OPTIMUM HEALTH DIARY: This section documents my pursuit of peak health and sports performance using established methods, breakthroughs in sports science and alternative/nature options. Does the body deteriorate on default or does our lifestyles and mindset have a lot to do with it? I’ll answer that question in this weekly diary. This is a quest for both health & excellence, I want to push my body to its sporting limits to see what is possible. Why not? Let’s be open minded & approach it as an adventure as well as research. (Literally all of my sporting & fitness personal bests have happened in this period of my life so watch this space!!) I’ll be using my film-making and editing skills to also create a video diary here. ______________________________________________
MON SEPT 7TH: I long ago replaced sugar with honey – not just any honey but RAW HONEY. People say humans NEED sugar but essentially in the modern age it’s just another additive. It was only after the Second World War that food additives went through the roof and convenience foods/processed foods flooded the market. Meanwhile natural foods such as fruit & veg were seen as Inconvenience Foods because they went bad so quickly in comparison. So hey, science provides you with lots of additives which you can barely pronounce which make your not so appetising natural food taste sweeter, look perfect & last longer. The only problem is man-made perfection often equals imperfection as far as our bodies are concerned. We are the living guinea pigs for the long term effects of these additives. (& sugar IS one).
Oddly enough our caveman ancestors did not have any of these issues because they were not blessed with choice. Well actually their choice was eat fruit straight off the tree, veg straight out of the ground, meat straight off the animal or starve. Today we are blessed with food stacked with acetylated distarch phosphate, chrysoine resorcinol, citranaxanthin, monosodium glutamat and er…methyl ethyl cellulose (& in some cases genetically manipulated in labs)
Examine ALL the things science adds to your food to make it that perfect consumer product and ask yourself how essential they really are. The ‘we need sugar’ argument may be answered by sugar is around in almost EVERY food anyway. The ‘sweet tooth’ argument? Me personally I answered that by using raw honey (because even commercial honey isn’t free from human tampering. We humans have to meddle everywhere even where nature is saying “No, we’re cool. We’ve got this one covered.”) The perfect looking commercial honey you have in the shops is perfect looking for a reason. Raw honey differs from commercial honey in that 1) it isn’t a mixture of different honey sources 2) It hasn’t been heated and cooled via a process called pasteurisation. My concern with pasteurisation is it actually destroys elements in the honey which activate vitamins in our body. Also it serves mainly to make honey look tastier, preserve longer in commercial storage & MAKE YOU WANT TO BUY IT. The discrepancy between what makes you want to buy something & what is actually healthy is sometimes a big one. Ask yourself whether the seller’s main concern is to get the product off the shelves sharpish or to provide your body with nutrients.
Toxic Additives Linked To Ill-Health
monosodium glutamat – depression, obesity, disorientation, fatigue.
sodium sulfite (E221) – asthma, breathing problems.
sulphur dioxide – bronchial problems, hypertension.
azodicarbonamide – asthma
potassium bromate – linked to cancer
magnesium sulphate – linked to cancer
sodium carboxymethyl cellulose – linked to cancer
(NOTE: Cancer rates during Victorian times were 1 in 100, the 1960s 1 in 9, & in 2015 it’s 1 in 3 people who are likely to get cancer. The rates are increasing instead of decreasing despite modern medical knowledge and scientists are not too sure why. Erm that’s a difficult one……)