Book Review: The Angry Chef by Anthony Warner

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I first came across the Angry Chef on Twitter. Somebody had tweeted about a new blog, written in secret, by an shouty, ranty, ‘stick it to the man’ author who was putting their boot into the world of clean eating that you just had to read. One tweeted link became two became three; each seeming to make ever greater proclamations of grandeur that it was brilliant that somebody had finally stuck their head above the parapet and taken on the growing world of food trends, Instagram photos and unrealistic diet claims.

Now of course, my anorexic mind was instantly piqued. When you starve your body, your brain cries out for food, twisting your life to revolve around nothing else. Hoping you might just pick up the hint and eat. You consume food in every form you can besides it’s physical self. Becoming through pour saturation the most dangerous of all things: an uneducated expert. Proclaiming a forensic knowledge and interest in all things food born purely out of your own minds disregarded cries for sustenance and survival. So of course, whether I’d agree with it or not, any side to any debate on food will have me clicking and reading. Read more

Book Review: The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

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In trying to recover from anorexia my biggest challenge is obviously that of food. Of trying to teach my brain that food is good. Safe. That food won’t hurt me and “Eat Fat Be Fat” is complete nonsense. I need to relearn that balance is more important than anything else. One chocolate bar is a snack not a weakness. You don’t need to exercise because you’re going out for dinner and most importantly that food is just energy to live, not a commodity to control. Read more

Aspartame – Is It Safe?

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion

Read a paper, watch the news, spend 30 seconds looking into healthy eating and nutrition and you won’t have been able to avoid the debate that has been raging recently over the use and safety surrounding artificial sweeteners and one in particular, Aspartame.

However, after lots of testing, the European Food Safety Authority have decided that Aspartame is safe. Apparently, it’s not linked to cancer, it’s not dangerous and therefore, to quote the EFSA “Aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure”. Now, I am not a scientific boffin, nor am I a medical doctor able to comment at length on the EFSA’s report/findings and the overall safety surrounding the use of artificial sweeteners in our food but what I can do is tell my story, explain what happened to me.
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