Guilty plea­sures our big­gest re­grets

South Burnett Times - - HEALTHY LIVING - — David Ai­done

WHEN it comes to food and drink, Aussies have nom­i­nated cof­fee and booze as the two things they can’t live with­out – and they feel guilty about it.

A News Corp Aus­tralia sur­vey has lifted the lid on our food-re­lated habits, ex­pos­ing our guilty plea­sures, big­gest re­grets, and the items we’re ob­sessed with.

And not only could they be cost­ing us a small for­tune but overindul­gence could also be putting our health at risk.

More than 1000 adults took part in the taste.com.au ques­tion­naire, and they re­vealed above all else, main­tain­ing good health and pre­vent­ing ill­ness was their big­gest mo­ti­va­tion for eat­ing healthy.

While many of us hope a nutri­tion-rich diet would lead to a bet­ter physique, reach­ing an op­ti­mal weight stood out as the top goal for eat­ing well.

But while we might have good in­ten­tions to over­haul our diet, ob­sta­cles are plen­ti­ful.

Fast food proved to be our big­gest food-re­lated re­gret, fol- lowed by sweets.

And though a dough­nut or carb-filled cake might tempt us, we cer­tainly don’t love them af­ter, with in­dul­gent baked goods tak­ing third place.

Many re­spon­dents in­di­cated sweets were their guilty plea­sure, with al­co­hol and fast food also mak­ing the top three.

Nutri­tion Plus di­eti­tian Melanie McGrice ex­plained the re­sults were re­flec­tive of what she saw in her ev­ery­day prac­tice, ad­ding that the na­tion’s re­la­tion­ship with food needed work. She added that although we knew not to eat so much of th­ese foods, it was eas­ier to say “yes” than “no”.

“My work is now much more fo­cused around help­ing peo­ple with strate­gies to achieve their di­etary goals,” Ms McGrice said.

“You wouldn’t find a child in Africa feel­ing guilty about eat­ing some sweets be­cause it’s such a novel oc­cur­rence. The rea­son why Aussies ex­pe­ri­ence guilt is that it’s no longer a treat, it’s more likely an overindul­gence.

“There’s no point feel­ing guilty. In­stead, learn from it. Ask your­self ques­tions such as ‘when I’m in this sit­u­a­tion next time, what could I do dif­fer­ently so that it doesn’t hap­pen again?’.”

While Aus­tralians could be com­mended for their love of cof­fee, their love of the bot­tle has caused alarm.

Beer, wine and spir­its took sec­ond place on the list of items we couldn’t live with­out, and also emerged as one of our top guilty plea­sures.

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WHAT TEMPTS US: Fast food, choco­late, dough­nuts, cof­fee and al­co­hol are among our big­gest re­grets and guilty plea­sures.

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