Embrace your inner foodie with Northcott
All you have to do is scroll through Instagram or turn on the TV to see that we, as a society, clearly love our food!
This passion for all things food, nutrition and cooking has become so popular it’s led to the term ‘foodie’ – which is used to describe someone who is obsessed with anything food related.
With that in mind, this week we thought we’d offer some tips so you can embrace your inner foodie and find out how Northcott can support your food-related goals.
Channel Jamie Oliver
If you spend your nights watching MasterChef, but struggle to boil an egg, now might be the time to work on those cooking skills.
For people with disability there are many ways to adapt your cooking experience to meet your individual needs. If strength is a concern, Northcott Occupational Therapist (OT) Joseph Semaan suggests trying light weight versions of pots and pans. This will help make moving items around the kitchen easier to manage and minimise energy consumption.
Cutlery and utensils can also be modified, and an occupational therapist will be the best point of call if you need support with modifications. If you are unable to close your hand, or make a tight grip, foam tubing can be placed on top of the cutlery to make it easier to grab.
Joseph also recommends to avoid cooking when fatigue levels are high. Safety is paramount in the kitchen, so it’s important to ensure you’re feeling up to the task before you begin.
Eat the rainbow
While those colourful food pictures we see all over Instagram might look appealing, they are also a great example of the importance of eating the rainbow. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, each colour group represents different nutrients; so not only is that colourful meal going to rack up the ‘likes’ on social media, it’s going to be good for you too!
Red foods like tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene; purple/blue foods contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin; orange/yellow foods contain a carotenoid called beta carotene; green foods contain carotenoids, indoles and saponins; and brown/white foods contain allicin.
In simple terms, if you have a range of these fancy sounding things in your diet, your body will be more likely to get what it needs to stay well and prevent disease.
Need more nutrition support? Head to the Northcott website to check out our dietetics service.
Join a foodie gang
Food is not just about health, it’s also a social activity. The best way to enjoy a meal is with the people you love, so why not grab your friends or family and organise a meal out.
If you’re looking to meet new friends who share your love of food, head to the Northcott Events page to check out upcoming dining outings.
If you and your friends love to cook, or just want to test out your new skills, a dinner party is another great option. Each person can bring along their favourite dish and you’ll not only get to try new foods, but you’ll have a great time doing it.
Bring in the experts
Sometimes, no matter how much we love food, there may be some obstacles to overcome that require expert support. And while there’s plenty of people online willing to give their opinion on food and nutrition, it’s important to get the correct info from the people in the know.
If you’re having swallowing issues try speaking to a speech therapist, if you need support with your diet try a dietitian, and if you need mobility support for activities like cooking, an occupational therapist is the way to go.
Read about how Northcott customer Emilee improved her cooking skills with the Skills 4 Life program.
This story got you hungry? Check out Northcott customer Pav’s famous fruit crumble recipe.