Wednesday, 25 May 2016

eating healthy on a budget

Recent shopping trips have made two facts very plain:

 1. Many customers, much younger than I, look extremely physically unfit/ or unwell.

 2. Many customers look and sound bewildered when deciding what to buy

 They would be less vulnerable to the mischief of food corporations' TV advertising and packaging if they had a list. Even better if it is a

" food for wellbeing on a budget" list !!

You can't eat (at home) what you don't have at home.

Basic needs that are healthy looks something like this

Australian healthy food chart:

In a UK supermarket, the first aisle is often the healthiest. If you needed to live on a very tiny budget (I speak from experience!) your basket could look something like this:

Plenty of

wholemeal bread


fresh or frozen veg
broccoli, cabbage, peas

some of

dried lentils, beans
baked beans

white fish (if you have a freezer)
tinned fish (sardines, pilchards, etc)
soya (TVP or rehydrated soya products)
lean poultry (chicken, turkey mince ...)

 fruit that is in season

healthy food guide
Related news today:

health and age research New Zealand

The research shows that our lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on our health and as a nation we have a bit of work to do – particularly when looking at stress, alcohol consumption and how work pressures are impacting our health," Mayhew said.

"Even a couple of small positive changes can have a powerful impact on our overall health," he said.

Sovereign has added a "Health Age Generator" calculator to its website letting people work out whether their lifestyle threatens to kill them early, and what changes they can make to give them a better chance of adding extra years to their lives.

Mayhew said on average, men were doing better than women, and people's habits improved as they got older.

It also suggested that city-dwellers' habits were by and large healthier than rural dwellers.

Dietary guidelines from Australia

Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows this isn’t the case.

Most Australian households' food budget is being spent on “discretionary” or “junk” foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, salt and/or alcohol.

 Eating a healthy diet, as recommended by the Australian Dietary Guidelines, would be cheaper.

Less than 7% of Australians follow these guidelines. The average Australian adult derives at least 35% of their energy intake from “junk” foods and drinks.

 As a result, two-thirds of adults (63%) and one-quarter of children are overweight or obese.


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  1. #children and #poverty - Parents' status puts some children's health care in jeopardy children news

    Edwin Bernal (left) hangs out with brother, Angel. Edwin, who suffers from periodic ear infections, may lose health care coverage if the Affordable Care ...

  2. #organic - #poverty farming Tips for buying organic food on a budget

    The first step towards imbibing the habit of organic food is reducing the dependence on conventional supermarkets.

    Furthermore, in a bid to adopt an organic lifestyle, people mostly limit themselves to the organic section or natural foods section in these super markets and end up paying a 300-350% premium for their wholesome food selection. Here’s where a little bit of research on organic food availability would come handy.

    Apart from the costly super markets people could also look for organic food products from health food stores, specialty stores, local cooperatives, farmer’s market, community-supported agriculture programs and convenience stores.

    The reality is that the agricultural sector remains largely fragmented and disorganized, and one requires a nuanced understanding of the category to avoid paying large premiums for high-quality produce.

    While a majority of us are not hesitant to shell out some extra bucks for organic food, paying sky-high prices for a daily meal could prove to be an expensive affair and there's no need.

    To keep such posh concerns at bay, here are few tips to keep your organic food budget under check.

    Shop from the farmer’s market

    Join the community supported agricultural program:

    Bulk-buying could be another way:

    Best prices in UK is 'bulk' buying (include for family and friends!) online. Often - spend >£30 and get free delivery.

    Read more:

  3. McDonald's fastfood corporation responds to DEMAND for #healthyfood

    Proof that #education works

    There’s no way to put this gently: America is fatter than ever before. Thanks to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and an abundance of unhealthy fast food options, obesity rates have steadily increased with each passing year. In fact, recent data from the CDC relays that more than 1/3 of Americans can be considered obese.

    Over the past few years, McDonald’s has steadily introduced items like premium salads that curiously coexist alongside famously unhealthy items like fries and the iconic double quarter pounder with cheese.

    In fact, it’s actually possible live on a McDonald’s diet exclusively and keep your arteries relatively clean.


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