This is normally a blog about immigrating and moving to Sydney. I really don't know if anyone has written about this before, but moving country definitely makes you fat. I will present my silly argument - of course I know this is not true of everyone, but I do think that for a lot people, immigrating will make you pick up the lard!
And we all know this is not what you want!
Having moved country several times over the years, I seem to pick a burst of weight in the first few months right after moving. Here are my reasons.
Stress of moving
Ok, so you spent literally months planning your move, finding work, finding schools, researching places to live, worrying about money, planning your budget, get removals, getting your pets removal organized and possibly selling up your existing property where you are coming from.
So you eat - you are tired, you celebrate your move with friends, you visit family.
Possibly your house hold goods have gone already and you are camping in your house..
The Actual Flight and post the flight
Ok so you eat at the airport, you fly for up to 28 hours with stops, you have jet lag, you're tired.
So you arrive at your destination, you bundle into your temporary accommodation, hotel, friends pad or short term accommodation.
Guess what! odds are you are not going to want to cook a nice healthy meal.... So its restaurants, take out, junk food and so on. (I mean who wants to wash dishes after moving and flying for a day and a night)
So immediately after you land its take out and junk food. I mean unless you are the super mum or dad and are going to land in a foreign country and do some sort of monthly shopping. Its probably going to be a week or six of junk food mixed with home cooking.
Temporary accommodation binging
Right, so now you are in a temporary apartment. It's small, it has no utensils, the fridge is tiny.
The kids are hungry (possibly teenagers) all the time(every day), the Parents are trying to sort out everything. Mom and pops are tired....
What's the easy way - McDonalds, Kentucky, Chinese take-out going out to restaurants and stocking up with fillers - sweets, drinks, biscuits, chips.
This stage can last some time...
Right, I do know that there are real dedicated, iron willed, super charged, disciplined mum's and dad's out there who literally jump of the plane and go for a run and after that do some good healthy shopping and after that so some utensils shopping and in between all this and finding Laundromats, manage to eat perfectly healthy meals with equal parts carbs, proteins and veggies.
I am not one of them, and I suspect a good portion of people out there fit into my bracket.
Strangeness of the place
Another contributor to the fact that we lose our way in the eating arena is the fact that the supermarkets are all new and the products are different.
So on top of finding out which supermarkets to go to and how to get to them, you just cannot find the stuff you so easily threw into the trolley back home. So it's hours spent wondering the isles looking for things that are remotely the same as your usual supermarket favorites.
The meals you cook are just not the same and its so easy to tip towards shortcuts and junk food.
There is just the feeling that things are not the same.
Try finding a can of baked beans in Asia....
So much Easier
Ok so let me state the obvious - its just easier to eat out. on top this, restaurants serve up over-size portions and there is a lot of cool (fattening) stuff on the menu. Things you would not generally eat at home. Kilo's baby lots of kilo's!
Wildly exotic food
If you are moving to a country that is wildly different to your own(and even if its the same), you will be in holiday mode. Its exciting! There are lots of enticing restaurants to choose from. This is especially the case if you move to Asia where everything is exotic and new. After a while, you realize(or don't care that) the food is probably not that good for you, but by then its too late. The pounds have packed on.
Break down of your family eating habits
The above paragraphs have been a little bit light hearted, but its actually a serious topic.
I think the worst part about moving countries is that there is a very real danger of losing your way.
Eating together as a family, eating healthily and being in control of your lives is very important.
Your family will need to have some sort of normality and eating together with home cooked food from mum (or dad) will be an important part of building up your lives in your new abode.
Once your family eating patterns are broken its very hard to heal it.
Have you experienced this?
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