Bush tucker, healthy eating and wellness
‘Bush Tucker in Kidney Failure and Diabetes’
This book is a helpful guide about eating Indigenous foods when you have chronic kidney disease and diabetes, especially when living in remote home country. It can be used to develop a renal diet using bush tucker.
When you have sick kidneys, a special diet can slow the rate of kidney disease and limit the build-up of waste products and fluid in the body. The kidney slows down in stages, so your diet needs to change to help the kidney work.
The book provides the nutritional breakdown of many Australian Indigenous foods, including animals (such as walleroo, kangaroo, possum), insects (such as moths, witchety grubs, ants) and native fruits and vegetables.
To order a copy, phone the National Renal Resource Centre on freecall 1800 257 189 or download it for free.
‘Kukumbat gudwan daga’ (Really cooking good food)
This cookbook contains healthy recipes for feeding ten or more people. Developing the recipes was a collaborative effort between women from the remote Aboriginal communities of the Jawoyn region with help from chef Alison Lorraine, a nutritionist with the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The recipes use local ingredients and cater for up to 100 healthy meals to improve the nutrition of people receiving meals on wheels or school lunch programs.
You can read more about the book and place an order.
An initiative by the federal, state and territory governments, this booklet provides advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about being healthier and living longer – today, tomorrow and into the future.
The booklet explains how you can improve your health by making a few changes to your eating habits and being more active in your daily life. Taking a few simple steps can start making a real difference, for you and your community.
Order a copy or download the booklet.
Thumbs Up for Healthy Tucker
This team from the Jimmy Little Foundation regularly travels to Arnhem Land communities giving workshops to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make better healthy food choices and drink water instead of sugary fizzy drinks.
Healthy eating dramatically reduces the incidence of chronic kidney disease, which destroys families and communities across Australia.
This innovative health education program presents a range of fun videos of songs that can be used as part of kidney education sessions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
You can see more about Thumbs Up for Healthy Tucker and view the videos.
EON Thriving Communities – Edible Gardens Program
This program by EON Thriving Communities takes messages about better health and disease prevention from the garden to the home.
EON’s aim is that a nutritious diet in a happy and healthy life is not limited by the lack of access to affordable fruit and vegetables in remote communities.
To ensure children in these communities can have free fresh fruit and vegetables, EON piloted its Edible Gardens Program in the Kimberley.
The success of the pilot led to the Edible Gardens Program being introduced in communities across the Kimberley, with more planned.
See more about the EON Edible Gardens Program.
Other useful resources
- Nutrition and chronic kidney disease > Some basic facts
- Back on the Menu > Recipe book for a low-potassium diet
- Kidney Stories Toolkit No 8 > About diet and kidney disease
- Deadly Tucker Cookbook > By the North Metropolitan Area Health Service
- The Flour-Drum Stove Cookbook > For easy outdoor cooking
- IBIS healthy lifestyle guide > Islanders Board of Industry and Service
- Living Strong Cookbook >By Queensland Health
- FOODcents Program > To achieve a healthy diet and save money
- Dietitians Association of Australia > To find a local renal dietitian