Foodie Friday
Foodie Friday

10 tips to healthy eating 

Eat a variety of foods
Add foods rich in carbohydrates
Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables
Maintain a healthy body weight
Eat moderate portions
Eat regularly
Drink plenty of fluids
Get on the move
Make changes gradually
It is all about balance 

1. Eat a Variety of Foods
– Eat a wide variety of foods whether or not you are buying fresh foods to cook, taking advantage of ready-prepared dishes and meals or buying “take-away” foods. Balance your choice over time! If you have a high-fat lunch, have a low-fat dinner. If you eat a large serving of meat at dinner one day, perhaps choose fish the next day.
2. Add foods rich in carbohydrates – Most people do not eat enough of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, other cereals and potatoes. More than half the calories in your diet should come from these foods. Try whole grain bread, pasta and other whole grain cereals, too, to increase your fibre intake.

Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits & Vegetables

3. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables – Most of us do not eat enough of these foods either although they provide important protective nutrients. Try to eat at least five servings a day and if you do not enjoy them at first – try some new recipes or see what ready prepared dishes are available in the supermarket.
4. Maintain a healthy body weight – Being overweight increases your risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. Excess body fat results when you eat more calories than you need. Physical activity is a good way of increasing the energy (calories) you expend each day and it can make you feel good. If you are gaining weight, you need to eat less and be more active.

Happy - Healthy
Happy – Healthy

5. Eat moderate portions – If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat all the foods you enjoy without having to eliminate any.  Ready-prepared meals can offer a handy means of portion control and they often have the calorie values on the pack to help those who are counting. If you are eating out, you could share a portion with a friend.

6. Eat regularly

Balanced Plate
Balanced Plate

Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much as to substitute for proper meals. Don’t forget to count your snacks as part of your total calorie intake.
7. Drink plenty of fluids – Adults need to drink at least eight glasses of fluid a day. Plain tap water is obviously a good source of liquid but variety can be both pleasant and healthy. Alternative choices are juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk etc.
8. Get on the move

Healthy Life
Healthy Life                                                                                                 Physical activity helps burn off those extra calories. It is also good for the heart and circulatory system and for general health and well-being. So, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the elevator (up and down!). Go for a walk in your lunch break. You don’t have to be an athlete to get on the move!

9. Make changes gradually – Gradual changes in your lifestyle are much easier to make than major changes all at once. For three days, write down the foods and drinks you consume at meals and as snacks. To start with, try to eat just one extra piece of fruit and vegetables a day. Are your favourite foods high in fat and making you gain weight? Try to choose low fat options or eat smaller portions.

Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy Lifestyle

10. It is all about balance – Don’t feel guilty about the foods you love, rather eat them in moderation and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.

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