The fast food epidemic

I must confess that I used to crave take away foods such as hot chips on a rainy day. Come on you know what I am talking about 🙂

Recently walking past one of my old fav’s, the one I would have as a treat on payday yep like the child on tuckshop day, this was my adult tuckshop day….A hotdog and milkshake from that pink place, you know the one. Even as I write this cringing, thinking this was a staple when pregnant so many years ago. Any wonder one of my boys didn’t enjoy eating vegetables back then.

One huge revelation was the difference of food choices from young children depending on the diet of the mother during pregnancy.  “You are what you eat” became a reality from personal experience from one child wanting all the snack, non-nutrient foods (if you can actually call it food) to the other child craving fresh fruit and vegetables and having diarrhoea if consuming too many treats especially around Christmas time.

In saying all this, I was a tad mortified when shopping I saw this poster of kJ intake from one of the advertised  ‘take away’ meals. Some people may even have one these as a snack. Any wonder why Australian obesity statistics are alarming.

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Diet is a dirty word and such a restrictive term however we need to be conscience of good choices throughout the day. If we are to have a blow out day, carefully evaluate the kJ so not to undo all the good hard work you have put in.  Consider eating the top picture. Sure it is a cheap lunch but what else could you have for the day before excess occurs with input( food ingestion) vs output (exercise) becoming unbalanced? Here is approx. 1/2 of the daily intake and that is for an adult.

Treat day is just that, a treat not a day to indulge all day. Think outside the box…treat day could be a walk along the beach and a small ice cream or take a moment to enjoy the sunset sitting in the garden. Remember dogs get treats for good behaviour and we shouldn’t reward ourselves with food.

Be careful of what ingredients are within even drinks, you’d be surprised. See below, this real fruit drink actually contains sweeteners 960 and 968.  New research is being released showing surprising addiction as these ‘so called’ “safe” alternatives are being added to more of our foods such as yoghurt, drinks and cereals. These and other sweeteners have been linked to IBS and IBS like symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramping, nausea and diarrhoea. Worst still some of these additives even increase the sugar craving sweet tooth making it an endless battle. We just need to be mindful of any additives so called ‘natural’ or not. What chemical constituent does it have now after to the processing production?

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Want to Feel Good? Take into consideration nutrient content. This isn’t always easy when you are busy out and about or during a fast-paced work week but with careful planning and nutrition coaching help is only a phone call away.

Janelle Tanzer 

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