Today’s post is by Victor Sukacz. I met Victor while working for CARE in East Timor; he is my friend and husband, and the tech and moral support behind this blog.
Take it away Victor. –
I hope you’re enjoying Allison’s blog, “Your Life, Your Choice”, information and tips about a healthy lifestyle based on Allison’s knowledge and life experiences. Her blog is just 2 months old, and already she has managed to give us a few very interesting ideas, but I am sure there will be a lot more to come.
When I first met Allison more than 12 years ago, she made it very clear what she thought about diets – you know all ‘those’ diets that purport to help you lose weight and achieve a ‘bikini body’ or ‘washboard abs body’ in 6 weeks or less etc., etc. She didn’t think much of them at all, and I was very impressed with her knowledge on the subject, so much so that for all these years I have told her that she should share her knowledge with those of us who find the whole topic of a healthy lifestyle somewhat overwhelming.
Finally – she has started her blog. It’s a bit all over the place and you have to wonder, what has baking chocolate whoopee cookies got to do with a healthy lifestyle? Well, Allison has always been a proponent of the balanced diet. A balanced diet is healthy. It sounds simple enough, but the reality is that eating a balance diet is not easy at all. Firstly, I have no idea what a balanced diet is! As far as I’m concerned, a meal consisting of pizza and beer – is balanced – all food groups represented.
To eat a balanced diet you need to know about all the different types of foods that are out there and available for you to include as a part of your day to day life. Not just for a few weeks or months – but as part of your daily life routine. Allison will provide a lot of information that will help us. We have already learnt the importance of fibre in our diet –something that most of us lack.
In the current ‘environment’ we live in, it’s not easy to make healthy choices. Food is now made to be more saleable – so companies can make money – it’s not made to be healthy, and we are constantly bombarded by advertising campaigns telling us what to eat etc.
It took me some effort to find food in the supermarket that didn’t have sugar added or wasn’t processed to have the fibre removed – but it’s there, I found it, because I came armed with the knowledge of what to look for. I was happy that I was able to make a choice that I knew was going to have a positive impact on my health–but it wasn’t easy.
And that’s the reality – Allison’s vision of a healthy lifestyle is not easy, quick or convenient. It requires some effort and commitment to understand what you are eating and some effort to introduce new and varied food experiences into your families and your life. But if you see the poor health state of the community we are living in – then it’s worth the effort.
It’s your life, it’s your choice.
I hope you enjoyed Victor’s Post, I know I did. Would you like to see more guest posts on this site? If so, on what topics.