Smart Eating Week is a chance to celebrate the variety of foods we have available and talk about how to make healthy choices to support our health.
Eating smart doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact, often simple is best!
Want to start eating smarter? Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Get into the habit of having breakfast
Having a regular breakfast gives us a nice burst of nutrients after not eating overnight and can support our energy levels for the rest of the day.
It can be hard to start having breakfast if you’re not used to it, so having a small, snack-sized portion initially help.
2. Choose whole foods
Minimal processing usually equals minimal additives and maximal nutrients.
Aim to have mostly whole fruit rather than fruit juice, whole grains rather than white varieties and other foods that closely resemble their natural form.
3. Experiment in the kitchen
What dishes do you like cooking? How much time can you allocate to cooking a wholesome meal?
Cutting down on takeaway meals and spending more time cooking home-cooked meals means we know exactly what is in our food. Often we are more likely to make healthier choices too.
The Australian Healthy Food Guide is a great source of inspiration for healthy home-cooked meals.
4. Focus on fibre
Fibre not only supports our gut health, it fills us up and makes our meals more satisfying.
We find fibre in wholegrain bread and cereals, vegetables and fruits. We should ensure we are having enough water to get the maximum benefit from fibre and to keep our bowels regular.
5. Small steps save the day
Sometimes large goals can feel overwhelming and we will be more inclined to give up on them.
If you are making any changes to your eating, start with something small and work your way up.
That way, you can celebrate your success more often and boost your confidence to reach your next goal!
Want to chat more about your diet and health and get individualised support?
Book in a consultation with one of our Accredited Practising Dietitians at Your Health Hub by phoning our reception on 03 6122 0150.
If you want more information about Smart Eating Week, see the Dietitian’s Association of Australia website for more details.