With more information available than ever, most of us are researching food and wellness to discover what it's really about. Charlie Spedding has written a book exploring a plethera of topics of food and nutrition and we've trimmed the chapter synopsis below to give you a rough idea what it's all about!
Chapter 1. Stop asking the wrong question
The National Health Service costs the UK £390 million per day. It is severely overstretched and always in need of more money. Everyone is asking ‘how much money does it need’, ‘how should it be organised’ and ‘how should it be staffed’?
Chapter 2. Misinformation, dogma and guidelines
We are bombarded with advice on what to eat and not to eat. Many people are confused. Nutritional studies use epidemiology or observation, the weakest type of science, which can only show a correlation but not a cause. Most of the dogmatic beliefs in nutrition are based on weak science.
Chapter 3. Evolution and why it matters.
To understand how our bodies and brains work best, we need to know how we evolved. Our evolution made us exactly what we are today. We cannot ignore it and hope to thrive.
Chapter 4. How to lose weight without feeling hungry.
Our bodies do not contain a calorie counting device. Organisations like Public Health England insist we need to reduce our calorie intake to lose weight.
Chapter 5. Fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease.
Saturated fat has been portrayed as the Grim Reaper’s best friend. To eat a healthy diet, we need to lose our fear of fat.
Chapter 6. Pure, white and deadly.
The advice to eat low fat food has been a disaster. Healthy fats were removed and replaced with sugar. Too much sugar eventually leads to insulin resistance which leads to obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers.
Chapter 7. Pure, white and healthy.
We are always told to reduce sugar, fat and salt. They are invariably put together as if they are a triumvirate of evil. Getting one out of three correct is not good enough for official advice.
Chapter 8. A dietary guide of misinformation.
People think vegetables are healthy and therefore vegetable oils will be too. You cannot get oil out of a vegetable. They are industrially processed oils from seeds.
Chapter 9. Religion, corruption, censorship.
John Harvey Kellogg was a doctor and religious zealot who believed sexual passion was a sin and it was aroused by eating rich foods.
Chapter 10. Veganism and health
There has been a distinct increase in veganism and vegan books. An entirely plant-based diet is promoted as healthy but it is not. It is impossible to obtain all our essential nutrients without animal sourced foods.
Chapter 11. Veganism and the environment
The vegan community is right to object to the worst examples of factory farming.
Chapter 12. Exercise is vital
Regular exercise has a long list of physical and mental health benefits.
Chapter 13. Sunshine and sleep.
We are told to protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun and to apply sunscreen whenever the sun shines on our skin.
Chapter 14. Fit children come first in the classroom.
Education policy is based on learning facts and passing exams.
Chapter 15. Playtime makes us better people
All children have a strong instinct to play.
Chapter 16. Happiness
This is not about the extremes of euphoria or despair but the baseline level of contentment we feel each day.
Chapter 17. What to eat.
We should eat real, unprocessed food to be healthy and happy. A list of real foods and some recipe suggestions.
Chapter 18. Onwards to better health.
An invitation to keep learning about how to be healthy and how to see through all the lies we are told.
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