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Written by Emily Parks on February 2nd, 2017

TIME TO GET HEALTHY - OR IS IT?

Time to get healthy – or is it?
Writing my first blog for the year is something I’ve taken my time with. A January blog is always hard; you don’t want to re-hash the New Year’s resolutions mantra but writing about anything else is blatantly avoiding the topic.

Whether or not you dutifully created a few goals for 2017, I’d like to think many of us have committed more time and energy to improving our health this year. Whether you’re the ‘worried well’ type, or feel clueless about health and wellbeing, you’ve likely made a sweeping statement to ‘get healthy’ at some point in the last few months. Unfortunately, ‘getting healthy’ doesn’t actually hold much meaning.

What is healthy?
Last year, the FDA in the United States wanted to know what people thought of the term ‘healthy’ and if it should be allowed on food labels. They asked the public, “What do you understand as ‘healthy’?” Interestingly, people no longer think healthy is simply about nutrients such as fat or energy but believe healthy is more about being free-range, organic or free from genetically-modified ingredients and harmful chemicals. Others think there is no such thing as healthy or unhealthy foods.

Because ‘healthy’ is open to interpretation, you’re better to decide on any areas you might need to work on and then create specific goals.

For example, do you struggle to eat fruit and vegetables? How about - “This year I’ll aim to include at least three different types of vegetables at dinnertime.”

Or perhaps your idea of cooking is throwing some chops on the BBQ and calling it a day? Your goal could be to attempt one new recipe a week. Our website, recipes.co.nz, has hundreds of everyday recipes and each has nutritional information so you can pick a recipe that is lower in sodium or an excellent source of iron.

Wanting to become healthier is a noble goal but a little too vague on its own.

If you eat lean meats and your vegetables, stick to water and move your body a little each day – you’re heading in the right direction. Don’t give up just yet!

Why don’t you give our Sweet Marjoram Lamb with Summer Leaves & Citrus a go this week? You’ll learn how to make your own vinaigrette while creating a recipe rich in vital nutrients.

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