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Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:41

Tips for healthier eating

There are so many conflicting messages out there about what the ‘ideal’ healthy diet is. Here are a few pointers to help you figure out what your healthy diet is.

 

You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy

Nowadays, the perception of healthy is presented in a way to make us think that anything less than a perfect diet is unacceptable, which results in many people not even bothering to try. We’ve lost sight of what it means to have balance in our diet. It’s not about completely avoiding a slice of cake, or some ice-cream or takeaway. Each of those things have a place in our small place in our diet and when they are eaten in the right amounts, they don’t cause our diet to be ‘unhealthy’ at all. If most of our diet is made up of those ‘treat’ foods, then we should consider making some changes.


Stop with the fad diets

There are so many fad diets out there which make it hard to know what is actually ‘healthy’. Just like we are all different individuals, a single definition of healthy eating does not fit everyone. If you’re not sure what your diet needs, see someone who can help you tailor it to what you need. True, some people will have symptoms after eating certain foods, e.g. gluten and certainly feel better without them in their diet, but that doesn’t mean that a gluten-free diet is any better than a diet with gluten. It really depends on the individual.


Limit, but don’t completely avoid processed foods

Limiting processed foods helps to reduce our intake of fat, sugar and salt. Eat mostly natural foods in your diet. You have not failed if you do eat something ‘unhealthy’. We need to learn how to understand that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ diet.


Eat plenty of vegetables

80% of Australian’s do not get their 5 serves of vegetables each day. If it’s green and leafy, it’s probably good for you!


Don’t overthink it

Stop eating out so much, cook more often at home, eat wholegrains and plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you know it’s ‘bad’, it’s not off limits, just make sure it doesn’t make up the most of food that you’re eating!

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