"IT IS now the norm across much of the world to be fat.”
What a true, and depressing, opening statement from a book by one of Australia's nutrition experts. Dr Joanna McMillan, a PhD-qualified nutrition scientist, has contributed her expert advice to countless media reports on the topic of health and wellbeing.
This month she released Get Lean, Stay Lean, a book detailing six steps for a healthier lifestyle. The book is packed with easy to digest information about how our bodies use certain foods, and recipes complete with nutrition breakdowns.
A particularly useful visual tool was what the author termed the Dr Joanna Plate portions diagram. It showed the quantity of plants (mostly non-starchy vegetables with a little fruit), protein (seafood, meat, dairy etc), smart carbs like wholegrains, and good fats like avocado or extra virgin olive oil, that we should consume at mealtimes.
Like Preston W Estep, the author of the Mindspan Diet (which focuses on consuming foods that may stave off dementia and Alzheimer's), Dr McMillan points to the Mediterranean diet as one of the healthiest in the world.
"In scientific studies, it has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (stroke and heart disease), several types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases,” Dr McMillan wrote.
The advice does not stop at food. Dr McMillan also details differences between good and bad stress (surprisingly, there is such a thing as good stress). In all, it is a great book that cuts through the nutrition jargon and offers easy to follow tips for weight loss.
Get Lean, Stay Lean by Dr Joanna McMillan, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $35, is out now.