I think the most important part of rejuvenating ourselves starts from the inside. Eating a well balanced diet and making healthier food choices will start to make our bodies feel good and provide the energy to undertake a complete rejuvenation. How often do we see healthy people and think they look great? Their hair is shiny and skin is clear and they have a vitality and zest for life.
So what does making healthier food choices actually mean?
1. Don’t cut out a food group
Making healthier food choices doesn’t mean dieting and existing on water and lettuce leaves – or I suppose kale is the leaf of choice these days!
It means eating from the 5 food groups and that includes carbohydrates and good fats.
What are good fats?
Yes you should include fats in your diet, however it is important to select Unsaturated fats which can help to reduce heart disease, lower cholestorol and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Good fats include:
- Natural Peanut butter
- Nuts such as almonds, macademia, cashews, pecans
- Fish such as salmon, tuna, trout and sardines
- Sunflower and sesame seeds
This link from Nutrition Australia shows the ‘healthy eating pyramid’ which ensures we eat enough from each food group to stay healthy. This has recently been updated and you can read about it by clicking on the link http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/healthy-eating-pyramid
2. Eat a rainbow
Increase your intake of colourful vegetables and fruits. Make your plate a rainbow of colour. It not only looks and tastes great AND it is more nutritious for you. Different coloured fruit and vegetables provide different health properties to help fight disease. It is also a great way to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables.
This fact sheet from Nutrition Australia is a great resource: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/eat-rainbow
3. Don’t get caught with the ‘low fat’ option
Did you know that low fat options might be lower in fat but they are certainly higher in sugar. Make sure you READ THE LABEL on products to see the sugar content before you buy. Better still, try to eat as much unprocessed food as possible.
4. Replace Your Fruit Smoothie with a Piece of Fruit
We all love our smoothies, especially in Summer as a quick way to increase our fruit intake. Did you know that a fruit smoothie or fruit juice contains more sugar than the a whole piece of fruit? It also reduces the amount of fibre when turned into juice. The link below explains in more detail.
5. Reduce the size of your portions
Eating a balanced diet doesn’t mean that you can eat as much as you like. Monitoring your portion size is important especially if you want to lose weight and aren’t active. Click on the link below for more information on what ‘a serve’ actually means.
6. Drink lots of Water
Water flushes out our system and keeps us hydrated. http://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au/why-you-need-to-keep-hydrated-winter-or-summer/
Let’s Keep Sizzling!