Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… Australia!

No more Lamington

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well, to hell with all that!

Life is for living…Food is for enjoying…

So what I have decided to do is some comparisons …It started with a headline about obesity …Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the Aussie’s who are at numero 31 with a percentage of 28.60%.

I absolutely love what I have seen of Australia so far and their cuisine is very heavily influenced by the English and the Irish obviously going back to the days when the English and the Irish first stepped foot on Aussie soil.

Beautiful fresh seafood is one of the foods Australia is famous for, Lamington, Pavlova and Anzac biscuits are very much symbolic of Oz…

Sausage rolls, meat pies, Burgers and huge like the American burgers the difference being Ozzie’s love beetroot in their burgers …In actual fact, I first came across Beetroot chutney which was a request from an Aussie customer when he ordered a burger from our bar…

A new one on me at the time and now a family favourite.

Like the Brits, a cooked breakfast is typical in Oz…

Fried Breakfast

Meat pies are eaten with tomato ketchup or as a pie floater on top of a bowl of pea soup… It is also a long-held tradition with the Aussies that meat pies are eaten on AFL Grand Final Day.

BBQ with the emphasis on plenty of meat is again a way of life…

A diet laden with preservatives, salt, fat is why Cancer has overtaken Cardiovascular disease and is now Australia’s biggest killer which is why the Australian government are pushing a number of initiatives and promoting healthier diets which are lower in salt and fat…

A beautiful country with plenty of natural fruits and sympathetically raised cattle the Australians should be much healthier but as with anything if your intake is higher than your output the result will be preventable diseases and higher mortality rates.

It seems such a shame but the whole western world needs to be getting a handle on their nations eating habits or preventable diseases will just escalate.

Next weeks post is the last in this series which I do hope you have enjoyed when I will be comparing the top and the bottom of this table …I haven’t done any research on either yet so I wonder what the difference is apart from the obvious.

As you know I don’t advocate diets as in cutting out food groups but feel that you should eat a varied diet with some foods being eaten in moderation or as an occasional treat. My fellow blogger Sally has written an excellent post on how to lose pounds without resorting to harmful crash diets.

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21 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… Australia!

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  2. Shallow Reflections

    Your observations are well taken, Carol. Poor diets are the cause of obesity and many chronic diseases and sugar/salt are at the heart of the matter. Processed foods are not healthy and now are contaminating diets world wide. It is a health crisis and I hope Australia can turn it around better than we have in the U.S. -Molly

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes and it is such a shame, Molly that governments cannot put profits and endorsements aside and realise how much money it would save the governments purses if they just took the manufacturers to task and taxed them to the hilt if they did not clean up their act 🙂

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      1. Shallow Reflections

        Yes, that is exactly right, Carol. Profits in the farming/food industry yield to profits for pharmaceutical companies and the health care industry. It is so depressing. I try to eat well and I’m happy that my son and his family are committed to a healthy diet. It starts with the individual but I fear those in lower socioeconomic classes don’t have a chance.

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      2. Carol Post author

        Exactly right it is the indigenous community in Oz which have more health issues than the average person and a shorter lifespan so sad in this so called civilised society

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  3. dgkaye

    Great article Carol. The number one failure of diets is that they aren’t sustainable after so much time passes and people naturally want to get back to all food groups, usually in abundance. Healthy eating must become a lifestyle – a slow drip of weight loss, but long lasting and much easier to maintain. Trust me. I was a victim of the yoyo diet syndrome for 2 decades. 🙂 xx

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Debby…That is absolutely correct I have tried many in my life and none are sustainable long-term. It is much better to know your food and to moderate that which is maybe not so healthy and have a little now and again 🙂 xxx

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes, they do and thank you, Judy…Have you tries making yourself some separate pastry squares and just have a couple with the meat mixture that way you get the pastry taste but a reduced amount. Or just make a pasty top and use filo…Nice and crispy but lower in fat 🙂

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  4. johnrieber

    Terrific article – I agree that diets are just a way to trick your body into a short-term shock – unless you have a sensible, moderate intake of food on a regular basis, you will never get the results you crave….

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  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Carol Taylor will be back in a few hours with her cookery column and her theme this week is chicken.. but elevated! On her own blog today, she looks at how a once healthy nation has begun to slide with the increased consumption of processed foods and high salt and sugar intake.. Australia has many natural food stuffs that are not getting the attention they deserve.. as in most of our countries with manufactured food is king.

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