We need to "halve the bad and double the good" - in other words, EAT MORE VEGETABLES and less discretionary foods, such as snack foods, donuts and chocolate!
You may/may not have heard me bang on about Michael Pollan's seven words (eat-food-not-too-much-mostly-plants), which is essentially the same message. The bulk of our diet should be lean protein, fruit and veg and whole grains. For more on this, please head to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, which is derived from evidence-based scientific research. Treats are okay, but should not form the bulk of what we eat. The second point leads to changes at population-level health. Dr Noakes says,
“If we can raise our collective score by just over 10 points, we help Australia mitigate against the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers.”One third of the current burden of disease in Australia comes from lifestyle disease, which is huge! Imagine the shift if we all made a tiny effort to eat better and exercise more! The last point I'd like to make, is that no-one's perfect, myself least of all! ! Let's not berate ourselves on low scores, but instead, think of the little shifts we could make to improve. I want to generate positive conversations around food and eating, and make meal times an opportunity nourish not only our bodies, but our social connections with family and friends as well. Eating attracts a lot of pejorative labels (think about the 'garbage' tag in that first headline I mentioned), and we need to stop thinking in polar opposites of good/bad, clean/dirty, and just get on with fuelling our bodies so we can spend more time with the people we love and doing things that we really enjoy! Take the survey here, find more on healthy eating and recipes here, and most of all, take care of yourselves and each other! Aunty Caron