Eating Well – Food is much more than just nutrition

by | August 2018

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What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow.

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Our bodies need fuel, and there are many different sources of this fuel. This month we suggest you focus on what you are putting into your mouth. There are seven major classes of nutrients, and an important ingredient to our overall level of health is the balance we achieve in these different nutritional classes.

We eat for many reasons – for energy, to build physical capacity, for comfort. Food is much more than just nutrition – it feeds our senses. Sharing heathy, flavoursome food with our friends and family supports our need for companionship. And every now and again, it can be useful to ask, before we open our mouths, “What will this do to my body?”

Challenges

Keep a food diary – keep a reasonably detailed record of all that you eat and drink for a week. At the end of the week look through your list and ask yourself two questions – Is this what I want to eat? and Is this food helping me be well? Answer honestly, and then decide if you want to make any changes. If the answer is yes, think about how you will make those changes, and what support you might need as you create that change.

Cooking is a wonderful way to feed yourself and others, and to contribute to the human warmth and companionship of sharing food around a table. If you already cook regularly, commit to trying one or two new recipes this month – perhaps share your favourite recipes with your friends. If you don’t cook very often, commit to cooking a bit more - buy yourself a recipe book, explore recipe sites on the internet, ask your friends for their favourite recipes. Have fun!

Videos

Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart
In this inspiring talk (I do like a great fish dish!) Barton Seaver talks of how we can better balance the advice to eat more seafood – it’s really good for us – with the reality of diminishing fish stocks. His answer – restorative seafood. This is eating in a way that respects where our food comes from, and honours the social event that is eating together.

The brain in your gut
Food scientist Heribert Watzke talks about the "hidden brain" in our gut, and how it communicates with us. He also discusses his idea that one of the most important things us humans have done in evolution is starting to cook our food – “I cook therefore I am.”

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food
And no list of information about food could leave out a celebrity chef. So, here’s Jamie Oliver talking passionately about food and how our relationship to food needs to change to produce better health for us and our children.

Articles

Here’s two recipe sites to help inspire your time in the kitchen – taste.com.au and allrecipes

The cost of growing your own food
An article from the Sydney Morning Herald from a few years ago about the economics of growing your own food – in the majority of cases it’s cheaper than buying it.

How to Have a Food Philosophy
Want to think more deeply about your approach to what you eat and how you cook? Here’s a beginner’s guide to the topic of food philosophy.