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Brits eat most fruit and veg in Europe!

March 27, 2013 2 comments
English: veggies

English: veggies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s not often that, as a nation, us Brits top the healthy eating polls! But it seems we’re much better than our European counterparts at eating our recommended 5 a day fruit and veg

 

One in five of us is eating the RDA – it’s not great, let’s be honest, so it’s even more suprising it’s the highest intake in Europe, where the average is fewer than one in 10.

 

But it’s not all great news, the consumption is lower in lower income groups, and while adults seem to be good at eating healthily we’re not encouraging our children to do the same, consumption is down for them too.

 

So come on, substitute sweets for fruit, swap a sandwich for soup, swap crisps for baked fruit pieces – it’s yummy, healthy and cheap!

 

 

 

 

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Tax CRAP food

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the UK, doctors today have launched a campaign calling on the Government to tax junk food, and ban adverts for junk food before the watershed (9pm on TV). FINALLY!

But, only if taxation is lifted on healthy foods.

People on a budget have to reach for processed junk food to feed their families, right? wrong! They choose to! possibly because it’s easier, they’re addicted to the sugar, salt and additives, don’t know how to cook, or simply won’t cook. Whatever the reason, it’s not price. How do I know this? Because it’s a fact that healthy food is cheaper already.

Yes, you have to go to the supermarket more than once a week because, hey, it’s not packed full of preservatives so that banana won’t last 10 days like a packet of crisps will.

So, I’m all for it. Tax the hell out of the junk food, but also, offer people cheaper healthier food as a double incentive. Throw into that decent health education and cookery at school, training sessions and taster courses for young parents and free cooking recipes in supermarkets (many are already doing this in store and online).

I should point out this is the same government which introduced tax on healthy goods, supplements and protein shakes etc, so they’re nothing if not a bit confused!

But it is about time people started to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices. I’m sorry, this is going to sound harsh. But if you’re fat it’s because you choose to be. Somewhere along the line you’ve realised you’re fat and killing yourself but you’ve not done anything about it. And you’re fat because you eat junk, or too much food in general, and don’t exercise at all. Sure there are health issues to consider, mostly caused by the fact you’re already fat, but you have taken the conscious decision to be unhealthy and stay unhealthy. So, if you won’t help yourself to live better and live longer it looks like the State will have to try and force you.

If there was a petition to sign I’d be linking to it right now.

How not to pile on the festive pounds

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Let’s not kid ourselves. The next few weeks we are all going to eat and drink to excess. And even the most healthy of us will be hardpressed not to put on a few pounds in weight, and forget about our gym memberships until January 1.

But, just because it’s Christmas you don’t have to throw all your healthy eating habits out of the window. Don’t just surrender to the inevitable, because it doesn’t have to be inevitable.

Don’t stop exercising

If you’re away from your usual town and gym, or your gym is shut for the week there are other things you can do. Head out for a run, do toning exercises at home on the beach or in the park. There are Park Runs all over the country which meet every Saturday morning, and some will still by running. Check out their website http://www.parkrun.co.uk . You don’t have to sit on the sofa all day do you! And you’ll feel better for it. Plus, if you’re family are driving you mental it’s the perfect excuse to get out of the house!

I’m heading home to Brighton, so I’m away from my gym in Newcastle for 10 days. But I’ve checked out my local Yoga studio, http://www.yogahaven.co.uk and they’re running classes pretty much everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day so I’ve booked myself in for a few Hot Yoga sessions – 30degree heat and yoga, the perfect detox session that makes your body and your mind feel incredible.

Don’t stuff your face

OK! So yes the roast potatos and stuffing look incredible, that Christmas pud and brandy butter is pretty much irrsistable and just about everything on the table could be covered in butter. But you don’t have to succumb. Now, before you all go, but it’s Christmas! Sure, it’s Christmas, but that fat will be on your arse for months. So, if you want to embrace your lardy flabby self then carry on and eat to your hearts content.

But if you actually value the effort you put into your body for the other 51 weeks of the year then temper yourself a bit and exercise your right to have some willpower and say no. And the only people who will say “oh go on” will be those who wish they’d said no 10 years ago and are now carrying their holiday weight from the last decade around the stomach every single day.

Remember – Christmas dinner is essentially meat and vegetables. So have that. Just that, no stuffing, no roast potatoes, no butter. Just stay healthy.

You can do it!

 

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Reduce salt and reduce risk of cancer

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Everyone knows that high intake of salt is bad for you, linking it predominantly to heart disease and high blood pressure.

But now research is also linking it to stomach cancer.

The research comes from the World Cancer Research Fund which has shown that people are eating around 8g of salt a day, but reducing it to the recommended daily intake of 6g per day also reduces the risk of stomach cancer.

It’s not just about the salt you add to foods though. Take a closer look at the packets of the food you are eating and you’ll find surprisingly high levels of salt in places where you wouldn’t expect it.

Of course you’ll know it’ll be in crisps, bacon and sauces, but what about bread and breakfast cereals too? Low fat foods also high high salt contents, as well as high sugar contents, to add flavour to an otherwise bland product.

Every year in the UK there are around 6,000 cases of stomach cancer and WCRF reckons that one in seven could be prevented by sticking to the daily guidelines. Cancer Research UK reckon the reduction could be even higher.

So, my advice, try to avoid all packet / pre-made foods and create your own, then you know what’s going in to it. Plus, it’s fresher, tastier, and healthier too. And, for all you people who say it takes too long – ok it takes about an extra few minutes, but what’s an extra few minutes everyday to give you an extra few years of healthy live? Put the packet down and head to the grocers.

Read more about it at BBC Health