There’s been a lot of focus in Connect recently about the importance of staying active. This might be running ultramarathons (yes there is a Connector who does this!) or just making sure you take a walk around the park every week.
Keeping fit is all very well, but if you’re eating unhealthily you aren’t going to feel the full benefits. Also, in some sight loss conditions such as diabetes, it’s important to regulate your diet to help slow down sight deterioration. Which means there’s a whole host of benefits to paying some attention to what you eat.
One of the recent podcast episodes from the excellent In Touch series from BBC radio 4 touches on just that. They asked Richard Lane – the man who brought us the Can't see, will Cook series a few years ago – to take us step by step through cooking a simple, nutritious meal from scratch. As he has sight loss, he uses techniques that will make it easier if you have little or no vision. He says on the relationship between food and fitness "the two are obviously closely related. I don't use exercise to offset any food that I eat, as I think that is a bad way of looking at it. I see the two as complementary. What’s important is to cook creatively, use lovely ingredients, and don't make it too complicated."
The focus is on producing a well-balanced meal that's full of fresh, nutritious ingredients that will taste great. When people think of healthy eating, they may think of low fat (and often low taste!) readymade health foods. These foods can actually contain preservatives and sometimes secret sugar and other nasties. Although it may take a little more work and planning ahead, by making something from scratch you reap the satisfaction of enjoying something delectable you’ve made yourself. Plus you save money and eat more “whole” natural foods – and cut out the preservatives.
You can listen to the full podcast here, to find out what he cooks and how he does it. Or, you can download the podcast as an MP3.