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Let's talk about men's health

June 14-20, 2021 is Men’s Health Week, a week designed to put men’s health in the spotlight and promote discussion.

So, let’s talk about it.

Fact: The average Aussie male eats 2.3 serves of vegetables each day, which is less than half of the recommended serves (5 or 6 depending on age).

How can we improve this: Increasing vegetable intake can be as simple as bulking out meals with a few extra vegetables (the more different types the better) and aiming to include some vegetables with each meal (or snack). Check out our Carrot and Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese and Beef and Vegetable Korma recipes for inspiration.

Fact: The average Aussie male consumes 36% of their daily energy intake from discretionary (or junk) foods. These are foods that are high in energy but low in nutrients, such as fried foods, processed meats, pastries and pies, biscuits, soft drinks and alcohol. This is double the recommended amount (no more than 15% of energy per day).

How can we improve this: Swapping out discretionary foods for foods from the five food groups, limiting portion sizes of discretionary foods, and cooking more meals at home are some ways to balance out your intake. Try swapping potato chips for our Quick & Easy Popcorn recipe or takeaway hot chips for our Rosemary Baked Potato Wedges.

Fact: One in five Aussie males gets the recommended 150 minutes or more of physical activity per week, and one in four does the recommended 2 or more days of muscle-strengthening activities per week. This means that about three-quarters of Aussie males aren’t getting enough physical activity.

How can we improve this: Planning to workout with mates, setting some goals around physical activity and gradually building up physical activity within your daily routine are some ways to become more active.

Fact: One in eight Aussie males will experience depression in their lifetime and one in five will experience anxiety.

How can we improve this: Keep up the conversation around mental health, and seek out support if you need it from services such as:

Your Personal Healthy Eating Quiz

What you eat or don’t eat affects how you look, feel and perform. Take our short quiz to find out what foods you could introduce to help you be your best.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

Take the Healthy Eating Quiz