Are you a super star like Cory Parker? Or a busy mum trying to get a healthy meal on the table. Either way it’s often a mine field when trying to understand the complicated world of nutrition and healthy eating. So, I put together a few pointers to help you sort through the haze.
Are you eating the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day? If you’re an average Australian you’re probably not. First tip: The majority of any meal should be mostly fresh fruit and vegetables. Benefits from these foods include: Fiber; gives you the feeling of fullness. Vitamins; found particularly in the fresh variety helps ward off illness. And minerals; aid in the quality of bones, skin and teeth.
Packaged and processed foods have lost a lot of their nutritional value and with addition of many additives like sugar, salt, and an array of numbers they should be make up a small portion of your daily intake. Sugar, salt and artificial additives are detrimental to your health as they create imbalances in the body. For example: The sodium/potassium balance helps control your blood pressure, supports kidney function and has essential roles in muscle contraction and brain function. Increased salt consumption can affect these systems.
Make each meal with your own healthy creative flair. If a recipe calls for an ingredient that doesn’t suit your taste or nutritional requirement- swap it out. There are many great internet resources for recipe alternatives to suit every walk of life: from the elite athlete who’s cutting down weight to the suit looking to avoid flaring up his eczema.
And finally, don’t listen to media hype when it comes to the latest food craze. Trust what has been put through the test of time. If you have any questions seek the advice of a trained health professional who can evaluate the validity of any new research or news story.
These tips should help make your health journey a little easier. Watch this space for a more in depth look at the fascinating and always essential world of health and nutrition.