Unless you assign yourself to a specific dietary group such as vegetarianism it will become obvious that your food group choices will be generally dominated by the availability of food in your society. Food very much also has cultural traditions but it is also quite clear that poor dietary habits contribute to poor health in the community. One obvious consistent pattern is that a diet rich in animal fat, high in processed food, low in fruit and vegetables and associated with a sedentary life is detrimental to long-tern health.

In western countries there is now such a vast choice of many different food types. The dominance however has been that of what is called a western pattern diet. This has been popularised and is prevalent in many industrialised countries. In the United States for example western pattern diet is a style of fast food eating and processed food. It is not that healthy according to the many statistical analysis on food and health. The high intake of red meat, fat, refined-sugar and salty snacks is associated with a worrying high prevalence of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, dementia and cancer.

Fast food outlets provide instant access to this typical type of food and it is freely available 24/7. Constant grazing with inappropriate portion sizes is thought to be responsible not only for fuelling the Type 2 diabetes epidemic but also many of the other age related illnesses. None of these illnesses which include heart disease, dementia and cancer sound particularly appetising and knowledge of this should signal a review of your own diet.

Michael Pollan in his book "In Defence of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" made some interesting critical arguments against the food on offer in western societies. As others have done he concludes that the concept of "nutritionism" is flawed and without foundation. Relying as it does solely on information regarding individual nutrients, he suggests that health advisors have been led to make spectacularly poor decisions in relation to western nutrition. The obesity epidemic being our best example is obvious to everyone but it is closely followed by Type 2 diabetes and heart disease and many food related cancers. Michael Pollan has voiced the view that much of the food we buy in supermarkets or in restaurants cannot actually be considered food coming as it does from mass factory farming methods.

Our philosophy is that a diagnosis of diabetes 2 should be the spur that invites you to eat good food. By that I mean food that has not been tampered with or processed. Preferably have fruits and vegetables that are in season. They are not only fresher but tastier. In a perfect world one would only buy free range eggs and chicken, graze fed beef and lamb but of course these products are more expensive. This should not stop the principle of seeking out food that when bought is in its natural state rather than reconstituted or processed.

And of course there is the argument that we lead busy lives and there is no time to cook from fresh. But again there is no need to make elaborate meals. Simple fresh meals can be made quickly as Jamie Oliver has demonstrated. Also cooking methods such as steaming, grilling or roasting are healthier options than deep frying. A diagnosis of diabetes should be the trigger to explore food widely and not the barrier.

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