The foods we’re choosing to eat today have changed hugely in the time I’ve been practising as a dietitian. Gone are the days of eating the same food for weeks when it was in season; apples, pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries, parsnips and the rest.

Today we can have almost anything we want at any time. And…… with increased availability of prepared and partially prepared food….. we don’t even need to cook much, if at all, either.

And then there’s the dietary restrictions; gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, lactose free, vegan, vegetarian and the rest……not to mention the arguments for sustainability, how foods are farmed and produced and of course, what happens to the waste.

To my mind, for every action there is a reaction so if you eliminate a whole range of foods or food groups from your diet there will be inevitable consequences. So think on before you try the next new diet fad or ‘superfood’ (how I hate that terminology!) and consider carefully what the impact on your long term health may be.

Of course, if you have a diagnosed clinical condition that requires dietary changes then go for it and eat and live that diet but if you don’t……… think Variety, Balance and Moderation. It may not sound very sexy and sell very much but I like to think that it’s the way to be!