Season 9 Episode 6

What are food rules and can they actually make a difference to your life?

Buckle up guys, we’ve finally got an expert to show us what’s what! Introducing Gavin Wren, a food policy specialist who has published some easy to follow food rules, that’ll help us make a difference to our day to day lives. We ask him ALL the questions you can imagine to really understand how food rules can actually impact us, and how we can apply them to be a little bit better than we were yesterday. What’s the one thing you could do to make today better than yesterday? Tell us about it below!

Best soundbite“Gavin Wren. Making Food Policy sexy again.” – Mike Huttlestone

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Did you know that eating with friends is proven to have a bigger positive impact than eating solo and provides an overall healthier lifestyle?

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  1. Casolo

    I have listened to almost all of the podcasts, and in my opinion, this was the best one yet. It was great you having a guest, but also to discuss small changes you can make to be healthier and think more about your food,

  2. ch88

    How exciting that you’ve got a guest to shed some light on this subject! This episode has given me lots of food for thought. Gavin’s food rules and their underlying principles (better than yesterday, and doing the best you can for your situation) definitely seem to make these very accessible and inclusive. I’ve been referring to the UK’s Eatwell guide quite a bit recently in an attempt to become a bit more knowledgeable about nutrition and it’s been useful, but can feel overwhelming at times – however, I can totally see Gavin’s ideas stuck on the fridge as a quick and easy reminder instead.
    Time to finally start that mini herb ‘garden’ on the kitchen window sill!

  3. Anita

    Congrats on your first guest! I really enjoyed this conversation since I also love a great set of rules! 😀 These – or their Instagram pics, rather – would make great fridge magnets 😉 I consistently live by quite a few of them but I truly think I could benefit from paying a little more attention to the ones I often neglect (social aspects like giving food, asking for/giving help). My one thing I can think of that could make my tomorrow better – after checking out the great photos at Brain Food – would be “Inspiration”!

    • Sorted

      It was great having our first guest, it adds a whole new dimension to the podcast. We can all think what could make my tomorrow better. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. pamdick58

    Really enjoyed this one, especially Gavin’s advice about trying to do better than yesterday. We can all aspire to that! Would love to see a video series where you take some of your old recipes and see if you could make them a little better than yesterday.

  5. Annie1962

    Grow your own if you can – I live on a 728 sq metre block and the back yard could be used for vegies.. the soil isn’t good but the overall cost to start actually puts me off doing veges etc.
    I’m thinking of making it more communal and sharing the results.. not sure how it’d go when working out who gets how much etc.
    Try and buy better quality fruit and veg to make it last longer – I have several supermarkets in my area and there is one where the fruit and veg is expensive, but very long lasting and of higher quality- debating whether to go there and get that f and v rather than an el cheapo local big time supermarket which sells almost rotting celery – actually typing that out helped me make my decision.
    Find people to swap food with – Look out for facebook groups which are worldwide called ‘Buy Nothing’. There are hundreds all over the world and the rule is NOTHING is to cost anything.
    This includes food. If there’s too much of a certain type of food – give it away. If you need something – ask. The groups are very suburb oriented i.e you give where you live.
    It’s saved me hundreds. The most important thing is that someone takes your unwanted stuff rather than it end up being waste.
    This could be a topic – these food swapping/giving pages/groups on facebook and how they work,
    This is the facebook worldwide group

    • Anita

      Wow, Annie, thank you for introducing me to the world of Buy Nothing! This made me really excited!
      Also, don’t give up on that veggie garden idea! I started a tiny (and considering the squash yield, it turned out to be not so tiny) 100-square-meter garden back, in Hungary in our very low-quality, weed-prone, sandy soil. Ordered cow manure (for 5000 forints then, that’s approx. us $ 20), bought some twine, collected a few sticks and “built” a 2-foot “fence” around the patch to protect it from our pack of crazy dogs – in the beginning, some surveillance and firm rule-setting were needed to keep them out, though, but dogs are great so after a while, there were no new pawprints between and on the precious plants 😊
      The water source can be problematic. We put some money aside so we could drill a well later that, in turn, helped me save a lot of effort and money in the long run. However, I understand that growing veggies in Australia might pose different challenges, right?

    • Sorted

      We hadn’t heard of the ‘Buy Nothing’ groups either. What a great principle to have as a community and to live by. We all have something that we don’t need, but somebody else does, helping out your neighbours is what we should all do more of. This is a great way to meet your local community too.

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