Ange is a run coach, a half-full-ultra marathoner and an avid blogger, she’s presently working on a business for bloggers platform. She grew up swimming competitively and was initially interested in Sports Psychology and started school to do the same. She changed her path during university, deciding to become an accountant instead. Her passion for sports and a healthy lifestyle has continued and presents as a significant focus on her blog.
I asked her the Food Babe question but I had to censor her whole answer, I know this is going to be a fun interview…
What’s your definition of health?
Eating moderately, I’m sure there is always room for improvement but healthy eating has to include the treats or the special things that you enjoy. When I see a blog post that says dates and peanut butter is the best dessert ever I’m like you’re a liar. If you wouldn’t cut a bitch for a cookie I don’t trust you. There are times in your life when you need a cookie and if someone gets in your way of that cookie …
It’s the common sense of what works for you. All of the crazy rules out there aren’t necessary, one book tells you to eat meat, one tells you not to, one tells you to eat like a caveman… Cavemen lived until they were like 30, so that’s cool. Not.
It’s true, once my husband was sick so I bought him a ‘feel better’ cookie from his favorite bakery. I ate half of it before I got home. I felt bad about it until the second bite. Then I was like fuck it- so good.
What is your favorite food that people may consider to be unhealthy?
Wine, beer, processed peanut butter and pizza [not all together at once]. People might consider them to be unhealthy but I don’t consume any in excess so I don’t think it’s unhealthy.
What do you think the government should be focusing on within the realm of public health and policy?
We tax cigarettes and alcohol so I think we should consider the sugar-added beverage tax. It could be a step in the right direction, it won’t fix the problem and sugary beverages aren’t the only cause of chronic health conditions but the money could go towards education and campaigns for improving the public health and knowledge if they have appropriately marketed outreach. There is a lot of good information out there but the general population has to sort through all the bullshit to find the accurate, true and reasonable information. We should make the reliable information more accessible.
Do you think one person can make a difference in public health policy change?
Yes- He who yells the loudest. I mean the Food Babe went on and on about pumpkin spice and Starbucks changed their ingredients. Apparently things don’t need to be based on science and evidence, it’s just the louder you yell the more people will listen. It’s sensationalism. The inflammatory information is the stuff that gets attention.
If you were going to be stuck on an island for months and you could bring an unlimited supply of 4 food staples, what would they be?
I’m so indecisive, I get on food kicks … Right now my answer would be spinach, cheese, chicken and sweet potatoes. You could mix them all together or have them separately.
If you could get a message out to the general public about food, what would it be?
Stop trying to make things so complicated.
Your favourite breakfast in the entire world?
French toast with toppings [whipped cream and maple syrup]. I’d consider waffles too, they’re really good and way better than pancakes.
Totally, it’s scientifically proven. If you have the same volume of batter a cooked waffle has a greater cooked surface area and that’s the best part, therefore, they are better. The instrumental conduits for syrups, whipped creams and fruit further confirm the theory. The dimple mechanism elevates the waffle to a whole new category of cakiness. Waffles win in every logistical way [except cooking for a large crowd].
Yes- you can’t forget that pancakes get soggy.
What is your day to day breakfast?
Right now it’s greek yogurt or skyr with berries and granola. Before I think I had a green smoothie almost every day for three years. I’d put a handful of greens, frozen berries, Vega One protein, coconut water and whatever other random things I have (flax, maca powder etc.)
Does your job get in the way of what you eat?
Only if I let it. I pack my meals most of the time and if I don’t then the less healthy option of eating out is there. So I try to just pack my meals.
How can people overcome the barriers to healthy eating?
We often want to overcomplicate things when it really doesn’t need to be complicated. I think a lot of it is the quick fix obsession. People want to lose 10 pounds but they want to lose it as of yesterday. The quick fix is appealing because it is marketed to bait you into thinking it’s easy to change your life. It isn’t.