We’re often told that eating late in the evening isn’t good for us. A study has backed this up and deduces that late diners burn less fat and have higher blood sugar levels than those who eat earlier. Recently there have been a number of advocates of intermittent fasting or the ‘fasting window’. The benefits are listed as improved blood sugar levels, boosted brain function and increased longevity.
For many years I have inadvertently subscribed to the concept of intermittent fasting, rarely eating after 6.30pm (holidays excepted). I tend not to eat treats or extras in the evenings, not because I couldn’t but because I’ve always struggled with my weight. Also, I almost never eat before 10.30am at the earliest. Although I like breakfast, I really don’t like eating early. Again the only time that I’m likely to is when on holiday and planning an early(ish) start to the day. So, for the most part I subscribe to a fasting window of approximately 16 hours. Nevertheless, I still seem to manage to cram in a full complement (and a bit extra) of calories! As you will already know, I am a member of Slimming World and, even though I’m not terribly successful (my fault, not SW’s) I believe it to be the most ‘normal’ diet to follow in terms of no special foods and the least ‘diet-y’.
However, I read today that a 32 year study of over 200,000 people has concluded that there is no single diet which is shown to be better than any other when it comes to cardiovascular fitness. The important factor (apart from finding something that suits our individual lifestyle) is that the diet is a healthy one which almost any expert would say should comprise mainly whole grains, good quality protein, vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts. We all know that really.
Also food-related, if you’ve been reading for a while you may recall my Brexit store in case of a ‘no deal’. The possibility began to fade and it began to look as if an agreement was imminent. I became more relaxed; we started to eat the spoils, and those extras were useful during the first month or so of lockdown. But what’s this in the news? No-deal is again being mooted as a possibility, or according to some of the political rhetoric – a probability! Who knows, my stockpiling tendency (never so much a ‘pile’ as a moderate collection of extra tins, jars and dry goods) may yet be vindicated.