Do you ever get confused about what you should or shouldn’t be eating and drinking? It seems that every time you open a newspaper or listen to the news, something we used to think was okay to eat or drink has suddenly become the enemy! For example, for a long time the advice was that full-fat butter was bad for cholesterol levels as well as our waist line, but recent research has shown that the amount of chemicals etc. in lower fat spreads can also be highly dangerous.
The one thing which really made me reconsider what I was spreading on my bread was the fact that even dogs will not eat margarine and, let’s face it, they will eat almost anything! If they’re turning their noses up, well that’s good enough for me and so I came to the decision that I would rather have a thin spreading of proper butter and not be too generous with it, than fill my body with chemicals.
And if you do your shopping at stores like Lidl and Aldi, there’s no reason for proper butter to be expensive either. You can get a pack from Aldi for only 95p and I have to say that the taste on toast is far superior to any chemical-laden spread!
The same can also be said about salt and flavourings. There was a program on TV a few weeks ago called ‘Trust me, I’m a doctor’ and on this they took a serious and medical view of the effects of sodium (salt) intake on raised blood pressure. It’s long been thought that excessive salt consumption was largely responsible for an increase in blood pressure and a subsequent increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke. While it is no bad thing to reduce our intake, there was also another train of thought that being overweight and drinking alcohol has far more of an impact on our blood pressure.
So what do you believe? Whose advice do you take? I am a great believer in ‘everything in moderation’ and the old-fashioned saying of ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’. If you try to deny yourself of something which you’re really craving, then you will literally go all around the houses looking for an alternative. That is neither good for your waistline or your shopping budget and so perhaps you too should have a ‘little of what I fancy.’ By doing that, you feed your craving and very often only a little is needed in order to satisfy yourself.
And this is also true of alcohol intake. It’s been long-held that red wine can actually be beneficial for our heart health, but again, moderation is most definitely key in this instance. I would never advocate over-consumption, but with the winter nights swiftly approaching, there are few things as relaxing as putting your feet up with a nice glass of red wine at the end of a long day. Bottoms up!