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Food, Glorious Food

 

I love delving into cookery books or food magazines and enjoy cooking when I have the time. Recently, I have noticed vegan and vegetarian recipes receiving top billing in the food sections of the weekend papers. A particularly compelling piece featured an NHS doctor who has become a YouTube star. He says, “Your health starts on your plate and it’s more powerful than any pill I can prescribe”. He is passionate about the curative powers of nutrition for all kinds of medical conditions and goes on to explain that it is now diet, not smoking, that is the number one factor driving poor health in the UK. At the same time, we are seeing an increasing number of young people choosing to become vegetarian, vegan or, indeed, ‘flexitarian’ – a plant-based diet with the occasional addition of meat. And as a nation, 30% of us are eating less meat than we did 5 years ago. Essentially, what we eat has never been more important for our long term health.

Diet also has a direct impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you don’t feed your brain, it will not perform to its best ability; it is the same for your body. If we want our pupils to perform consistently well, we must pay heed to this health revolution. There is no reason why a vegetarian diet cannot be healthy for children, provided that the meat is replaced with plant-protein and you do your homework on vitamin and mineral supplements. As a school we have responded by making some of the menu such as the soup, salads, pasta dishes and many of the puddings vegan; they are enjoyed with relish by all.


Posted: 07/02/2018 at 15:57
Tags:  Head's Blog
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