Living in Australia

Diet and nutrition

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Australia’s diverse, multicultural society means you can find a variety of food from different cultures around the world.

Eating out

No matter where you are in Australia, you’ll find restaurants in a variety of cuisines, from Chinese, Indian and Thai, to Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern and more. While you have a lot of choices when it comes to restaurants, keep in mind that dining out for every meal can be expensive and may not always be the healthiest option.

Buying international food

Your local grocery store is likely to have aisles dedicated to international foods – stocking Asian, Indian, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Middle Eastern, African and American foods. Most grocery stores also have Kosher and Halal options.

You’ll also find specialty supermarkets that have a more extensive selection of imported foods from different parts of the world.

Healthy eating in Australia

In Australia, you may not have access to the same types of food and produce you had at home, so you may need to adjust your eating habits slightly.

To help you adapt to your new lifestyle, we’ve put together a few tips to help you eat well while you’re here:

  • Cook at home
  • Plan your meals for the week
  • If you’re living with roommates, consider sharing food and cooking responsibilities
  • Save your leftovers for lunch
  • Buy your fruit and vegetables at your local market
  • Keep a collection of cheap, healthy recipes
  • Read food labels (so you know what you’re eating)
  • Eat more vegetables and whole foods
  • Reduce the amount of processed and packaged foods you eat
  • Buy frozen vegetables (try to avoid those with added salt, sugar and fat)

For more information about diet and nutrition in Australia, visit the Eat for Health website.

For meal planning ideas download the "Nutritious meal planning, preparation, and cooking advice for international students" and the "Appetite for Study Cookbook" guide developed by the University of Canberra.

Benefits of a well-balanced diet

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can help:

  • give you the energy you need to exercise, socialise and study
  • you maintain a healthy weight
  • improve your ability to concentrate and cope with stress
  • reduce the risk of common health issues, including excess weight, heart disease, blood pressure, certain cancers and constipation
  • build your immune system to fight common colds and flu.

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