Health & Wellness

Let’s think about Smart Eating

February 13, 2018
Smart Eating Week

 

Smart Eating Week

This week is Smart Eating Week an initiative run by the Accredited Practising Dietitians and supported by Dietitians Association of Australia.

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

Health Eating Quiz

I did mine and there is room for improvement – I was quite surprised actually, so this was a good exercise for me.

What is one thing you can change today to Eat Smarter?

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16 Comments

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com February 14, 2018 at 05:20

    Hi Sue! You know with a title like “SMART” I had to read to see what you had to say 😉 And yes, I agree with all of this. Such a better way to approach eating and staying healthy than trying to follow the latest fad and then go back to doing whatever we were doing before. I particularly like the idea of not dieting, but making a lifestyle change. VERY SMART advice for us all. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 09:11

      I really do believe the lifestyle change attitude is far better mentally and physically, Kathy. When we say we are going on a diet we automatically put pressure on ourselves and start craving things we normally wouldn’t. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week! 🙂

  • Reply Carol Cassara February 14, 2018 at 05:32

    I would have to read this just as I was getting ready to suggest sushi tonight. Maybe I’ll go to the market instead!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2018 at 09:09

      I didn’t do nearly as well on the quiz as I thought I would Carol so don’t feel bad about sushi! Have a great week! x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones February 15, 2018 at 09:52

    Great post with sensible ideas. I tend to skip meals & snack on sugary foods when busy. Planning to work on changing this bad habit for the rest of the week:

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2018 at 10:18

      Hi Jennifer yes it is easy to snack on the wrong foods when we get busy. Sometimes I sit at the computer and forget to eat which is just as bad. I’m going to try to improve my habits as well.

  • Reply Jo Tracey February 15, 2018 at 12:05

    I just did the quiz & I need work on fruit, fairy & vegetarian alternatives ie legumes, tofu etc. The overall score was excellent though…pity I eat too much of it!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 15, 2018 at 12:07

    I’ve always eaten a healthy diet Sue, but junk food has certainly become cheaper and more readily available hasn’t it? For people who work full-time there’s always the temptation to grab something on the way home from work. It’s always about instant gratification (hence the appeal of the $1 chocolate bar at the shops!)

    What we put into our bodies definitely shows in our waistlines, our skin and our general vitality – now I just have to work on drinking more water!

  • Reply Deborah February 15, 2018 at 14:37

    I’m far from healthy but am trying to focus more on lifestyle and habits than crash diets or feeling desperate or anything which has been the case in the past.

    I would like to focus on drinking more water though as – since my weight loss surgery – that’s something I don’t do enough of!

    #teamlovinlife

  • Reply Jan Wild February 15, 2018 at 16:12

    No wonder we don’t eat well enough, there is so much confusing information around and science in this area seems to be changing rapidly. We eat pretty well in our house but there is always room for improvement.

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl February 15, 2018 at 18:49

    Sue,
    Thanks especially for touching on those ‘non food’ ways we can make ourselves feel better. I’ve added stretching to the list. At home of course rather than out in public. If I’m feeling really overwhelmed, I get out my yoga mat and stretch.

    SSG ccc

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 19, 2018 at 21:58

      Hi SSG, I really think that we have put too much emphasis on treats being food. There are so many ways we can treat ourselves to feel good. I’ve discovered that yoga and stretching really are great friends of mine and they help me feel great.

  • Reply budget jan February 16, 2018 at 21:49

    I subscribe to the rainbow food idea. I saw it mentioned on TV the other day as if it was something new, yet my parents always referred to it and they are in their 90’s (well my Mum would be if she were still alive – she only died a year ago). Another good thing I do is drink masses of water. I can honestly say it is my favourite drink, although I do love cold water and I’ve heard that room temperature water is better for you. I did the test. I need to eat more protein from vegetarian sources.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 19, 2018 at 21:55

      Hi Jan, I hadn’t actually heard of eat a rainbow until recently but we all ate lots of veggies growing up. I had a similar result to you when I did the test which I found quite interesting. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. I’m drinking litres of water at the moment because Queensland is so hot!

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid February 20, 2018 at 07:19

    I took the quiz, did well on fruits, veggies, and water but not so well on the others 🙁

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 20, 2018 at 09:41

      Mine was a bit of a mixed bag too Dee but I think it was a good idea to take it. I’m a little more aware of what I need to do re eating. x

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