When you are recovering from illness or have a disability that prevents you from shopping, there are healthy meal options.
I have discovered a dynamic company called Youfoodz.
Youfoodz is a home delivery service in major metropolitan areas throughout Australia.
Youfoodz also stocks great nutritional meals in many stores including IGA and major supermarkets like Aldi, Coles and Woolworths.
Nutrition is essential to your recovery and Youfoodz serves you well in that way.
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There are so many fade diet, it become quite an exercise to find what’s right for you, your body, you likes and dislikes.
Youfoodz offer nutritional meals for busy people and for weight loss.
Youfoodz started in Australia in 2012. From it’s inception, the emphasis was creating prepackaged meals that were nutritous and healthy. The fresh ready made meals can also include healthy snack and drinks. The company now has over 3000 stockists and continues to deliver at homes in major metropolitan areas in Australia.
If you are wondering how does the food stay fresh, then you can relax, as the company sources local fresh produce. The food is cooked packaged and delivered straight to your door.
The food is vaccum sealed via “Modified Atmosphere Packaging” system which removes oxygen from the meals allowing the food to stay fresh. Meal expiry is inclusive of the day of delivery.
Only the ready to eat meals can be frozen for up to 3 months. It is recommended not to freeze the fish or salad meals.
There are vegetarian prepared meals delivered home too.
If you are ever unhappy with the service you can compain through the online form. The company takes pride and the utmost care when it comes to safety with food and health. From personal hygiene for food handling to packaging and delivery, the company’s safety standards at maintianed.
Youfoodz commit to taking your complaints seriously.
Unfortunaley, the company does not do custum made meals, due to the large volume of production.
However, one great feature of this service is that packaging is 100% recyclable including meal sleeves, snack packaging and drink containers.
More recently Youfoodz is marketing and catering for larger meals. They usually take about 2 minutes to heat.
Another service that YouFoodz offers is Grocery Essentials.
This program offers seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. This is subject to change without notification so they can provide the highest quality produce.
Meat, dairy and egg product are Australian made. However some fruit may be imported if not supplied in Australia.
Minimum Oders are $49.
If you wish to order head straight to the menu page at their website, select what you like on the menu. Then you just can head to the online checkout to complete the order.
The company currently takes Credit Cards, Afterpay, Zip and Paypal.
You can set up recurring orders and you do not have to even sign a contract.
The Weight Loss Refresh program has been successful since inception. Its not a diet, challenge or cleanse. These meals are potioned controlled and made simple with fresh, delicious and convenient meals under 350 calories per meal. There is is no lock in contract. You can order each week or set up a recurring order for week, fortnighly or monthly deliveries.
The company has a motto “Best meals delivered or its free”.
Youfoodz has been crowned Australia’s #1 Healthy Meal Delivery Service from Canstar Blue + Australia’s Best Food Delivery Service from ProductReview 3 YEARS in a row!
Forget frozen – Youfoodz uses nothing but fresh-picked produce & top-quality protein for our ready-to-eat classics, next day delivery for metro areas, fresh sandwiches & more.
Youfoodz offers variety as well via an ever-changing menu of 100+ meals, snacks & juices can be delivered to your door or found at ~3000 stockists Australia-wide, including Coles, Aldi, Drakes, IGA, Night Owl, BP, FoodWorks, Good Life & so many more.
Nutrition and Mental Health
In the past, research on dietary nutrition was often focused on adults and mental health.
We recognise that adequate eating is related to improved mental health effects, whereas a bad diet highly likely lead to a depressed mood and anxiety.
Emerging studies focused on children and young people has, however, also established a link between deficient diets and suicide. Regional Australia has some of the highest rates of youth suicide in the world. It also has low socio economic levels and significant social problem.
Lets look at dietry requirements for children and mental health.
Poor nutrition can lead to;
- poor concerntration and memory
- low mood
- hyperactivity and agressive behaviour
Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, are associated with nutrient deficiencies (we know that fruits or vegetables , grains, fish, lean red meats and olive oils are rich in important nutrients, including folate, magnesium, vitamins and zinc, all of which influence body and brains and mood regulations).
Dietary choices is not always a option. Sometimes there is not enough food for many Australian households due to issues like joblessness and hunger. Food deprivation can cause lower academic success, stress, depression , anxiety, violence and conflicts with other people. Insecurity of food can contribute to eating disorders.
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we all increase our intake of fruit and vegetables and reduce foods high in sugar, salt and fat.
However, changing lifestyles and increased access to processed foods mean many children and young people fail to meet these recommendations. Less than 1% of children and young people aged two to 18 years consume the recommended amount of vegetables each day.
Here are some references for further reading on this topic.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2017). Australian Health Survey: Consumption of Food Groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011-12. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/
Jacka, F. N., Kremer, P. J., Berk, M., de Silva-Sanigorski, A. M., Moodie, M., Leslie, E. R., & Swinburn, B. A. (2011). A prospective study of diet quality and mental health in adolescents. PloS one, 6(9), e24805.
Jyoti, D. F., Frongillo, E. A., & Jones, S. J. (2005). Food insecurity affects school children’s academic performance, weight gain, and social skills. The Journal of Nutrition, 135(12), 2831-2839.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). (2013) Australian Dietary Guidelines. Canberra: NHMRC. Retrieved from https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n55.
Tomlinson, D., Wilkinson, H., & Wilkinson, P. (2009). Diet and mental health in children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14(3), 148-155.
Townsend, N., Murphy, S., & Moore, L. (2011). The more schools do to promote healthy eating, the healthier the dietary choices by students. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 65(10), 889-895.