late-night by-election vote count coming up on Thursday. Still, I’d rather be busy than bored 🙂
I don’t tend to read newspapers much when I’m off but I do at work – and something I read yesterday really got on my threepenny bits. I’ve ranted about a similar subject before, a piece entitled something like “Yes you CAN eat carbohydrates and lose weight”, which contained gems such as “For years, they’ve been a no-no” and “studies have shown that not all carbs are bad”.
Monday’s piece, “Why carbs are NOT the enemy”, stated: “But carbs, often seen as “evil”, are good for you and can help with the battle of the bulge. So you’ll be able to tuck into a bowl of pasta for dinner without tasting guilt.”
Based on “new research”, a “diet guru” then sets out a plan which includes:
“During the day avoid foods such as porridge, cereals, bread, pasta, rice, noodles, and potatoes.” I’m sure it’s good that this plan tells people to avoid refined carbohydrates such as biscuits and cakes – but it also says you should avoid “higher-carb fruits” during the day and only have smoothies in the evening… ?!
Honestly. I’m no nutritionist but surely a balanced diet is a healthy diet – and balanced means including protein, fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals, water – and carbohydrates.
It also really irritates me that these articles’ authors assume we’re all sheep; “we’ve all been avoiding carbs for years” – er, no, “we all” haven’t. And I won’t be signing up for any of this “carbs after 5” malarkey, as proved by today’s carborific breakfast:
And low carbohydrate dinner.
And just to add, I’m not sad enough to do that on purpose, I’d been planning to make that leek and ham gratin, from a Harry Eastwood recipe, for a while… and it was worth it 🙂