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Weight Lifting - One Hundred Days - 024

WEIGHTLINE 024: 90Kg

Going on a cruise is in some ways like dieting. There are many options to choose from but the overall framework is the same for everyone & there's no escaping it…

I read an article today from the Guardian (UK). I have never before read something so well written with so little meaningful content & absolutely no conclusion or connection to the title words. If I was still on the production desk of a publishing house, it would have been sent back with so many scrawled marks & comments she wouldn't have been able to find the original words. Dreadful! Have a read for yourself & see if I'm not wrong… It is titled "Bad fad - Ruby Tandoh on how clean eating turned toxic". The standfirst then reads: "The backlash against a 'wellness' diet is in full swing - and leading chefs and writers associated with it are doing their best to ditch the term. It's time we called it what it is." Now, reading that you'd expect it to be either an article on how the dietary premises of modern diets are mistaken, or how the very idea of fad diets is becoming unfashionable. So, either a marketing or a nutrionist angle. Neither. Or both. I'm really not sure at all. And the idea of calling it what it is goes completely unnoticed in the main body of the article. Perhaps Ruby was a victim of the vicious pen of an eager sub-editor, who was still learning English? I'm trying to be generous to her here. Otherwise, I have to believe she got lost in her own words & simply forgot the tale she was telling. I've read the article three times now. What is it, Ruby?!?


The shame of it is that I know I would probably agree with her if I could follow it. Taking simple phrases from the article such as: "If it promises salvation on a plate, it is a fad diet" is so true. But wellness? What's wrong with that? Apart from the fact that it has been misappropriated by a few, it is a perfectly simple & solid term. Isn't it? It is, as far as I'm aware, a term to describe a healthy balance of mind body & spirit that leads to an overall feeling of well-being. Exactly what I'm trying to achieve. Of course every element there is subject to manipulation & misdirection by the kooky few, but if you are sensible & do your research, you can keep sane & steer clear of the madness. Except that your research will lead you to articles like the one written by MsTandoh!


The dietary express is like a cruise liner. We are all headed in the same direction in the same timeframe. On board there are so many different options & temptations that we can plough our own course & decide between excess & exercise, food or fad, wellness or witchcraft. Ok, that last one is a bit of a stretch, but I needed a rhyme! How do we decide? We are influenced by friends, family, health professionals, public figures who are held or hold themselves as experts. Rarely do we take the time to digest all we have been told or learnt & absorb it all to see how we really feel ourselves. Everyone is different & everyone should eat what they like as long as it is in moderation & primarily fresh. There! Dietary advice ala RiK, the new expert on the block. As if!

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