Eating Better

The coronavirus pandemic has already led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, and unimagined resourcefulness from communities and organisations across Bristol. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focusses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater. 

With more time at home in the kitchen and less opportunity to eat restaurant or shop bought food, now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen, learn new recipes and cook for our health. Food Savvy has lots of great recipes as well as food and money saving tips. Try cooking classic dishes with less meat with these recipes from the BBC and find ideas and resources on our Cooking page. 

How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Visit Bristol Food Network– the website has information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response, and how you can support it or find help. 
  • Take part in #BristolFoodKind – follow the hashtag to get practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow food at home in a way that is considerate to yourself and the wider community. Post your own your ideas and tips using #BristolFoodKind to inspire others .
  • Tell us your stories and follow them on the Going for Gold blog. 
  • You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration. 

Changes to our eating habits in the last 50 years have brought amazing variety and convenience, but at what cost?

Clever advertising and promotion of packaged and processed snacks, confectionery, sugary drinks, and the availability of ready meals have made these items seem like the best option. Healthy food is now seen as an exclusive—even weird—alternative, out of most people’s reach. This shift has caused a devastating epidemic of childhood obesity, and a doubling in rates of type 2 diabetes, affecting up to 10% of adults in some areas of the UK.

But there is a another way: by changing our approach to everyday eating, we can again make cooking from scratch, using fresh seasonal ingredients, an enjoyable part of family and community life. Cooking and eating together isn’t just healthy, delicious and sociable: choosing fresh, wholesome produce from ethical suppliers is good for workers’ rights, local businesses, animal welfare, thriving wildlife and a healthy planet.

Whether you’re at home or out and about, there are lots of things you can do to be part of the solution and make eating better the norm in Bristol. Click each link below to discover what you can do, and earn a badge for each action you take. Share your activity and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Geatingbetter. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.

Actions you can take as an Individual

Up your intake of fruit and veg to support your health

Reduce sugary foods in your diet to tackle a major cause of dietary disease