5 Tips For A Healthy Diet

Posted by: Dr. Tim Struwig

5 Tips For A Healthy Diet.

There’s a lot of information about healthy eating and sometimes it’s hard to know how to make good choices. Here are 5 tips for a healthy diet.

1.Drink lots of water. Take a 1.5-litre bottle of water to work with you, and try to finish it all by home time. It might involve a few extra toilet breaks in the day, but it’s worth it.

2. Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Fresh foods should be a part of every single meal you eat. Going all day and subsisting on diet bars, shakes, fast food, and caffeine will set you up for nutritional deficiencies.

3.Plan your meals for the week ahead. Write a shopping list and stick to it - and never shop when you're hungry, as this is a fatal error that inevitably leads you to stuff your shopping trolley full of junk.

4. Remove all visible fat from food before you cook it. Take the skin off chicken and trim the white fat off any meat. Also, try to avoid eating too many processed types of meat such as sausages and burgers (the fat's not visible from the outside, but it's certainly there).

5. Limit your intake of stimulants. Caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar are a few to limit in your diet.

Remember that One Size Doesn’t Fit All.
All of us would benefit by eating less processed foods, eating as many plants as possible, eating a variety of nutrients at each meal, and being mindful of where we get our protein. However, after that, we need to remember that what works wonderfully for our parents, significant other, or best friend may not work for us. Just because someone you know thrives on one style of eating doesn’t mean that you will. Make an appointment with our GP for a healthy eating plan designed for your body and lifestyle.