I was intrigued by this photo in the weekend’s Press of what is thought to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) trout in the world. This mega-fish grew to a whopping 39.7 lbs, by living under the salmon cages in the upper Waitaki hydro canals. The salmon food drifts down through the cages giving the fish an endless supply of processed food that it barely has to flip a fin to devour.
Anyone that says obesity is about “personal responsibility” has blinkers on. Given the developed world’s overabundance of easy-access, energy-dense foods and technology that makes activity almost redundant, it is not surprising obesity rates are soaring. It appears we are no different to fish when it comes to taking “personal responsibility” in environments that make healthy choices the less available and less attractive. Why would the fish battle the currents and competition to find food when a ready supply requiring no work to find is there for the taking? Human nature is the same – like fish we have to swim against the tide if we are to remain healthy in our current environment!
Baked chicken on eggplant
Good enough for a dinner party but so easy to make. For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with slices of haloumi cheese (or ricotta)
Time to make 45 minutes
Traditional butter chicken is laden with fat. This version has all the taste and creaminess with far less fat and kilojoules; the secret is using yoghurt and a little light sour cream instead of butter and regular cream.
Time to make 45 minutes
How often do we hear the following phrase “there are no good or bad foods – its everything in moderation”? It is routinely used by people defending unhealthy food choices or from fast food companies feeling threatened. I personally hate the word “moderation”when applied to food; it means nothing really and is so often used to stifle rational debate about food and nutrition.
So what is “moderation”? Continue reading
Berry and banana loaf (gluten free)
Makes 1 large loaf
Time to make 1 hour
While we know that diets don’t work for long term sustainable weight loss, it can be a scary concept to grasp. If we don’t diet, what do we do if we want to lose weight? The good news is that there is an alternative; one that is easier, more fun and more likely to achieve long term success. It is also a way that looks after your health! Continue reading