Winnie the Pooh was one of my favourite characters when I was a kid. His fun, lovable and simple character always put a smile on my face. Last week, I was looking through my bookshelf and came across my beloved book. And to my surprise, I think he was much wiser than I gave him credit for. Maybe this is how my joy of food started…

‘It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’ 

For me, food and life is much more enjoyable when it’s kept simple. I have no intentions of following the latest diet, which often comes with a longer list of instructions than an Ikea bookshelf. So like my fictional friend, I’m trying to appreciate the small things in life, such as going for a run on a nice sunny day, eating food as close to nature intended and being around the ones I love. 

‘Well, said Pooh, what I like best, and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.’ 

In a world where food is everywhere, it’s important to learn to appreciate the whole food experience. I love the smell of freshly baked bread in my bread maker on a Saturday morning. And I’m pleasantly awakened on a Monday morning by the coffee aroma as I walk in to my favourite café. Socially, I love eating at a big table with my whole family, sharing stories and laughing about the day. As Pooh describes, our love of food goes beyond the taste. So before you take your next bite, appreciate the whole experience by slowing down, relaxing and taking in the smells, textures and your surroundings. Image: Flickr | Paul K

‘Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.’ 

No matter what our shape or size, we have to be kind to ourselves and one another. Weight can be quite an emotional topic and there is often a lot of factors that leads to someone putting on (or losing) weight. Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others. If you need help, get the support of your friends, family and a health care professional. 

‘A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.’ 

Need I say more?
Apart from helping to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise also improves our physical and mental wellbeing. So remember to get moving in as many ways as you can each day. 

‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. 

Whether you are looking to get healthy, exercise more, quit smoking, or cut down on alcohol – one day of over indulging is not the end of the world. As Pooh encourages, treat each day as a new day. Wake up, get out of bed and try again. Nobody is perfect – and it’s ok not to be. 


What life lessons have your learnt from your favourite loved ones (fictional or not)?