AN ACTION PACKED JUNE FOR LOVE LOCAL!
The year is racing by and June has also brought with it, some fabulous frosty mornings, which will be adding to the sweetness of many of our local vegetables.
We have enjoyed a busy June with involvement in some brilliant local events. We were delighted to be invited to the Access Ability/Autism NZ Southland Family Fun Day. It was a great chance for families to enjoy some fun activities and each other’s company. It was also a great chance for us to fly the Love Local flag.
Love Local is a member of the Local Good Food Network, who hosted an informative evening in conjunction with Love Food, Hate Waste week. This featured a “Learn to be Waste-Free with your Food” session by Kate Meads, as well as screening “Edible Paradise” a documentary on the birth of the food forest movement in New Zealand. It was fantastic to network with members of our community who are just as passionate as Love Local about developing a more sustainable food system in Southland. We have also been presenting at some social agencies across Invercargill and look forward to adding to our network of hubs for Healthy Whanau Bags.
June has been a successful month for our resident Table Tennis guru, Shelley Smith. She competed at the South Canterbury Open in Timaru on Queen’s Birthday Weekend, coming home with a gold, silver and a bronze medal. I would also like to acknowledge Love Local Trustee, Lauren Richardson, on completing the Queenstown to Invercargill Chopper Appeal bike ride, at the end of May. This is an amazing fundraising event that has contributed significantly to our local rescue chopper services. A fantastic achievement Lauren, both personally and socially. Well done!
Thanks to those of you that have been sharing the love for us! We have had a number of new customers signing up for our service, many of whom have been referrals from positive feedback from our current customers. We really appreciate your support!
MEET THE TEAM!
Each month we will be introducing you to one of the dedicated team behind Love Local.
This month we are catching up with Sara Westbury.
What is your role with Love Local? Volunteer delivery driver and helping with ordering produce.
Where were you born? North Shore City (Auckland)
What are your hobbies? Watching movies, cooking, playing board games and very occasionally, mountain biking.
What is something people are surprised to find out about you? I seem very laid back but I can be very competitive when I am playing a game of something.
How long have you been involved? Since Love Local started in 2013.
What led you to be involved? I wanted to help our community.
What is the biggest challenge in being part of the LL team? None.
What is the most rewarding? Knowing I am helping people in my community and working with the Love Local employees and volunteers whom I admire for their many talents.
Love Food, Hate Waste Week
Love Food, Hate Waste Week ran from 17-23 June. In New Zealand around $870 million worth of domestic waste is thrown away uneaten each year, so it makes sense to spend some time thinking about how we can reduce the food related waste that we produce. This equates to over 120,000 tonnes of food per year. Wasted food is also a major contributor to climate change. Food waste in landfill sites rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas. The food we throw away is also a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage.
Love Food, Hate Waste week in Southland was supported by WasteNet and included a range of events across the region. WasteNet is the Southland based Councils' shared service that works to reduce waste to landfill and encourage the uptake of actions to improve use of resources. Check out their website for some great tips on reducing, reusing and recycling (www.wastenet.org.nz).
I was fortunate to attend a Love Food, Hate Waste week event which included a short presentation by New Zealand’s well-known waste warrior – Kate Meads. I was pretty gobsmacked to hear that bread is our most frequently chucked out item, with 20 million loaves a year going down the gurgler. This doesn’t mean that we are throwing away whole loaves necessarily, but when you consider the crusts, or a few stale/mouldy slices we each dispose of, it adds up. Kate’s top tip for bread storage - keep it in the freezer. Other items high up the list of wasted foods were, leftovers, apples and bananas.
Love Food, Hate Waste is a national initiative that addresses the issue of food waste. It offers practical tips about a range of food-saving measures, from planning to portion control, as well as smart shopping and using leftovers. You can check out their website for ongoing ideas to help get on top of food wastage (www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz).
LOVE FROM LAUREN
I often find people telling me they have cut out bread, rice, pasta and cereals in order to lose weight.
While it may work for some people, it isn’t necessary and does actually mean we miss out on important nutrients for good health!
In fact, experts tell us we should be having 4-6 serves of breads and cereals each day. It’s only the refined ones like white flour, white rice and pastas, baking and confectionery that we should limit or replace with whole grain alternatives.
Nutritionally, wholegrains contain carbohydrate, protein, fibre and a wide range of minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins (folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin) and vitamin E. Wholegrains provide great benefits including:
· Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
· Protection against heart disease and stroke.
· Improved bowel health.
· Lower cholesterol and blood pressure and protection against some cancers.
· Helping you manage your weight.
- Improving your blood sugar control, creating a feeling of fullness and discouraging overeating.
- Helping to fight fatigue and boost concentration.
To get a good daily dose of wholegrains, ensure grainy bread, wholemeal flour, brown rice and oats are staples in your house, as well as trying some other fun varieties such as barley, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, polenta, semolina and soba noodles. If none of that floats your boat, yes, popcorn does count as a wholegrain - just make sure it’s plain!
Feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org with dietitian-related questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about.