POSITIVE NUTRITION MOVES IN 2017
As 2017 draws rapidly to a close, with what seems like so much chaos and uncertainty everywhere, it’s time to reflect on the positive decisions more and more Australians are making to improve their diet and health, and the latest information that’s emerged to point us in new directions.
It’s also time to reflect on how important family and friends are to our wellbeing and how we’re going to value them more in 2018, and resolve to support those who are doing it tough.
I’m sure in 2017 we’ve all had some happy and some challenging times, but let’s focus on the positives! In terms of nutrition, there’s plenty to be happy about in 2017.
Like the fact digestive health and the microbiome is front and centre, not something hidden away and never mentioned, that ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ are now part of everyday conversation, not just words in scientific journals. Finally we’re hearing about how balancing good bacteria in our gut can not only improve digestion and reduce bloating but can also affect our brain function, reduce anxiety levels, help our immune systems and may even play a role in preventing obesity and diabetes.
Like the decrease in emphasis on meat – and unbalanced paleo diets – not to mention a focus on reducing food waste. I’m fascinated by the rise of veganism. While not everyone will embrace an animal-free diet, what it does do is put the emphasis back on the value of plant foods. This means that more and more people will appreciate the value of plant foods and find clever ways to incorporate them in the diet. While 96% still don’t eat enough vegetables, there is definitely a groundswell to change this.
Like the health promotion groups demanding a sugar tax and pushing against sweetened beverages to create positive changes. At the recent Vic Health Awards I cheered the Ballarat workplace health promotion winners for their successful ‘Water – the Drink of Choice’ campaign.
Yes, there’s a lot to celebrate this festive season! Thank you for your wonderful support in 2017. I hope you enjoy the festive season with great food, plenty of laughter and quality time with family and friends.
Have a happy, healthy and fun 2018 and ensure those New Year resolutions are realistic!