The wonderful thing about the human race is our diversity of beliefs and values. In the past weeks you may have seen news about a report called The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health.
It is a report by 37 of the estimated 7 million plus scientists existing in the world today, so like all things and news headlines, you need to keep this report in perspective. This report has been based upon low level epidemiological evidence and not yet subjected to a scientific peer review.
However, the report addresses three controversial issues:
It reminds us of the conflicts in the Australian energy market trying to deal with three values: reliability, affordability and sustainability. Whatever your views, we’ve all seen blackouts and electricity prices increase. The lesson is that managing multiple values can be difficult: the issues surrounding food, health and the environment are no different.
So where does Healthy Inspirations stand on the issues raised by The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health? Let’s address each one individually and address what we (us as an organisation and you as an individual) can do about each issue.
With each item, there may be areas where you can make an actual difference and areas where you cannot. But we’re reminded of the story where tens of thousands of starfish were washed up on a beach to surely die. At sunset, one of the scientists noticed a boy in the distance throwing starfish back into the sea. The scientist said “Son, there are tens of thousands here. You’re not going to make a difference.” The boy did not respond but picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. Then the boy said “I bet I made a difference to that one.”
It’s unlikely that your food choices will make a difference to the underfed in other countries. But there might be some things for you to consider like:
At Healthy Inspirations, this is the area of primary concern for us, and hopefully you. The EAT-Lancet Commission promotes a specific way of eating which, despite some flexibility, would not help most of our members achieve their weight and sustainable health goals. Here’s a few reasons:
Our members who have been coached on our programs know that we do not take the stance “We’re the experts and this is what’s good for your body.” Our guiding philosophy is that “One diet does NOT suit every body.” That’s why we say “When it comes to what works for your body, the only true expert is YOUR BODY. Our program and our weekly coaching will simply act as a guide to help you discover the foods and amounts that work best with your body.”
Through following the Healthy Inspirations program you not only lose weight, but have less sick days, more energy, and increased productivity.
It’s unfortunate that all the efforts Australians make to reduce emissions are swamped by ever-increasing global emissions. Environmental health includes global atmosphere as well as local soil and water health, so in regards to your food choices, there may be some things you can do:
Where the values of The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health are all worthy, they help us reflect on the practical things we can do in our own homes.
We constantly keep abreast of research, especially in food, weight control and health. We try to avoid temptation to be swayed by headlines and low level (epidemiological) studies, favouring more meaningful RCTs (Randomised Controlled Studies). Ultimately, your body is the expert.
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