I have just read some extremely disturbing facts –
1. More than 14,000,000 Australians are classified as overweight or obese.
2. More than 5,000,000 Australians have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 40 which classifies them as morbidly
3. If weight gain continues at current levels, by 2025, close to 80% of all Australian adults and a third of all
children will be overweight or obese.
4. Obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia.
5. Obesity has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia.
The list goes on. My question is –
How in this day and age, with the amazing array of healthy food on offer and with our children educated from such a young age about healthy eating, can this be true?
I love my food. I too struggle with portion control but try to counter balance my eating habits with regular exercise and I am happy to admit that I am not a huge fan of sweets. I also love preparing a meal for my family, knowing that I am feeding them healthy, interesting meals and exposing them to the amazing choice and quality of food available in Australia today.
I believe that the root of our obesity problem comes down to our busy lifestyles and the fact that we take the ‘easy’ option – ‘easy’ coming straight out of a packet or from the local takeaway.
The old “I don’t have time to cook…” just doesn’t wash with me.
Cooking does not have to be a chore. It can actually be a relaxing experience and a fabulous way to wind down after a busy day at work. It is quite often my favourite time of day, lovely glass of wine in hand, pots and pans bubbling away and my hubby and kids surrounding me in the kitchen telling me about their day. I help my kids with homework, talk to my Mum on loudspeaker (it usually takes a while) and set about creating something delicious to share around the dining table. It’s quality family time that my kids will remember.
It’s All in The Planning…
The key to midweek cooking is planning. Prepare a menu plan for the week, write a shopping list from that menu so that you have everything you require. Mix it up a little… there is no need for chops, mash and peas every night of the week! Meals can even be prepared ahead and frozen, or throw something in the slow cooker before you head out the door. Pressure cookers are a fantastic tool for the busy professional – for example you can make a ‘slow cooked’ beef curry in 30 minutes!
The main reason I started a food blog was to inspire people to branch out in the kitchen and help them realise that preparing a good, healthy meal is an extremely rewarding experience. Most of the meals on my blog are quick, easy and budget friendly. I use only fresh ingredients and steer clear of processed foods. I don’t believe in diets but I do believe in moderation (and the occasional low carb meal).
We have an epidemic on our hands and it is time we did something about it. So get back in that kitchen, prepare a meal and enjoy it!
Cheers & Happy Cooking