The event was a rather fancy affair at the 5* Langham Hotel in central London, with Dr Hillary Jones and Anna Williamson presenting the report while we drank champagne and nibbled on Omega-3 canapés (much tastier than they sound).
1. Oil it up. We all know we should eat oily fish to get Omega-3 and other fun nutrients but many of us just don’t do it. Some don’t know what fish counts as ‘oily’, some just don’t care. Eating oily fish is just as important to a balanced diet as your 5-a-day but over half of survey respondents said that eating a healthy diet was ‘unrealistic’ and that they found it difficult to have the recommended weekly portion of oily fish. I, for one, am terrible at this. I probably eat 1 portion of fish every fortnight rather than 2-3 per week! And I was gutted to learn that tinned tuna doesn’t count, as it has no Omega-3 🙁 So, I’m going to start having oily fish (tuna fillet, salmon, mackerel, sardines) at least twice a week and then up it to three times a week once I get into the habit. Are you in?
2. Cheat. Embrace the supplements! They are a great way to ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs, especially if you’re lax with your diet. If you’re a vegetarian – good news! Remember that algae I was talking about earlier? It turns out that fish actually get their Omega-3 from eating algae, so if you don’t eat fish (or even if you do) you can get yours straight from the source. I’m not suggesting you go down to your local pond and fish out (hehe) some algae. DSM have done all the work for you, creating vegetarian, algae based, fish free Omega-3 supplements – life’sOMEGA and life’sDHA. Both are available online and in most supplement stockists, including Boots.