Too many takeaways

Too many takeaways

An article in the metro on April 4th reported that young British people (25-34 year-olds) are consuming as many as 25 takeaways a month and spending as much as£2,620 on fast food every year!

This compares to the average Briton who eats 12 takeaways a month - which still seems like a lot of takeaways! Londoners were the worst, averaging£221.63 a month on takeaways and fast food and people from Chelmsford, Essex were the best averaging just£43.19 a month.

It's easy to understand where much of this comes from - we get home late from work, perhaps we're on our own and we think I can't be bothered to cook something now, or there may not be anything in the fridge, so we reach for the menu and order something in - how easy is that? Meanwhile we can put our feet up and see what's on the box.

And occasionally we can all do that - in moderation that's ok. But what is moderation? No more than one takeaway a week is probably what we should be aiming for and preferably less than that. A gradual reduction will have have massively reduced your dependency on takeaways in just a few months.

And yes, the alternative to a takeaway means that we have to cook. And yes, that may take 30 minutes, and after a long day at work that might not be what we feel like doing. But our nutrition is fundamental to our health, so we need to exercise a bit of discipline and do it anyway. At first it might seem like a chore, but because of the benefits - saving loads of money and feeling (and more than likely looking) much better - it's definitely worth doing.

VTV can help you here! We have lots of simple, healthy and delicious meals that can be done in less than 30 minutes, and don't use too many ingredients! And you don't have to be a Masterchef champion to be able to cook them. If you're not used to cooking, or think you can't cook - give them a go anyway and see how you get on? You might surprise yourself! With a bit of practice we can all learn how to cook.

You know it makes sense!

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