Why is diet so important?A healthy diet ensures that you receive an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrate from whole foods and essential fatty acids such as oily fish, nuts and seeds. Some foods are best avoided, such caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and sugar. And don't forget to drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day. See our article Stress and Hydration – Is there a link?for more information about the importance drinking enough water.
How can a well-balanced, whole food diet help?As well as helping to:
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Increase energy and vitality
- Deal with stress better
- Think more clearly
- Maintain a healthier body weight
- Improve the immune system
- Reduce the risk of developing life changing chronic illnesses
Are You Getting The Best Nutrition From Your Fruit And Veg?It’s a well-known fact that eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is essential for good health and dealing with stress. They provide a dense supply of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, fibre and are mostly fat-free and cholesterol free. Statistics from 2011-2012* showed that 48.3% of Australians over 18 years indicated that they met the guidelines for daily fruit intake but only 8.3% met the guidelines for daily vegetable intake.
How can you get the most from your fruit and veg?
- Where possible buy from a local co-op market or choose a local green grocer who can advise you on which food is picked and sent to market fresh.
- Choose organic produce and food where possible.
- Choosing a colourful selection of fruit and vegetables is best to provide a diet rich in nutrients, phytonutrients and antioxidants for optimal health.
- A daily intake of 5 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits is recommended.
- If it is not possible to access organically grown fruit and vegetable it then becomes important to wash them with a stiff vegetable brush and/or a vegetable wash to remove any water-insoluble residues left on their surface.