A healthy diet is associated with better physique and health. If you are making a lifestyle change, you need to be more conscious and mindful with your food you eat as it is vital to leading a healthy lifestyle. When combined with exercise and weight training it has the ability to transform you body as well as reduce the risks of associated chronic diseases. In our opinion it just makes you feel happier and healthier and this affects every aspect of your life.
What Would A Healthy Diet Look Like?
We recommend a diet that consists of the following:
- Fresh Fruit & Veg – 8-10 serves
- Whole Grains (the less processed the better) – 7-8 serves
- Low Fat Dairy – 2-3 serves
- Lean Meat / Poultry /Fish – 0-2 serves
- Beans / Nuts / Seeds – 1 serve
- Good Fats (Avacado, Fish oil etc) – 2-3 serves
- Water – Minimum 1.5 L per day
What Foods Should You Avoid?
White or Whole Wheat Breads
Eating white bread can spike your blood sugar levels. So you should pick brown bread or multigrain bread, right? It is recommended to check the labels. Many companies today trick consumers by including healthy-grain on the bread’s packaging. To make sure that you are eating an authentic and nutritious bread, the first ingredient on the label should be whole grain flour. Whole grain flour is not refined and maintains its full nutritional value. Whole grain bread is a good source of B vitamins and fiber and is lower in fat than whole wheat bread. If it reads whole wheat – keep clear, as whole wheat flour goes through a refining process that removes some of the nutritional values. The ingredients on the labels are normally arranged in terms of concentration – from highest to lowest.
Sauces & Condiments
The dressing and other add-ons like croutons and dried nuts can spike the calories in healthy salads and rolls so its best to use them sparingly. As much as possible, stick to fresh greens and use a healthy combination of oil and vinegar for taste or try herbs and spices to give your meals a bit of a lift.
Carbonated & Other Sugary Drinks
Carbonated & Sugary drinks include all non-alcoholic water based beverages with added sugar such as non-diet soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks and cordial. There is literally too much sugar found in these types of drinks which are really bad for your health in that they are high in calories and lead to weight gain, can lead to tooth decay and can ultimately lead to things like diabetes, cancer and other cardiovascular diseases.
Processed foods may be easy to cook and prepare but you should also avoid them. Many are filled with high levels of sugar, saturated fats or sodium (salt) and provides no nutritional value to out bodies whats so ever. If you are serious about leading a healthy lifestyle, you should minimise the amount of processed foods you eat and replace where possible with unprocessed healthier alternatives. That way your body can get all the nutritional requirements it needs.