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.
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. It can be used to develop a renal diet using bush tucker.
This publication is only available online - download it free here.
‘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 this recipe book and place an order here.
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.
Download this booklet here here.
Thumbs Up for Healthy Tucker
The Jimmy Little Foundation team 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.
See more about Thumbs Up for Healthy Tucker program here.
EON Thriving Communities – Edible Gardens Program
Founded in 2005, EON is a WA based not-for-profit organisation that delivers a food and nutrition focused healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program. The Program is now established and proven in 16 Indigenous communities in Western Australia.
EON builds edible gardens in remote Indigenous schools and communities for a secure supply of fresh food, and partner with them to deliver a hands-on practical gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene program.
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.
See more about this program here.
Other useful resources
- Dietitians Association of Australia Locate a renal dietitian
- Nutrition and chronic kidney disease Some basic facts
- Back on the Menu KHA recipe book for a low-potassium diet
- Kidney Stories Toolkit No 8 - diet and kidney disease
- Living Strong Cookbook Queensland Health