IN-DEPTH NEWS FEATURE:
Longer working hours and family demands are seeing many Australian’s finding less time to prepare healthy, nutritious meals. Obesity is escalating and Australia is quickly moving to the forefront as the fattest nation in the world as we consume more burgers and less fruit and vegetables.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) states that more than 2 million Australians want to work less hours. While the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) reports that some 48 percent of men and 58 percent of women feel rushed or pressured for time in family situations.
However, what is even more alarming is that the ABS report that some 40 percent of Australians do not eat any fruit or vegetables and a further 35 percent eat only one serving daily. Fast food, it seems, has become a way of life for many Australians, who spend more than $37 billion a year on takeaway.
Dietlicious Looking to Combat Obesity
In an effort to help Australian’s eat healthier and to combat the escalating obesity crisis, Janel Horton, a qualified chef, created Dietlicious, a gourmet solution to healthy dieting options for busy Australians. Horton, who has studied adult and paediatric nutrition, has been in the food industry for 20-years and says the Dietlicious concept was born because she wants to help stop obesity.
“I had been aware of the growing issue of obesity for a couple of years and was experimenting with how we could offer really tasty meals that offered weight loss,” said Horton. “During this time so many customers encouraged us as they wanted the same Gourmet Dinner Service quality, but for weight loss,” she said.
The concept took off says Horton, as the Gourmet Dinner Service, a healthy food service for busy people, already had a strong reputation.
“The Gourmet Dinner Service was well established and well versed in cooking and delivering meals,” said Horton. “We already offered nutritional information for all our meals so the only difference was the portion sizes and selecting the healthiest meals,” she said.
Dietlicious is a Celebrity Healthy Eating Option
With a strong customer base, Dietlicious helps to motivate people from all walks of life to eat healthy foods. This includes models, celebrities and other busy individuals who have little or no time to devote to preparing clean and nutrient rich foods.
“Our food motivates because it is super healthy, totally convenient and wonderfully tasty,” said Horton. “The latest celebrity fan to recommend us is the beautiful Jodi Gordon from the Underbelly series, she refers to our food as “amazing” in a feature article in OK Magazine,” she said.
“Sebastien, our gorgeous and talented French chef does the creative input, for the menu, and I look after the calories,” said Horton. “We go back and forth matching taste with the right amount of calories for every meal,” she said. “Our other chefs also provide suggestions which keep the menu really interesting and varied.”
“Our menu changes often,” said Horton. “As we only use the freshest, seasonal, and natural produce,” she said. “We also offer a huge variety of meal plans, plus individual meals.”
Dietlicious meal plans include Cleanse, a detox diet, Kickstart, a low calorie diet, 1500, a 1500-calorie diet and 1800, an 1800-calorie diet, as well as flexible, individual and personalised meal plans to suit everyone’s needs and requirements. Plans typically cost between $33.85 and $37.35 per person per day, excluding delivery, and this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to maximise metabolism.
Meal plans are home delivered in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane along with the coastal cities of New South Wales and Queensland. Delivery charges range from $8.50 to $19.50 depending on the location and type of delivery service used.
Metabolism is the Key to Maintaining Weight
As an ageing woman, Horton says that she maintains her own health and fitness by watching what she eats and by exercising more.
“I know that as I age my metabolism slows so I need to eat less and move more,” said Horton. “It really helps that my partner isn’t a big eater so I don’t have to serve big portions,” she said. “We share this joke. I say, “Would you tell me if I was fat?” He responds, “Yes, I’d call you.”
“Seriously though, we don’t eat any processed foods, ” said Horton. “We try to eat the best quality food and drink the best wine available,” she said. “And have less of it all, most of the time.”
“I used to run 5 to 10 kilometres about three to four times a week,” said Horton. “But now I have a lazy left ‘glute’ so I do more stair climbing and hills walks,” she said.” I’m also trying to do more weights as well.”
As a nutritional expert, Horton recommends the following tips to maintain your own health and fitness.
“Don’t eat anything your grandma wouldn’t recognise, such as processed foods,” said Horton. “Know the difference between ‘sometimes foods’ and ‘anytime foods’ and remember that you decide how you are going to treat your body, as a temple or a tip,” she said.
“Plenty of variety is also important,” said Horton. “Try to eat at least 16 different foods every day,” she said. “Nature has made this very easy with such a wonderful array of fresh produce available here in Australia. Keep the cooking simple and enjoy.”
Horton also says that incidental exercise such as taking the stairs, instead of the lift helps to keep you moving and burning those calories. Which, in turn, keeps your metabolism switched on and engaged.