Sugar, sugar

I have become a fan of Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. He says what I think but I thought nobody else has realised it and that I am the only one who has to fight the trend.

There is little point in putting in all that training, just to ruin or prevent progress but having the wrong type of diet.

I try to avoid processed food, some fats and take-aways. But what mountain am I trying to climb here. Seeing that most people are so busy with work, bringing kids to sports clubs, that there is little time to freshly cook food at home.

In fact the first thing I did myself, when I got my most recent job was to pre-cook and freeze food portions to avoid reliance on take-aways or packet foods.

I am lucky, I now do have the time available to cook but the vast majority of people is not able to do so. Ready-meals are often the norm but Hugh quite rightly says, it has been recognised that eating highly processed food doesn’t stimulate the body to chew and digest the food.

Gutt microbes exist and they become more and better according to the variety of foods we are eating. The less energy we spend preparing food, the less the body and ultimately our whole physique gets challenged, the laziness settles in and with it comes obesity.

I am now looking at the sugar content on packs and start to realised that the favourite cereal has a third of sugar content. So that one is restricted to once a week until the weaning off process is completed.

I really avoid fast food shops, I do not order take-aways but admit we went to the local Nandos on Church Street, Stoke Newington because the Nandos restaurant food there is the healthiest in my view. I realised that healthy restaurants charge more than the £1.99 fast-food deals that are around. We tried to treat ourselves after volunteering for the mornings Swimathon.

Generally I am very disappointed that many high street shops have disappeared in favour of fast food outlets. I can understand that hard-up people who cannot afford to pay their energy bills rely on such outlets to get cooked food.

But that is all to do with politics and I do wish that parents and health professionals complain to their Members of Parliament more often to state that they need a healthy diet. There are some like Jamie Oliver who fought for better school meals but children do not eat just at school, they eat at home too.

water in a bottle at Swimathon

Volunteered at the Swimathon this weekend and to my amazement some swimmers did 200 length of the 25m pool, that makes 5000 meters or 5km and had not a drop of water with them, no snacks or any type of refreshment.

As a parent, I would not be able to swim 5000 m without any water drink.

Apparently competitions have as longest distance 1500 m or 1.5 k, that is at most 60 length in a 25m pool. I think that swimmers already get very hot when competing at a 1500 meter race and often the pool water is kept at a lower temperature to accommodate that extra body heat.

I understand that Swimathon long-distance swimmers do not swim at their highest speed for 200 length of the pool but the strain on the body is severe I imagine.

Swimmers to perspire just as runners do and we would not put on running events without the supply of water to the runners, at least not any more.

Yes you can say that it is the responsibility of the swimmer to bring their own supplies, but people do forget. They find themselves having started the event and suddenly get thirsty. I don’t think it is much to ask an organiser to make some water available or emphasis to swimmers that they need to bring at least a bottle that can be filled up at a water fountain. And if all that fails have some spare bottles available.

At youth events, e.g. the London Youth Games, organisers give one free plastic bottle and water tanks to fill up those bottles to all participants.

I do think that organisers have a duty of care, even if the participants are adults.