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My old diet. Read at risk!
Thought I'd post this, to provide some shock value.
Pretty much my complete diet from when I was a child to 2 years ago (roughly age 5-22) consisted of the foods below. I've gone in and colour coded items, red for very bad, orange for bad and green for good.
Instant noodles, coco pops, corn flakes, rice crispies, sugar puffs, cheerios, golden grahams, weetabix, shreddies, wheetos, special K, milk, cheese, eggs, dolmio, white pasta, pastries, chicken pies, chicken kievs, mushy peas, crisps, tortillas, snack a jacks, golden syrup, chocolate, powerade, lucozade, red bull, Ribena, Vimto, Blackcurrant, instant coffee, tea, frozen vegetables, smoothies, baked potatoes, tinned beans, tinned chilli con carnie, pre packed sandwiches, mayonnaise, ketchup, salad cream, ham, cooked chicken breast (prepacked), turkey breast (prepacked), salad, crusty bread, porked pies, scotch eggs, salami, Cornish pasties, corned beef, takeaways - McDonalds, Burger King, kebabs, Indian, Chinese, subway, pizza, ready meals - chilli, tagliatelle, cannelloni, lasagne, risotto, carbonara, chicken tikka, chicken korma, Yorkshire puddings, quiche, garlic bread, tinned tuna, Ben and Jerry's, Bolognese, bacon sandwiches, potato/pasta bakes, stir fry's + sauce, oven chips, instant gravy, chocolate biscuits, Pringles, peanut butter, lager, beer, sausage rolls, brownies, viennetta, hash browns, fish fingers, battered cod, hot cumberland sausages, hot and spicy sausages, hot and spicy drumsticks, croissants, crumpets, butter, bread sticks, hummus, caeser salad dressing, French dressing, nutella, steak, onion rings, potato wedges (+dip), burgers, chicken burgers, instant soup, hot chocolate, pitta breads, olives, fajita kits, tuna pasta bake, mince, popcorn (salt), coleslaw, potato salad, strawberries, apples, melon, cream, tinned fruit, cottage pie, cauliflower cheese, jacobs crackers, philadelphia, snack a jacks, melba toast, uncle bens express rice, malt vinegar, tinned pasta shapes, scampi, sandwich fillers, prawns, marie rose sauce, sushi, fruit/crunch corners, flake yoghurts, rolo yoghurts, Muller rice, parma ham, naan bread.
It may also come as a slight shock that I never exceeded 11 stone, for a 6ft 3 male. Where did it all go?!
Whenever I doubt my health I can take a quick look at that list and gain some perspective on the damage that has been done since childhood. I was bought up on poor quality commercial food and continued with these same choices through university and a couple of years after. Am I responsible? To a certain extent yes. I had no knowledge of nutrition growing up and I honestly though my diet wasn't that bad. I was certainly a marketing executives dream, devouring all the advertised garbage shown around the supermarkets and on TV.
Although I think the country is very slowly waking up to the importance of good nutrition, there are many people out there still consistently eating rubbish, and not necessarily becoming obese as a result. The explosion in allergies, diabetes and obesity are the obvious conditions, however more subtle problems are coming to the fore such as Candida and hypoglycaemia. Incorrectly administered toxic pharmaceuticals are adding to the problem which simply goes to line the pockets of these food producers and drug manufacturers.