Junk Free June is this years campaign to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Like many charities the Cancer Society relies on donations to fund much needed cancer research and to support people and their families with cancer.
Cancer is New Zealand’s biggest cause of death and most of us has been affected by this disease in some way. But did you know that most common cancers could be prevented by eating a nutritious diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight?
June Free June aims to give people freedom by helping people free themselves from the things that have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing, raise social awareness of what healthy choices are, educate people on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and empower people to make positive choices.
The good news is that during 30 days you can create new lifelong healthy habits that can stretch beyond the month of June. It will be your new normal and a new way of thinking about health. One of the best things we can all do for our health is to eat more fresh foods, more whole foods, more plant based meals and fewer foods that come in ‘packets’. It’s about making steps to get back to basics, making things from scratch, growing our own, taking time to prepare foods for the ones we love, and sitting around the dinner table enjoying a meal together.
So while I don’t eat junk food I do still have some vices! So for the month of June I will be forgoing my couple of glasses of red a week. For me this doesn’t scare me as my drinking has been decreasing over the years since my partying days of my early 20s! However I do find having a glass of wine during the weekend is a habit.
So what are you going to give up for 30 days? Your mid afternoon chocolate bar? Your Friday night take aways? Or your daily caffeine fix?
Bring it on! #junkfreejune
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist