What are your main considerations when choosing what to eat? Do you feel you are able to eat healthily in London? If not, why not?
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Gluten and dairy free to comply with my food allergy diet.
The cost and quality.
It's difficult to eat healthier in London because of the high cost of living in this city.
Cheap, affordable food is what is most practical.
Cheap food doesn't have to be bad. Carrots, potatoes,onions could all be purchased for the cost of a cup of coffee in Costa or other coffee chains in the high street. Nice stew - packet of lentils very reasonable for protein in it too. Onions can be softened in some water so no need for oil to fry them. A can of baked beans for extra protein. Even more could be bought by giving up smoking, or tattoos, nails or eyebrows......
My considerations are whether I can afford it, time it takes to prepare and if I like it.
Tend to buy a lot of fresh produce from the local market but we still enjoy a takeaway once a week although this is an expensive treat
I tend not to eat out, as it is hard to make healthy food choices, as these tend to be very limited on the menu of popular high street pubs and restaurants. I try to eat more heathily at home but often lack inspiration, for healthier meal ideas, so it is easy to resort to prepacked convenience foods like frozen pizza and chicken in breadcrumbs. I do buy fruit and veg but would like to buy more of the seasonal soft fruits, like strawberries and raspberries but find these are quite pricey, even when in season.
My prime concern is whether I like it, not what some university educated dietician thinks I shoud eat. Obese children should be controlled by their parent(s) whose failure to do so should be made a financial penalty.
Aha, you’re another of those ‘don’t trust the experts’ types, are you? Good luck with the heart surgery done by some bloke you met in the pub. Who needs a university-educated heart surgeon?
I agree parents need to take responisbility for their childrens diet!
My main consideration is that I choose what I eat. I want access to the widest possible range andf I don't want the information censoreed or controlled by officials and politicians except where absolutely necessary. Food Safety is obviously vital but, at the moment, that is well taken care of by EU rules. Dietary ADVICE is welcome but not dietary CONTROL.
Since being diagnosed type 2 diabetic 10 years ago I have been far more interested in the nutritional value of food and what types of food have the most significant effect on raising blood sugar. It would take too long to list all the foods to avoid ( I say avoid, not eliminate) so what I MOSTLY choose now are fresh or frozen vegetables (red, orange, green and leafy types), beans and pulses, , mushrooms, nuts, fresh fruits i.e. apples, berries, the occasional banana and citrus fruit (NOT fruit juice or smoothies). Lean meats, fish, olive oil, yogurts, other dairy, cheeses etc. I would like to add that chocolate with cocoa solids 60%+ and proper dairy ice cream have minimal effect on my blood sugar and are eaten occasionally. Needless to say all these foods are not eaten day in day out but just form part of my diet. I dont over eat and also have the odd take away. So yes, this very well controlled, average weight diabetic who walks regularly does eat healthily in London, thank you.
My husband would agree with you on your diet as he is type 2 diabetic. We don't tend to use oil much now and soften onions in water. The regular walking is part of our daily regime.
Price is the main consideration, but within affordable foods I will then try to buy what is healthy! Fruit and veg can be found cheaply in the market, so I buy alot there. I would like to buy more eithical and environmentaly friendly foods, but the reality is that price comes first!
Main considerations are whether food is organic, free-range and sustainably sourced as well as how much sugar it has
It is generally difficult to find food as described above in London and most restaurants/shops do not label it. Only certain grocery stores have good choice (mainly via home delivery) but the price is exorbitant and the quality is not great
The government should tilt the balance in favour of healthier food by penalizing/charging food producers that use (potentially) carcinogenic chemicals to grow food and have no regard for animal welfair (cram them in small spaces and pump them with antibiotics). These outdated practices from the period of the World Wars and immediately after should be gradually phased out.
Thanks everyone for sharing your views on choosing what to eat.
Some of you have mentioned that it is difficult to eat healthily in London. What are the main reasons for this? Do you feel you have enough information or skills to prepare healthy food?
What would help you make healthy food choices in your life?
Are there healthy options on your local high street? What would you like to see more of?
Healthy ness , availabliity and price , london is hard to buy affordable food healthy fresh food it's ridiculous that I can buy crisps chocolate and coke same price as a bag of tomatoes or apples !
Need to reduce junk food portions sizes ,
stimulate market place for more shop selling healthy frozen food cheap
organic and locally sourced products. grass fed meat. in London it's a great place to eat helathy but it's too expensive.