Thursday 29 September 2016

Amanda Brunker: I am fed up and sick to the back teeth of people trying to tell me how to live better

Amanda Brunker

Published 16/09/2016 | 07:29

Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker
Healthy running runner woman early morning sunrise workout on misty mountain road workout jog. sunflare through the mist gives atmospheric feel and depth to these fitness images

Is anyone else experiencing wellness fatigue?

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I am fed up and sick to the back teeth of people trying to tell me how to live better, eat better and perform better.

I can't turn on the TV or radio without someone banging on about the Irish obesity crisis. While I realise as a nation we have a dysfunctional relationship with food, because too many of us - and I include myself in this - eat for eating's sake. I am becoming allergic to all the "experts" who are whoring out their own brand of wellness and fitness.

Too harsh? I don't think so. Sure there are plenty of well-meaning folk that want to change the health of the nation … but almost all of them of them want to do that for a fee.

Healthy running runner woman early morning sunrise workout on misty mountain road workout jog. sunflare through the mist gives atmospheric feel and depth to these fitness images
Healthy running runner woman early morning sunrise workout on misty mountain road workout jog. sunflare through the mist gives atmospheric feel and depth to these fitness images

These days every health nut is flogging something. Be it books that make you think ­differently, super foods that make you live longer, sports gear that makes you run faster, or agility courses and competitions that improve your sex appeal.

Right now business is booming and while the population has never been so fat, the health industry has become equally as big as a result. They are loving us fatties. Because they are plumping up their bank accounts off the back of our insecurities.

Sure it's great to see so many of my neighbours out jogging each evening, and every ­morning the cycle lanes are full. (FYI, I walk my youngest to school while my older son cycles). But all are wearing the best of gear and training for runs and events that yes, you've guessed it, cost plenty of cash to sign up for.

Before all the fitness ­fanatics get their tiny breathable, ­anti-bacterial knickers in a twist, of course it's better to be spending money on a running competition than on tablets for a fat-related medical condition. I'm just asking could all these fatty-hating skinny minis ease up on the hard sell. Especially the people who were once obese themselves.

Just like reformed smokers, reformed fatties are the worst. Like bible bashers they want to force their enlightened habits on you - and there's no middle ground either.

While they might have spent 20 years enjoying junk food, they now know better and any fats other than avocados and almond nuts are pure evil. As for sugar … it'll kill ya as soon as it hits your tongue!

Jokes aside, there are a lot of well-meaning professionals who genuinely want to help people struggling with their weight. Yes, processed sugar is pretty evil but in small quantities it's OK - unless you have cancer or you're a diabetic, then your intake must be monitored.

That said, I'm back doing my regular TV slots on The Today Show in less than two weeks and I too have started consuming less and exercising more in preparation ... damn the arrival of the widescreen TV and the fat-shaming Twitter trolls.

But I'm not going to bootcamp or following any trainer or dietician. I'm not weighing my food, or measuring my waist. I'm just cutting my portion sizes (Monday to Friday evening), getting active and judging my progress by trying on my favourite jeans.

Yes, I'm saving my money for wine. So haters can ­Bordeaux off.

Herald

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