I am a health writer, with a blog called Wise Up To Health, on habits for health as we grow older. In it I write, amongst other things, about the role of food in our lives and how it can impact on health. I campaign for greater recognition in our lives of the role of farmers, especially small scale ones who need support and acknowledgement for what they do for us. I have three published books behind me.
I think food, for pleasure, community and health, should be the centre of our lives, and our ability to love creating it should be innate from watching our parents cook as children. Sadly that is not always the case in our modern world of fast pace living, and convenience food pushed at us by large corporations only concerned about profits and not health. In the foodie world there is still confusion about what is 'healthy', such as ingnorance about the essential role of fats, leading to 'guilty pleasures' when eating them! I love food, I love cooking, and I have very clear ideas about what is healthy too: good fats (animal fats, olive oil, coconut oil) rather than vegetable oils, grass fed meat, fermented foods such as kefir and sauerkraut, raw milk, organic vegetable and sunripened fruits. I am cautious about undermented soya, too. I am also concerned about fashion in food, when that does not lead to balance, such as the raw movement or vegan diets, which often don't allow for feedback if the body reacts with symptoms that should alert to the need for change. I follow the Weston A Price Foundation, for its informative approach, and because it reflects my background in anthropology.