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International Dietitian’s Day March 9th

registered-dietitian-day1-e1426188696499-808x382It has been estimated that in New Zealand we lose around $872,000,000 per year through food waste!

That waste could feed 262,917 people (double the population of Dunedin); or save CO2  emissions equivalent to taking 118,107 cars off our roads.

These are the sort of issues that Dietitian’s would like to highlight when it celebrates International Dietitian’s Day on March 9th this year

Dietitians work in a number of different areas of health. They use up to date, evidenced based information to provide people with the skills and knowledge to lead healthy lives and manage their health conditions.

This year Dietitian’s want to get behind projects that improve life on our planet e.g.

We all can do our bit towards sustainable eating by choosing foods that are healthy for our environment, ourselves and our communities

Here are a few hot tips to also get more enjoyment out of the food you eat

Jasna Robinson-Wright, Dietitian from Healthy Eating Healthy Ageing, shares her ideas on sustainability issues:

1) Eat fresh foods with little/no packaging

Buying foods without packaging helps to reduce waste. Many healthy foods such as fresh vegetables and fruit naturally come package-free. Bring your own reusable bags to the supermarket, and wherever possible recycle packaging such as cans and glass bottles.

2) Eat local and seasonal foods

Eating locally helps to minimise the energy used in transportation and storage. When foods are in-season, they are also at their peak in quality and freshness. Choosing these foods helps support local farmers and businesses.

Try shopping at some of these Canterbury farmers’ markets:
• Friday mornings: Ohoka
• Saturday mornings: Riccarton House Christchurch, Lyttleton, Amberley, Akaroa (October to Easter), and Ashburton
• Sunday mornings: Opawa, Oxford and Artisan Market at Riccarton House

3) Grow your own food

Join a community garden or grow your own vegetables and fruits. Visit www.ccga.org.nz or call Christchurch City Council 03 941 8999 to find out about community gardens.

4) Eat mostly plant-based foods

Making half your plate vegetables and fruit is part of a healthy diet and will help keep the planet healthy too. Planning meals around plant foods and limiting meat intake can help lower your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. This will also help lower the environmental cost associated with animal farming. Try including plant-based proteins a couple of times per week (such as beans, lentils, and nuts). These are also higher in fibre and lower in saturated fat.

5) Eat mindfully

Mindful eating means giving our full attention to the experience of eating. It can make eating more enjoyable, and it can also be a step towards eating more sustainably. Paying attention to what we’re eating and where our food comes from may be the nudge we need to start making changes.

For more ideas read Lea’s article How much food do you waste each day?

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