Healthy Eating

April 18, 2012 4:00 pm

Healthy Eating

 

Hippocrates believed in the natural remedies of rest, good diet, fresh air and sanitation.

 

Everyone knows a healthy diet can help you sustain a longer life, prevent serious diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

It may reduce the risk of developing cancer and preventing obesity.

 

Finding the right food groups and know what is in them:

 

  • Fruit and vegetables- contain many vital minerals and vitamins

For example vitamin C is found in oranges, lemons, kiwi etc.

Vitamin B is found in carrots, potatoes, seeds.

Bananas and pulses, seeds and nuts enriched with potassium.

Magnesium- green leafy vegetables like spinach.

  • Carbohydrates and starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta
  • Milk and dairy foods- Vitamin D- calcium enriched known for healthy teeth and bones.
  • Protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs and non-diary sources of protein including nuts, tofu, beans, pulses etc- important for energy, growth and muscles.

 

“About one third of your diet should be made up from starchy foods and about one third from fruit and vegetables. The remaining one third of your diet should be made up from milk and dairy foods and protein foods.”

 

Adding fruit and vegetables to your diet is quick and simple.

Don’t be afraid to try new recipes, which include fruit, in desserts, fruit with yoghurt for example.

 

Don’t forget fibre

 

Fibre is also needed in a balanced diet, it can be found in starchy foods and most fruit and vegetables contain them.  It reduces constipation and can help to lower cholesterol levels.

 

Avoid salty foods

 

Avoid too much intake of salt, instead try to use herbs and spices to flavor foods, select food labeled ‘no added salt’.

Try to limit processed foods, takeaways and packet soups that are high in salt.

Because too much salts increases your risks of developing high blood pressure.

‘We should have no more than 6 grams of salt a day’.

 

Prevention is better than cure!

 

 

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