This blog is in response to the Daily Post’s word of the day, which is conversant, which be definition means to be knowledgeable, skilled or well informed about something. So it got me thinking about nutrition, which is what I happen to be knowledgeable, skilled and well informed about. People will walk into a shop, a supermarket, look online at blogs, reviews and talk to people about nutrition. They will ask a member of staff about the nutrition of a product or if it is good for this or that. Firstly this is insane because the first question one should ask is if the person is trained or is conversant in the subject matter. Secondly it irks me because people then actually believe what this person has said to them without checking if it is true and what the knowledge was based on. During my dissertation at university I went into a well known health store and asked what supplements I needed as I was a new vegan. The shop worker went into a whole host of things that I am lacking such as B12, Omega fats and iron. How did this person know I was lacking? What was his reason for picking out those supplements? Whatever his reasoning was it was wrong. He could not know if I was lacking in any of those things unless he did a blood test to confirm.
Sometimes when people find out that my qualifications are in nutrition they then ask me the bog standard questions of:
- What do I need to cure this?
- Is my diet any good?
- Can you advise me on such and such?
- What supplements do I need to take for whatever?
So you go through a whole thing about vitamins, minerals, diet, life-style choices, health, exercise and all the other information. To which then a lot just say “well, it’s all rubbish anyway as I am still here and nothing has happened”. They tell me they have read the label and it is low in salt and high in some fat, they are not sure what it means but it is enough for them to make a decision about eating it or not. They also assume if it is on the shelf then it cannot be that bad for you as it would have gone through all kinds of tests to ensure safety, “wouldn’t it?” So when I tell them the basic facts about good foods, bad foods, good molecules, bad molecules, healthy options, unhealthy options and all the science around healthy eating they just assume I am talking rubbish and go on the way they are, because, at the moment, they are in “good” health.
What people fail to realise that eating certain bad foods and indulging in a poor life-style does not mean that straight away you will get ill. No, far from it, the truth is it is an accumulative process as the body tries to compensate for bad food, poor health as it does not want you to die. However this cannot go on forever and the body will start to break down, like a car that is not serviced and looked after will rust and breakdown. One day you will start to get aches and pains, a little bit wheezy, slightly raised blood pressure, skin starts to look wrinkly, arteries start to harden, heart is working a bit harder and many other things on scales that seem microscopic at first but will gradually get worse.
So when someone is conversant in such a matter and you fail to acknowledge this then you are now going to look for someone to blame when you get ill. We are by nature an animal, we should be living off the land, be it as a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan without all the shit that gets pumped into and onto our foods. We eat foods that look like nothing like food and has so many chemicals in that they have their own periodic tables attached to them. Just because the large companies throw this stuff out onto the market for sale does not mean they are safe to eat. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already categorized certain processed meats as dangerous as smoking so why eat it?
So take a step back, don’t be blackmailed into thinking that fast food is OK to eat, they just want your money, that is the bottom line. People lived well without all these fast food joints, people actually cooked and made food from scratch. Take it from someone who is conversant in this and instead of looking at your screen to see the latest mobile, tablet or car specifications, download a recipe and cook for you and your loved ones.