How to lose weight and how I managed to keep it off

How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Opinion Pieces, Writing

“I just assumed you’re one of those people who are naturally slim.” Somebody, to me, last week. Feeling mildly offended by the comment, I calmly explained that I’m naturally tall, however I was previously fat, with my BMI sitting firmly in the upper half of the ‘overweight’ section of the BMI scale. The person has only known me a short time, so they can be forgiven for having little knowledge of my previous corpulence, because it was 10 years ago, exactly.
Should I eat meat?

Should I Eat Meat?

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Opinion Pieces, Writing

Background. I’m having an existential crisis. The foundations of my culinary world are being rocked to their core, because asked myself the question “should I eat meat?”. The best way to describe my diet is flexitarian. I eat everything, however almost every meal I prepare at home is vegetarian, I rarely ever cook meat and buy fish once a week. If I try new recipes from cookbooks or blogs, they are almost exclusively vegetarian and the new recipes I create are almost exclusively vegetarian (hence this blog being 99% vegetarian). Despite this largely vegetarian lifestyle, there’s no underlying urge to become a full-blown vegetarian, because some of my favourite dishes involve meat. I’m an absolute sucker for raw meat and fish, I start salivating at the thought of a sashimi platter or steak tartare. The problem is that I’ve become obsessed with the moral implications of eating meat. I recently…
How to make food

How To Make Food

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

It’s very easy to make food. Take some seeds or baby animals, add some of nature’s resources, like soil, grass, air, water or sunlight plus a few processed ingredients like animal food, fertilisers etc. Sit back, wait and sooner or later you will get some food, in the form of vegetables, fruit, grains, animals and so on. These foods can be combined with other foods and make even more food, like pies, sandwiches or jelly or vol-au-vents. These basic ingredients that nature provides are the building blocks of food, which are vital requirements for us to carry on creating more food. A few weeks ago, I was talking about how there’s enough food in the world. You can read the article here, it explains how there are enough calories in the world to feed everyone, we just have trouble getting the right people get the right food. WE’RE RUNNING…
The FAO World Food Day 2016 is an important day to consider how your individual actions can effect climate change.

Every Day is World Food Day

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

Sunday 16th October is World Food Day 2016, otherwise known as #WFD2016 in the Twittersphere. World Food Day. For me, every day is food day. I recently admitted on Twitter that I begin thinking about breakfast at roughly 9pm the night before. Lunch springs into my noggin at about 10 minutes past breakfast time and as for dinner, well, you get the message. When I’m not writing about food, taking photographs of food or making food, I’m invariably wasting time on the internet reading about food. Which is why my awareness of World Food day came to pass. There’s an organisation known as the Food and Agriculture Organisation, or FAO for short. Not LMFAO, or ‘For the Attention Of’, but a group formed by the United Nations on 16th October 1945 working with the interests of food and agriculture in an effort to defeat…
there's too much food in the world

Why There’s Too Much Food in the World.

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

Seriously. There’s waaayyyyy too much. Today I’m looking at the global supply of food and how there is too much food in the world. I’m going to tell you some of the figures around the global food supply. Often these numbers get hidden away in academic journals and books which are only marginally easier to read than the Tibetan Book of the Dead when you don’t speak Tibetan. I want to explain them in an easier, understandable way, so that people can begin to understand why the world of food is not a simple place to be. You Keep on Chucking it in the Bin. There’s a lot of focus on food waste at the moment. The mainstream press and media has made us acutely aware that a lot of food is destroyed, simply thrown away. Some of it doesn’t even reach the supermarket due to it’s wonkiness. Food which…
Apples oranges bananas and pears

What is Food?

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Opinion Pieces, Writing

Duh, it’s obvious, innit, it’s the stuff you put in yer cake’ole. In a physical sense, yes, that is correct, food is the stuff we put in our mouths, masticate, then swallow. Our body extracts various nutrients and energy sources and I don’t need to tell you what happens after that. What does food mean? What if we considered food on a different level from the physical, nourishing and calorific one, what does food mean to the people of the world, beyond energy and nutrition? What joy or sadness does it bring? What political, professional or domestic issues does it create? How do the 7,400,000,000 people on this planet manage to get enough of that food ‘stuff’ into their gobs every single day of their lives, if they’re lucky? How is it possible that there’s enough food in the world to provide at least one meal a day to such…