Obesity The Burgeoning Waistline

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Remember...You are what you eat
A Quick Look At Our Diet & The Role It Plays In The Global Picture

Believe it or not, our diet the food industry, food production and its subsequent distribution all play a significant part in the global picture.

The old adage, 'you are what you eat' has never been so relevant - we have in just decades, thrown the common sense approach of yesteryear away and have, in our masses turned to the fast, the convenient the ready made, the pre-packaged and the take-away. The family meal has all but disappeared.

Our staple diet now contains too much of many of the food types that are potentially life threatening, the high salt, high sugar and foods that contain excess fats are everywhere, our bodies now crave them we are, in many ways, junk addicts -

In recent years pressure from industry and Government has improved our labelling - but in reality how many of us read the small print? We need as consumers, to take back control of our trolleys! Say no to the soda, the double cheeseburger and extra fries and regain a sense of control - ditch the junk!

FACT: Saying NO to the processed, the pre-packaged and the chemically modified food stuffs will not only help our burgeoning waist lines it will dramatically reduce the waste mountain!



FACT: Children who are given fizzy and sugar-sweetened drinks on a regular basis are much more likely to have a weight problem.

Improving our diet, contrary to what we may believe, is not hard, nor will it cost us more in terms of time or money. The first step is to recognise, that a diet high in fat, salt and sugar is of low-nutritional value and with every additional meal, we are increasing our chances of becoming overweight or obese. As obesity figures soar, the cost of treating many often, life threatening diet-related diseases including, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart problems will spiral ever upward.

The Golden Rules

As boring as it sounds READ THE LABEL

Learn the food groups, each day we need to eat food from all 5 categories

Avoid the 'E" - Foods containing the many E-numbers are not good so avoid them!

Eat breakfast - breakfast is the most important meal of the day it wakes up our metabolism and gives us the energy to concentrate through our morning slog! Replace high sugar and sugar coated cereals with low sugar alternatives - too much sugar sends your blood sugar levels spiralling and then you crash - which starts you snacking… its a vicious cycle.

Say NO to mid-morning snacks - snacking in between meals is NOT good - if you want something make it a healthy option.

Throw a dinner party! Spend some time with people you like!

Encourage - your children to cook

Start a vegetable patch! another great way to teach our children about the food they take for granted

Reduce your salt /sodium intake. Switch to a lo-sodium alternative

Did You Know? Each slice of bread can contain an almighty 200mg of salt! and hidden in your bowl of cornflakes is another 360mg of the stuff.

NB 1 teaspoon of salt is the equivalent to 200 mg of sodium.

Make Your Own - if you have time why not make your own bread! Or buy a bread maker!

Cut Down On Additives.

Cut Down On Preservatives.

FACT: Children who constantly snack in between meals are, invariably fussy eaters - so banish the snack and they will soon feel hungry at meal times!

Remember: Chips are not vegetables - they are potatoes! which are carbohydrates - we can still eat chips 'hurrah' but we cannot eat them every day!

Say no to low sugar alternatives - ban the sweetener!

Did you know? Aspartame E951 (Nutrasweet) is 200 times sweeter than sugar.

FACT: Tartrazine E102 - Is a common yellow food colorant that experts believe has a direct link to hyperactivity!

Make mealtimes fun - Let's face it our lives are pretty chaotic - so why not step back and enjoy some quality time together.

Picnic - Remember the good old days? - so next time you fancy going out for the day say no to the drive through and pack a tumultuous picnic the kid's will love it and so will you.

Did You Know? There are literally hundreds of thousands of easy to prepare meals in under 20 minutes! So go on make one today!

Join - The slow food movement is gathering momentum across the world to find out more visit http://wwwslowfood.com

Remember No Matter What It Is... Enjoy Your Food
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