There has been an increase in western society to eat better. Which in turn we are told that it will make a better self. This is sold to consumers in the form of medical and health ‘experts’ who have changed their lives and many others with their miraculous health discoveries.
No longer it appears to be healthy one needs to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. No now a person must include exotic smoothies, no meat and chickens so free they get to vote. These bombardment of messages given to the general public increase people’s risk of in fact not being healthy.
Researching this topic I came across Dr Mark Hyman’s website. He brings the term ‘Pegan’ to our attention. Which he describes as a cross diet between Paleo and Vegan. Although an interesting read my favourite part is ‘What is a Pegan? Well since I just made it up, I guess it’s up to me to define.’
I’ll tell you what a Pegan is, it sounds like a magical creature from Harry Potter.
So with Pegans on one end of the spectrum, what is on the other end in relation to health initiatives?
The Australian Government launched in April 2005 the Go for 2&5 campaign. The aim of the campaign was to encourage Australians to eat 2 servings of fruit per day and 5 servings of vegetables. Along with the benefits of incorporating exercise and providing other information in relation to living a healthy lifestyle. The campaigns were launched when I was in primary school and still are quite memorable.
The people made out of vegetable and fruit giving viewers easy and accessible health advice. There’s no mention of limitations on foods people normally consider to be healthy.
The Go for 2&5 campaign is what I would consider to be a successful one. 10 years later I still remember it and it’s message of how many fruit and vegetables I need to eat daily combined with exercise to remain healthy. Meanwhile new age Pegan might not have that much staying power due to the extreme limitations it places on a persons diet along with the lack of knowledge and support behind it.
How’s that food for thought?