Last night I sat down with my wife to watch RTE’s latest documentary all about an addictive white substance that has been silently contributing to an epidemic in this country and worldwide. Both of us, but mainly her, have a very keen interest in the topic and it is something that my wife, Elsa, has in-depth knowledge and experience of.
#SugarCrash was a hard hitting documentary which finally, on national television, highlighted the dangers that sugar is having on our health. If you didn’t see it then I strongly suggest you watch it. The doc revealed how much sugar we are consuming as a nation, and worldwide, and how it is contributing in the explosion of serious health issues of our population. Elsa who is a Nutritional Therapist was one of the expert contributors on the documentary. She was in good company amongst other international health professionals from the medical industry, not to mention Eva Orsmond herself! Elsa was the expert responsible in helping the show’s participants, the Ryan family, overcome their sugar addiction. She worked with the family throughout production of the documentary helping them overcome their hidden, and unknown addiction, and was successful in dramatically reducing their intake and putting them on a path to a much healthy lifestyle.
So the show was of great satisfaction in this regard but it brought an even more welcomed gift. You see Elsa has been banging the sugar drum for many years. Not only did she go in depth about the subject over 5 years ago in her own television health series, How healthy Are You?, (aired on TV3) but last year her now best selling book, ‘Goodbye Sugar’ , hit the shelves. It was her book that led RTE to ask her to be part of last nights documentary. However the gift that last nights documentary brought was the deafening sound of silence!
You see Elsa’s book launch was a somewhat bitter sweet event (pun intended!). She has never spoken about this in her own professional network but after last nights documentary I had to put finger to keypad. Seeing the book hit the shelves last year was a very proud moment for her, for me and for everyone that knows Elsa. It solidified the hard work and sacrifices she had to make it happen. The book has since become a number 1 best seller and is helping people all over the country transform their eating habits and kick the silent killer that is sugar.
But in every walk of life there are always the naysayers and critics from certain quarters who throw mud because they can, and, because they hate seeing people from another related profession succeed. A select number of dietitians decided to take it upon themselves to insult, slander and cyber bully Elsa as she carried out her media commitments in the few weeks following her book launch….all of course from the comfort of their keyboards and smart phones! Despite the barrage of abuse from this quarter, Elsa took it on the chin and did not get drawn into any online spat or argument despite my own blood at boiling point and steam coming from my ears!. Why the radio silence? because in the majority of these circumstances silence is the best way to address such behaviour. However far more importantly Elsa believes in herself, her knowledge and her profession. She also strongly believes that all health professions should be working along side one another to help our nation be a much healthier one. Being bated into an online fight with trolls is at the very least unprofessional. But what stuck most with Elsa and I during the time of her book launch was a comment that last nights documentary unequivocally silenced.
A so called respected dietitian stated online at the time of her book launch that she was talking about a problem that doesn’t even exist!! I kid you not. Another beauty was that she was Charlatan! So imagine the immense satisfaction and sense of justification last night when said trolls didn’t as much as peep out from beneath their bridges. I wonder if they have a memory that stretches back 6 months. One thing’s for sure they will certainly start beating the same drum now that all health professionals agree on the matter because people like that always follow and never lead. It nearly made me celebrate with a large bar of chocolate :)
More information on Elsa and her book can be found at www.elsajonesnutrition.ie.
The documentary can be viewed on her latest blog in which she delves a little deeper into the solutions she provided the documentaries participants – the Ryan family. http://www.elsajonesnutrition.ie/index.php/rte-sugar-crash-documentary-tips-to-reduce-your-sugar-intake/