It’s January, a crappy month of dark nights, grey weather, empty bank accounts and a huge hangover from Christmas. It’s also the month everyone focuses on getting fit and healthy for the year ahead. No bad thing. Except when you read about celebrity eating plans. This week Millie Mackintosh, of Made In Chelsea married to Professor Green, thin, young, rich and beautiful fame, posted a day in the life of her diet on Instagram.
What do you think? I worry that this is a very unattainable diet for a young girl to aspire to. No one who works or is a student could stick to this kind of eating plan. I don’t know of any work canteens or student refectories that serve an omelette with only one yolk, but three egg whites, cinnamon and blueberries. Do you? And in between lectures, or emptying bed pans, or at your desk at work having a mid afternoon snack, would you be reaching for a snack of coconut water with added protein powder? The banana is the only sensible suggestion.
It’s reassuring that she goes ‘all out’ at dinner time and allows herself a steak but making sure ALL the fat is cut off, I mean goodness me, who dare eat a bit of fat these days? Don’t tell anyone that on Saturday mornings I may be partial to placing my bread in the pan of bacon fat for a bit of dippy bread. Lip-smackingly tasty.
Surely we’re all for eating healthily and encouraging our children to eat well, but I also really want them to see food as something to enjoy, not a regime. Even the word itself speaks volumes. An ordered way of doing something. A means of making the body work to its most efficient capacity. Let’s face it, Millie Mackintosh is able to follow this strict eating and work out plan because her working hours (going to watch husband in concert, launch her fashion line of an evening, spot of modelling) dictate that she can spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about herself and what food she can put in her body whereas a lot of people are grabbing a Twix and a bag of crisps between shifts. Also, her body is her business, so of course it makes sense she puts the finest fuel into it and she has the dollar to pay for all these expensive ingredients.
When seeing this post (on Instagram alongside all the ‘hashtag selfie’ pics of her in the gym working out) it was interesting to see there were hundreds of comments from girls underneath saying things like, ‘ooh she needs a Hob Nob’, or ‘I’ve just been to the gym and had spag bol, some cheese, a cuppa tea and a Frube.’ Halle-bloody-luh-yah. I’m not condoning sitting at home stuffing your face with Hob Nobs and cheese, but isn’t it all about the moment you take a bite into an oaty biscuit smothered with chocolate and let out a little blissful sigh? Or is that just me that does that after chocolate? I wonder if Millie does that with her leafy green smoothie in a morning? Perhaps she does. I always imagine pulped veg to taste of slimy snot, but I shouldn’t knock the green smoothies until I’ve tried them.
When I was going through a ‘must get healthy’ moment, I looked over into the basket of an old couple at the supermarket to see what they were buying. They’ve been on the planet about 80+ years, what do they eat that’s helped them live long lives? Were they loading up their shoppers on wheels with avocados, kale, blueberries and chia seeds for juicing? Nope. Not on your nelly. Sliced white bread, a few slices of ham from the deli, English mustard, packet of custard creams, Yorkshire Tea, white sugar, small joints of meat with fresh vegetables, rice puddings, yogurts, milk.
Meanwhile, at the Mackintosh/Green household I like to imagine Millie counting out her 8 almonds ready for breakfast (or would she have a minion to do that for her?), whilst here we’ve just feasted on a chippy tea. I’m hoping the mushy peas count as one of my five a day.
Happy weekend people.