Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign

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Everyone that signs up to the campaign will get a free ‘Food Smart Meal Mixer’ with lots of quick, easy, healthier recipes with enough combinations to eat a different daily menu every day for 6 years.

This year’s campaign also features a brand new smart phone and tablet app featuring the meal mixer and a handy shopping list function to help people make healthy choices in the supermarket.

http://campaigns.dh.gov.uk/2013/01/22/change4life-launches-be-food-smart-campaign/

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Thanks for posting this..for me anything that inspires meto eat more healthily is a good thing !
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Have down loaded the phone ap good one  >thumbsup<
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The ‘ad takeover’, which revealed a shocking 17 sugar cubes in a bottle of cola and more than a wine glass of fat in a large pizza,

 >what?>

I like these tips http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/meal-planning-tips.aspx

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Plan, plan and plan!

If you plan your meals in advance, you’re less likely to eat snacks and convenience food - and more likely to save money and eat healthily. Plus you’ll be able to look forward to your meals more too!
Keep it in the cupboard

Keeping pulses such as butter beans and chick peas in the cupboard means you’ll always have the basics for a tasty meal, add them to anything like chilli or shepherd’s pie for some extra flavour and fibre. Cans of tomatoes, tins of tuna and tinned vegetables are also really useful to have, and it’s always worth stocking up on rice and pasta so that they’re there when you need them.
Recycle leftovers

When making dinner, why not use any leftovers for lunch the next day or put it in the freezer. That way you can have a healthy lunch waiting for you, or the next time you’re pressed for time and need a quick meal, there’ll be something ready in the freezer.
Ditch the takeaway

Cutting back on takeaways could save you up to £800 a year and inches off your waist! You can rustle up quick meals at home such as curries and sweet and sour dishes - and they’re easier to make than you’d think.

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They are assuming, of course, that one is capable of opening tins and cooking!   >doh<

Putting aside my sarcastic hat (which is difficult at the moment) I do agree that it is a good to give out ideas for cheap nutritious meals as many people don't seem to have much experience of cooking things like stews / soups etc. from scratch.

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I dont think the suggestions are just of use for those who dont know how to cook , ( tho I take the point about those who cant ), I CAN cook stews etc and often do in my slow cooker.. but for me its often a case of not cooking cos I cant think what I want to cook that particular day or dont think about it before im actually hungry when a slow cooker is just too slow.... i m hoping this book will help

I guess those who cant cook and have sufficient  carer imput may be able to ask their helpers to cook stuff thats cheap and healthy from the book .
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I like these tips http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/meal-planning-tips.aspx

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Plan, plan and plan!

If you plan your meals in advance, you’re less likely to eat snacks and convenience food - and more likely to save money and eat healthily. Plus you’ll be able to look forward to your meals more too!
Keep it in the cupboard

Keeping pulses such as butter beans and chick peas in the cupboard means you’ll always have the basics for a tasty meal, add them to anything like chilli or shepherd’s pie for some extra flavour and fibre. Cans of tomatoes, tins of tuna and tinned vegetables are also really useful to have, and it’s always worth stocking up on rice and pasta so that they’re there when you need them.
  If you can use them in your diet because they won't cause problems!  Mrs T can't.

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Recycle leftovers

When making dinner, why not use any leftovers for lunch the next day or put it in the freezer. That way you can have a healthy lunch waiting for you, or the next time you’re pressed for time and need a quick meal, there’ll be something ready in the freezer.
  Never have any leftovers, can only afford enough for the two of us.


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Ditch the takeaway

Cutting back on takeaways could save you up to £800 a year and inches off your waist! You can rustle up quick meals at home such as curries and sweet and sour dishes - and they’re easier to make than you’d think.
And for those of seriously out of spoons at the end of an extremely busy day?

These diet things are OK if you (a) have the money for them and (b) don't have a dietary problem.

I get annoyed when told by doctors to cut down on the food I eat, I answer, a small bowl of porridge in the morning, no sugar, skimmed milk and a meal in the evening.  Which bit should I cut out, can't cut out the breakfast as I have to eat with my NSAIDs.
 >spoonarmy<
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they also assume you can afford to eat 3 meals a day and what's on those menus, personally I can't

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The "food smart meal mixer" + vouchers arrived in the post. 
The five vouchers are OK; though they are for branded goods that are rather expensive (Schwartz spices, for example) they are for things I potentially could eat.

The meal mixer is disappointing, it seems to be a standard one sent to everybody.  I am vegetarian but most of the menus contain meat, poultry or fish.  >doh< :-( 
I'll probably give it away to someone who might get more use from it.

The questions asked about diet when applying seem to have been entirely about sending coupons to get people to buy goods from sponsors. >thumbsdown< 
It really wouldn't have been hard to make a few different booklets of recipes (it's spiral-bound) & send the appropriate one... eats anything/ veggie/ no nuts/ wheat-free/ vegan perhaps - wouldn't suit all but would do for a sizable majority (those with religious limitations could ask for veggie or vegan).

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Yes got mine in the post yesterday not all that impressed.
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I'll not bother then as I have extensive food sensitivities that can only be catered for with a specialist  cookbook.  The hospital dietitian was not particularly clued up on what new ingredients I could try as well.

At the moment I have the occasional prepared vegetarian ready-meal to test them out, but they often have too much gluten for my system to accommodate.  So if the vouchers are for standard supermarket foods there is no point in my getting those either.  Can you pass the vouchers on to someone else?

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I don't like vegetarians they taste funny.
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Don't let me this get changed to "Vegie vs Meat" argument, please.
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At the moment I have the occasional prepared vegetarian

Turtle this is what sparked my post.

As far as I'm concerned whether a person eats meat or not is entirely up to them.
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I remember a time when the Government's Health gurus told us don't eat red meat, then they changed and "Eat Red Meat" became
almost a Department of Health tagline.

Then it was "Wine is bad for you" to be replaced with - "A glass of red wine a day is good for you."

Then it was "Five a day."

Now it's "Don't drink too much."

How much do they waste a year telling us how to live?
Tony.

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