Eating well with the NDIS

Quality meals prepared by Lite n’ Easy chefs

Eating well is critical to good health. Food and nutrition sites, information, and even free, specialist university programs are dedicated to pushing out recipes and guides to help us all eat well . . . and yet so often we don’t.

The problems of daily life are already crowding out positive new year’s resolutions to care for our bodies as it becomes increasingly difficult to carve out enough time to ensure we’re eating well.

Which is why news that Lite n’ Easy’s healthy meal service has now been approved as part of NDIS funding is bringing a sigh of relief not just to the 30-year-old Aussie brand, but also to participants.

One of the key intentions behind the NDIS was to enable individuals to create their own care packages. Working against this was the need to minimise the extra cost of basic care that had been previously provided in the institutional setting – things like food and shelter – the necessities of life.

Of these, food rapidly became one of the most nagging concerns for anybody wanting to arrange their own program. It required thought and effort on a daily basis. Although some people were able to incorporate planning and cooking as part of their positive daily routines it became difficult to maintain that same enthusiasm week after week for 365 days a year.

It’s for program participants like this that Lite n’ Easy is ideal.

The company’s spiel is just as smooth as you’d expect. “Eating well is at the heart of health and well-being” it insists. Meals are designed by dietitians and prepared by chefs who “create delicious, modern dishes, all nutritionally balanced and perfectly portioned to make healthy eating or weight management simple and enjoyable”.

The care and attention has finally paid off as the company has become a registered NDIS provider.

This means approved participants needing meal preparation and delivery can use their funding to gain massive savings on Lite n’ Easy meals. The service will be available for NDIS participants for just thirty percent of the normal price.

“Good nutrition is important for all Australians,
especially those people with a disability”, says company CEO, Dennis Stark. “We are proud to support NDIS participants.”

Tokyo Paraolympic Silver Medalist Lauren Parker uses the Lite n’ Easy program. 

Stark claims Lite n’ Easy’s the only national meal delivery service that provides dietitian-designed, chef-prepared meals in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. He says this helps make it easier for NDIS participants to access nutritious meals in a convenient way to support their goals.

“With over 225 meals to choose from, Lite n’ Easy is making it easy forpeople with a disability to enjoy the benefits of  healthy food seven days a week for as little as $2.25 per meal,” Stark added.

Perhaps there’s something special about the number 225.

The Lite n’ Easy’s website is (perhaps unsurprisingly) packed with glowing testimonials and photos showing smiling, good-looking and active people who are obviously engaging with the world. Most pictures also proudly carry boasts about how much weight people using the service have lost – “Lisa lost 28 kilos”, “Frances lost 22 kilos”, “Gillian lost 37 kilos”.

 Maia (left) is an NDIS Lite n’ Easy customer 
‘Maia’ is one NDIS client who has already been approved for the package and is happy to be a big booster of the meal service. “Lite n’ Easy has been great for me now that the NDIS support has made it very affordable,” she says.
Another client, ‘Rob’, says he uses the seven-day meal plan to provide all his meals. He’s equally enthusiastic, suggesting he’s effectively been given a “new life” by being freed of the need to plan meals.
No food provider is ever going to suggest their food is anything other than the best. Nevertheless the glowing testamonials, coupled with Lite n’ Easy winning the Canstar Blue, “Best Healthy Meal Delivery Service” for two years running, suggests the company is genuinely providing a great product for NDIS participants.
Lite n’ Easy’s website can be found at: https://www.liteneasy.com.au/ndis/

Nic Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is an author (Kevin Rudd, an unauthorised political biography; What Goes Up, behind the 2007 election; Kevin Rudd, 2007 - 2011) and columnist with the Canberra Times. He was the ABC's Indochina Correspondent when he suffered a significant head injury in a car crash in Bangkok.

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