How Should I Eat?

That is a question and three-quarters. We are bombarded at different levels, and on so many fronts, by information about food – from advertisers showcasing the wares of their industrial food-producing clients to a mass of TV programmes, and zillions of articles in newspapers, magazines or blogs about healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices.

We cannot in any total sense fashion our futures but there are certain things we can eat or not eat to tweak how healthy those futures will be, especially given that some chronic western disease, such as, say, type two diabetes, are largely preventable if one makes the right dietary choices.

So, how then can we best navigate our way through the rivers of information out there to come up with the most health enhancing dietary choices. In truth, I am not sure how, but I was much taken by this RSA short video at the top of this post. The message on the video is, I think, a good starting point although obviously, and tempting as it sounds to a cake lover like me, slices of homemade cake for breakfast lunch and dinner might not be such a clever idea.

Now blogging may not make the world go around but it does make things in the world go around because I might have missed this short video if I hadn’t come across it when reading Metropolitan Mum’s Β blog and she in turn found it via another blog: A Cup of Jo.

The RSA is a UK-based charity and says of itself that it is: ‘an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges’. There is a ton of interesting videos on their website: RSA Shorts here and the longer RSA Animates here.


Filed under Food/Wine, Healthy Living

37 responses to “How Should I Eat?

  1. I think things taste better when you cook at home. I do love to eat out, but I am often disappointed by what I am served.

  2. Very interesting, Really enjoyed the RSA video. I do believe that it’s true. Commercially prepared foods are incredibly bad for you, making it yourself infinitely better. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Any of the RSA videos I’ve seen are good.

      I think it’s sad that processed foods from large producers almost invariably contain stuffs that are addictive and not good for our long term health. The industrial food lobby is very powerful so unfortunately I don’t think things are going to change anytime soon. πŸ˜‰

  3. We really like to eat at home, so we take turns with another couple and each cook one meal each week for the four of us. My husband and I cook each Tuesday–usually a fish dish with one fruit, one vegetable and either a bread or a light dessert–and on their way home from work our friends stop by and pick up their meal. Each Thursday they cook either a chicken or beef dish and sides, and we go over and pick up our meal. We live only a few few blocks away, and for every meal we each fix, we get another fixed for us in return. It’s working so well that we’re thinking of letting another couple join in the group.

    • Hello!

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Your meal sharing arrangement with your friends sounds like an excellent idea as it’s as easy to cook for four as two or indeed for six, if you add the other couple to your group.

      It sounds like you are getting the best of both world – a day off cooking and the very best sort of ‘takeaway’

  4. Isn’t RSA fascinating? Thanks for the link. Having watched the video, I am now feeling very happy about indulging in the delicious rhubarb cake I made today πŸ™‚

  5. So simple and yet there’s a lot of truth there. I can’t remember the last time I made French Fries but I don’t buy them either. In fact I avoid them whenever I eat out. I’ll order salad instead but if my husband or some one else at the table has them I usually steal a couple.

  6. H

    Hi B
    What a great little video! The principle is so sound. With eating in the new going out, I liked the comment from one of responses about meal sharing. I used to do that with a group of girls (on a monthly basis) and must set about reviving it this year. Hx

    • Hello H,

      The video is great, short and good at getting the message across, and yes the principle is, I think, very sound. I thought the meal sharing idea was inspired on so many levels even down to the inevitable, although not huge, energy saving. Those who join your meal sharing group will be extremely lucky – good luck with reviving it.

      Thanks as always for your comment. Bxx

  7. Thanks so much for the mention πŸ™‚ I made cinnamon buns on Saturday – they are much less sweet than what you’d get from a shop, but also much healthier with no E’s added whatsoever. Home cooking rules!

  8. What a wonderful video! I can say that I’ve never taken the time or effort to make french fries at home. Yet somehow I have absolutely no problem ordering them at a restaurant or fast food joint! It’s true that these places truly market to our weaknesses which makes it all even worse! What a great find and thank you for sharing.

    • I am fairly relaxed about eating French fries when I eat out because I don’t order them that often. I love chunky fries, I had some recently and they had chopped rosemary scattered on top, I enjoyed them a lot.

