More and more the media are supporting what I wrote about sugar and fat and diet-related illnesses in my book 'Twenty-First Century Nutrition and Family Health' published in 2014. There are still more things in that book which the mainstream media have not yet caught up with, so I do recommend that you read it for the sake of your long-term health and that of your children.
However the many scientific references in the book may put off busy parents who are not particularly well educated. So I had always planned to write a more 'family friendly' version once I had established the facts to my own satisfaction. I am now about to start writing this new book. My goal is to give parents the essential facts as simply as possible, and show them what to do in consequence. Here are my proposals. Any suggestions or constructive comments would be very welcome! In particular I'd love suggestions for an artist to illustrate the nursery rhyme chapter.
- Present the most relevant facts from my original book, rewritten in the form of a conversation with my daughter. This part will consist of several short chapters.
- Summarize the facts as presented in one short chapter.
- Omit footnoted references.
- Include a new chapter to teach children about healthy eating and drinking, based entirely on nursery rhymes.
- Provide four weeks of menus and simple recipes for breakfast and dinner, based on the 25:45:30 Natural Health Diet.
- Provide a family exercise plan.
- Bread-making and yogurt-making.
- Two quizzes (easy and harder) with downloadable certificates of attainment.
- Three sets of recipes forming a graded cookery course, from the Captain Cook's Tuck Box software. Again with downloadble certificates of attainment.
Around half of British nursery rhymes deal with food! Here is my first shot at an item based on a nursery rhyme.
Jack Sprat would eat no fat, his wife would eat no lean.
And so between the two, you see, they licked the platter clean.
This rhyme is about meat. Meat come from animals and birds, like cows and sheep and pigs and chickens. The meat from these different creatures is called beef, lamb or mutton, pork or bacon, and chicken. Meat is the very best source of protein, which is something our bodies need in order to build our bones and muscles and lots of other important things.
The nursery rhyme tells us that meat has a fat part and a lean part. The fat is the part that helps an animal to keep warm and to store energy for its muscles to use. The lean part is the animal's muscles, which enable it to walk or jump, or perhaps to run away from you if you frighten it. Both fat and lean meat are good for us, especially from an animal that has been fed on natural foods like grass, dandelions and daisies. (Pigs also like leaves, roots and fruit, and chickens love grubs and worms.)
If you are overweight, probably through eating too much starchy or sugary food, it is better not to eat too much fatty meat. But if you are a normal weight you should eat the fat, because it contains even more vitamins than the lean part does. (Vitamins are special chemicals that our bodies need to stay alive.) Also meat fat stops you feeling hungry for longer than bread and potatoes do, so if you eat fatty meat you will not be tempted to eat more than you should do, and then you won't put on more weight than is good for you.
Pictures usually show Jack Sprat as a very thin man and his wife as very fat. But if they both ate a lot of pizzas, cakes, biscuits, crisps, sweets and chocolates then they would both have been fat, whatever kind of meat they ate. And if they didn't eat any of those things then they would both have been thin, even Mrs Sprat, who ate only the fat part of the meat.