Keeping up with recommended guidelines for healthy nutrition isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Here are some practical ways to boost your nutritional health.
Trying to follow healthy eating guidelines and deciphering good information from ‘bad’ can sometimes feel so overwhelming. Translating evidence-based nutrition theory into practice and making it work in the real world can also feel out of reach. If you feel like this, you are not alone! But rest assured, achieving optimal nutrition is not as hard as you think.
“Simple food swaps rather than dramatic diets are more effective in the long-term”
Fad diets promising fast and dramatic results can sound enticing and exciting, drawing people in with the thought of an easy fix. Equally, proclaimed superfoods and celebrity-endorsed supplements can also seem like the easy way out. But evidence shows that even supplements cannot fully replicate the activity and intricate interactions that occur at cell level within foods. Nothing beats a healthy diet for achieving optimal nutritional health.
So, let’s start by reviewing the National guidelines for nutrition. Here is a simple summary of the Australian Dietary Guidelines (guidelines 1, 2 & 3):
Eating a breakfast high in protein, wholegrains, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals also helps prevent weight gain in the long run by reducing the likelihood of overeating later in the morning. Studies have also shown that people who consume breakfast have better concentration and focus throughout the day.
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Next up, we’ll look at healthy food swaps for lunchtime meals.
Author: Kristin McMaster, Masters in Nutrition, Director-Health Breaks