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Let’s talk food privilege

“Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem personally for you”

bananasFact: In 2014 – 2016, 795 million people or 1 in 9 people were suffering from undernutrition*

Of those 795 million people, 780 million live in developing countries.

I’m fresh home from a trip to the Solomon Islands with some Bond University nutrition students and I’d love to talk food privilege!

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My Gratitude Challenge

If you have read my blog before you might remember my last challenge was a bit of a nightmare. It involved following 3 Fad Diets over a period of a couple of months. Although insightful and definitely a useful exercise, it was physically tough!

This challenge is a much more psychological one. In fact, this kind of challenge is something I have been thinking of for a while.  However, like most people,  it’s been one of those ‘a bit too busy to think about it’  tasks.

Just this week I was on a local colleague’s website. Emma is a Psychologist and I noticed she had taken up this thing called a Gratitude Challenge. If you haven’t heard if it, it’s a 21 Day Challenge designed to get you to think each day. In particular about what you are grateful for with the aim of developing a deeper satisfaction with your life. In a nutshell –  to hopefully show there are a lot more positives than negatives :)
You can go to the Gratitude Challenge Website for more info.

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Fad Diet Challenge Pt 1: The Paleo Diet

For the past month, I have been following the Paleo Diet – also known as the ‘Caveman Diet’, all in the name of getting more clued up on fad diets.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is based on the premise our bodies should be eating foods of that of our Paleolithic ancestors. In essence, only foods a Caveman could acquire. Initially, I found it difficult to find consensus on what the Paleo Diet was. Some versions included dairy, but only if full fat. Some included additional fats and oils. Some included legumes and some tea and coffee. If you are interested in the views of some of the advocates for Paleo Style Diets you might like to check out Nora Gedgauda’s site or Loren Cordain’s.

Please note, this blog post is not intended to advise if the Paleo Diet is scientifically correct or even to provide a nutritional analysis. It is solely intended to document my journey in following the diet and some of the more day-to-day or practical aspects of the diet.  The Scoop on Nutrition recently did a review of the nutritional qualities of the Paleo Diet which you can read about here.

What I Ate
Seeing as there was no clear consensus on what a Paleo Diet was, I decided to keep it as simple as I could based on what I thought a Caveman would most likely be able to gather: meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. I did include root vegetables like potato and yam.  I didn’t include legumes and I ate no additional fats like oil, margarine or butter, no additional sugars, no ‘treat’ foods, no dairy products and no grains (breakfast cereals, ancient grains like quinoa, pasta, rice or bread). I obviously had nothing out of a packet or tin.

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