Food talk

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.

SP4Also 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.

 

14 comments

  1. As a child, I always ate early with my family but nowadays we eat late – far too late – and have done throughout our marriage. This was mainly because my husband worked in the City and by the time he got home, there was no other option. I also favour the 5.2 way of eating but my own version. My sister had a Brexit cupboard which then morphed into a Coronavirus cupboard. She tried making potato salad with tinned potatoes recently and, apparently, it all ended up in the bin!

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    • I’m not surprised that the potato salad was consigned to the bin! I found them quite horrible. We only ever eat late when on holiday, and even then it’s not past 8pm.

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  2. We usually eat fresh food but have been trialling some tinned goods during lockdown. Our daughter has been doing our shopping and I try to stick to as small a list as possible. We have had lots of toiletries, household cleaners, butcher deliveries and fruit and veg deliveries Since March. The downside is the cost of course but DH says we’re not doing any travelling in our motorhome so can we please eat nice things! Scotland is still quite tightly locked down although judging by the outdoor party our young neighbours had yesterday, they don’t seem to have got the message. I do the intermittent fasting too and find it helps to balance my eating habits which have slipped since March.

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    • The cost has undoubtedly risen, Catriona but we too are spending on not a lot else, and as you say we should still eat nice food! We also have neighbours who have not taken lockdown seriously (and indeed other acquaintances). I resent that they are so thoughtless. After all, they may not suffer but others who unwittingly encounter them (such as in shops) may not be so fortunate.

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  3. I have tins of fish and beans and beetroot. That’s about it. I love alone and don’t need nor want for much. But – during the lockdown my neighbour shopped for me, and I kept it meagre as he put so much time into choosing the best deals for me, and ploughed my way through my bits and bobs instead. How unsettling Brexit has been for you all (I don’t know the politics of it)

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    • What a lovely neighbour. People can be very kind. There are many of us tied in knots over the politics of Brexit – basically (as in most arguments) there are two sides with good and bad on both but unfortunately, as feelings run very high, neither side concedes this, and think they are 100% right.

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    • I think it may be a case of tinned potatoes being ok as an ingredient in a dish rather than just as they are – as well as your homity pie, Linda has mentioned corned beef hash. Maybe I’ll give them another chance

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  4. It’s all an almighty muddle at the moment, isn’t it? Having a small fall-back stock in is, to me, pure common sense and something I’ve always done to a small degree. Cans and packets plus a few thinks like loo rolls and washing materials. I like to have one open and at least one in store so as soon as one is started I replace it.
    Mum and Dad did the same thing so I guess that’s why i do too. It seems normal.
    xx

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    • My mother and mother-in-law did the same, Joy. I suspect that was a leftover from the years of rationing – buy it when you see it!

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  5. Tinned potatoes are love or hate item. I use them in corned beef hash and that’s it.

    If you don’t have a lot of storage space, you can always keep the extras in boxes under the beds or even in the bottom of closets.

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    • I found a bag of frozen baby roast potatoes to be a good standby, but thinking that I may do a smaller shop weekly as by the end of a fortnight, all the fresh stuff has run out. I have the space, Linda but my husband thinks I overstock!

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  6. Brexit has been on the back burner since Coronavirus, hasn’t it? I’ve not heard that there is a possibility of no-deal, and I don’t have a huge amount of tinned food, but I do have some – I always have a variety of beans (cannelini, borlotti, red kidney, butter, etc) and baked beans of course, and tinned chopped and plum tomatoes, and tinned fruit, but if I had to buy a few tins and jars extra to our normal requirements, I’d not have anywhere to keep them, only the garage, and then I’d forget I’d got them!
    You are very good not to eat treats in the evenings. We change and change about regarding our main meal of the day, much depends on how energetic I feel – whether it’s a ‘let’s just have a sandwich?’ or whether I can cope with cooking fish and veg, or even making a salad and serving that with new potatoes!
    Margaret P

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    • The trouble is, Margaret, that I eat treats in the afternoon! My tins are pretty much the same as yours, plus lentils, broad beans and fish – salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel. We tried tinned potatoes thinking they’d be a good standby but whilst Husband said they were tolerable in an emergency, I didn’t like them at all.

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