      Like you I think the video is wonderful.


    a few thoughts:
    – I think that today the noise is sometimes louder than the facts.
    – I understand that most people lack the time to learn about food properly.
    – maybe it’s a good thing what jamie oliver does, not remotedly being a veggetarian, he promotes healthy food in schools & local/seasonal food; and also shares a lot of nutritional knowledge.
    – maybe nutrition should be a school subject. so that everybody knows how dairy’s not good for us after all.
    – as one of your commenters, I grew more and more disappointed in formerly favourite restaurants, the more I cooked myself.

    • I think it’s great when someone with a high profile, such as Jamie Oliver, promotes health enhancing food choices in schools especially given what we hear about the rising levels of childhood obesity and its impact on health. I also admire what Michelle Obama is trying to do with her Let’s Move campaign in the US.

      It is good to see local/seasonal foods being promoted. Here many farmers’ markets have sprung up in the past decade and they seem to be thriving. I think more people are now conscious of where their food comes from and the way it’s produced. It’s, by no means, a big swing away from buying processed foods but anything that raises levels of awareness about good food choices has to be helpful.



        I think – apart from lacking the knowledge and having other concerns in our lives as well – why the food industry has an easy job of selling us their products is a perception.
        people over 30 are used to homemade food that it’s alluring for us to believe a microwave meal is “just like the real deal”. our grandmothers would never eat the processed foods of today, and they would be right. people under 30 often know only what’s advertised AND brought home by mummy who’s one of those over 30 and… a vicious circle.

        well, simplified πŸ™‚

  10. Yes, I think that food choices are often made because of time pressure so that makes a micro-waved meal an easy option. And that’s a shame because there are lots of home cooked meals that have short prep times although they may take longer to cook.

    πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  11. we haven’t visited you for such a long time and for some HIDEOUS reason your name fell off (in a cull of sites and YOURS certainly didn’t mean to be culled – we just removed links to blogs that sadly were now abandoned or, well, went a bit s t r a n g e)

    lovely to be back.



  12. Food and nutrition is an incredibly emotionally-loaded subject (right there with religion and politics). Once someone brings it up, all get passionate about their philosophy. I don’t have a good foods / bad foods orientation toward eating. Mine is this:

    Growing, raising, processing and cooking food supports our very lives. Once we relinquish total control of that to someone who doesn’t actually care about us, and worst of all, when we give control over what we eat to “corporations” whose sole purpose for existence is to take as much of our money as they possibly can, with absolutely no regard for our well-being, well, then, it’s just obvious to me that we’re going to have some trouble.

    Great post!

    • Thank you.

      I agree that food and nutrition are emotive subjects as you say everyone has a different viewpoint and sounding passionate about one point of view can sound like a criticism of another. Each to their own.

      I too try not to divided foods into the good, the bad and the ugly but don’t always succeed. πŸ˜‰

      Your food philosophy sounds excellent.

  13. Very informative video, B.! He made a very interesting point about the french fries. However, I do not demonize store bought food too much. I don’t think that enjoying a store bought chocolate croissant now and then is going to kill you. Of course, moderation is the key! But isn’t it in anything?
    Have a great weekend!
    F. Xx

    • I agree that eating some shop bought foods occasionally isn’t going to do much harm. And there are certain things that I would probably not attempt to make at home such as chocolate croissants.

      I think the video may have been part of a longer lecture he gave because he doesn’t mention the quality of ingredients used in home cooking which I for one would think is important.

      Thanks for your weekend good wishes and I hope you enjoy what remains of said weekend.

      B. xx ‘)

  14. As a treat, I like to go out to eat. Otherwise, we eat mostly at home. And for work, I always bring my own lunch. It tastes better and saves me money.

  15. Dear B,
    Unbelievable how many posts I have missed during my “leave of absence” due to high workload…
    As to this post, I can only offer suggestions as to what you should *drink* – and you know the answer already, I guess! πŸ˜‰
    Take anything, but not my wine! πŸ˜‰
    All the best,

    • Dear Stefano,

      That was kind of you to read and comment on the posts you missed and honestly please don’t worry in the future, whenever you have a heavy workload, about catching up.

      Thankfully the video didn’t suggest home-made wine!

      All the very best,

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