Meal Time Madness

Catering for a loved one with diabetes should not feel like you have to prepare different meals just for them. Gone are the days of a ‘diabetic diet’; we’ve replaced it with healthy eating in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines because everyone can benefit.

Unfortunately, there’s a gap between what we should be eating and what we are eating. Last month, the CSIRO released results of a study they conducted examining the dietary intakes of more than 40,000 Australians. On average, we scored 61 out of 100, showing great room for improvement, particularly in the reducing our portions and frequency of junk food. Curious to learn how your diet fares? Take the test.

A solution? Swap eating out for eating in, and if you want extra health benefits, sit together at the kitchen table in a technology free zone.

Research shows families that eat meals together at the table consume more vegetables & fruit and less junk food. Eating together is also linked to better academic performance and emotional resilience in children, less obesity and unwanted pregnancy in teens and helps protect against dementia in adults.

So, while there is a lot of talk about the health dangers of sitting too much, one place we can afford to sit down more is together at the dinner table!

Here are some tips for fostering healthier family relationships, one meal at a time:

During the week:
• Get all hands on deck! Schedule regular family meal times to eat together
• For less fuss, involve family members in menu planning and preparation
• Try themed meal times like a ‘Meat Free Monday’ or ‘Cultural Cuisine Day’
• Protect meal times by making them technology free and encourage conversation. Click here for dinner time conversation starters

On weekends:
• Pack a picnic for the outdoors, or enjoy it laid out on your rug inside
• Fire up the BBQ
• Enjoy breakfast or brunch at a cafe

Disclaimer: All dietary suggestions are general in nature and may not be specific to your individual needs. For individualised advice speak to an Accredited Practising Dietitian via the Infoline: 1300 342 238 or a representative from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) on 1800 812 942.

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