Healthy eating does not mean we have to stop enjoying the foods we enjoy and live purely on fat free meat, vegetables and fruit! Rather it is about feeling great, keeping as healthy as possible and learning some basic nutrition facts that you can build into your lifestyle.
Healthy eating does require some thought and planning, but once you understand the basics it is easy to rethink eating in a way which works for you.
Following these five tips will help start you off!
1. Eat a variety of foods.
2. Include vegetables, whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds every day.
3. Choose healthier fats and oils.
4. Try to limit sugary, fatty and salty take-away meals and snacks.
5. Drink mainly water.
Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart” - it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes as well as provide protection against depression. Additionally, learning the habits of healthy eating can improve your health by boosting your energy, sharpening your memory and stabilizing your mood. Expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create enjoyable healthy meals.
Please have a look at the websites below for lots of tips and advise on healthy eating:
National heart foundation http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/sites/HealthyEating/whatishealthyeating/Pages/default.aspx
My Healthy Balance is a free, online healthy lifestyle program http://www.myhealthybalance.com.au/About_My_Healthy_Balance
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