The nieces came to stay – Watching children & food

The nieces came to stay - Watching children & food

Those of you who follow me on twitter will know that my nieces came to stay from Friday 28th until Sunday 30th September. They stayed for 46 hours, not that we were counting! During that time we had meals in and out and many opportunities to observe their interaction with food. We came to the following conclusions:

1) Given a choice between real and processed food, processed food will be chosen every time;

2) There is a difference between "I'm hungry" and "I want";

3) Sugar has a serious impact on small/young people.

Let's have a look at each of these and see if they can give us any insights for our grown-up behaviour...

1) Harcombe followers eat well. We eat the good things in life and in great quantities. People who come to stay with us invariably comment on the food. My type 1 diabetic brother, Adrian, was raving about Andy's cooking all weekend. Adrian has - in the last year - finally listened to little sister about low carb eating and he has cut out bread/potatoes/pasta and enjoys meat/fish/eggs/dairy/veg without restriction instead. This allows him to have some wine, dark chocolate, creamy desserts etc with far more stable blood glucose levels than he ever had with cereal/bread and pasta meals. He has lost weight, reduced his medication and feels better than ever.

When adults know how great they feel on real food, how nutritious it is, how much better it is for weight and health, we mostly make the right choices. I was fascinated to observe over the weekend that children who have been introduced to processed food have a preference for it. In Pure White & Deadly, John Yudkin proudly says that one of the children in his family rejects sugary food at a party, as he is just not used to it. My nieces are clearly used to it.


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