Smart Eating Week
There is so much information about what we should and shouldn’t eat that it can become quite overwhelming. For me, it is basically trying to eat healthier options more often than not. That doesn’t mean we can’t treat ourselves occasionally but there are healthy and happier ways we can treat ourselves without resorting to food.
For example instead of a chocolate bar why not treat yourself to:
- A facial
- A relaxaing massage
- A soothing bubble bath
- A new outfit or hair style
So what is Smart Eating and why is it important enough to have a week dedicated to it?
The Dieticians Association of Australia defines ‘smart eating’ as:
a means to good nutrition, a key step towards better health for everyone!
My friend and fellow ‘Saturday Sister’, has recently started a health program which her company is promoting as part of their Lifestyle Program for employees. After the first week, she told me during our weekly run, that she didn’t realise that she wasn’t eating nearly enough fruit and vegetables, even though she is a vegetarian. Working full time, unless she brings her lunch to work, she may not have a break or just grab something quickly which may not be a healthy option.
4 Quick Ways to Eat Smarter today
1. Eat a Rainbow
This means including foods of different colours. Fruit and vegetables fall into 5 colour categories each providing nutrients and disease fighting properties. So eat a plate that looks like a rainbow – it will certainly look tempting and your body will love you for it.
2. Eat to nourish your body and your mind
We need to eat to provide energy for our bodies but also for our brain. The food that we eat can affect our moods, memory, cognitive skills and general health and well-being. Eating nourishing foods which include Omega-3 can help delay or prevent Alzheimer’s or depression. Click here to read more about Foods to Eat for Good Brain Health
3. Don’t diet but make a lifestyle change
Diet fads are short term fixes and bring short term gratification but they don’t last and some can be dangerous to our health. If you need to lose weight consult a dietician or your doctor and combine regular exercise with sensible eating. Make a positive choice to change your lifestyle and the way you look at food. Look at long term health rather than short term fixes.
4. Drink more Water
Eating Smarter doesn’t just relate to food. Keep well hydrated and drinking plenty of water flushes the toxins out of our bodies. Aim for 8 glasses per day unless you are exercising or it is very hot, then you need more. Carry a water bottle with you or have one at home, in the car, at your desk.
Are you a Smart Eater? Take the quiz and find out
I did mine and there is room for improvement – I was quite surprised actually, so this was a good exercise for me.