I am sure that many of you will have been shocked to have heard the recent news that teenager has been left blind and deaf after living off a diet of chips, crisps and sausages.
Although an extremely rare case, the teenager in question suffers from an eating disorder known as ARFID (avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder). According to eating disorder charity Beat, those suffering from the condition often avoid food with a certain texture, smell, taste or appearance, or only eat food at a certain temperature.
According to Dr Atan, of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, “When this behaviour starts as a child it tends to continue as an adult. Processed food was not the problem per se. It was he was only eating that type of food and nothing else. Nutrients are extremely important for vision and hearing – but a lot of people are not aware of that.”
In our hectic lives and supermarket driven ‘distractions’, it could be argued that our relationship with Food has become slightly skewed! Diet is something we do when we need to lose weight, nutrition is for athletes and the healthy, whilst food is for filling us up!
Food is way more than fuel, it should be nutritious, and our diet should contain all the nutrients required to maintain health, life and growth.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” — Hippocrates was so far ahead of the game when around the year 400 B.C, he observed, that to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost, we should eat a nutrient-dense diet.
Are you as healthy as you would like to be?
What does your ‘diet’ look like?
As we are never more than 5 meters away from our phone, try this for a week! Each time you eat something, pause before eating and take a photo. at the end of the week, you will have a clearer and honest picture of what you actually eat!
As ever, help is at hand as we provide a delicious way of eating cabbage, (cavolo nero) plus offer a new way of coping with stress and anxiety! We have lots of good news to share, plus a couple of tips on how to gain strength for those over 50!
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