“Their diets are pretty healthy,” Abbey notes, “they eat meat, potatoes, vegetables – quite plain, not luxurious foods.” The pre-Nutribullet generation are, on the whole, quite capable of sustaining a simple, balanced diet by following one tried-and-tested 'wellness programme': A little bit of what you fancy does you good.
As Insta-celebs order us to “quit sugar” and the government starts chopping up our chocolate bars
, I ask you this: Who is really affected by such restrictions? I don’t know about you, but as a middle-class Londoner, when I’m disgustingly hungover and I need a can of Coke, that extra 20p isn’t going to put me off. As far as Judy Swift is concerned, the sugar tax is yet another way of making the lives of the most vulnerable a little bit shittier.
“It perpetuates privilege,” Judy says. “It starts to become a tax to stop poor people engaging in bad behaviour, but not the rich people.” You only need look at the Smart Swaps
programme to realise the extent to which the government has misunderstood the average working person’s lifestyle. According to the heavily publicised Change4Life campaign, everyone has a stash of piri-piri seasoning and pomegranate seeds lying around the house. It’s great (read: time-consuming and expensive) on homemade popcorn, apparently.
If you really are worried about your diet for health reasons, go and see your doctor. If not, take a leaf out of my book and be thankful for your years as one of the lucky ones. Who knows, there might come a time when you’re struggling to put food on the table and believe me, if that happens, a handful of bleached, dried nuts will NOT qualify as a ‘treat’.