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Getting the message right – with food

By March 10, 2013March 27th, 20242 Comments

Nutrition is one of the four key elements to brain fitness and it’s a subject I find not only fascinating because of all the astounding properties the phytochemicals and nutrients found in our foods possess, but also frustrating because of all the mis-information that abounds around food as well.

The number of diet fads and trends seems to be ever increasing and I find myself inwardly groaning when the next hapless victim of the latest diet craze starts spouting off about “this wonderful book that they found on Diet X which tells them a lot of what they must and mustn’t do and how they feel so much better for following it.” etc. etc. etc.

But what really irks me is the amount of pseudoscience attached to food, that touts itself as being real and builds a succession of dietary myths that have no place in providing balanced nutriotnal advice.

So it was with great interest that I read an article from Dr. David Katz in the Huffington Post aptly called “Fruits, Nuts and Friends Like These.”  I couldn’t have put it better myself. I hope you enjoy it.

Dr Jenny Brockis

Dr Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner and internationally board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, workplace health and wellbeing consultant, podcaster, keynote speaker and best-selling author. Her new book 'Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life' (Wiley) is available online and at all good bookstores.


  • Cheryl says:

    Hi Jenny. I want to empathise with you being told off for writing sentences.I also had a situation where I got told off . It seemed like you were miffed but handled it OK. BI had recently started a retail job ( last year ), and had to work a section of the store with another worker (also new). But that work I am used to, I have been working for that employer, I only changed to another store. It became quite frustrating as I needed to teach/mentor the new staff member, yet as I was a part timer , working just 2 days in the week , I didn’t find enough time to communicate all I wanted to say to her.

    I ended up writing an email to my employer from home — a one page Word doc with tips of how to go about things. I gave instructions that the office person could print and hand it to her.

    ANd do you know , I got told off, because she got this 1 page letter to sift through. IT was kind of bullet points but each point, was 2 – 4 sentences. I was told anything I felt needed to be said to her that was that urgent needed to be passed through my supervisor.

    Anyway, I think I should have been congratulated for trying to communicate and not told off so unkindly ! It hurt. .

    • Dr Jenny Brockis says:

      Hi Cheryl,It does seem that sometimes we are punished for trying to help in a difficult situation and that is always a frustrating and upsetting experience! Good on you for taking the initiative for wanting to make a positive difference. Our workplaces are bound by rules and regulations, many of which are people unfriendly and contribute to increasing disengagement and lack of motivation.If bosses and managers ensured that everyone in their workforce was made to feel valued and related to, there would probably be a lot more people who would actually look forward to going to their place of work.Thanks so much for your comment.

      All the best,


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