Healthy tips for success on a plate
AS we go through our life we can often find ourselves adopting bad eating habits along the way.
Each life stage has different challenges for us to be healthy. Whether it is leaving home for the first time or having a stressful job, this can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to our eating behaviour and food choice.
Fay Brereton, a nutritionist at Plymouth Community Healthcare, has devised a list of ways to improve your diet gradually:
Always make a list before you go shopping. Planning what you need before you go will help you stay on track when choosing healthier foods for you and your family. If you only buy what you need there will be little waste.
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Always shop for fruit and vegetables that are in season. This will broaden your choice, bring variety into your diet and save you money.
A third of our daily intake should consist of fruit and vegetables, so try adding them to your spaghetti bolognese or as a side to your ready meal.
When is a bargain the real deal? Just because it's cheaper doesn't mean it is healthy, so read the labels and check the fat, salt and sugar content. This can be easily done by looking at the traffic light symbol: red is high, orange is medium and green is low.
When out shopping with your children, reduce the stress by allowing them to be part of the list-making. Let them choose their fruit for lunchboxes, for example, and learn to say no.
Energy is provided from carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice. Sugar, the white refined variety, is also a carbohydrate but without the fibre, vitamins and minerals. As a nation we often eat too much and is a habit we could break. It is often hidden in the foods we choose, especially snacks and fizzy drinks. Change this habit by choosing no-added-sugar varieties and swapping sugary snacks for things like low-fat cheese spread on crackers, malt loaf or fruit.
Other top tips include: Adding a banana to your cereal in the morning. Having a glass of fresh juice with your breakfast to ensure you try to build up your five a day. Eating more wholegrain foods, which make us feel fuller for longer. Drinking lots of water. Making sure you eat a wide variety of foods from every food group to help avoid cravings.