Commit to healthy eating in 2016

January 12, 2016

The New Year is a great opportunity to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, including eating well and being physically active.

This can lead to many benefits such as improved mood and concentration, more energy and lowering your risk of many health conditions.

Here are some tips from Armadale Health Service dietitian Jowene Crutchett to help you commit to eating healthy in 2016.

  • Fill your refrigerator with colourful fruits and vegetables which are high in fibre and water content to keep you feeling satisfied while only contributing a small amount of kilojoule to your daily intake.
  • Drink plenty of water and reduce your intake of soft drinks high in sugar content.
  • Limit high saturated fat foods and high glycemic index (GI) foods, including take-aways, fruit juices, confectionary, white breads, cereals and highly marbled cuts of meat. These foods can lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Try to include wholemeal bread or cereal, fruit, vegetables and lean meat such as fish, chicken, pork, kangaroo into your daily meals.
  • Use wholemeal crackers, fruit and vegetable-based dips as healthy snacks.
  • Foods deemed as “treats” should be consumed in moderation.
  • Incorporate physical activities that you enjoy such as walking, bike riding, yoga or surfing and make it a regular part of your daily or weekly routine.
  • Monitor alcohol intake and take note of hunger signals. Eating out of boredom can be the biggest contributor to excess kilojoules!

Do not approach healthy eating as “dieting” as this gives the impression it will have an end point. Healthy eating should be a lifestyle change which has no end.