Are healthy foods - such as fresh fruit and vegetables etc- affordable compared to other products on the supermarket shelf?
I think they are. Fresh fruits and veg is way cheaper than buying processed foods!! I buy my veggies from a market, and it is so cheap, but even at the supermarket, it's not over the top expensive. But, I live right near a market gardening area, in an outer suburb. I know in the inner suburbs and certainly in the city itself, things are more expensive. I lived in Sydney a few years ago, and could only buy half the amount for the same amount of money. But that wouldn't stop me - it's too delicious to resist
How often do you eat fresh fruit and vegetables compared to pre-prepared products? Why?
I make my own meals from fresh ingredients whenever I can.. because it's healthier, and I can make the meals to suit myself. Being a low-carb eater, there's barely any low-carb pre-packaged options, so there's kind of no choice. Plus the sodium in some of that stuff!! That said, if I'm in a hurry, it's good to know it's there.
If you've ever tried to lose weight, how hard was it?
Yes, many times!! It's bloody hard!! Because there's food everywhere! Everywhere you look there it is. It's so hard to stop thinking about it, and the more you think about it, the more you eat it! And, when your live sucks, it's so easy to turn to food for comfort, to escape from reality for a while and ease the pain a bit. Just the same way as a smoker used cigarettes, or and alcoholic uses alcohol
Health experts want the government to introduce a tax on fatty foods. Is this a good idea?
Yeah they should warn about bad fats, particularly trans fats. Other than that, I think we are overly scared about fat, there's nothing wrong with fat as long as it's the right kind of fat. What should come with a warning is all the "low fat" garbage that's out there... should have a carb and sugar warning!!!
Does the current food labelling system give you adequate information on healthy options or is it too confusing?
I'm fine with it, but then I've been studying labels on food for many years so I know what I'm looking at. What can be confusing for people is labels saying things like "sugar free" as opposed to "no sugar added"... my grandma has just been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and before that she never paid any attention, she just ate what she wanted, now she's started looking at labels she is getting reaaalllly confused. Dunno, I just look at the nutrition info panel on the back - that tells the real story..