The Health Promotion Office of the University of Seville has launched the Come to the Rhythm of Life campaign, which aims to promote healthy and sustainable eating. Healthy goals that Grupo Olmata also defends.
The initiative has been promoted by the Vice-Rector’s Office for Social and Community Services of the University of Seville, in collaboration with the Health Area of the City Hall of Seville.
Come to the Rhythm of Life campaign proposes a healthier and more sustainable diet to the university community. That is one that is based on foods of plant origin, moderates the consumption of foods of animal origin, and avoids the consumption of alcoholic beverages and ultra-processed foods.
Eat at the Rhythm of Life
The Office for Health Promotion has started the Eat at the Rhythm of Life campaign offering 10 basic tips to improve health through good nutrition.
- Choose and eat local foods. Local foods are those produced and marketed locally, with a distance radius of less than 100 km between the place where it is produced and where it is sold. These foods offer greater confidence to the consumer by being informed about the origin and production methods, have a less environmental impact by reducing transport times, promote the development of the local economy and protect the preparation of traditional local recipes based on them.
- Eat seasonal foods. Seasonal foods are those that, naturally and as a consequence of their biological cycle, is at the optimum point of consumption at some time of the year. Foods have seasonality, that is, during a certain period of time their organoleptic properties of taste, aroma, or appearance are maximized. Hence the importance of knowing the temporality of the products, which allows you to enjoy a better culinary experience and implies a responsible decision with the planet.
- Revalue traditional and local foods and recipes. Following a good healthy and sustainable diet has a fundamental role in the protection of local and cultural heritage since consuming local foods encourages the preparation of traditional recipes based on them. Traditional cuisine constitutes part of the intangible heritage of societies, being an element of local identity and development.
- Learn to shop and cook together. It is recommended to visit the local markets and fill the pantry with fruits, vegetables, and seasonal and local vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, eggs, fish, fresh meat, and virgin olive oil. During the purchase, it is important to read labels and have Taken into account that the ingredients do not include sugar or derivatives, refined flours, poor quality oils, or excess salt. At the time of cooking, the culinary knowledge of the elderly must be taken into account, since they, better than anyone, know how to give value to the products of the land.
- Plan menus and shopping. Planning the weekly menu in advance allows for greater organization and quality of meals. It is enough to dedicate half an hour to design the menu of the week, based on fresh, local, and seasonal food. At the same time, you can prepare the shopping list, adding those foods that need to be replaced. One option is to follow batch cooking or serial cooking, which consists of spending an afternoon organizing and cooking to eat healthy throughout the week.
- Prioritize plant foods. Basing your diet on plant foods provides greater satiety and numerous health benefits. Among them is the reduction of the risk of suffering diseases such as diabetes, obesity, or cardiovascular disease. In addition, the choice of this type of food constitutes a responsible decision with the environment, since reducing the consumption of those of animal origin reduces the excessive energy demand of the livestock activity and the high emission of greenhouse gases.
- It uses terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity in a sustainable way. Take an interest in the sustainability and fairness of agricultural, livestock, and fishing procedures The human activity that degrades the planet the most is the search, production, transport, storage, and consumption of food. Therefore, it is important to choose those that are healthier and more sustainable with the environment. We must take into account the origin of the food, if it comes from sustainable agriculture, if the livestock is respectful with the environment and is committed to animal welfare, and if the fisheries respect the times of regeneration of the fish. It is also very important not to waste or throw food.
- Enjoy the conviviality and pleasure of food, always with balance and moderation. Eating is not only limited to the act of ingesting food but is closely related to people’s happiness. Eating is a social act and an essential part of the culture of any society. Therefore, the relationship with food directly affects biopsychosocial health. Maintaining healthy eating habits, in addition to nourishing without starving, implies being aware of our actions without falling into the feeling of guilt. There are no allowed and forbidden foods, there are quality, frequency, and quantity.
- The Mediterranean diet is an emblematic example of healthy and sustainable eating. The Mediterranean diet is a valuable cultural heritage and constitutes a rich and healthy dietary pattern. It is based on the production and consumption of plant-based foods, such as fresh and seasonal vegetables, vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.
In other words, build your foundation with foods that provide plenty of fiber, increased satiety, and numerous health benefits. Likewise, the consumption of fish and shellfish prevails over that of meat. In the Mediterranean diet, extra virgin olive oil is the source of healthy fats. Such are its benefits that, in 2013, it was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.